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The Aria Resort & Casino CityCenter’s Crown Jewel

Mar 07, 2010 by Lisa Newton

If Vegas is representative about anything, it’s about taking care of the customer with luxury, style, and panache.

For the owners, management, and staff there, it’s a daily occurrence at such illustrious and luxurious hotels including Caesars’ Palace, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, Bellagio, the Wynn’ Encore and Tower Suites, and Mirage, just to name a few.

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The nighttime image of the Vegas Strip above shows the world’s most famous street in all its glory. With it neon bright lights ablaze, casinos, shows, restaurants, and new luxury destination hotels lining the way, the Las Vegas Strip is a symbol of a dream. It’s demonstrative of how man has created his own version of paradise in the middle of the desert.

The newest addition to Las Vegas’ man-made paradise is the 8.5 billion dollar CityCenter project, which opened in December 2009. CityCenter is unparalleled in its scope, size, elegance, and vision.

What was once thought unobtainable luxury, is now available at reasonable rates for a weekend get-a-way, a romantic vacation, a second honeymoon, a business meeting or convention, or to simply bring a slice of paradise into your daily life.

At the heart of CityCenter is the Aria Resort & Casino

Aria Resort & Casino

With its sleek outer shell of mirrors, glass, and steel, the Aria Resort stands as a jewel polished by the sky and the sun:

Designed by the world-renowned firm Pelli Clarke Architects, its exhilarating casino floor was designed to provide intimate gaming spaces. For the business and corporate meeting and banquet needs, at the Aria alone, they have over 300,000 square feet of meeting and pre-function space. Aria has three primary pools with 50 cabanas, one adults-only pool retreat, 16 restaurants and 10 bars and lounges, including a nightclub, 80,000-square-foot, two-level spa and salon with 62 individual spa treatment rooms; 55 salon stations, the Deuce Lounge that is part blackjack parlor, part relaxation parlor and as well as the Haze Nightclub, City Center’s mega club, with a grand staircase and a 100 foot video wall surrounding the dance floor. Liquid, the “adult only pool playground and outdoor refuge” A full-service salon, barbershop, deluxe fitness room, group exercise studio, meditation and relaxation rooms, separate men’s and women’s spa with eucalyptus steam rooms and red wood saunas. Last but not least, a 1,800-seat theater housing Viva ELVIS™, a tribute to the life and musical legacy of Elvis Presley from Cirque du Soleil®. Source: Aria Resort and Casino

As you get a little closer, the first thing you’ll notice, besides two of its five artistic water features, is the large canopy stretching out from the building, and sheltering you from the sun:

Aria's Eco-Friendliness in Action

Its one of many eco features–including an on-site natural gas cogeneration plant, unique prototype water faucets throughout the entire complex to save water, clean-burning limos, and much more that the Aria Resort conceptualized and specified during its construction and designed it for the complex to achieve energy equilibrium.

This canopy not only keeps visitors cool, but also helps to cool the lobby, which cuts down on the energy needed to cool the property. The owners tried to achieve maximum building sustainability, and the Aria received LEED® Gold Certification from the US Green Building Council.

Almost every day is full of sunshine in Las Vegas, making this city in the desert a magical and hymnal ode to the ethos of the west.

Aria Lobby

In addition, unseen in this photo is “Silver River,” the 80-foot silver cast representation of the Colorado River, nestled above the check-in desks, crafted by Maya Lin, who also designed the Veteran’s Memorial in Washington DC. It’s one of the 15 artists whose work is represented throughout CityCenter.

It’s also part of the $40 million dollar public art exhibit and a compendium of the developers’ commitment for its visitors to enjoy, which also includes commissioned works by Jenny Holzer, Richard Long, and Nancy Rubins, as well as acquisitions of seminal pieces by Henry Moore, Frank Stella and Claes Oldenburg.

The rest of City Center consists of 18 million-square-feet of interior space; and the gaming floor at the Aria accounts for 150,000-square-feet. But don’t let that fool you, they’re ready for any action you want to play—from Poker, Blackjack, Roulette, Baccarat, and everything else you would expect in Vegas, Baby!

He's just waiting for you!

Of course, star-studded shows, great food, and friendly hospitality are just part of what Vegas is about.

The Aria Resort & Casino, has 4,004 guestrooms, including 568 suites but this only tells a portion of its story:

The City Center encompasses a vacation, an experience, a romantic get-a-way, a place to live your adult privileges, a destination resort for relaxation, a world-class food and restaurant location, an art gallery and public art mecca, exquisite hotel rooms to enjoy, the Haze mega-nightclub to party like tomorrow will never come, and with its world-class spas the Aria Resort and Casino is part of the grandest vision of a city within a city–which you never have to leave once you arrive in Las Vegas.

After seeing just a small portion of Aria’s ground level, it’s time to head upstairs to my room:

My Aria Room

Some of the innovations and amenities in my gorgeous room included-a king size bed, total control over my interior via the TV screen on the left, and a wonderful view of the city from my window.

For a more detailed list of its features and luxuries, the Aria website has a complete list.

CityCenter is an unprecedented urban metropolis on 67 acres between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, and stands apart in its excellence as a world class hotel, resort, gaming, shopping, residential, and lifestyle destination.

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2 Responses to “The Aria Resort & Casino CityCenter’s Crown Jewel”

  1. Richard says:

    Thanks for this great review of the Aria. I was just in Vegas and passed by this very interesting looking building. Might have to book my next stay there at the Aria after reading this!
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  2. Alex says:

    I live in vegas, and I unknowingly stumbled into the Aria a few weeks ago while I was looking for a place to have dinner. It is really nice, but a bit dark inside even for a casino. The Aria is going to give Bellagio and the Wynn some good competition.
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