Aria Resort and Casino Opens For Business

by Eric Miller on February 11, 2010

The new Aria Resort & Casino opened December 16, 2009 on the Las Vegas Strip. Located between the Monte Carlo and Bellagio resorts, it is the latest crown jewel of MGM/Mirage properties. As part of the new, very impressive City Center, Aria is the most public of the five buildings that make up the mega-plex. Other buildings include Vdara and Mandarin, two nongaming resort/condominium towers, Crystals, a high-end shopping center and the Harmon, a private condominium tower not yet open.

The Aria Resort features 4,004 guest rooms, an 80,000 square foot two-level spa, a 150,000 square foot casino, 300,000 square feet of meeting space, three pools (one adults only!), sixteen restaurants, ten bars and the 1,840-seat Elvis Theater.

Aria Hotel Las Vegas

Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter

Put your walking shoes on if you want to see it all, but at only $149/night Sun-Thurs and $209-$299/night Fridays and Saturdays it’s a relative bargain for luxury resorts on the Strip. Plus, don’t be afraid to ask about room deal and resort credits they might be offering. MGM/Mirage is doing a massive marketing outreach in order to fill all those new rooms and there are all kinds of internet offer codes, AAA discounts, AARP discounts, Southwest Airlines package discounts and many others.

Elvis fans should be especially interested in visiting Aria. The new Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil® opens with a gala premiere February 19, 2010. Tickets are priced between $120-$200 including tax and fees.

Aside from the architecture, there are many large, public displays of art throughout Aria and the rest of City Center to capture your attention. The vast array of glinting gold and travertine marble surfaces will dazzle your eyes. Plus, a walk through Crystals, the high-end shopping mall, is worth it even just to window shop.

There’s even been a lucky mega-jackpot winner at Aria already. A man visiting from Monterey, Mexico with friends and family won almost $300,000 on December 29, 2009 playing a progressive QuarterMillion$InTheMoney slot machine while waiting in line for the breakfast buffet. Open less than two weeks and a casino has already started paying? Now that’s news!

About City Center Las Vegas:

City Center is worth visiting just for the architecture. Aria, which means "atmospheric air" in Italian, is worth visiting in particular because room rates are surprisingly affordable and it's home to "Viva Elvis", the latest Cirque du Soleil show to debut in Vegas.

During its construction, the "City Center Project" was the largest round-the-clock construction project on the planet, eclipsing even the giant dam being built on the Yangtze River in China. At a total cost of approximately $11 billion, it is the largest privately funded development ever built in the United States.

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