Aria Sky Suites in Las Vegas, Hi Tech, High Touch

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If you like state-of-the-art technology, combined with modern design in your hotel then you’ll feel right at home at Aria Sky Suites on the Las Vegas strip. Built in 2010, the luxurious sky suites are tucked inside Aria Resort and Casino located in the Nevada desert city. The main hotel, with 4,000-plus rooms, appeals to the high tech gadget guy, with its technology-driven control panel displayed on the television in every room. Aria Sky Suites has taken that technology to the next level with the introduction of its Crave tablet.

 

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Rolled out in 2016, the Crave tablet lets guests control everything from the time sunlight beams into your room, to the television turning onto your favorite show in the morning. Much more sophisticated than the “clap on, clap off” light switch advertisements we used to watch on tv, the Crave tablet lets you watch what you want, when you want and from the comfort of your bed or the couch in the living room. It feels like magic when you push a button and all of the drapes open at once. It’s kind of like watching the Bellagio fountains dance to music.
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I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m really on vacation when I’m able to order room service. With the Crave tablet, you can select from a good-sized, in-room dining menu or you have the option to order food for pick up at some (not all) of the hotel’s restaurants. If this is a special occasion hotel stay, you can even order things like champagne and strawberries or birthday celebration packages through the tablet. I’m not very high tech and I was able to successfully order room service and open my curtains at the same time with the swipe of a finger.

 

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In addition to the high-tech options available at the resort, Aria Sky Suites is known for its exclusivity. From the separate hotel entrance, to its own private elevator banks and private pool, you won’t be bothered with crowds. The Sky Pool is located on the promenade level and only open to Sky Suites guests. Enjoy a Popsicle without the paparazzi in your private cabana or perhaps you’d prefer a fresh Evian mist? I hate to burst your bubble, but I did find out that non-Sky Suite guests are able to buy their way into the private pool if capacity numbers allow.

The Sky Suites are not only lovely, contemporary rooms, they are energy efficient. Offering mountain or city views, all suites have corner views and the entire hotel is LEED certified. In fact, the Las Vegas resort was one of the first hotels in the city to achieve LEED Gold certification status. The AAA 5 diamond property carries the Forbes 5 star designation and is home to Michelin starred chefs, as well.

When you aren’t eating at the many restaurants inside the resort, the private Sky Suites Lounge is open to guests from 6:30 a.m until 10:00 p.m. A daily wine and cheese reception is offered from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. with additional nibbles. The French macaroons are quite tasty!
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Rooms start on the 25th floor, with prices beginning at $300 and up. The Penthouse Suite rents for $600 per night and up, depending on the time of year and what’s hot in Las Vegas. Check the hotel website for current rates. You can also compare rates at Hotels.com.

Resort review and photos by San Francisco-based travel, food, and wine writer Nancy D. Brown.   I was a guest of  MGM Resorts while researching other articles.

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