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

Posted by Chuckmonster

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

The Carpet

No trip to the casino can be considered complete without at least a little carpet oogling. Purple headboard, purple throw pillows, purple carpet... with bronze spot stripes to match the comforter. Much like the lamented carpet in The Big Lebowski, this purple reign 'really ties the room together.' The gray line which bisects it seems to function as a psychological dividing line between the bed area and the 'living room' space.


The Deluxe King at ARIA is equivalently sized to other standard sized, luxury level rooms, measuring up at approximately 530 square feet. By comparison : Bellagio Standard is 510 sq. ft., Mandalay Bay Standard is 550 sq. ft., Wynn Las Vegas Panoramic Room is 600 sq. ft. and Fontainebleau is 525 sq. ft.. Other possible competitors, Palazzo and Encore Suites at Wynn Las Vegas are 'all suite' properties measuring up at 720 and 700 sq. ft. respectively.

In terms of decor, ARIA's Standard King samples a few of what we've seen in other 2008 room designs at MGMMirage properties - the boldness of color & texture in Mirage's new rooms and the clean restrained furnishings at 2008 room redesigns at TI Treasure Island. The end result is a very cosmopolitan (small c) feel, philosophically similar to the Palms Place Studio offerings and ARIA's neighboring faux-metropolis New York New York.

Is the ARIA Standard King's decor and design a shocking and striking game changer? Not really. Is it smooth, sharp, smart and thoroughly thoughtfully technological? Absolutely.

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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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