Please stay at Aria the next time you are in Vegas!

26 Nov

Hi guys! Back from vaca, holiday, etc., and do I have a recommendation for you! We were in Vegas (my mom lives there), and sometimes I stay on the Strip to take a break from the burbs. For the first time, we checked in at Aria, which is now my new fave hotel in that city. Sophisticated and classy, it lacks the schmaltz of theme-oriented spots as well as the scene-y pretension of places like The Cosmopolitan. Yes, there is a casino on the ground floor. But overall it is an oasis of calm featuring natural wood, stone and foliage in the lobby, and modern, sleek decor in the rooms. When you walk into yours, the curtains open automatically; in fact, almost everything (television, lights, temperature, room service) is controlled via a touch screen panel (which turns off devices when not in use). With Aria’s commitment to reducing energy consumption, its 4,000+ rooms make up the largest LEED-certified hotel in the world.

And in case you need to undo any Vegas-indulgence damage, the gym is the best I have ever seen at a hotel: HUGE, with natural light streaming in and dozens of cardio options, weight machines and free weights. With a gorgeous spa, five pools, seven bars and 16 restaurants (Including Julian Serrano tapas, the brand-new Javier’s Mexican and Todd English PUB, which is not technically part of Aria but onsite at CityCenter), Aria may even make you forget about poker. And that’s my kind of Vegas.

Nightly rates from $100 (but more like $140 with resort fee and taxes).

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