Introducing ARIA...

Preview of ARIA Resort & Casino Deluxe King Room, Coming 2009

Posted by Chuckmonster

ARIA Resort & Casino CityCenter Las Vegas Deluxe King Rooms - Introducing ARIA

Introducing... ARIA

We're happy to be the first(*) publication to properly premiere the the forthcoming hotel room designs from ARIA Resort & Casino, located within the sprawling mixed-use CityCenter property which towers over The Strip at Harmon Boulevard. I'm sure you're as excited to see the details of ARIA's Deluxe King Room as we are to show them to you, so let's get right to it... shall we?

When complete, ARIA will feature a mix of standard (aka Deluxe) rooms, mini-suites, multi room suites and a handful of palatial VIP mega-suites among it's 4,004 rooms. All rooms feature numerous electronic gizmos, 42" LCD tv mounted on a swivel, the fattest internet pipe ever installed in a hotel, keyless door locks, a TV based electronics control panel (lights, curtains, temperature) which is accessed wirelessly via a joystick remote or a bedside control panel (Wynn Macau has these).

The gizmo which I find most fascinating is a mechanism which automatically opens and closes the curtains and turns on or off lights when entering or leaving the room. How does the room know that you're gone? Weight sensors? Motion detectors? The Asian-style "put your door key in the slot when you get in the room to turn the power on" thing? Nope... they use RFID chips in door keys measuring proximity? What happens if your significant other heads to the ice machine, while you continue sleeping or sitting on the can? Will you suddenly find yourself in the dark? The lighting control panel remembers the latest settings and also gives guests the ability to select from a number of different lighting "scenes." Other options include a sleep timer to turn everything off and a wake up timer within which you can choose your method - open the curtains, turn on the lights, regular alarm or crank up some Foghat.

This stuff is - literally - the state of the art of hotel room technology.

That's all well and good... but a toybox full of electronic goodies don't mean squat if the room itself is a stinker.

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Comments & Discussion

WELL now you've totally ruined my ARIA experience by stating that
A) you cannot do blow off the pillows (j/k)
B) the gator skin bag does not come with the room. Extremely upsetting.

This place looks pretty pimp. But, its laid out and sized just like every other hotel room everywhere. The size of the bathroom is what makes it for me. If a room has a big nice bathroom I could care less if the bed was pillow top. I

Oh and this site has A (just one of each) picture of Mandarin Oriental, Vdara, and Veer Towers. Those three look pretty sticky and sweet too.

These are the pictures I had seen. They are definitely nice hotel rooms, but design wise, it's predictable. I don't want to ruin any designer's day, but these pictures are of a room that is pretty boring with nice-ish stuff in it. Everything from the chairs to the desk to the lamps to the bedding looks like it could have been bought in a set at Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

Does it beat most Las Vegas rooms? Yes.
Are the amenities nice? Yes.

But when you look at a Wynn room, the whole room has been designed impeccably. The room feels organic and inviting and comfortable. It's not because the furniture is necessarily nicer, although it might be. It's because every corner and wall has been thought about.

Now, they may not be trying to compete with Wynn. And I'm not all that good at estimating costs, so it may be that the Wynn rooms have a huge budget. But if I were part of the team that did this, the first thing I'd say is that the walls are bland. Where there's paint, it's bland. Where there's wood, it's bland. Look at the white bedside lamp. It's fine. But now imagine that lamp against a tan, or dark tan, or red-brown wall. The lamp would really pop and create a mood creating a circle of light on the wall behind it. Against the light wall and the light wood, it's boring. It's just a lamp providing more white to an already white room.

They have a paint budget, is a darker paint more expensive? I honestly don't know, but they should think about it.

These rooms pretty much have the best gadgets and will most likely have the best amenities. But when you look at the design, you don't think AAA Five Diamond or Mobil 5 Star; you think Four Diamond, NYNY/Monte Carlo level resort. They resemble New York's Park Avenue rooms, and aren't up to par in design with Bellagio's rooms or Encore's rooms.

This isn't a bad design for a $1.5 billion resort trying to compete with Paris, but it's a terrible design for a $9 billion dollar resort/condo development looking to surpass the Wynn in every way. If it wasn't for the fake Las Vegas skyline in the background, I would never have guessed that this is a hoel room in Las Vegas, let alone a room in the most expensive resort development complex in the world. I just hope that MGM MIrage doesn't forget that dropping casino themes doesn't mean that you have to drop all the style and flavor from hotel rooms.

I was signing up for MGM Mirage's guest book today to receive special offers via email, and one of the options for resorts to receive offers from was Aria. It was marketed as Aria at CityCenter, which I'm assuming is how they're going to be advertising the hotel. Vdara was also on the list as Vdara at CityCenter.

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