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First Trip Report ever Aria Sky Suites

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  1. Nittany1

    Nittany1 VIP Whale

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    My Trip Report

    After 60+ trips to Las Vegas I decided to try posting a trip report.
    This trip was to celebrate my birthday on 6/16.
    6/14
    We flew out of Philly with friends on 6/14 4pm nonstop on US Airways.Upgraded with miles to First Class so the 5 hour trip was a little more tolerable.

    There were supposed to be 6 of our friends plus my 22 year old son who just graduated from Saint Joes Univ.He wanted to come and said he had some college friends who were going to be there at the same time.
    What I didn't know is that my wife had some surprises in store for me.

    We planned to meet at Bar Moderno at 9pm for some cocktails.I was the first one there and pushed a couple tables together.All nine of us were there and into our second drink when my oldest son and wife walked in and sat down next to me.
    I was stunned!!

    They are newleyweds and apologized for not being able to make the trip the week before as they could not get time off work.Great surprise!

    We wrapped it up sometime after 1:30am and around 10 drinks each. Ugh!!We were still on east Coast Time.

    6/15 In the morning I had my next surprise as my wife asked me to ride down the elevator with her as she was heading to the salon.
    When I stepped off there stood my daughter and her fiance who also had apologized for not being able to make the trip.
    Blown away again!!
    Several more friends surprised me on Sat.when we were in the pool at Aria.

    All in all it ended up being 22 people for my birthday dinner on Sat night at SIRIO.

    WOW!!!
    Instead of going through a day by day breakdown I'll just give some comments on various parts of the trip.

    Lodging:
    Sky Suites --I love these!!!
    Great service,Great Rooms.Nice Amenities.
    The private lobby with the complimentary cont. breakfast,water,snacks and wine in the pm is a real nice touch.

    Our room was an Aria Sky Suite which was about 1000 sq feet.
    There is a powder room off the entry to the living room
    Moderate size living room with desk,couch,chairs,wet bar etc.
    Bathroom is enourmous although a little strange layout with the seperat tub in the middle of the open area.Seems like it wastes a lot of space.
    The bedroom has more drawer and closet space thqan we would have needed for two weeks there.
    Finally,the Aria beds are unbeatable!

    Friends of ours were in a penthouse which is about 1500 sq feet and totally over the top.

    I've stayed in the Corner Suites in Aria before.They are also nice but the Sky Suites take it to a different level.
    The rest of our friends were in Aria in regular rooms.
    In my opinion, the regular rooms in Aria are among the nicest in town.
    They are not quite on the level of Wyyn/Encore but still spacious and modern.

    Dining:

    Beso at Crystals-
    This was a last minute decision and one I made with a little trepidation based on the mixed reviews.
    We were pleasantly surprised!
    I think we had 13 for dinner and all but 2 were very pleased.The two that were not ordered Halibut and it was a little dry and a smaller portion.
    I had read reviews about the service being poor here.
    That was not our experience!The main server was excellent and all the courses served timely.He was even fine with splitting the check up with no problems.

    Sirio at Aria-
    This was my birthday dinner and we had twenty two people.

    They could not have been more accomodating on all fronts!!
    Sirio is broken down into two sections.The cafe in the front,where the bar is located, is more casual.
    The more formal restaurant is in the rear.
    We all met for cocktails at the bar about 45 min.before our reservation.We did create a little bit of a mob scene but the restaurant was cool with everything.

    Everyone I spoke to in our group was extremely pleased with the food and the service again was spectacular. I will be back here on my next trip.

    Carnevino at Palazzo-
    I was looking forward to this as Jilly recently had a great experince here.

    Unfortunately,our experience could not have been worse!!!
    Actually this was the worst dining experience I have had in the last 15 years in Las Vegas!
    All 12 people in our group agreed!

    I should have known something was not going to be right when we sat down and there was a speaker blairing LOUD music right at our table.We politely asked the server to turn it down and he simply said no because that is the ambience the chef likes.
    OK then.

    This place is expensive but I do not mind expensive if the experience (food and service) matches the price.
    I will simply list the issues we had that I can remember.
    1.The servers gave the wrong past appetizers to different people.
    This would not be a big deal in itself but the server became argumentative and accused one of my friends of switching seats and blaming him.
    The headwaiter did overhear this and gave a half hearted apology.

    2.Two of my friends never got their entree!

    3.One of the seafood entrees was served cold and it was not sushi.

    4.The steak sauces,which are $5-$6 were ordered by several diners.
    Most were not delivered until dinner was almost half over and 1 or 2 people never received theirs.

    5.The side dishes which are also ordered seperately were delivered well into the meal.

    6. The steaks were universally undercooked.Wether you ordered it medium or rare you got it rare to uncooked.

    I think they realized how bad it was as they credited 4 of the entrees and all the side dishes at the end.
    Despite that our bill was still $1100 without tip.
    Enough!!

    Julian Serrano at Aria-

    This was my second time here and I love this place also.
    We got here late after the Celine show at Caesars and eveything was great.
    Group of 6 and everyone was happy.
    I did not really get the whole Tapas thing before going here but now I do.
    A few things we tried:Meatballs,mini-pizzas,stuffed sushi grade tuna,calamari,mushroom soup.I cant remember the others but another one of my new favorite spots.

    Sage at Aria-

    Great Restaurant!
    Ecclectic menu.I had the pork loin and my wife had the scallops.One of friends had the skirt steak.My wife also had the beet salad which she is still talking about.
    My wife's friend ordered the Absinthe after dinner just to try it.It is an experience as they put on a show in the preparation.I was not crazy about the taste but she seemed to like it.
    Service was very professional and timely.


    Gaming--I won't break down my session by session wins and losses because I don't remember and don't want to bore you any more.

    My host told me I played just under 18 hours total.
    They had my net win at $2900 but that is high.I think it was about half that.
    Either way I am real happy with the results.
    I played about 80% craps and 20% blackjack.
    I did have one fun experience on slots as I had accumulated about $375 in Free Point Play over the last several years of VP at MGM properties.
    On the morning I left,I activated that at a $10 slot machine and caught a $1000 winner.
    Nice finish to the trip.

    Shows-
    We saw two shows on this trip .
    1.Human Nature at IP.
    Third time I've seen this show but most of our friends had not seen it before so we went along.
    Great show and great value.$43 on Goldstar including tax and fees.
    Not my favorite theater as it still uses some of the long vertical tables that can be a little uncomfortable.However,it lasts 80 minutes so no big deal.
    Thes guys perform the Motown classics and do it well.
    High energy!!Well done.

    2.Celine
    I missed her last show and my wife really wanted to see that so the guys caved in and agreed to go to this.
    Pretty expensive tickets!We paid $194+ each
    We were in the rear orchestra which were actually pretty good seats.
    When booking,I looked on the seat map and the prices rose to $300 just a couple rows in front of us.
    I am not a big Celine fan but really did enjoy this show.There is over a 30 piece orchestra and she is a fantastic performer.

    Comps-
    My host at Aria is fantastic.Jesse Fonteboa.
    He helped my wife with the surprises and gave my kids special rates.He took care of almost everything on my bill and I had a big bill.
    He is very easy to work with and very responsive.

    Well,that's it.I guess i rambled on but it was my first shot.
     
  2. LaRae

    LaRae Low-Roller

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    I would have enjoyed reading the other reports for the 60+ trips you have taken. Keep posting!!
     
  3. travelfiend

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    I didn't consider that rambling at all, enjoyed it quite a bit. Sucks about your experience at Carnevino, possibly just an off night for them, who knows. Sounds like you had a good time though and the surprises with the children showing up must have been nice! Oh yeah, Happy Birthday! :)
     
  4. JillyFromPhilly

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    Again, sorry to hear you had a bad experience at Carnevino - that really does disappoint me. Bamfbowhunter just went recently too and really enjoyed it - I wonder what seems to make them so hit-or-miss over there?

    Glad to hear the rest of your trip went well though, that you won, enjoyed the Sky Suites and that you loved Julian Serrano & Sage - two of our favorites at Aria as well. Was the Scallop dish the one with the salty caramel sauce? My wife & I have both had that and really enjoyed it if it was.
     
  5. KellyLovesVegas

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    Thanks for the great trip report! We also love the Sky Suites and enjoy Julian Serrano.
     
  6. BackInVegas

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    Happy belated birthday

    Thanks for the report.

    Nice that the whole family had you completely bamboozled.

    For comps, they always understate your losses to make you feel better. I never knew they might overstate your wins. This is also to make you feel better in case you call and ask. Must be part of the game.
     
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    Sounds like you had a nice time overall. Happy Belated birthday!
    I can't imagine how bad that experience was at Carnevino. I would have went off. Well, my wife would have before I could get to them. Maybe it was just an off nite like others said.

    80% craps -- I'd love to hear more! Did you only play where you stayed or at other places too?

    Always great to read a report from a Vegas Veteran. Thank you!
     
  8. VegasGarden

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    Great trip And TR. Thanks for posting
     
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    Well, that is certainly a birthday to remember! Great TR, too. :beer:
     
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    Thanks for all the replys.
    Jilly,I can't remember which sauce she had but she did love it.

    Theotherone,I did almost 100% of my gambling at Aria on this trip.
    The only exception was some bartop VP at Caesars while the guys were waiting for the girls to show up for the Celine show.
    I usually do most of my play either where I'm staying or at one of the casinos owned by the same company.
    Several years ago I switched from Ceasars properties(HET at the time) to MGM for a couple reasons.
    1.As a table game player I am comped way better at MGM properties.
    2.MGM Resorts has all the top shows,concerts,fights etc.I now get invitations to all of them.When I was at Caesars/Harrahs I got free room offers and that's it.
     
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    What a phenomenal birthday surprise & party, you are blessed with such a great family!

    Nice TR, I am very curious about Aria, we'll have to check it out on our next trip
     
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    Nice report!! Sky suites sound amazing! We are loving Aria more and more over Paris. Loved Julian Serano and will definitely go back there! happy Birthday! What awesome surprises, and a win at the end! Fantastic!
     
  13. hrslvr142

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    Nice trip report. How nice your family surprised you on your birthday trip.
     
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