Nestled between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo on the Las Vegas strip is the luxurious Aria Resort and Casino. Owned as a joint endeavor between MGM Resorts International and Infinity World Development and designed by Pelli Architects, the Aria opened its doors on December 16, 2009. The 61-story building is home to a wide array of entertainment and hospitality attractions. This includes over 4000 hotel rooms, each fitted with automation systems that allow guests to control the temperature as they come and go from the room, adjust the curtains and turn off lights and other electrical components not being used all at the convenience of a touch-screen panel. These and other technological advancements incorporated into the overall design earned the Aria a LEED Gold certification.
Over 500 rooms make up the suites, with a portion of these belonging to the ‘Sky Suites.’ These particular suites have the distinction of being a ‘Forbes Five Star’ hotel and are accessible through a private entrance and elevator. They also include transportation between the resort and airport via limousines.
Entertainment is the name of the game in Vegas, and the Aria has a winning hand. Guests can choose from over a dozen restaurants including ‘Julian Serrano’ named by Esquire Magazine as one of the ‘20 Best New Restaurants in 2010.’ In the fall of 2015, the Carbone will open. Inspired by the Italian-American cuisine from the mid-20th century, Carbone will showcase an era of glamour and opulence. Guests can also take advantage of the multiple bars and nightclubs, the pool area with 50 cabanas or the salon and spa. Highlighting the attractions are the 1800-seat theater that hosts the Cirque du Soleil stage production ‘Zarkana’ as well as the three-story convention center that includes four ballrooms and 38 meeting rooms.
What would a resort in Vegas be without a casino? The Aria’s boasts 150,000 square feet of gaming space that includes poker, table games, slot machines and a sports and race book. Just as arias are the spotlight at the opera, the Aria Resort and Casino lives up to its name as the focal point of the strip.