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Sporting magnificent modern architecture and top-tier dining, entertainment, pool and spa options, ARIA stands tall as a hip resort in the heart of the Strip.The vibe:Modern, gleaming and chic. Luxury on all levelsWhat we love:ARIA Las Vegas opened at the end of 2009 and it still has that new car smell. The rooms are a tech lover's dream, featuring the latest gadgetry (keyless locks, personalized automation, etc.). Each room includes an in-room tablet where you'll have one-touch control of lighting, temperature, draperies, music, in-room dining and more. Simply put, you're the master of your domain at ARIA Las Vegas.Open year-round, the pool area at ARIA is like something out of the Garden of Eden. Three ellipse-shaped pools are spread across a palm tree-laden deck. For those of you who already know you want to give in to sin, head directly to Liquid Pool Lounge, a walled-off dayclub in the back where you can frolic with DJ-spun music and copious cocktails.Insider tips:Remember our earlier discussion on valet parking? Use the main valet when you check-in because the entrance here leads right into the lobby. And don't forget that you'll pick up your car from the entrance at the opposite end of the porte cochere.Be an art lover. ARIA's got an impressive fine art collection, and you don't have to pay a museum admission cost to view it. Several pieces dot the property's indoor and outdoor public spaces. So spend the day exploring, it's totally worth it.Spend an afternoon at ARIA's Spa & Salon. There are some seriously unique amenities in here including a Shio salt room (its salt-infused air improves both your breathing and skin) and Ganbanyoku heated stone beds, which are unbelievably soothing to your muscles.Good to know:There isn't a bad room in the house. Since the price point is elevated here, why not just go all out and upgrade to one of the Sky Suites? With the one-bedroom penthouse, not only will you get postcard-worthy views and more flat-screen TVs than you'd find in an electronics store, but you'll enjoy extras like limousine transport from the airport, a personal concierge and access to the private Sky Suites Lounge, where you can indulge in drinks (yes, this includes alcohol) and snacks all day and night long.If you're thinking of smoking in your room at ARIA, don't. At checkout, you might find you've been hit with a $500-$1000 smoking restoration fee. Be aware that most of the resort's rooms (98 percent of them, only a few high roller suites have been exempted) are nonsmoking, so the only places you'll be able to light up are on the casino floor or in various bars.Parking at ARIA seems more confusing than it really is. The confusing part comes from the fact that there are two separate valets, each with different drop-off and pickup points. From the Strip, ARIA has two points of access - via City Center Place to the main valet and via Harmon Avenue to the north valet. There are times for choosing one over the other (see our tips).OK, so now self-parking...well, what can we say? The only way to access this garage is by turning off the Strip onto Aria Place. Follow the signs (there is no light) as these will indicate where the left turnoff is to a long ramp that goes down into the garage. This feels trickier than it is because you don't actually see the garage they guide you towards.There is valet and self-parking. Hourly self-parking and valet rates vary, click here for Las Vegas parking fees.Now that we've blown your mind in terms of parking, we just want to add that ARIA is set way back from the Strip. Of course, most Vegas Strip resorts involve a walk to reach Las Vegas Boulevard, but this is one of the longer ones. To get to the Strip, you'll have to go through The Shops at Crystals or walk along a series of shops parallel to City Center Place and take a pedestrian bridge across to The Shops at Crystals. Think of it as your workout to burn off those buffet calories.
 
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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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Vegas hotels don't get any better than Wynn Las Vegas with its luxurious accommodations, sublime aquatic show "Le Rêve - The Dream" and the finest of fine restaurants and shops.The vibe:Razzle-dazzle architecture and décor, generously proportioned rooms, every possible convenience, totally gourmetWhat we love:There's just something about staying at an elite hotel like Wynn that makes you feel swanky. Revered for elegance and for having incomparably high standards of service, it doesn't matter who you are because you'll feel like someone very important here.A breathtakingly beautiful atrium alive with trees, shrubs and flowers is situated near the lobby. We adore the two whimsical floral installations. One is a carousel, the other a hot air balloon -- and both are sure to make your spirits soar.It goes without saying that Wynn would have a gorgeously landscaped pool deck. But we'll say it anyway because lying in the gardens beside either of the two lovely main pools (or splashing out for a cabana) is like escaping to "Fantasy Island"...minus the plane, the island and Tattoo…however, there are attendants who come around with bottled water and frozen grapes.Three words: Wynn Dream bed. Yes, this is a thing -- more specifically, it's a custom-designed Sealy mattress dreamily made up with 507-count, 100 percent Egyptian cotton sheets, overstuffed pillows and shams. A perfect night's sleep is guaranteed. Insider tips:Welcome vegans and vegetarians. All of the restaurants in Wynn (and Encore) have special menu items designed for you. So if you're out with a group, no worries. Wherever you choose to dine, there'll be something perfect for everyone to eat.Visit the Lake of Dreams, located behind the Strip's only manmade mountain. You can't see it from outside Wynn, but when you come inside look for the circular escalator and ride it to the bottom. From dusk until 12:30 a.m., fanciful shows filled with music and holographics play at half-hour intervals on the lake's 40-foot waterfall. The best viewing point is on the terrace of the bar called Parasol Down. Nurse a drink or two and you'll have an evening of entertainment.Good to know:The base-level deluxe resort rooms at Wynn are big and well designed. The one thing they don't come with is a fridge. Now you will find a minibar in these rooms, but be warned: If you move anything from its place to make space for your own drinks and snacks, you'll automatically be billed for it.It seems silly to talk about upgrades at Wynn, but the possibilities are endless when every room and suite at this hotel feels like a little piece of heaven. That said, the Tower Suites have been awarded the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Award for nine straight years. Counted among the finest boutique hotels in the world, they have their own exclusive entrance, lobby and pool.Wynn is connected to its even more elegant sister property. So if you find you want to dial down the crowds and energy level a notch, Encore's quieter, boutique-style offerings are just steps away.Wynn has an awesome self-parking garage, but be aware that on extremely busy weekends as well as during major events or big premieres, it can fill up. At these times, you'll need to go next door and use the self-parking garage at Encore.
 
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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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Located south of the Strip, hence the name South Point, this hotel has tournament-caliber equestrian and bowling centers -- and it’s a champion among bargain hunters with affordable rooms, a Steak 'n Shake and a movie theater.The vibe:Off-the-beaten path, a horse lover’s dream, a penny pincher's paradiseWhat we love:Hey horse aficionados...you'll be right at home in the South Point, which is known for its Equestrian Center. An arena with 4,600 seats and 1,200 climate-controlled horse stalls, perhaps the coolest thing about attending an event -- ranging from every kind of rodeo competition to gun shows and hoops tournaments -- is grabbing an ice cold beer from the Saturday Night Bar, which overlooks all the action.There's no better place to drop some pins than the South Point. Play a game in the 64-lane bowling center or if you'd rather watch professionals, check out the South Point Bowling Plaza. Opened in 2014, it has two 30-lane competition floors and a 360-seat viewing area, both of which provide the perfect backdrop for the USBC Open Championships and Women's Championships.A throwback restaurant, Michael's Gourmet Room has a stained glass dome and plush red décor. Originally located in the bygone Barbary Coast, it's been a Vegas icon for more than 20 years. Of course, having dinner here will be expensive (with a capital "E"), but one bite of the perfectly prepared and presented filet mignon and sirloin steak and you won't give a damn.Insider tips:If you don't have a car with you at the South Point, take advantage of the shuttles. The resort fee actually includes shuttle service to and from the airport (be sure to make reservations 24 hours in advance). For not too much moolah, you can also take a shuttle to and from the Town Square shopping center or the Strip (stops are at Excalibur, Aria and Treasure Island).Whether you're a cowboy or just one at heart, get a photo with the giant bronze statue of local gaming maverick Benny Binion on horseback. You'll find it near the entry to the Equestrian Center. It's a great tribute to the man who helped bring the National Finals Rodeo to Vegas and created the World Series of Poker.If you're an alley cat in search of some cheap action, take advantage of the graveyard special at the South Point's bowling center. As long as you can stay up until the wee hours (that's from midnight to 8 a.m. every Sunday through Thursday), you can play for $1.East Coasters know all about Steak 'n Shake's classic "steakburgers." The South Point is home to the only location in Las Vegas...so go find out what all the fuss is about.Good to know:We want to be clear about where the South Point is located. It's not within walking distance to the Strip. It sits at the outlying southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard approximately five miles (that's a 10-minute drive) from the Welcome to Fabulous to Las Vegas sign. The South Point is a great base if you want to be close to the action but not right in the middle of it. And if you plan to explore the greater Las Vegas valley, it's near both Interstate 15 and 215.  Because there's been no renovation since the hotel opened in late 2005 and its newest tower debuted in 2008, the standard rooms are a little worn. They also don't come with fridges, but you will find they are spacious at 500 square feet and have other amenities (like Serta mattresses, coffeemakers, safes and 42-inch flat-screen TVs) that make a difference.The South Point isn't as huge as the megaresorts on the Strip, but you'll still have to cover a fair distance (this includes crossing the casino floor) to get from the self-parking garage or the parking lot to the room elevators.
 

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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