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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 and the Deuce Lounge also serves a special extra pale ale exclusive to Aria and crafted by the local Sin City Brewing company.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. 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.
 
Overall rating 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Customer service 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Accuracy of VEGAS.com's Description 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Room Quality 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Casino 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Hotel Location 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Pool 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Room Location 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Overall amenities 
5 / 5
5 / 5
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fromOntario, Canada
Age:55 to 64
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Spouse
Purchase Frequency:Once every few years
Star Rating Accuracy:Perfect
Gambler:Yes
Game:Progressive Slots
Yes, I recommend this product.
The Aria was very clean and well appointed. Certainly a 5 star quality. Our stay was very comfortable and fun.
PostedJuly 24, 2013
Room was excellent with high end appointments. Bed very comfortable. Service was excellent everywhere in the casino and hotel. Location was also great.
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There are some basic rules of magic. Never tell your audience how a trick is done. Don't show the audience the preparation for a trick. And never, ever perform the classic cups and balls trick with transparent cups.Penn & Teller manage to break all of these rules and more in their show at the Rio Hotel and Casino.Penn & Teller's edgy show is unlike any other magic production in Las Vegas. The tall, lanky Penn serves as a narrator, providing a running comedic commentary on just about everything they do, while the diminutive Teller provides a lot of the show's action, all without saying a single word. The pair manages to reveal a few tricks of their trade along the way, while turning around and completely stumping you with others.Penn & Teller take some of the mystery out of the aforementioned cups and balls trick - a standard magic act where a magician makes balls pass through the solid bottoms of the cups, jump from one cup to another, or disappear from the cup and appear in other places. They perform the act with see-through plastic cups, allowing the audience to see exactly how it works...or do they? Part of the joke is that during the explanation, they do the trick so quickly, that it makes it pretty difficult to follow.Penn & Teller's show relies heavily on audience interaction. Several audience members are chosen to come up and be part of some tricks and to help confirm the authenticity of others. In one vignette, the trick is actually played on the volunteer while the audience gets to watch. The volunteer is blindfolded while Penn pretends to throw knives at her. Then, again blindfolded, she is tricked into believing she throws knives at Penn.While the audience does get to see behind the scenes during these parts of the show, other tricks the duo performs leave viewers completely mystified. Penn takes the eyeglasses from an audience member and puts them in his pocket. They somehow disappear from his pocket and end up inexplicably on Teller's face, which has been encased in a wooden box the whole time.Teller makes coins appear out of a clear tank of water, puts them back in and goldfish magically take their place.While there are some elements of classic magic and sleight of hand in the show, most of the tricks are incredibly creative, innovative and sometimes bordering on the macabre. Teller appears to swallow needles and then a piece of thread. He then proceeds to pull the needles, all neatly threaded together, out of his mouth.Penn, a talented juggler, doesn't use standard objects to showcase his skills - instead he juggles broken liquor bottles and fire.Many of the tricks are accompanied by background music from the talented jazz pianist Mike Jones, which adds another unique touch to the show. If you get to the theater early, you're in for a treat as The Mike Jones Duo performs live music to warm up the crowd. Look closely and you might recognize the tall, mysterious upright bass player in the duo.The culmination of the show is the magic bullet trick where Penn & Teller simultaneously fire guns at each other, through small panes of glass, and then catch the bullets in their mouths. Audience volunteers with gun knowledge are brought up on stage to check the bullets and guns before and after the stunt, confirming its validity.The trick literally ends the show with a bang, leaving the audience wondering how it was pulled off. As Penn explained, it wasn't an easy illusion to create. "We worked on The Double Bullet Catch for a couple of years before we put it in the show and we worked for as long as we could before we ever really pointed a gun. The first step was using a single gun, where just one of us fired at the other. After months of work, it was time for the first tests. We flipped a coin, and I lost. I had to point the gun at Teller first," he said. "It was so hard. Yes, it's a TRICK! Yes, we have so many safety checks in place it's almost stupid, but it was still so, so hard to do. So hard. I was trembling. It's much harder to point a gun at someone than to have a gun pointed at you. It's a trick, no reason to test me on the street. It's not impromptu."It takes a lot of trust to be able to shoot bullets at each other - trust that has built up in Penn & Teller over 30 years of performing together.The two first teamed up in 1975, combining Teller's magic with Penn's juggling and comic expertise, working their way up from the streets to clubs and eventually to Broadway.By 1985, the duo was receiving critical praise for their Off-Broadway show. In 1987, they began the first of two successful Broadway runs and enjoyed national tours throughout the 1990s.They appeared in Las Vegas at Bally's and the MGM Grand before landing a long-term gig in their own spacious theater at the Rio in 2001.Penn & Teller have appeared more than 20 times on "Late Night with David Letterman" and on a variety of other television shows including "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Miami Vice," "Hollywood Squares," "Saturday Night Live" and as animated guests on "The Simpsons."When they aren't busy with their Las Vegas show, Penn & Teller have gotten involved in other creative projects. They are the authors of three best-selling books, "Cruel Tricks for Dear Friends," "How to Play with Your Food" and "How to Play in Traffic."Their latest project, "Penn & Teller: Bulls--t!" for the Showtime television network, is in its fourth season. The show, which has received six Emmy nominations, sets out to debunk myths, rumors and secrets behind popular subjects such as talking to the dead, psychics and alien abductions.Penn credits their longevity and success as a team to keeping their relationship all about work. "It's always been a business relationship. We do better stuff together than we do separately and we love working together. We have become very good friends, of course, but we don't hang out very much."Separating their business and personal lives certainly seems to be a winning formula for Penn & Teller. Their show is constantly evolving as they add new tricks and revamp some older ones. It's one of the smartest shows in town and they certainly live up to their billing as "a couple of eccentric guys who have learned how to do a few cool things."-- By Kristine McKenzie
 
Overall rating 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Customer service 
3 / 5
3 / 5
Accuracy of VEGAS.com's Description 
2 / 5
2 / 5
View of Stage 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Theater Quality 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Special Effects 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Sound Quality 
2 / 5
2 / 5
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fromOntario, Canada
Age:55 to 64
Gender:Male
Travel Purpose:Vacation/Pleasure
Travel Companions:Spouse
Purchase Frequency:Once every few years
No, I do not recommend this product.
The product has possibilities
PostedJuly 24, 2013
Too much talk, not enough action. Teller gave too much dialogue about each trick. His magic is great and if he reduces the conversations with the audience his performance would be great. Also it was very warm and muggy in the show.
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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 and the Deuce Lounge also serves a special extra pale ale exclusive to Aria and crafted by the local Sin City Brewing company.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. 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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