Aria opens with a boom and a bang


Aria Resort & Casino. Photo courtesy of CityCenter.

Fireworks will kick off the public opening of Aria Resort & Casino tonight, marking the official grand opening of CityCenter. Aria brings 4,004 guestrooms, 150,000 square feet of gaming, 15 restaurants, a nightclub, a spa, a Cirque show and more to the Las Vegas Strip.

Aria is the fourth building on the CityCenter campus to open following Vdara Hotel & Spa on Dec. 1, Crystals retail and entertainment district on Dec. 3 and the Mandarin Oriental on Dec. 4.

Even so, Aria can flaunt its own illustrious list of firsts. It is not only the largest hotel in the world to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council but it will also feature the most technologically advanced guestrooms in the country. 


Here are a few highlights of Aria’s “green friendly” initiatives:

  • Slot machine bases that serve as floor air-conditioning distribution units in order to cool public spaces from the ground up.
  • An overall design that includes extensive natural light, said to dramatically reduce lighting power requirements.
  •  Two recycling docks for collection and separation of glass, paper, cardboard, metals, plastic, food waste and grease.

CityCenter overall is considered one of the world’s largest sustainable developments.

Billed as a pedestrian friendly campus, CityCenter offers a free monorail providing easy transport between the Monte Carlo hotel next door, Crystals, Vdara and Bellagio next door. The campus also offers preferred parking for hybrid vehicles and a bicycle valet.

Many of the materials used in the construction of CityCenter were brought in from within 500 miles of Las Vegas, in order to minimalize required transportation. A majority of the wood products selected are FSC certified, meaning they come from sustainably managed forests.

Ninety-seven percent of the construction waste from the former Boardwalk hotel, imploded in 2006, was reused or recycled during the construction of CityCenter, thanks to a large-scale recycling and resue operation. Although the waste from the Boardwalk hotel wasn’t all necessarily used to actually build CityCenter, it did go to other construction projects. Overall, the CityCenter project utilized more than 260,000 tons of construction waste.


All 4,004 ARIA guest rooms, meanwhile, will feature technological advances that are unmatched within the United States. Control4, a company that specializes in residential and hospitality automation, has provided suite systems that allow guests to control their room environment with the touch of a remote. 

Don’t be caught off guard when your room “greets” you as you enter it for the first time. The room will fill with light, the curtains will part and the TV will turn on to display a list of automated controls to personalize.

Some other features from Control4 Suite Systems include:

  • One-touch control of lighting, room temperature, television/video systems, music, wake-up calls, draperies and requests for services through a single remote control.
  • One-button modification of room settings. “Good Night,” for example, turns off lights, TV and/or music; shuts curtains and turns on privacy notification.
  • In-room devices which automatically “communicate” maintenance needs; remote control batteries will be replaced before guests notice a problem, and more.


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