by Lissa Poirot
Tucked quietly off the Las Vegas Strip, behind the luxurious Crystal Mall, ARIA Resort is quieter than most casino resorts nearby. A member of the Hyatt brand of hotels, as well as the MGM Resorts group, the resort is actually a combination of two hotels in one: ARIA Resort & Casino and ARIA Sky Suites, which are the top-floor suites that are particularly luxurious and roomy, and a special splurge for guests wanting to enjoy the ultimate Vegas getaway with kids in tow. From fine-dining options to amenities, ARIA truly is a gem and underrated property to consider for your family vacation.
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Unique to ARIA are rooms and suites that are set to a guest's preferences -- lighting, shading, music and more can be customized. The one-touch room controls allow guests to change room temperature, as well. Wi-Fi is available in all accommodations and is included with the daily resort fee. Complimentary cribs are available upon request.
Available with on king or two queen beds, deluxe rooms are a large 520 square feet in size with sitting areas in both. King rooms provide corner configurations with panoramic views. Both room types include 42-inch, flat-screen TVs and a stocked mini-bar.
The 920-square-foot Corner Suites offer fantastic views of the city from multiple angles, and feature bedrooms separate from the living and dining areas, plus 1.5 bathrooms. The rooms are outfitted with a 42-inch, flat-screen TV in the living space, and a 20-inch, flat-screen TV in the bathroom.
The 1,050-square-foot ARIA Suites provide a private concierge and entry, as well as a private lounge with free food and drinks offered throughout the day. There's also a daily wine and cheese social hour. The suites have private elevator access and provide no-wait passes in the Buffet and CafÃ©. The suites provide 52-inch, flat-screen TVs in the living room, 42-inch, flat-screen TVs in the bedroom, and a 20-inch, flat-screen TV in the bathroom.
Additional accommodation options include the Crystals Suites, Center Suites, Cirrus Suites, Tower Suites and the Executive Hospitality Suite, all of which range in size from 1,000 to 2,000 square feet. All sleep up to two guests.
I stayed at Aria for the first time when attending a business conference. The property is gorgeous but the staff didn’t impress me at all. It sort of seemed like everyone was stressed out or didn’t really like their jobs. However; the cleaning lady rolling the cart down the hallways wished me well and gave me a smile. On the other hand, the people holding signs up for where to go at the conference were much friendlier than than general hotel staff. The minibar in the room is a form of robbery with no prices posted and then a surprise charge of over $12 for a Red Bull and over $18 for a small bag of snack mix. I’m glad I stayed here and gave it a try since it’s a beautiful property, but next time I’m in Las Vegas I’m going to stay somewhere else.
Nothing wrong with the Aria but my personal preference is that I would prefer staying at a another hotel in the area over the Aria - it is expensive and although it is very modern and a luxury hotel the amenities aren’t any better than that of the other hotels in the area. We visited the buffet also and the standard of food was poor for the price you pay.
ARIA features three pools, and a fourth reserved specifically for Sky Suites guests. The resort features an adult pool with a DJ and party-like atmosphere, but it is removed from the standard pools so kids can play safely. Cabanas and reserved lounge rentals are available to ensure your family gets a seat during peak times. The pools are open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., though hours are subject to change seasonally or due to scheduled events.
This gaming lounge features Xbox One and PlayStation 4 games, and is open daily on the second level promenade.
Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
Many of the Las Vegas resorts offer their own Cirque du Soleil shows and ARIA's upscale resort lends itself well to this production. Zarkana is a twisted acrobatic fantasy universe Cirque lovers have come to expect. The 90-minute shows are offered Tuesday through Saturday nights.
Las Vegas is known for its 24-hour cafes, but you won't find one bigger than ARIA's, which serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between. The casual restaurant is located on the casino level and features classic cafÃ© fare.
James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Mina brings French cuisine to ARIA. Open for dinner nightly from 6 to 10:30 p.m., as well as brunch on weekends from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., guests will find authentic French brasserie fare.
Michelin three-star Chef Masa Takayama lends his name and recipes to this modern Japanese restaurant. Located near the hotel lobby, guests will find traditional merged with contemporary Japanese cuisine and fresh sushi. The restaurant is open for dinner Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesday), 5 to 11 p.m.
Located on the casino level, guests looking for authentic Chinese cuisine will find it at Blossom. Exotic ingredients create unique, yet somewhat traditional dishes from Hong Kong and Beijing. The restaurant serves dinner nightly from 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.
ARIA's Buffet, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, is simply called The Buffet. Located on the second floor promenade, the buffet features unlimited seafood and sushi, as well as a gourmet station for a buffet that is anything but traditional. It is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
Five50 Pizza Bar
You can have wood-fired pizza by the slice at a grab-and-go counter or in a sit-down restaurant environment that also features handmade pasta, small bites and craft brews at Five50 Pizza Bar. The pizza bar is open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily.
When craving authentic Mexican cuisine, look no further than Javier's, which also serves up great margaritas. With a wide range of tequilas for mom and dad to enjoy and a lively atmosphere, this casino-level restaurant is open daily from lunch at 11:30 a.m. through dinner and late night, closing at midnight.
Jean Georges Steakhouse
Michelin three-star Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten brings another renowned chef menu, this time in the form of a steakhouse. Using high-quality meats and seafood, the promenade-located restaurant promises a dinner you won't soon forget. The steakhouse is open daily for dinner from 5 to 10:30 p.m.
Jean Philippe Patisserie
Chef Jean Philippe Maury is another award-winning chef known for his exquisite pastries. More than 15,000 pastries are created each day, and guests can savor them as early as 6 a.m. daily. The patisserie closes at midnight on weeknights and 2 a.m. on weekends.
Chef Julian Serrano's name is recognized for his Spanish fare and tapas. With delectable small plates, diners will have a chance to taste multiple dishes from Serrano's home country. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, opening at 11:30 a.m. and closing at 11 p.m. on weeknights and 11:30 p.m. on weekends.
Thai dishes can be found in this casual restaurant, located on the casino level. Open for lunch daily at 11 a.m., the restaurant is open until 2 a.m. every day.
The Roasted Bean
For your coffee fix, the Roasted Bean is available on the casino level from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. It also features sandwiches and pastries.
Another James Beard Award-winning chef brings his take on farm-to-table dining at Sage. Chef Shawn McClain's menu features sustainable seafood, organic produce and artisanal meats. The dinner-only restaurant is located near the hotel lobby and is open from 5 to 11 p.m. daily.
What's a casino without Starbucks? This one is located on the second level promenade and is open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., daily.
Another Japanese restaurant is tucked away inside barMASA, also featuring creations from Chef Masa. This intimate dining experience provides guests with a one-of-a-kind menu and dining experience. It is open Thursday through Tuesday (closed Wednesday) from 5 to 11 p.m.
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Daily Resort Fee
Like most Las Vegas resorts, ARIA charges a daily resort fee of $28 that covers access to the fitness center, Wi-Fi in the resort and rooms, boarding pass printing, notary services, electronic newspapers and local telephone calls.
The concierge can provide a list of recommended babysitters in the area when needed. Fees may vary.
Check-In is at 3 p.m. and check-out is at 11 a.m.
The Art of Smart Timing
With its desert location, Las Vegas is a popular destination during winter and spring, although spring is peak season for travel to the area. Families visit most during school breaks and the summer, when the temperatures soar. Wait until fall or early spring to avoid the crowds.
The hotel is located 15 minutes from McCarran International Airport, and easily accessible by taxi or by utilizing the Las Vegas hotel shuttle that stops at multiple properties for a small per-passenger fee.
ARIA's location is within walking distance of many resorts and attractions in Las Vegas, so a car is not needed. If driving in or wanting a vehicle to visit attractions outside of the city, free valet parking is available.
For Mom and Dad
The Spa + Salon at ARIA provides a pampering retreat that is so popular, guests book services three months in advance to ensure they can visit. The full-service spa offers massages, body treatments, facials, manicures, pedicures and more, with a salon providing hair services for a night on the town.