Trip Review: ARIA Las Vegas Resort & Casino

A view of the Las Vegas strip from a guest room at the Aria, during sunrise

This past week, I headed out to a work conference, same as I do 2-3x  a year, every year. But this time I stayed somewhere new – the Aria in Las Vegas. And it was pretty damn magical, friends.

Guest suit at the Aria in Las VegasGuest room at the Aria in Las VegasBed area of a guest room at the Aria in Las Vegas

Not only was my room super nice, but it also had what I will now consider the gold-standard in bathrooms from here on out: there was both a bathtub, and a bench, inside the stand-up shower.

Bathroom of a guest room at the Aria in Las VegasBath/shower combo at the Aria in Las Vegas

Yes, you read that right. I could shower off, then bathe, overflow the tub if I so desired, then sit down and enjoy a little steam ALL IN THE SAME ROOM. Mind = blown. #bathroomgoals

And my view wasn’t too shabby either:

View of the Vdara from the Aria in Las Vegas

Beyond all that, though, the service really set it apart. Since I’m an MLife Platinum member, I got to enjoy priority checkin, never having to wait in the taxi line, and this free upgrade to a strip-view room. Every interaction I had with the Aria staff (from asking directions to getting breakfast room service delievered) was phenomenal.

As for the rest of the conference, I got to see IBM’s CEO and Chairman of the board, Ginny Rometty. I got to see Will Smith. And I got to see a great concert featuring Andy Grammer and the Zac Brown Band. Not too shabby for a trip paid entirely by my work.

IBM's Ginny Rommety talks to whiz kid Tanmay BakshiWill Smith interviewed at the IBM InterConnect conference

Andy Grammer performs at IBM InterConnect in Las VegasZac Brown Band performs at IBM InterConnect in Las Vegas

Even better, because of a partnership between Hyatt and MLife, the trip will actually earn me a nice little sum of Hyatt points. And, my Southwest flights that took me to Vegas (also paid through work) was the final little push needed to help me re-earn my Companion Pass Status for 2017 & 2018.


So, in addition to just taking a very nice work trip, I’ve also set myself up for my next several vacations. That’s some #winning in Vegas that I’m definitely a fan of.