When it comes to finding a hotel in Las Vegas, the options are overwhelming. Look no further than ARIA Resort & Casino, one of the strip’s newest hotels. Owned by MGM Resorts, Aria is the perfect place to experience Las Vegas or rest up after a busy day (or night) out on the town.
Everything you need
While Aria is centrally located for strip convenience, you can get the full Vegas experience without ever leaving the hotel. From a state-of-the-art casino to gourmet restaurants, from a full-service spa to a theater, Aria has everything you need to do Las Vegas right.
Staying at Aria
Opened in 2010, Aria is an AAA Five Diamond resort. It features 4,004 hotel rooms and suites, plenty of natural lighting, and a sustainable design. While many of the Las Vegas casinos are smoke-filled and noisy, its state-of-the-art design means neither of these is true of Aria. If you want to add a little Las Vegas luxury to your stay, Aria is also home to the Sky Suites, Forbes Five-Star hotel-within-a-hotel. This exclusive area offers a gated entrance to the resort. Trying to find a way to relax in Sin City? The Aria Spa has 62 treatment rooms and 80,000 square feet of spa space, and many different treatment options.
High tech rooms
From the minute you set foot in an Aria hotel room, you’ll be surrounded by state-of-the-art furnishings and technology. The tv, which turns on upon entrance to the room, shows a detailed menu that allows you to completely customize your room. The curtains are also powered by technology. If it seems a bit overwhelming, don’t worry. The friendly bell staff can explain all the bells and whistles of an Aria hotel room. A $25 resort fee will also get you wifi, as well as access to the pool and fitness center.
Eating at Aria
As with many things in Vegas, the food options are too many to count. Home to some of the country’s best restaurants, Las Vegas is a foodie’s dream come true. Aria plays a part in this, as it is home to 16 different restaurants. Are you a tequila fan? Check out the tequila tree at Javier’s, a Mexican themed restaurant. And what would a Las Vegas hotel be without a buffet? For breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between, The buffet at Aria is an excellent and reasonably priced option. If you’re a seafood lover, there’s Michael Mina’s American Fish, which features truffled mac and cheese. For those with a sweet tooth, there’s Jean Philippe Patisserie. However, they still seem to be trying to streamline the ordering process, so be aware that there might be a slight wait for your order.
Resort review and photos by San Francisco-based travel, food, and wine writer Nancy D. Brown. I was a guest of Aria Resort & Casino.