Has anyone seen/heard any news about the new Stratosphere ride being built? I'm curious to see some progress on this because I'm really looking forward to doing it this summer some time because I will finally be 21.
So I had never been to a casino grand opening before...Until Aria opened. I got a great offer in the mail, so I decided to head out to Vegas for a few nights to catch the opening night fireworks and be one of the first official guests of the hotel.
My overall impression of Aria is that it looks really nice, but doesn't feel like Vegas. It's just more modern and boring with no personality. Like the M resort on a bigger scale.
On to part 1 of the photos, which are random photos of the property. Party two will be a feature on the standard room @ Aria.
The exterior at night
OMG!!! WORLD OF COLOR!!!!
This was actually kind of cool. At the main entrance, the giant water wall flow changes patterns and stuff. I guess it was designed to drone out the sound of the cars.
The lobby. A real wide open space. Behind the window is the pointless "park", which is really just an open space with some grass and trees.
A random picture of the casino floor. It looks nice, but has no personality.
Here's their 24 hour cafe that almost tried to kill me with chicken wings that weren't cooked.
The 2nd floor, which features most of the restaurants had a completely different interior design. It felt really out of place with the darker casino floor. Felt like it was thrown together. Here's the buffet.
And some random expensive restaurants
And a frogurt place. Why is yogurt trendy again???
The lobby of the Elvis Cirque show. What does a giant blue shoe have to do with Elvis?
The airport terminal disguised as City Center's convention area.
Inside Crystals. The shopping mall with 5 stores. And everything is at least $1000.
But it does have random art features like this one.
The slot machines all feature small LCD touchscreens that provide players club info, resort info, etc. Now burning money is even easier! yay!
Mandarin Oriental tower at night.
The lobby of the Mandarin Oriental has incredible views!
What do you mean no personality? I'm curious. The photo you took of the floor reminded me a lot of Planet Hollywood honestly. To me there are only 2 kinds of personalities for a casino - busy and dead.
There's no life to the casino floor. Despite looking really nice, it's decor is boring (just more of the overdone "modern" look---almost like a supersized M resort), it's too dark at night because it relies so heavily on natural light, there's nothing unique to make it stand out, and it's laid out in a way where even if someone was winning big at a table or slot machine you wouldn't hear the excitement unless you were right next to them.
I guess what I am trying to say is that it feels more like an indian casino floor, not the casino floor that is supposed to be the centerpiece of the most expensive vegas project ever.
This time, I'll feature the standard room at Aria. Long story short, the only thing keeping their standard room from being the best is its size. THE Hotel, Wynn/Encore, and Venetian/Palazzo are all suite hotels with luxury amenities. Aria definitely one ups them in the amenities department, but not in size.
Anyways...on to the pictures:
A Vegas first: RFID keys. Notice the door doesn't have the typical key slot. That circle above the handle is the RFID thing. The great thing is how you can enter the room just by waving your wallet over the door if the key is in it. Just like the pussy cards in Hong Kong!
The bed. Quite comfy. On par with the other luxury hotels on the strip.
The TV/desk/mini bar/drawers area. An interesting configuration. I could see how this might be annoying on business if someone wants to watch TV, but their roommate is at the desk.
Aria made a big deal about how their rooms are completely touch screen controlled...next to your bed is this screen where you can control the drapes, TV, lighting, etc. The cool part is that you can have presets that it will remember and automatically adjust to at certain times (when the door is open, when you wake up, etc.)
The desk area also features just about every input you can imagine. I'm glad new hotels are all including options like this, so you can play your video games, watch your movies, etc. with ease. The annoying thing is that the outlet was like the only one in the whole room that was easy to get to!
Whomever decided to put the tub behind the shower is a genius. It's nice to have that extra space to not worry about having towels on the floor to keep the floor dry.
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