Hotel Review: Aria Las Vegas

Living in LA, Vegas is only a hop, skip, and a jump away. Like many Angelenos, I find myself in Sin City at least once a year–if not two or three times–since it’s a less-than-an-hour flight, and the hotels, restaurants, bars, and shows are constantly evolving and expanding. Last time I was there, E. and I checked out Michael Jackson One – Cirque du Soleil and stayed at Caesars; this time, we finally caught “O” by Cirque du Soleil and stayed at an old favorite: Aria.

It sounds a bit funny to classify Aria–still a relatively new Vegas hotel–as an “old favorite,” but this was my third time staying there in fewer than two years. Each time, I’ve found more to love about it, and I left this visit firmly convinced that Aria is hands-down one of the only options in Vegas if you’re looking for a true luxury hotel experience.

Giada De Laurentiis’s new Vegas restaurant Giada with Clairol Natural Instincts

When Clairol Natural Instincts invited me to Vegas this week for the opening of chef Giada de Laurentiis’s first restaurant Giada, I was basically on the first plane out. Giada is essentially the last big household name chef without her own restaurant, she’s known for easy “Everyday Italian” dishes, she’s a working mom, she’s gorgeous, and she really ENJOYS food without packing on the pounds. I was super excited about this trip and it was every bit as awesome as I’d hoped.