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

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


Two chairs, each with purple throw pillows, are separated by a sharp edged square plant stand/table, atop which sits an oval shaped vase filled with flowers. Beyond the vase, through the window it looks like the non-MGMMirage owned Tropicana may have been photoshopped out of the skyline, or at the very least purposefully obscured by plant. If they were to remove the Trop from the photo, they probably would've taken out the crane in front of MGM Grand as well, so ixnay the otoshopphay eorythay.

Another interesting thing - notice the horizontal blue lines on the bottom quarter panel of the windows.

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

The Desk

It's quite interesting how the desk is directly beneath the LCD TV, ostensibly turning the TV into a swivel-mounted laptop monitor. Also interesting is the lighting underneath the desk, perhaps this is merely there for photography's sake and won't be part of the actual rooms. Speaking of lighting, both the lounge chair and the desk (see the book) appear to be lit via focused spotlight from the ceiling.

Again, the similarity between the furnishings here and those at TI is striking in shape, color and tone. Perhaps MGMMirage's dedicated hotel design team knew they solved the 500 sq. ft. room footprint at TI and opted to port over their success. Or they punted. Who knows.

What is that thing on the desk that looks like a restaurant napkin dispenser? Baffling.

Also notice the angle cut on the shelving, which was probably done to accommodate swiveling the TV around.

More desk side details are here.

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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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