We recently returned from an 8 day stay at the Aria with my husband's family. The accommodation was booked on our behalf by my in-laws who had stayed there before and really loved the place. Before staying, I had read the reviews and was wary to say the least, particularly in relation to the management. However, my experience with the management has been a very positive one - I exchanged numerous e-mails before our stay and they were all answered very promptly and politely. One request of mine was to have the balcony doors made "child-proof" so my adventurous 4 year old son could not venture out unsupervised. Within 10 minutes of our arrival on a late Saturday afternoon, the on-site manager came and attended to this request - very impressive.
We stayed in a 2-bedroom apartment and it was very spacious. We requested, and were given, an ocean-view apartment which was great. The apartment was well-appointed with everything you could possibly want - including 2 ironing boards! The air-conditioning was a bit laboured in the living area but that suited us as we didn't want the apartment too cold. It wasn't as clean as I would have liked, the carpets and floor rug were pretty worn and stained.
The bedrooms were surprisingly large, in particular, the 2nd bedroom was very roomy. The master bedroom was very spacious.
The bathrooms were large and modern - with the master bedroom having a glass wall separating it from the ensuite - which our son loved having his bath in as he could see the view outside! The laundry was spacious which was great as it was well-utilised by us during our stay.
The best feature of the Aria is its location. It is right in the centre of Broadbeach and 5 minutes walk from the supermarket, although on weekends the supermarkets closes very early - not in line at all with Victoria or NSW. There are plenty of restaurants around, of varying quality as to be expected, and the area is well-serviced by public transport. Pacific Fair Shopping Centre and Jupiters Casino are a stone's throw away. There is quite a bit of noise travelling up from the street below at night, however, this seems to subside after midnight. The noise level is only to be expected as you are in the thick of all the action.
I would recommend the Aria - but would not necessarily stay again as I think it is expensive (over $400 per night) in comparison to comparable accommodation, and that you could find better deals elsewhere from the myriad apartments in the same area.
ps - all the reviewers who wrote about the toilet roll supplies are absolutely correct - you are given one roll of the cheapest possible variety! So, BYO or buy some as soon as you can...
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