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With an aura of minimalism, Aria stands tall as a hip resort in the heart of both the Las Vegas Strip and the incredible CityCenter urban complex. Sophisticated and chic, it sports a design that spans modern architecture, but also is environmentally thoughtful. In fact, the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's Gold certification to Aria’s hotel tower, convention center and theater.Embodying the excitement of the Entertainment Capital of the World, the resort is packed with hot hangouts -- so many that you'll have trouble deciding where to go first. The colossal Haze Nightclub (closing Nov. 1, 2014) is a great place to party. A 25,000-square-foot facility, it boasts plush décor elements complemented by a high-tech atmosphere (imagine state-of-the-art sound and interactive projection screens). The Deuce Lounge, on the other hand, has a more intimate setting being tucked off the casino floor. In addition to providing high-stakes gaming tables, you'll discover a rich, refined ambiance akin to an old English club here. And, like chilled-out cousins, Lift Bar and Lobby Bar all offer wonderfully crafted cocktails and contemporary furnishings -- but with a laid-back vibe. Alibi Cocktail Room, which will blend premium spirits and imaginative ingredients with an atmosphere of highly stylized opulence, will debut in fall 2014.Cirque du Soleil is presenting its production "Zarkana" at Aria. The modern acrobatic spectacular follows Zark in a quest to regain his powers -- and the love of his life -- in an abandoned theater, where he meets a motley collection of off-the-wall characters and incomparable acrobats.  Several celebrity chefs have come to Aria to open restaurants that serve creative, mouth-watering cuisine. Designed by chef Masa Takayama, Bar Masa has an interior inspired by natural elements. It remarkably transforms an industrial, airy space into a serene dining experience. Of course, the modern Japanese delicacies on the menu are unforgettable as well. Chef Takayama also recently debuted his intimate teppan dining experience in there called Tetsu. In Jean Georges Steakhouse, by award-winning chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten, meat is king and seafood is queen. From the perfectly prepared steaks to the lobster bisque, your taste buds will be crying out with joy and admiration. The small plates at Julian Serrano, the artisanal meats at Sage from chef Shawn McClain and the Tuscan-style selections at Sirio Ristorante by chefs Sirio and Mario Maccioni round out the extraordinary collection of gourmet venues in Aria.Chef Michael Mina will unveil Bardot Brasserie in winter 2014. The restaurant will pay homage to the café culture of Ernest Hemingway's Paris and feature a roving shellfish cart along with items like roasted bone marrow with bacon marmalade, foie gras en croute and steak frites.For a casual bite, guests can head to Aria Café, which has tranquil surroundings created from hundreds of stacked stones set in frosted glass. Chef Shawn McClain is at the helm of the laid-back FIVE50 Pizza Bar (the name is inspired by the temperature at which the pizza is cooked). With a contemporary setting, The Buffet at Aria is sure to please the eyes and taste buds. Masterfully prepared sweets -- including decadent chocolate molded into every form imaginable -- are available at the Jean Philippe Pâtisserie. Open during the warmer months, Aria has three pools spread across a 215,000-square-foot deck laden with palm trees and lush landscaping. Guests can also sunbathe in a party-like ambiance at the Liquid Pool Lounge. Along with great music spun by DJs and luxurious private cabanas and daybeds, you can indulge in refreshing cocktails from multiple bars and a mouth-watering menu from chef Brian Massie.Also during the day, pampering from head to toe can be found at The Spa & Salon. The 80,000-square-foot complex stretches between two levels and includes meditation and relaxation rooms, eucalyptus steam rooms, redwood saunas, a deluxe fitness room and a group exercise studio. Velvety facials, therapeutic massages and hydrotherapy treatments are among the services provided.Guests who want to do some shopping can check out a collection of specialty boutiques at Aria. Terrene carries one-of-a-kind designer apparel and jewelry for women, while men can get outfitted at Aria Men's store. Also stop by Radiance (an art gallery), Papillon (an accessories store) and Elements (a design and sundries shop).If you're interested in placing some bets, Aria's casino boasts a unique layout, one that is spacious yet features discrete pockets of action -- like several small high-limit gaming areas. There is a fine sports book with 90 video screens ranging in size from 32 to 103 inches. The elegant poker room, framed by sculptures of playing cards, is one of the best in the city. Located near the entrance to access the tram (which is free and runs between Aria/Monte Carlo, Crystals and Bellagio), there are 24 tables that provide a full range of games -- from seven card stud to Pot Limit Omaha. It also boasts the exclusive one-table "Ivey Room," named in honor of seven-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Ivey.The design excellence at Aria is embraced in the resort's 4,572 lavish rooms and suites. Natural light streams in through floor-to-ceiling windows. The décor makes use of dramatic colors, expressive artwork and materials that convey relaxation. As part of the high-tech amenities, guests are able to personalize their preferences for the curtains, lights and more by simply touching a menu on the TV screen. Among the standard amenities are custom mattresses, plush robes, a 42-inch LCD television, an in-room safe, a dual vanity and a separate shower and soaking tub.Aria's fine art collection, which features a mix of prominent and up-and-coming artists, is among the most extensive around. Pieces have been integrated throughout indoor and outdoor public spaces on the property. In the lobby, you'll catch sight of "Silver River" by New York-based artist Maya Lin. The 84-foot sculpture of the Colorado River was made from 100 percent reclaimed silver. Also visible through windows in the lobby is a well-known sculpture by Henry Moore situated in the park between Aria and Crystals at CityCenter. Made from Italian travertine marble, "Reclining Connected Forms" depicts a baby wrapped in its mother's arms. And, at the south entrance by the stairs to the self-parking garage, sit three striking stainless steel sculptures -- "Bolt," "Bent of Mind" and "Untitled/Tall Column" -- by British-born artist Tony Cragg.Lovely to look at from every angle and filled with unexpected delights, Aria's sophisticated style is sure to wow you -- as will its exquisite dining and relaxation opportunities. Plus, the personalized, high-tech touch service guarantees you'll have an exceptional stay during your Las Vegas visit.-- By Renée LiButti
 
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fromLas Vegas, NV
Age:35 to 44
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Spouse
Purchase Frequency:More than 6 times a year
Star Rating Accuracy:Perfect
Gambler:Yes
Game:Roulette
Yes, I recommend this product.
Worth the Price of Admission
PostedJune 1, 2012
I wouldn't put the Aria at the top of my list of favorites in Las Vegas BUT when they have a deal (like they did last week after memorial day) and if you plan well, it really is a great place to stay.
We got a room at a good price and with a resort credit of $100. We used the credit at the Thai restaurant Lemongrass, which was excellent (we're vegetarian, so this was the only restaurant that really worked for us).
We used the pool, the fitness center, gambled a bit....as long as you avoid the extra costs the amenities included are very good.
I think they are trying to be in a class with Wynn and Bellagio which they are not BUT they are also more economical and for a first time Vegas visitor I would highly recommend the Aria.
Good hotel, very good value if you book at the right time.
If you get a chance head over to the Cosmo for the Marquee Nightclub...its worth it and we got in for free just for asking on a not very busy night....good experience and walking distance from the Aria, even for my wife in her heels.
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For an unparalleled stay right in the heart of the Strip, choose the sophisticated Wynn Las Vegas. Beautifully designed, this exquisite hotel features spacious, luxurious accommodations paired with every possible convenience -- from top-notch entertainment and magnificent restaurants to an extraordinary spa and golf course. Plus, the hotel's elegant sister property, Encore, is interconnected, so its boutique-style facilities are just steps away.Making a home at Wynn Las Vegas is "Le Rêve - The Dream," a sublime aquatic creation staged in a theater-in-the-round. In addition to jaw-dropping aerial acrobatics, feats that celebrate the strength of the human body and spectacularly choreographed dancing, the show utilizes unique props and elaborate special effects. Restaurants at Wynn Las Vegas, such as Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare and La Cave (a wine and food hideaway designed by Steve Wynn and Michael Morton), include offerings from internationally celebrated chefs, such as Paul Bartolotta and Bill DeMarco. Many of the resort's star chefs, like David Walzog of SW Steakhouse, a restaurant known for its prime aged steaks and chops, live in Las Vegas. In fact, most nights Walzog can be found on-site in the kitchen where he loves to experiment with seasonal ingredients. Wing Lei features the mastery of chef Ming Yu, who gives a modern spin to the cuisine of early French-influenced Shanghai. Allegro, which prepares beloved Italian eats, is helmed by chef Enzo Febbraro.For a more casual dining experience, The Buffet boasts 16 live-action exhibition cooking stations, and Zoozacrackers serves New York-style deli food. One facet that sets dining at Wynn Las Vegas apart from other hotels in town is that every restaurant on the property has added vegan items to their menus.After a fine meal, the resort's nightlife offerings only heighten the pleasure factor. Tryst, with its secluded lagoon and sizeable dance floor, looks out at a cascading 90-foot-waterfall. Guests can enjoy another spectacular view while sipping cocktails at the bars situated on the casino or lake levels. This is where they'll glimpse the magical Lake of Dreams, which features nightly light, music and multimedia shows. With its golden facade arching toward the sky, Wynn Las Vegas provides a unique fusion of nature and luxury. From the towering mountain at the front of the 217-acre resort to the stunning indoor atrium near the lobby, natural beauty and natural light permeate the property. Lagoons, waterfalls, terraced landscapes and skylights create a tranquil environment. Flowers bloom throughout, both living and as part of the design. Even the carpet in the 110,000-square-foot casino -- which has more than 1,900 slots, a 26-table poker room, a full array of tables games and a 195-seat race and sports book -- portrays a colorful and thematic flower pattern.A gorgeously landscaped, expansive outdoor pool complex has two main pools, private cabanas, table games and a special terrace for group events. The Spa at Wynn Las Vegas was recently renovated, where guests can also enjoy a salon and fitness center. There's an 18-hole, 7,042-yard golf course designed by world-famous architect Tom Fazio and Steve Wynn behind the resort with breathtaking waterfalls, streams and a forest of trees.The marriage of luxury and nature at Wynn Las Vegas does not end here. Guests ascending the 50-story hotel tower will discover rooms designed with floor-to-ceiling windows framing sweeping views of the Strip, the golf course or the lake and mountain. Room amenities include upscale European linens, flat-screen televisions in the living and bathroom areas, wireless internet access and more.Nowhere else but at Wynn Las Vegas can a shopper leave the hotel with Manolo Blahniks and a brand new Ferrari. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique shopping environment with designer boutiques including Chanel, Christian Dior and Oscar de la Renta. The resort also houses the Penske Wynn Ferrari Maserati dealership and showroom.Finally, a little known but distinguishing feature of Wynn Las Vegas (and Encore) is that the majority of its amenities -- from the restaurants, bars and nightclubs to the spa, golf course and numerous retail venues -- are owned and operated by Wynn Resorts. Run from top to bottom, this enables higher standards of service to be set. So the fine dining, swanky shops, rejuvenating spa and thriving nightclub are truly one-of-a-kind experiences here. -- Staff Report
 
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fromLas Vegas, NV
Age:35 to 44
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Spouse
Purchase Frequency:More than 6 times a year
Gambler:Yes
Game:Roulette
Yes, I recommend this product.
Among Top of the Class
PostedMay 17, 2012
The Wynn (and the Encore) are among the top 10 resorts in Las Vegas consistently. I've stay 3 times at the Wynn and the experience is always great.
There are problem spots as with all places on the strip. The casino is less fun and more snooty and everything is pricey but the Vegan options for dining and the general quality that is in everything at the resort more than makes up for it.
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Seeking an affordable base for your Vegas vacation? The South Point is a lively option for families, mature travelers and even clubbers who want to be close to all the action but not necessarily right in the middle of it. Frequented by locals, this mid-range hotel sits on the outlying southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard about five miles (that's less than 10 minutes) from the Welcome to Fabulous to Las Vegas sign, which marks the start of the Strip.Equine aficionados will be right at home here. The South Point is revered for its Equestrian Complex. It boasts a 4,600-seat arena, where riding and rodeo events are held year-round, along with 1,200 climate-controlled horse stalls. A giant statue of local gaming maverick Benny Binion on horseback is situated near the entry -- a simple tribute to the man who brought the National Finals Rodeo to Las Vegas.Non-equestrian entertainment is plentiful outside the complex. The hotel is home to a 16-screen movie theater and a 64-lane bowling center. The Showroom at South Point also features a variety of singers, bands and comedians, along with the Saturday night '80s dance party led by the Spazmatics.Bars of every shape and size are located throughout the hotel -- some are just steps away from each other. The Malibu Bar and Island Bar serve up tropical spirits, while the Lobby Bar is a focal gathering point in the heart of the casino. The Silverado Lounge offers a classic, Old West ambiance with a wood-paneled bar and overstuffed chairs. By the race and sports book, the Del Mar Lounge is a great spot for a cold beer during the game, and the Grandview Lounge at the southern end of the casino has a "Cheers"-like vibe and often hosts dance bands on weekend nights. The South Point possesses a multitude of dining options sure to satisfy any appetite. A standout among the restaurants is the intimate gourmet room Michael's. With a 20-year history, it has won accolades for the excellent filet mignon, sirloin steak and seafood preparations. Meat lovers looking for a more casual setting with equally succulent cuts can mosey into the Silverado Steakhouse or Primarily Prime Rib. Exotic cravings are filled with the freshly made pastas in Don Vito's and south-of-the-border favorites at Baja Miguel's. The Asian restaurant Zenshin serves the freshest sashimi, nigiri and sushi rolls -- including their Vegas-themed 777, Double Down Salmon and Jackpot Rolls.For quick ways to appease your hunger pangs in between hands and other casino play, try the Coronado Café or the Garden Buffet, which offers six live cooking stations. The Del Mar Deli is a fabulous spot for New York-style soups, sandwiches and decadent desserts. Plus, the beloved Midwestern chain Steak 'n Shake, known for its "steakburgers" and hand-dipped shakes, opened its first Las Vegas location inside the South Point. Don’t forget to play in the finest bingo room around, indulge in a cutting-edge treatment and salon service at the Costa Del Sur Spa & Salon, work out in the 24-hour fitness room or relax in the lagoon-style pool and hot tub. Kids and teens can spend hours at the Time-Out Arcade, while men will enjoy an expert shave and haircut at the Barber Shop. A stay at the South Point is also ideal for business travelers, who will have access to 71,000 square feet of meeting space and wireless internet access (included in the resort fee) in the rooms and lobby. There's a large business center that offer computers, copy and fax services, shipping and office supplies as well.The hotel has 2,163 spacious rooms and suites. Comfortably furnished, each one comes with a 42-inch LED television, a hair dryer, an iron and ironing board, a coffeemaker and a clock radio with MP3 connectivity. Free shuttle service to McCarran International Airport is available.Conveniently located close to the Strip and many of Vegas' most exciting attractions, you'll experience unmatched hospitality at the South Point while benefiting from a hotel that’s a breed above the rest.--By Renée LiButti
 

How far is South Point from Town Square.

10 to 12 minutes by car. Its very close if your driving but you could never walk it. Its too busy of a road with no walking path and its way too hot.

So driving is no problem but walking is out of the question.
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