Introducing ARIA...

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

Posted by Chuckmonster

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

ARIA Deluxe King Room

As expected, many of the hotel room features that I had seen during my trip to Macau - specifically the gorgeous Crown Macau and fascinating Galaxy StarWorld resorts - have rippled across the ocean to Las Vegas, but in much less dramatic way.

Before we begin this Shenkerian reduction of ARIA's harmonic interiors, the obvious should be clarified : this is not an actual hotel room. This is a model room, probably located in a warehouse or office building, painstakingly lit for photography and probably touched up after the fact. The view? It isn't. It's a gigantic luminescent Las Vegas skyline photo (taken from ARIA's construction site - how awesome!) pasted on a wall five feet away. There's probably a bunch of floodlights back there to make it the panorama glow even more. If you've been to the CityCenter sales pavilion and done the tour (a must) you know the drill. This small bit of myth busting is mentioned just in case the room you end up with has a different comforter, dresser, lampshade or carpet design. With ARIA still 14 months away from opening as of this writing (September 2008) it's more definite than probable that some of the details here will change.

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

The Bed

The bed will be a pillowtop mattress, patterned bronze comforter, with two types of decorative pillows - two oatmeal colored ones which slope very Wynn-ly in the middle, and one tubular brown bolster - framed by a purple suede padded headboard. Check out the detail photo to get a better feel for the fabric patterns and textures.

The nightstand features a slide out mini-shelf similar to the one at Treasure Island. I'm wondering if having both a reading lamp and a nightstand lamp is overkill. Frankly, I'm surprised that more - if not all - of the lighting devices aren't recessed into the ceiling as I saw in Macau.

As with all new resorts the spray on acoustic ceiling (aka 'popcorn') is goneguhbye, sayonara, adios, vamoose, arrivederci. Treasure Island removed it from their new rooms as well.

Sorry folks, the 'Gator skin handbag isn't part of the decor, although it should be.

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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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