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At a Glance
- high-tech rooms
- natural light
- confusing technology for Luddites
- showers set-up soaks the tub
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Glistening like a futuristic oasis in the heart of the Strip, Aria truly deserves most of the attention it receives. The lobby is a soaring, three-story atrium bathed in natural light (a novel concept in this town). There's even more natural light upstairs, where every guest room boasts floor-to-ceiling windows. Tech-geeks will love the touch-screen control pad that operates everything from curtains to television, music, and lights. Bathrooms are spacious, though it's challenging to use the connected-but-separate shower and whirlpool tub combo without making a mess. Nightly turndown service and laptop-sized safes are nice touches.
The art: Aria is home to many of the pieces that comprise City Center's $40 million fine art collection—Maya Lin's "Colorado River," an 84-foot sculpture of reclaimed silver that mirrors the route of the eponymous waterway, hangs in the lobby behind the check-in desk.
The show: Zarkana, the newest Cirque du Soleil masterpiece in town, offers the Cirque spin on the traditional variety show. It opened in late 2012.
The pools: Take a dip in (or just people-watch near) one of three ellipse-shaped pools on the secluded pool deck. Inquire about deals for cabanas; especially mid-week, they can be surprisingly affordable.
The room-service: Most of the on-site restaurants will deliver to your room; all you have to do is ask.
While first-time visitors to Aria rave about the lake-like pool and on-site restaurants, the real attraction is the spa, which, when it opened, was the largest in town. The facility is one of the only spas in the country to offer Japanese stone sauna "Ganbanyoku" beds, and boasts three private spa "suites," each of which serves up to eight people at a time.
Crystals, the adjacent shopping and entertainment complex, offers some of the most high-end boutiques in the nation, including Gucci, Prada, Mikimoto, Tom Ford and Harry Winston (to name a few).
The property features the world's first fleet of stretch limousines powered by compressed natural gas.
As of spring 2012, Aria was the largest building in the world to achieve LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Building Council
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