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Call it chic, hip or even minimalist, but all Aria really has to be is Aria for us to love it. Set back from the Strip, it eschews the foot traffic, and embraces the fact that if you're there then it's exactly where you want to be.If you're a drinker, (because of course that's the first place we go with a review) you have to check out Alibi. The Rosemary Amoretti looks like a Jane Austen novel, smells like a flower shop in the middle of a meadow and tastes like just the best purple cocktail you've ever had. They also have the Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed for when you need a pick-me-up or Her Alibi when you're on the run from the law and need something to mellow you out. Whatever drink you choose, the space doesn't feel like your typical lobby bar. Alibi, as well as Aria's other bars like Lift Bar.But there are other things to do at Aria besides drinking. We follow up great cocktails with a stop at  Julian Serrano for delicious tapas to share with a special friend or complete strangers if you happen to run into some people you like. Bar Masa remarkably transforms an industrial, airy space into a serene dining experience. Jean Georges Steakhouse brings meat and seafood together like a surf and turf fit for royalty, or at least a celebrity. Michael Mina's Bardot Brasserie offers exotic French delicacies like foie gras en croute. And Five50 Pizza serves up some of the tastiest pizza you can imagine. With casual dining like the Aria Café, sweet treats at the Jean Philippe Pâtisserie and, since it's a hotel/casino, an exquisite buffet, Aria is one fine spot to fill your belly with food – before you go back for another cocktail.In between those adventures, enjoy "Zarkana" by Cirque du Soleil. If you've never seen a Cirque du Soleil show before, Zarkana will blow your mind. If you think you've seen them all, then still give Zarkana a shot because we're betting you've still got a little mind left to be blown.When the weather is warm enough, which for Vegas means a good chunk of the year, guests can cannonball like a boss into three pools spread across a 215,000-square-foot deck laden with palm trees and lush landscaping and lay out in the sun at the Liquid Pool Lounge. Along with DJs spinning the hottest music and luxurious private cabanas and daybeds, you can indulge in refreshing cocktails from multiple bars and a mouth-wetting menu from Chef Brian Massie. And once you're tired from a morning of laying in the sun eating a drinking, the Spa and Salon stretches between two levels and includes meditation and relaxation rooms, eucalyptus steam rooms, redwood saunas, a deluxe fitness room, a group exercise studio, velvety facials, therapeutic massages and hydrotherapy treatments – so basically anything you could think of that someone could do to your body to help you relax while still being within the law.Shopping also abounds 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). And for even more upscale splurging on stuff you can show off when you get home, Crystals at CityCenter is just outside Aria's main lobby. You can stop by just to shop or wind your way around the center to find yourself on the Strip.For the artistically minded, or anyone wanting to become artistically minded, 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. 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.Aria's casino boasts a unique layout, one that is spacious yet features discrete pockets of action like several small high-limit gaming areas, a fine sports book with 90 video screens ranging in size from 32 to 103 inches, an elegant poker room framed by sculptures of playing cards and even an exclusive one-table "Ivey Room," named in honor of seven-time World Series of Poker champion Phil Ivey. That makes for a lot of gambling or just a lot of standing around and watching people gambling once you're out of money. Aria is a beautiful spot for either.And the property is even environmentally friendly earning Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's Gold certification for Aria's hotel tower, convention center and theater from the U.S. Green Building Council. That's a big, long way of saying it's pretty green. So if that's important to you then Aria is a good choice. And even if it's not, you can stay at Aria for all the other outstanding reasons and just claim to care about the environment too.With personalized, high-tech touch service and an artistic yet approachable feel, Aria is one of the Strip's brightest stars, even when they keep the casino floor dim. Whether you're taking in a show, grabbing a slice, taking someone's well-tested and very serious advice about cocktail selections or just passing through because that's where you ended up after walking through Crystals, Aria is one hotel/casino that will keep you interested and surely keep you coming back.
 
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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 2, 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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Admit it. There's just something glamorous about staying at hotels -- well, certain hotels. And in the Entertainment Capital of the World, none is more revered for luxury and unsurpassed service than Wynn Las Vegas.From the moment you arrive and check in, it's like you've entered an exclusive place and gained "status"...the kind normally reserved for stars, Fortune 500 executives and famous personalities. Maybe you already are one? If not, no worries, because you will be here.As we were saying, Wynn Las Vegas is counted among the finest hotels in the world. It was built and is managed by casino mogul Steve Wynn -- hence the name. And this man knows everything about the world of hospitality, including how to provide one-of-a-kind experiences that are sure to exceed your expectations.You'll easily spot Wynn Las Vegas (and its sister property Encore) in the cityscape. Located just north of the heart of the Las Vegas Strip and across from the popular Fashion Show mall, they look like two towering bronze palaces. Throughout both properties you'll discover a unique fusion of modern architecture and interior design with nature.For example, at the front of Wynn Las Vegas there's a gigantic mountain and behind it sits the magical Lake of Dreams, which features a free nightly light, music and multimedia show. (Don't be surprised if a giant animatronic frog suddenly appears and sings to you.)Situated near the lobby is a breathtakingly beautiful indoor atrium, where skylights create a warm, luminous atmosphere and flowers abound. (Check out two incredible floral installations of a carousel and a hot air balloon here.) Lagoons, waterfalls and terraced landscapes add to the tranquil environment. Plus, there's an 18-hole golf course designed by world-famous architect Tom Fazio and Wynn himself behind the resort that boasts waterfalls, streams and a forest of trees.It won't surprise you that entertainment at Wynn Las Vegas is above par. The featured production 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, this show utilizes unique props and special effects (imagine a 47-foot-long rain curtain descending from the ceiling). "Steve Wynn's ShowStoppers" plays in the nearby Encore Theater. It contains elaborately staged musical numbers from some of Broadway's most celebrated composers and lyricists performed by a cast of 66 singers, musicians and dancers.Wynn Las Vegas is also a prime destination for food lovers, thanks to an impressive collection of restaurants helmed by distinguished chefs. Take chef David Walzog. He makes sure Lakeside delivers exceptional fresh seafood, which is served with an incredible view (the restaurant sits beside the Lake of Dreams). Don't miss the nightly oyster happy hour. Walzog is also the mastermind behind SW Steakhouse, a restaurant known for its prime aged steaks and chops. In addition, you can cut into a succulent steak from chef Carlos Guía at The Country Club, which overlooks the 18th hole on the resort's golf course. Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare, led by award-winning chef Paul Bartolotta, is renowned for its so fresh-you-can-smell-the-sea Mediterranean seafood and Italian coastal cuisine while Allegro by chef Enzo Febbrara focuses on more traditionally prepared Italian eats. Chef Billy DeMarco has put together a menu of small plates paired with artisanal draught beers and an inspiring wine list in La Cave. Mizumi by chef Devin Hashimoto and Wing Lei by chef Ming Yu remain steadfastly at the top of numerous "best" lists in Vegas for Japanese and Chinese cuisines, respectively. Capturing a sense of tradition with incomparable settings like a koi pond and a garden with a gleaming golden dragon, both restaurants will stimulate your palate and your mind.?For a more casual dining experience, The Buffet has 15 live-action cooking stations (we love the freshly grilled sausages and homemade gelato), and Zoozacrackers serves New York-style deli food. Or dig into Cantonese noodle dishes, dim sum and Hong Kong-style barbecue at Red 8 Asian Bistro.Something that sets dining at Wynn Las Vegas apart from other hotels in Vegas is that every restaurant on the property has created special vegan and vegetarian menus -- so there will be something for everyone to eat no matter where you go.After a fine meal, the resort's nightlife venues only heighten your pleasure factor. Tryst, with its secluded lagoon and big dance floor, looks out at a cascading 90-foot waterfall. Alternatively, the classically elegant bars Parasol Up and Parasol Down by the Lake of Dreams provide a superb view for sipping cocktails.During the day soak up the sun at the gorgeously landscaped outdoor pool complex. There are two main pools, private cabanas, table games and a terrace.In The Spa at Wynn you'll have the opportunity to be pampered like a star with the Red Carpet Treatment. You'll also enjoy cutting-edge services as well as custom massages designed especially for your needs.Nowhere else but at Wynn Las Vegas can you shop and leave the hotel with Manolo Blahniks and a brand new Ferrari. The Wynn Esplanade offers a unique retail environment with designer boutiques including Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Givenchy and Oscar de la Renta. The resort also houses a Penske Wynn Ferrari dealership and showroom.As you can see, Wynn Las Vegas is a whole wide wonderful world unto itself. It can serve as a base to explore Sin City's iconic sights and attractions, but you'll be perfectly content just to hang out here in a place where you can dine, imbibe, shop, swim, party and be pampered like nowhere else.And, of course, it doesn't matter who you are -- if you stay at Wynn Las Vegas, you're someone important.
 
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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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We sometimes throw around the term “affordable.” But that doesn’t mean cheap. South Point is less expensive mainly because of its location. South of major hotels like Mandalay Bay, South Point is still on Las Vegas Boulevard, making it just a short car ride away from your favorite attractions. But South Point really makes use of its extra space with its chief attraction, the revered Equestrian Complex.Hosting riding and rodeo events year-round in a 4,600 seat arena with 1,200 climate-controlled horse stalls, the complex is sure to make equine aficionados feel right at home. And if you’re a seriously hardcore rodeo fan, you just might recognize the giant statue of local gaming maverick Benny Binion on horseback situated near the entry--a simple tribute to the man who brought the National Finals Rodeo to Las Vegas.Though the Equestrian Complex is the likely the biggest draw, South Point has plenty of entertainment for those who just think horses are pretty but don’t really want to get close enough to smell them. The hotel is home to a 16-screen movie theater, a fine bingo room and a 64-lane bowling center. And the Showroom at South Point features a variety of singers, bands and comedians. And, like practically every inch of South Point, those spots can all involve some drinks.It could be said that the casino floor is a really just a mall of bars. In fact, we’re actually going to say it. If you tried to get a shot and a beer at everyone one of them you’d probably get kicked out for drunkenly doing something stupid around the fourth one. So don’t try that. Pick a couple and have a fun night. 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. And be sure to get some food in you before you drink.Michael's, throughout its 20-year history, 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 try 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 of poker 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. Between the abundant food and drinks and all that space to let your horse run around and fetch sticks or whatever it is horses do that make them so entertaining, South Point is an equestrian’s dream. But that doesn’t mean it’s not a fun place to get dinner, hang out at a bar and do a little gambling away from the confines of the Strip. Plus it’s affordable. And we all know what that means -- more money for drinks.
 

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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