Aria Resort and Casino — The showpiece of CityCenter!
Just as Aria ascends to its placement in the Las Vegas skyline, the name derives from an elaborate melody for a single voice rising musically. The 61-story imposing and graceful curved-glass hotel includes 4,004 rooms, an 1,800-seat showroom, 9 bars and lounges, 16 restaurants, a spa and salon, shopping arcade, pool deck, sizeable conference center, subterranean parking, and the only casino within the CityCenter development. The structure is comprised of two high, sweeping curvilinear glass towers and two perpendicular wings, anchored by a low-rise curved base.
The 150,000-square-foot casino is well configured, with natural light streaming through walls of angled windows. Along the edge, private salons house high-end table games and slots, while various zones divide the extensive casino floor into more intimate sections.
Guest rooms and suites at Aria Resort and Casino
Guest rooms and suites are richly appointed with customized furniture. Accents of mocha, taupe, and sienna predominate. Average room size is 520 square feet. These guest rooms are a techie’s delight, with keyless locks and one user-friendly remote controlling the temperature, drapes, lights, music, TV, wake-up calls, and other guest services. Work stations can accommodate wired, high-speed, and wireless equipment. Laptops, cameras, MP3 players, and game consoles can be connected to the 42-inch LCD high-def TV. This TV can also be programmed to wake guests through controlled lights, drapes, and music. Safes are large enough to secure a laptop and other valuables.
All rooms come with stocked minibars, robes, double closets, and a dresser in the foyer dressing area. As a result of the hotel’s unusual squares-on-curves architectural design, every room has front and corner views through floor-to-ceiling windows. Twice-daily housekeeping and turndown service complete the room amenities.
Aria — Home to Cirque du Soleil extravaganza Zarkana
At the far end of the casino, escalators draw showgoers up to the elevated multilevel showroom. The hotel hosts the Cirque extravaganza Zarkana, a surreal rock opera with original music played out in a spellbinding scenario with a magician as the protagonist. The world of magic permeates the story with technical wizardry that exceeds state of the art.
Aria offers Gourmet dining and a Fabulous Buffet
International cuisines satisfying every palate abound with restaurants from casual cafes and bistros to steakhouses and gourmet dining. Asian cuisine includes Blossom for classic Chinese, Lemongrass for modern Thai, barMASA for nouvelle Japanese, and Tetsu, featuring teppan dining within barMASA. Presenting European cuisine are Spain’s Julian Serrano tapas lounge, Jean-Georges Steakhouse for steak and seafood, Michael Mina’s Bardot Brasserie for Parisian brasserie fare, and Jean-Philippe Maury’s Patisserie Chocolate.
Not to be outdone, American cuisine is well represented by Shawn McLain’s Sage and Five50 Pizza Bar, Aria Café, Roasted Bean, and The Buffet. Try Javier’s for authentic Mexican cuisine. Several themed bars and lounges keep the venues buzzing.
At Liquid, the vast 215,000-square-foot elevated pool complex that can accommodate up to 1,500 guests, there are three oval pools, the secluded adult (topless) pool, fountains, and several hot tubs set in a tropical forest of palm, acacia, and pine trees. Fifty cabanas are interspersed among the water features and abundant foliage. Breeze Café provides all-day refreshments.
Relax at the two-legal Spa at Aria
In addition to a complete menu of international beauty treatments, the 80,000-square-foot, two-level Spa at Aria, the largest in Las Vegas, includes a full-service beauty salon and barbershop, redwood saunas, eucalyptus steam rooms, a salt room, heated stone beds, fitness and group exercise studios, a co-ed balcony pool, meditation rooms, and a tanning area. Spa treatments are available poolside at Liquid.
Aria is a benchmark of sustainable environmental programs. Through contemporary design, water-and-energy conservation measures, use of natural and recycled materials, indoor air filtering, on-site generated power, and extensive use of natural light, CityCenter has earned six coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certifications.
Aria Features Amazing Public Art
Four artists in CityCenter’s $40 million public art program are displayed at Aria. At the lower north valet exit on Harmon Circle, Jenny Holzer has created Vegas, an elongated LED sign stretching 266 feet and incorporating scrolling text to entertain guests. Three elegant stainless steel columns by sculptor Tony Cragg welcome visitors into the self-parking lobby atrium. At the mezzanine level, suspended over the Promenade, floats Antony Gormley’s Feeling Material XXVIII, an 8-foot spiral steel bar conveying the human body and visually suggesting stillness centered in a field of energy. The reception area houses celebrated artist Maya Lin’s signature work, Silver River. Suspended above the front desk is the 84-foot shimmering interpretation of the Colorado River cast entirely in reclaimed silver.
Aria offers an unbeatable blend of visionary architecture, cutting-edge technology, impressive dining, distinguished personalized service, high-adrenalin entertainment, lush surroundings, and environmentally conscious design.
The Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas by Bob Sehlinger reviews over 100 hotels and casinos, 108 restaurants, and more than 90 of Las Vegas’ best shows.