By Expert, Sal Rizza
I’ve stayed at the Aria twice (July 2010, February 2012). Overall, I felt the overall experience was excellent. The location is a bit off the strip which makes for a longer walk (15 minutes) to get to the main road but the resort itself is fantastic.
Prior to my first stay, they provided excellent information and service. My wife suffers from severe migraines often brought on by different scents AND she has an allergy to gluten. I contacted The Aria via email regarding these two issues and asked if they could provide information regarding the scent used throughout the resort as well as gluten free options in the property’s restaurants. Within in 48 hours, a representative emailed me detailed information regarding the vanilla scent used as well as several restaurant menus with gluten free options identified. Both of our stays were filled with more of the same attention. The rooms were cleaned thoroughly and in a timely fashion and the staff are friendly.
The best rooms in Vegas. The technology in the room is awesome. When you enter the room, you are greeted by the room “turning on.” The curtains open, lights come on softly, and the TV says, “Welcome, Mr. Rizza.” The rooms are new and clean. The beds are heavenly. Because of the location, the view isn’t always great but it is incredibly comfortable and welcoming.
Simply put, I’ve never seen anyone win in the casino and haven’t fared much better myself. Table minimums are normally $15 and higher. The floor layout is a bit difficult to navigate and the whole area feels a little dark as compare to other casinos on the strip. They compensate with regular beverage service to all areas of the floor. They must know most people wouldn’t keep pumping cash into their dry machines if their thirsts weren’t quenched. While the slots and tables seem to be slow, the sports book is a nice place to lay a few bets, have a drink and catch a few games.
The resort’s restaurants are more overpriced than most on the strip. However, you will not be disappointed in the quality. Admittedly, I haven’t dined in their upscale establishments like Michael Mina’s “Fish” which I’m dying to try but their casual restaurants are very good and very expensive comparatively speaking. Café’ Vettro does a great breakfast but you WILL NOT be paying Denny’s prices. Skybox, Aria’s sports bar and restaurant makes a fantastic burger and hardly ever has a wait but, again, you’ll be paying over $15 for that burger. While other buffets (The Bellagio, Village Buffet, Carnival World Buffet, Spice Market) are often rated highly, I believe The Buffet at The Aria is the best value in a buffet, offers great options and is really high quality.