The north end of the Las Vegas Valley is not as far away as it used to be, now that the I-215 Beltway is finally nearing completion. Most of the temporary detour off-ramps that were in place during construction phases have disappeared. This long stretch of road now flows smoothly from I-15 in the northeast close to Nellis AFB to the west end of town near Red Rock Canyon. The distance to points of interest in North Las Vegas is still the same mileage, but it no longer takes more than an hour to get there when traffic is snarled up on the surface streets.
What this means to visitors of downtown Las Vegas and locals in the valley is there are now more options to get some fresh air in a relaxed "Off The Strip" resort atmosphere. Not everybody wants to be in the thick of thing every minute of the day on The Las Vegas Strip or Fremont Street. After a while, sensory overload takes over when too much time is spent in loud, crowded, neon lit primary tourist destinations. Casino resorts located Off The Strip do offer a little more mellow atmosphere and some room to breathe freely.
The Aliante Casino-Hotel-Spa is located at 7300 North Aliante Parkway in North Las Vegas. The Aliente Parkway off-ramp is located on I-215 between Highway 95 and I-15. Tourist will be happy to know that every major highway in the valley can be used to get to Aliante, so there is little need for a map.
Originally this resort was named "The Aliante Station" and it was one of many Station Casinos in the Las Vegas Valley. Just before the Great Recession went full tilt in 2009, the Station Casino Corporation unveiled two luxury resort projects located in the outskirts of the city and one huge mega-resort located on the Las Vegas Strip. The Red Rock Casino and Aliante Station luxury resorts were completed and the mega-resort Echelon project on The Strip failed financially in the first phase of construction.
Because of the harsh economic climate during the recession, luxury was not in high demand and The Aliante Station was not turning profits like it should. The Station Casino Corporation eventually unloaded The Aliente Station and now it is owned and operated by new entity.
The current Aliante Resort logistical plan was driven by design and not dumb luck. The Aliante Golf Club offers championship quality play. The Aliante Casino Hotel was designed as a golfer's paradise with all amenities. During the economic recession, the golfing destination theme was not exactly profitable, but now that the worst of economic times are over, the golfer's paradise theme is the key to success.
The new Aliante Casino Hotel management team retained many facility features that the Station Casino Corporation left behind. The atmosphere of comfortable luxury was retained. The table gaming runs at a relaxed pace. The level of service is classy, yet not stiff like at a formal luxury resort. The overall feel of Aliante can be compared to what is found at a comfortable golf course country club.
The restaurant and buffet prices at Aliante are about the same as the premium luxury Station Casino resorts, like the Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock. Apparently the new owners of the Aliante placed heavy emphasis on maintaining restaurant customer satisfaction by improving quality, while retaining good dining value. This hospitality strategy pleases the local clientele to no end, because Las Vegas locals always seem to prefer good food at a bargain price.
The restaurant venue at Aliante appeals to working class members that seek comfort with class. Golfers and those who are retirement age like the food venue too. I dined at the Medley Buffet and in my opinion, this is easily one of the top five best premium local casino buffets in the valley.
The 24/7 restaurant called "FARM" offers quality oriented diner style comfort food favorites and food creations made with flair. Customers that I chatted with while playing cards all had great things to say about the "MRKT" restaurant. MRKT is a classic fine dining steak & seafood restaurant and the atmosphere is perfect for special occasions.
As one can see, Aliante opened during the worst of economic times and this resort definitely faired well after a change of ownership. The Aliante Casino Hotel has now found a viable niche in the local's casino scene. The relaxed country club pace, atmosphere and amenities appeal to golfers, locals and those who seek comfort Off The Strip!