Aria Resort and Casino, Las Vegas

nation

United States of America

city

Las vigas

the hotel

Aria . Resort and Casino

evaluation

5 stars

room

One bedroom penthouse

Notes
The good
  • Stunning central location, right on The Strip
  • More than 15 places to eat and drink
  • Free monorail to neighboring MGM and Bellagio Park
bad
  • Too many entrances can lead to confusion
  • Reserve restaurants early to avoid disappointment
  • Exorbitant resort fees are a constant inconvenience
x factor
  • Sky Suites guests enjoy access to a private back entrance among other perks

an introduction

Las Vegas is known for its excess, however, the Aria Resort and Casino has managed to raise the stakes even further. The cost of building the area is US$9.2 billion (US$13.2 billion), and is the largest privately funded project in US history.

Opened in 2009, the complex is part of MGM Resorts international gambling and entertainment, and consists of three hotels with nearly 6,000 rooms, condominium twin towers, a luxury mall, dozens of restaurants, bars, clubs, more than 2,000 slots and a table casino. .

Just one of the many grand entrances to Aria Las Vegas Resort

During a visit to the United States, Executive Traveler Roll the dice at one of these hotels, the Aria Sky Suites.

Location and impressions

Occupying prime real estate, the Aria District brings plenty of liveliness, color, and splendor to the Las Vegas strip right to its front door.

The main driveway leads to a double-level circular road. The upper deck offers plenty of space for taxis to drop off incoming guests, with additional space for tour vehicles that gather adventurers, as well as a display of glamorous luxury cars available for rent.

The ring road to enter the Aria is where most guests enter.The ring road to enter the Aria is where most guests enter.

A lower level is assigned to transportation vehicles (Uber and Lyft) with a dedicated concierge to help manage the flow of traffic.

Gently moving around is the Aria Express, a free three-station monorail that connects the Aria with its sister hotels, Park MGM (formerly Monte Carlo), the residential Vdara Hotel and Bellagio Resort, home to the strip’s most famous dancing fountains.

The Aria Express is slow, but it beats walking in the desert heat.The Aria Express is slow, but it beats walking in the desert heat.

Guests of the Aria Sky Suites also enjoy airport shuttle service in the hotel’s extended fleet of luxury SUVs.

room

Accommodations at Aria Resort and Casino are divided into different ‘hotels within a hotel’, each offering varied access despite actually sitting on separate floors of the same tower.

These consist of standard deluxe rooms; Wellness-oriented Stay Well Premier category; Aria Tower suites are more spacious; Or for larger groups, the multi-bedroom Aria Sky Suites and the multi-storey Sky Villas.

Sky Suites guests will be picked up from the airport in this luxury vehicle.Sky Suites guests will be picked up from the airport in this luxury vehicle.

It’s always easy to get a great view, we check out 51016, a one bedroom penthouse at Aria Sky Suites on the 51Street floor. As a superior room category, we were taken from the airport to the back entrance and an exclusive no-line check-in desk – a huge plus in a city like Las Vegas.

The one-bedroom penthouse includes separate living and dining rooms.The one-bedroom penthouse includes separate living and dining rooms.

There’s no disappointment as we enter, with our suite opening onto a grand foyer and floor-to-ceiling views of some of the strip’s most iconic properties, including the MGM Grand, Planet Hollywood and New York New York, as well as one of its newest residents, Cosmopolitan. .

It's a great view from the top of the 51st floor.It’s a great view from the top of the 51st floor.

Surrounded by elegant marble, we are greeted with separate living and dining rooms, the latter enhanced by a bar for the six-seater dining table. The bedroom has a king size bed and a similarly sized en suite bathroom featuring a large walk-in shower vestibule, bathtub, double dressing table and large wardrobe. cIt’s a heavenly getaway yet homely.

Our spacious bedroom is attached to an en suite bathroom of a similar size.Our spacious bedroom is attached to an en suite bathroom of a similar size.

Rooms can be customized to your liking with one of two sets of tablets, which control aspects such as individually operated blinds, lighting and air conditioning. You can even set some music to flow through the rooms.

This tablet is also your link to all hotel services, such as in-room dining, while some places also allow you to join a virtual waiting list to reserve a table and notify you when it’s ready.

a job

Forget work. This is Las Vegas and we’re here to play.

Las Vegas is a city that has mastered the art of optical illusion. The property next door can apparently be within walking distance. Ladies, keep this in mind when choosing your evening shoes.

Near the Aria, you’ll find the T-Mobile Arena, home to a roster of international rotating stars and major sporting events including the Las Vegas Golden Knights NHL franchise (that’s ice hockey).

If sports are your game, grab it at the Aria Sports Bar.If sports are your game, grab it at the Aria Sports Bar.

There’s also the acoustically tuned Dolby Live concert hall located inside the Park MGM (again next door but you can catch the Aria Express monorail).

While it’s worth planning your trip and securing tickets in advance, Aria Sky Suites guests have access to a dedicated concierge who may only be able to secure seats for some shows if your heart is already set. No promises, but it’s worth a try.

Away from the big events, Aria will never let you get bored, as many bars, lounges and clubs are open almost around the clock.

Test your luck in more than 2000 slots and table games.Test your luck in more than 2000 slots and table games.

They include a theater-style sports bar, the Alibi Ultra Lounge for lovers of spirits and aperitifs, the cocktail connoisseurs at the Lift Bar or game bars suitable for poker, baccarat and slots with high limits, if that is your game.

For somewhere to relax by day, Aria’s pool scene is vibrant and diverse, with options including the adults-only Liquid Pool Lounge, which sets the standards for summer parties with a rotating DJ’s menu and F&B service in the lobby (but remember the butler’s tip).

The Sky Pool is exclusive to Sky Suites guests during the warmer months.The Sky Pool is exclusive to Sky Suites guests during the warmer months.

Guests of the Sky Suites have exclusive summer access to the Sky Pool, with a worker on hand to check room keys. Note though that this space is open to all guests during the colder winter months.

Private cabanas are pricey but for larger groups it takes away the trouble of finding seats together.Private cabanas are pricey but for larger groups it takes away the trouble of finding seats together.

If you want to avoid the hassle of finding a poolside chair, the space can be booked as a chaise longue, daybed or luxury cabins, capable of accommodating up to 15 people. All cabanas come with towels, shaded lounges, priority food and beverage service, and mist fans, along with other amenities.

Eat

Aria Resort & Casino is home to dozens of restaurants ranging from casual fast food restaurants to fine dining experiences, featuring exquisitely crafted local and international menus delivered in sumptuous venues.

Whether your evening taste is perfectly grilled steak or Italian, French, Chinese, Spanish or Mexican specialties, Aria has you covered with fine restaurants run by experts renowned for their cuisine.

Indulge in seafood creations at the “Catch” restaurant located near the hotel’s main lobby.

Reservations are absolutely essential, as weekends often book weeks in advance. One way to get around this is to think about eating early (such as 4 pm) or very late (sitting up after 10 pm).

Din Tai Fung is famous throughout Asia, and has mastered the art of cooking at Xiao Long Bao.Din Tai Fung is famous throughout Asia, and has mastered the art of cooking at Xiao Long Bao.

For a less stressful environment, especially if you have a show to go, grab some delicious dumplings, some authentic Thai food, or even just a pizza to share. There is a lot to choose from.

Relax

Craving a day of pampering? The Spa at Aria is rated five stars by Forbes and is one of the largest facilities in the world, with a treatment menu capable of handling every stress in your body.

The Aria Spa's aqua pool overlooks the resort's main pools.The Aria Spa’s aqua pool overlooks the resort’s main pools.

Treat yourself to a few hours of solitude in the spa suite, where a variety of treatments can be punctuated with time in a private Jacuzzi and lounge. Aria has also customized Japanese Ganbanyoku stone beds that are said to speed up metabolism through gentle heating.

Instead, Kalologie MedSpa offers a selection of medically designed procedures including intravenous hydration therapy, B12 injections, micro needling, and neurotoxins, for when you want your inner glow to shine out and make you look and feel your best.

Aria's fitness center features a rock climbing wall.Aria’s fitness center features a rock climbing wall.

Other features include a hair salon and spacious fitness center, with a rock climbing wall where you can break a sweat individually or as part of a group session with a personal trainer.

Retail therapy is also available. The stores at Crystal include a resplendent array of high-end boutiques and art galleries designed to give your credit card a serious workout.

Premium tee times at Shadow Creek Golf Club are available to Aria hotel guests.Premium tee times at Shadow Creek Golf Club are available to Aria hotel guests.

For golfers, MGM Resorts owns and operates the very exclusive Shadow Creek Golf, located a half-hour drive north of the Strip. For $600 per person, hotel guests can secure a tee time Monday through Thursday, and transport limousines, a golf cart and a box on the 18th round. Access to the weekend is by invitation only.

judgment

One of the inconveniences that often upsets travelers to Las Vegas is scary resort fees. Be prepared for this $45 per day tax, plus tax that will incur fees north of $50.

For this purpose, you’ll have access to the hotel’s fitness center, local phone calls, and in-room wireless internet, which most hotels offer for free these days.

The back entrance, reserved for Sky Suites guests, has been used exclusively by various celebrities.The back entrance, reserved for Sky Suites guests, has been used exclusively by various celebrities.

Regardless of this annoyance, the Aria Resort has held its place in the strip in an impressive fashion. Whether you’re in town just for a fun vacation or ending your business trip with some Vegas charm and excitement, it will make you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot, even if you haven’t.

The writer was a guest at the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority

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