Does Aria Impress The Second Time Around?

Guest Author “Fisherman” does a return engagement with VegasBright….and Aria Hotel

On my most recent trip to Las Vegas (early June), I stayed at Aria Hotel Casino for the second time around…and was impressed once again. Something about the feel of Aria just seems to set it apart from other Strip resorts. I’’ve stayed at several MGM Resorts, and still, think that Aria is their very best.


The rooms at Aria are something special; that’s for sure. This past trip, my wife and I stayed in one of their Deluxe King rooms on the 34th floor. The room had a great view of the mountains, was super-clean, and the daily housekeeping service was outstanding.


Since Aria is one of the newest Strip hotels, technology is abundant. The entire room can be controlled by an iPad-sized touchscreen. Every light, curtain, and TV is remote-controllable, which allows for a fun joke when your spouse is in the shower.



The touchpad provides lots of information about the various restaurants and services throughout the resort. You can even order room service without ever picking up the phone.


One of the other nice features is the control panel located next to the entry. Two of the buttons are for ““Privacy”” and ““Service””. Those are great when you are leaving for breakfast…or the pool…and would like to have housekeeping do their thing while you’re out.


During our stay, we spent a lot of time at the pool. I found the “first-come, first-serve” basic lounge chairs to be rather comfortable. On our first full day (Thursday), we arrived around 11:00 am and found available chairs to be abundant. There were even a good number of them under umbrellas, so we quickly grabbed a pair.


The staff has done a good job of placing trees around the outer edges for shaded areas. Drink prices at the pool are at the higher end for hotels along the Strip, but that was expected here…and the quality is high.

My wife and I have always enjoyed every aspect of our stays at the Aria…and we definitely recommend this resort. You will have high-class service and a great experience whether hanging at the pool, in the vanilla-scented casino or just enjoying the technology in your wonderful room.

Photos: [Fisherman, pool image via, cover photo by Greg C.]

9 Comments on "Does Aria Impress The Second Time Around?"

  1. Chris in Nashville | July 28, 2016 at 8:57 am |

    Only stayed here once…and for one night. The “ipad” control for everything is really cool if you have time and sense about you to figure it out. I got to my room after midnight and just wanted to crash. Trying to get the lights out and shades shut on no sleep and dreary eyes was quite a challenge for me. But I love this place and can’t wait to go back for a longer stay!

  2. Wish I had the kind of money to allow me to stay there, but I prefer the ‘cheap and cheerful’ resorts like Excalibur and Luxor anyway, or even better, 4 Queens! I’m not having a go at the higher end resorts, but personally, I would rather stay at a themed resort and stay in Vegas for longer!!

  3. BigAzMarty | July 28, 2016 at 11:17 am |

    My wife and I have always pondered a stay here, but those pools look small and really shallow for some reason. Since you’ve been there how deep are they and are they as small as the pictures make them out to be? We’ve liked the casino and played several times there with decent returns. And what’s up with that step through the shower to get to the tub design in the rooms…is that a fall hazard when the shower has been used before someone uses the tub? Answers will help my wife make more room decisions after I lost the right following the Bally’s Suite debacle.

  4. Fisherman | July 28, 2016 at 5:03 pm |

    The pools are only 3-4 feet deep but are good sized. The shower is actually in front of the tub in that pic. There is a large shower area and then the tub inside the enclosure and I don’t remember it feeling slippery while we were there.

    • BigAZMarty | July 29, 2016 at 6:34 pm |

      Darn…where I live that’s the shallow ends of the play pools. At 4′ maybe but 3′ is an issue when you are 6′ tall. Big disappointment there. So the material used for the shower stall portion has excellent texture or drying ability so wife won’t crash through the shower stall trying to get in and out of the tub into the wet shower area if just used previously. One of the things we liked is Aria is actually connected to the now Monte Carlo soon to be The Park MGM / NoMad Hotel and shares the access to the tram down to Bellagio with Monte Carlo.

  5. John Murphy | July 28, 2016 at 7:11 pm |

    My wife and I stayed there for three nights last November. We thought the shower/tub set up was a little odd, but it worked. The curtains opening automatically when we first walked in the room blew me away…very cool. We liked the spaciousness of the casino. We enjoyed the buffet and the Aria Cafe but unfortunately didn’t go to any of the nicer restaurants. The slice of pizza I had a Five50 was the perfect cheesy, greasy goodness to go with my buzz from the rather large complementary cocktails I had while gambling. We’d go back.

  6. Paul Weber | July 29, 2016 at 8:12 am |

    Question – did you try the new burger place by the poker room? How was it?

    I do love the rooms but I’ve found the controller to be a bit wonky.

  7. jackie franklin | July 29, 2016 at 11:43 am |

    Thanks for this. Like most this is a dream hotel but love to get a sneak peak inside.

  8. Fisherman | July 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm |

    A friend and his wife that traveled out there with us ate at the new Burger Lounge place and he said it was great.

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