Aria Resort & Casino Review
Aria is one of Las Vegas’ newest resort casinos, and also one of its most impressive. This is not a budget resort by any means, and standard room rates can run over $400 with the taxes and fees included on some nights, but are also available for under $200 inclusive on some nights. You get what you pay for though and you do get an outstanding experience overall here, one well worth the extra money.
This is definitely a luxury hotel though and the suites in particular are pretty amazing. While some very fine hotels boast a AAA four diamond designation, the very best get 5 diamonds, and Aria is a five diamond resort. This is simply a beautiful property inside and out and is the centerpiece of the $9.2 billion CityCenter project on the Las Vegas Strip, and the only casino in the project.
Aria is also the largest hotel to receive LEED gold certification for its use of technology to promote energy savings, and has been called the most technologically advanced hotel in the world by Popular Mechanics.
It is owned by the giant casino company MGM Resorts International, and took over 3 years to build. At 61 stories, the hotel is one of the world’s biggest, with over 4,000 rooms and suites. It also features a 150,000 square foot casino, a 300,000 square foot convention center, a 17,000 square foot pool deck with 34 cabanas, 16 restaurants and 9 bars covering a total of 250,000 square feet, and a 80,000 square foot spa covering two floors.
The building’s tall glass exterior is one of the most impressive looking in the city, and it’s also one of the city’s tallest buildings. While many casinos are built according to a theme, Aria doesn’t have one, unless beauty, luxury, and sophistication can be considered themes.
What Aria Has To Offer Its Guests
All of the 4,004 rooms and suites here feature touch screen automation which automatically adjust curtains, lighting, and temperatures. The standard rooms, either a king or two queens, start at a generous 520 square feet. They offer panoramic views, an entry foyer, dual closets, granite top dresser, plush robes, in room safe, and an intelligent mini bar.
Tower suites range from 920 to 2000 square feet and feature jaw dropping views and enhanced room and luxury including custom made beds. Their sky suites take things to a whole different level though. The Sky Villas may be the ultimate and these are said to be unlike anything on the planet.
The suites are reasonably priced compared to the cost of a normal room, from $309 for a one bedroom, $523 for a two bedroom, and one and two bedroom penthouse suites for $570 and $665. A sky villa will cost you over $3000 a night but these are super high level accommodations and even come with 24 hour butler service.
There are 21 different dining options here, if you include Starbucks, private dining, and in room dining. The selection here is enormous, from fine dining to a casual meal, with whatever food you prefer.
The Burger Lounge takes a whole new approach to the classic American burger. Bardot Brasserie offers French cuisine from Chef Michael Mina. Julian Serrano’s serves up the famous chef’s Spanish fare. Herringbone brings its seafood right from ocean to table.
Carbone celebrates classic Italian American restaurants. Sage features the creations of award winning chef Shawn McClain, taking American favorites to new places. Barmisa provides fresh fish right from Japan served up by Chef Masa Takayama. Javier’s delivers Mexican food and drink.
Blossom’s has over 100 Chinese and Chinese American favorites. Bobby’s Burger Place is another place to get great burgers. Jean Georges’ Steakhouse has Kobe A5 beef and a lot more. Tessu is another restaurant featuring Chef Takayama’s creations, this time on a teppan grill.
The Buffet offers an unbelievable selection of great food. The Aria Café is the largest 24 hour café in Las Vegas. Jean Philippe Patisserie dishes out treats from Pastry World Champion Jean Philippe Maury. Lemongrass serves authentic Thai dishes. Five50 Pizza Bar has pizza from an award winning chef. Starbucks and Pressed Juicery round out the many options here.
There are bars and lounges here, headlined by the just competed the ultra exciting Jewel Nightclub, which must be experienced to be believed. Those looking for a more relaxing way to spend an evening can find many options here.
There are lots of great acts that are featured, including ones appearing at the new T Mobile Arena, which is owned by MGM as well, and the staff here can make all the arrangements for you to see the biggest acts in the business. There’s also an 1800 seat theater which offers regular performances of Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil.
There’s a huge pool area and a massive spa for those who like to really get some relaxation in. Those who are looking to do some shopping will find a 500,000 square foot high end shopping center within the CityCenter project.
The Casino at Aria
Aria features M Life, the players club of MGM Resorts International. There are five different cards you can obtain, from Sapphire all the way to Noir for the highest rollers. Your M Life card will earn you points on all your spending at Aria as well as at other MGM resorts.
The casino here is one of the bigger ones in Las Vegas and serves not only guests of Aria but other hotels in the CityCenter complex. It features a state of the art fresh air ventilation system so both smokers and non smokers can be kept happy.
They just don’t have a lot of slots here, they just don’t have all of the latest and most popular ones, a lot of these machines are programmable so that the games offered are tailored to what people want to play and what’s the hottest at their casino specifically. This casino is well ahead of its time as far as technology goes, which is true of the whole Aria complex.
Stakes range from a penny all the way up to $5000 a bet, and this casino does indeed attract players who bet that much on slot machines, which tells you that this is not your small time casino by any means. There are lots of jackpots paid out here, almost $10 million worth a month.
There are 15 different table games offered here, so whatever you want to play, they have it. You can play Blackjack, Free Bet Blackjack, Blackjack Switch, Craps, Baccarat, Mini Baccarat, Roulette, European Roulette, Pai Gow, Pai Gow Poker, Three Card Poker, Ultimate Texas Holdem, Crazy 4 Poker, Casino War, and Big 6.
Aria also has one of the very best poker rooms in the city, featuring a wide variety of games and limits. They have lots of low stakes poker, with mid stakes and even high stakes laid out.
Games include limit and no limit Holdem, limit Omaha, pot limit Omaha, draw poker, 7 card stud, as well as mixed games. There are also tournaments that run throughout the day, with buy ins from $375 to $565.
The sports and race book here features a wall of 90 HD televisions, and comfortable stuffed chairs where you can catch and bet on all the action you like.
Aria is truly an outstanding resort casino and is right up there with the very best in the city and in the world as well.