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ARIA @ City Center

Last week was the official opening of ARIA at City Center. Aria has state-of-the-art technology oozing everywhere from architecture and design down to gaming and hotel air circulation. I was lucky enough to have a press pass on opening day and got to go on a few media-tours and cover the Grand Opening Press release! I’ll talk about a few cool features you probably won’t see/hear about just walking into Aria. Every slot machine is LED based and touch screen, making it more efficient for the user and environmentally friendly. Each gaming base (what the slot machines sit on) are ventilated and pump out filtered air 24/7 keeping Aria cool and fresh. The new LED based slot machines don’t produce anywhere near the amount of heat that normal slot machines produce, so A/C usage is down as well. Check out the sinks/faucets all around Aria as well, over 10,000 custom units made from Low-Flo that use 30% less water!!
This is a view of the “porte cochere” or valet from the outside taken at night.

Also, Aria is Valet only, so if you don’t want to pay, there is a “people mover”/tram available that takes you from the Bellagio, and Mandaly Bay to Crystals which is the retail and shopping center. Picture of said “People mover”

During the Press Conference, there were a ton of Aria labeled products just laying around the desserts, (which were amazing and free!!) and I thought they were perfect to shoot and use for fillers. There was this huge stack of towels behind the media stand, not really sure what for, but its presence made for a decent shot!

and one of said desserts! (organic yogurt parfait for the win!) the granola had a touch of honey in it that was a pleasant surprise! It was kind of funny seeing the empty cups, I don’t think anyone could get that blueberry on the bottom out!!!!

along with the exotic desserts, came exotic floral displays. Orchids and other exotic flowers just everywhere making the Aria almost sensory overload!

I have another set of photos, so check back soon for part 2!!

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