Last Updated on May 10, 2022
The Aria Resort and the Cosmopolitan are two Las Vegas hotels located right on the Strip. They both offer modern rooms, top-notch amenities, and a prime location where you can easily walk to many of the major Las Vegas attractions. Each hotel has something unique to offer its guests. Join us as we compare the two in terms of location, luxurious rooms, best casino, dining, entertainment, and nightlife.
Aria vs. Cosmopolitan
Both the Aria and the Cosmopolitan are considered in the realm of 5-star hotels in Las Vegas. Recently, the Cosmopolitan was purchased by MGM Resorts, which also owns the Aria, along with other hotels in Las Vegas, including the MGM Grand, Park MGM,
- Aria vs. Cosmopolitan
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- Aria Vs. Cosmopolitan: Who Wins?
While both of these luxury hotels are now owned by MGM, they each have their own distinct flavor, with each offering something a bit different to appeal to different types of visitors to the Las Vegas Strip.
The Cosmopolitan is a luxury hotel but leans toward a trendier vibe in Las Vegas. The hotel’s reputation centers around its famous casino floor, the long list of entertainment options, nightclubs, and a restaurant collection that’s designed to appeal to every taste.
The Aria, in contrast, offers many of the same types of amenities, including a casino and exciting restaurant scene, but it has a bit more of a sophisticated, slightly quieter feel to it.
Which of these Las Vegas hotels is the best option for your next trip to Sin City? Here’s how the Aria Vs. Cosmopolitan compare.
If you’re looking to experience the best of Las Vegas, it all comes down to location. The Cosmopolitan and the Aria are both located on the Las Vegas Strip and are only about a 10-minute walk from each other.
The Aria is considered part of the City Center complex, which is a mixed-use, urban complex in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Both hotels offer a great location that’s within walking distance to many of the major Las Vegas attractions. Even when walking is out of the question, both hotels are also close to city trams that will take you anywhere you need to be along the Las Vegas Strip.
It’s easy enough to find your way to just about any attraction or venue you can dream of in Las Vegas, but the quality of the hotel room you stay in is another story. The Aria and Cosmopolitan are both excellent places to lay your head after a long day of everything Vegas. Here is how their rooms and suites compare.
Aria Resort Rooms & Suites
The Aria offers several styles of rooms and suites, including their deluxe rooms, Stay Well Premier rooms, Aria Tower Suites, and Aria Sky suites.
The Aria deluxe rooms are 520 sq ft, with the option of a single king-sized bed or two queen-sized beds. You’ll find beds that you want to sink into after a long day with premium bedding for comfort. There’s a full bathroom and a private water closet. These rooms also feature a stand-alone shower, soaking tub, and double granite vanity sinks.
Floor-to-ceiling windows give you a panoramic view of the city, and each room is equipped with high-end technology that allows you to power down (or power-up) your room with the touch of a button. A fully stocked intelligent mini-bar and plush robes only add to the list of reasons why these rooms have been rated top tier by AAA and Forbes Travel.
Similar to the deluxe rooms are the Stay Well Premier rooms that are the same size and offer the same amenities, with the option for Strip views. In addition to the standard amenities, these rooms are equipped with Stay Well features like warm lighting, air purification, vitamin C shower infuser, water purification, special Stay Well mattresses and bedding, and a soundscape machine.
Next are the Tower Suites, which range in size from 920 sq ft to 2,000 sq ft. Options include the Corner Suite with expansive floor to ceiling windows that offer amazing views, the Corner Strip View suite where you can watch the spirit of Las Vegas blossom day and night, the standard Tower room, which is 1,000 sq ft of sophisticated luxury, the Center Strip View Suite, and the Executive Hospitality Suite that includes a 12 person conference room.
Perhaps the most notable of Aria suites are the Sky Suites. These suites sit high above the Las Vegas Strip and have earned the designation of being Forbes Five Star rated. The Sky Suites are available only by making a personal request and include amenities such as personal, luxury transportation, personal concierge service, an exclusive pool for Sky Suite guests, access to a private Sky Suites lounge, and a serene ambiance throughout.
Cosmopolitan Rooms and Suites
The Cosmopolitan’s City Rooms are the most comparable to the Aria’s deluxe rooms. The City room is slightly smaller at 460 sq ft and offers only the option for two queen-sized beds. The views from the floor to ceiling windows are just as impressive, and the decor is a bit warmer, being modern, trendy, and welcoming at the same time. One of the most luxurious features of the City Room is the large, luxury bathroom that has a definite spa-like feel to it.
There’s also the City Studio, which is a bit larger at 630 sq ft. The City Studio features a single king-sized bed and a larger living area space. This is a great room for a single or couples who want some room to lounge and possibly entertain a few friends.
Also within the “City” line-up is the Two Bedroom City Suite, with more than 1,600 sq ft and two master bedrooms, each with its own bathroom. The decor is modern, bordering on edgy, and the view is spectacular.
Next up for the Cosmopolitan are the Terrace Rooms and Suites. As the name implies, these rooms offer a private terrace and range in size from 610 sq ft to 1,200 sq ft. The smallest is the Terrace One Bedroom with a fountain view option. The Terrace Studio is slightly larger at 620 sq ft. The Terrace Suites also offer views of the Bellagio fountains, and for the ultimate in views, you’ll want to check out the Terrace Wraparound Suite, which also offers a separate dining area and sub-zero wine chiller.
For true luxury and a VIP experience, the Cosmopolitan offers the choice between their Lanai Suite, which has a bit of a luxury beach resort feel, the Reception Suite (great for executives), an intimate Bungalow, and the Chelsea Penthouse.
In comparing the Aria Vs. Cosmopolitan in terms of variety of dining options, we have to say that the Cosmopolitan wins out. Still, each offers an excellent collection of fine dining and casual spots to enjoy a great meal.
Dining at the Cosmopolitan
The Cosmopolitan’s restaurant collection includes E by Jose Andres, Jaleo, Momofuku, and Scarpetta, all of which are perfect for an elegant night out or an intimate date with someone special.
Other restaurants at the Cosmopolitan include:
- Superfrico: The cuisine is described as Italian American Psychedelic and is an edgy dining experience to stimulate the senses. Try the Pistachio Mortadella Pizza or the King Crab Bucatini, and then finish with the Roasted Pineapple Sorbetto.
- Bang Bar by Momofuku: Spit-roasted meats fill flatbreads and top bowls of steamy rice at this casual spot. Choose between spicy pork, teriyaki chicken, and spicy eggplant. Don’t miss the pickled shishito peppers as a side dish.
- Beauty & Essex: Behind the facade of a pawn shop is one of the most talked-about restaurants in Las Vegas. This is the perfect spot for a first date or dinner with friends. We love the Grilled Cheese Dumplings and Pearls of the Sea, both signature dishes for this popular restaurant.
- China Poblano: Chinese cuisine meets Mexico in this restaurant that has mastered the art of culinary fusion. Can’t decide between tacos and Noodles? Have both!
- The Henry: This restaurant is the perfect blend of casual, laid-back charm and upscale dining. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy brunch at the Henry and devour their signature Short Ribs Benedict.
- Blue Ribbon: American Cuisine in true New York style, right in the heart of Las Vegas. Plan on filling your belly with classics like Fried Chicken or the massive French Tomahawk Steak.
- Ghost Donkey: Ok, so this spot is primarily a mezcal and tequila bar, but they do have a small menu which earns them a spot on the list of restaurants. The Mole Chicken Nachos are unforgettable.
- Holsteins: Coined as the best burgers on the Strip, this is also where you can find the best Bam-Boozled (adult) milkshakes in Vegas. Even with that, this is a family-friendly spot with a great kids’ menu.
- Lardo: Bring your appetite for huge sandwiches like Sancho’s Grilled Cheese with burnt brisket ends. Yum!
This isn’t the entire list of restaurants at the Cosmopolitan, including one of the most popular buffets in Las Vegas, the Wicked Spoon, but this roundup gives a pretty good idea of the variety and diversity of delicious eats you’ll find there.
Restaurants at the Aria
There are slightly fewer dining options at the Aria, but the difference is barely noticed, especially when you consider the variety that’s offered with this resort’s culinary scene.
Among the most famous restaurants at the Aria are fine dining options, including Jean Georges Steakhouse and Carbone. Jean Georges Steakhouse is where you’ll find some of the most exquisite cuts of steak, including Japanese Certified Wagyu, American Wagyu, and tableside of a decadent Wagyu Tomahawk Ribeye. Carbone is Italian cuisine at its finest, where you can enjoy the Lobster Ravioli or Veal Marsala.
For French Cuisine, you can check out Bardot Brasserie, or maybe you’re in the mood for some Spanish fare at Julian Serrano Tapas. We also love Blossom for Chinese cuisine, along with Lemongrass for Thai and Din Tai Fung for the most delectable dumplings.
There are also a couple of more casual dining spots at the Aria, including Posh Burger, Moneyline Pizza & Bar, and Salt & Ivy. There’s no shortage of delicious food at the Aria.
The word casino is almost synonymous with Las Vegas. Both hotels have an in-house casino, but when comparing the two, many who spend time at the casino prefer Cosmo for the lavish atmosphere, active tables, and variety of games.
The Cosmopolitan casino features tables games that include blackjack, baccarat, craps, roulette, and of course, poker. There are also more than 1,300 slots and video poker games with a huge range of bets to be placed. For sports fans, the Race & Sportsbook features the newest in sports betting technology and a comfortable atmosphere.
The Aria casino floor is just as swanky as the Cosmopolitan’s, but the atmosphere is a bit more relaxed. There are all the usual suspects for table games, poker, and slots. There’s also a high-limit lounge for VIPs looking for a high-stakes game. The ultra-plush surroundings set this lounge apart from the rest of the casino.
Of course, Aria has a sportsbook of its own. 90 HD screens make sure that you won’t miss a single second of the big game or race.
Things to Do
This is Las Vegas, and there’s no shortage of things to do, especially with all of the Strip action so close to both hotels. Still, it’s always a plus when there’s lots to do without having to leave home base. Booth Aria and the Cosmopolitan have plenty to offer.
Shows & Entertainment
The Cosmopolitan offers several venues where you can find live musical performances and the hottest DJs in the nation (sometimes in the world) spinning tunes and lighting up the dancefloor. The Chelsea is more than 40,000 sq ft of concert space and one of the most iconic venues in all of Las Vegas.
At the Cosmo, you can purchase tickets to experience Opium, an adult-only show that’s a bit like a modern, space version of the Rocky Horror Picture Show. If something a bit more warm and seductive is your scene, check out the Barbershop, especially on their live music night.s
For in-house performances, the Aria doesn’t have a lot that stands up to the Cosmopolitan, but they are super close to some of the top event venues in Las Vegas, including the T-mobile Arena and the Park Theater.
During most of the year, the weather is fabulous in Las Vegas, so why not take advantage of it by spending the day lounging at the pool and then hitting the social scene at night with a bit of a sun-kissed glow?
At the Aria, you can dip your toes into the LIQUID Pool Lounge, which is an adults-only pool area where you might find a secluded cabana to lounge the day away in or be greeted with one of the hottest pool parties in Vegas, depending on when you stay. The pool at LIQUID is 1,200 sq ft, with private cabanas and daybeds available.
In addition to the LIQUID pool deck, guests of the Aria Sky Suites are invited to experience the luxury and pampering of lounging poolside at the Sky Pool. Expect to be doted upon and have no want or desire to go unchecked.
The Cosmopolitan offers the Pool District, featuring the Boulevard Pool and Chelsea Pool. The Boulevard Pool is located in the Boulevard Tower and is the ultimate fusion of relaxation and a high-energy social vibe. Come here when you want to splash and play with others, and even sit back and watch a movie on the Marquee.
If you’re more interested in kicking back and relaxing, the Chelsea pool is more serene with an almost desert-like landscape. Cabanas and daybeds are available at the pools, and the Cosmopolitan also offers pool area bungalows that are three stories of pure indulgence, complete with private butler service.
Spas & Pampering
When you’re in the mood to relax and be pampered, there’s no place better than the spa. The Aria is home to a full-service spa that has the designation of being the largest Forbes Five Star Spa in the world. Choose one of their signature massages or reserve a custom massage to melt all of the tension away.
The Spa at Aria also offers a complete list of facial treatments, hair care, hair removal, barbershop, and nail services.
At the Cosmopolitan, you’ll find the Sahra Spa, Salon, and Hammam. Think of the ultimate relaxing environment that feels as though it’s a secret oasis hidden deep within the desert. This is Sahra. Massage services include an Aromatherapy Massage, Therapeutic Stone Massage, Mana Lomi Massage, Balance & Harmony Massage, Gentleman’s Massage, and Prenatal Massage.
The Sahra Spa offers services and experiences that you won’t find at every other spa, including the Hammam body experience, where you’re immersed in a multisensory, relaxing treatment. Specialized bath and skincare treatments round off the list of ways to treat yourself in this decadent spa area.
The Cosmopolitan is known for its trendy nightlife scene, with bars and lounges for every taste, from the ultra swanky to a little sultry and gritty. The Chandelier Bar is hands down one of the most beautiful lounges in Las Vegas. It’s also a unique spot because it offers different experiences, depending on which of the three lounges in the Chandelier Bar you visit. From high energy and hot to cool and sophisticated, the Chandelier covers it all.
The Cosmopolitan is also home to Ghost Donkey for when you have a taste for mezcal or tequila, The Barbershop Cuts & Cocktails, for when you want a little shave and trim with your bourbon, and other popular nightclubs, including Vesper and Clique.
In contrast, the Aria doesn’t have as many bars and clubs that are standing room only, but you can have a great time and enjoy a cocktail or two at the Lift Bar, which is a lush bar at the edge of the casino floor. There’s also the Alibi Ultra Lounge, where opulence and indulgence are always on the menu.
Aria Vs. Cosmopolitan: Who Wins?
Each luxury hotel is a winner in its own right, and if you’re a first-time visitor, you really want to consider what type of Las Vegas experience you’re looking for. The Cosmopolitan wins if you’re looking to immerse yourself in the energy of Vegas, with one of the most popular casinos, great nightlife, fabulous restaurants, and lots to do. The Aria is the place to be if you want a more sophisticated, low-key experience.
Either way, this is Las Vegas, so how can you go wrong? Enjoy your stay at whichever of these two MGM resorts properties that you choose.