One of the benefits of running a site like this is that from time to time, certain information comes my way before it hits the general public.
Most recently, this would include floor-plans of ARIA's public spaces and casino area. The hugely anticipated City Center anchor hotel, opening in mid-December, looks pretty great to my eyes.
In addition to being such a major milestone, ARIA is important because it is meant to be the crown of the MGM Mirage empire. The current occupant of that top slot, Bellagio, was designed and built by now-competitor Steve Wynn. MGM Mirage hasn't 'authored' a major Las Vegas resort for many years, its empire having been assembled through acquisition instead of development.
If you want some details about what is inside of ARIA, continue after the jump.
In a nutshell, imagine a post-Bellagio/Wynn Las Vegas design on two levels and you have a very basic idea of the layout at ARIA. Here's a quick hit-list of what is where across this massive property.
* Poker Room (Casino)
* Carta Privata (Casino)
* Salon Prive (Casino)
* Baccarat (Casino)
* Spin High Limit Lounge (Casino)
* Race and Sports Book (Casino)
* Union (Restaurant)
* Jean Philippe Patisserie (Restaurant/Retail)
* Blossom (Restaurant)
* Cafe Centro (Restaurant)
* Sage (Restaurant)
* Barmasa (Restaurant)
* Lemongrass (Restaurant)
* Shaboo (Restaurant)
* Julian Serrano (Restaurant)
* Skybox Bar and Grille (Restaurant)
* The Deuce (Bar/Lounge)
* City Bar (Bar/Lounge)
* Baccarat Bar (Bar/Lounge)
* Bar Moderno (Bar/Lounge)
* View Bar (Bar/Lounge)
* Gold (Nightclub?)
* Liquid (Pool-Based Club?)
* American Fish (Restaurant)
* Jean Georges Steakhouse (Restaurant)
* Sirio Ristorante (Restaurant)
* The Buffet (Restaurant)
* Breeze Cafe (Restaurant)
* Sweet Chill (Restaurant)
* Cirque Theater and Box Office
* The Spa
* Convention Space
Both levels have smatterings of retail but the number of stores does not seem to be significant.
The first floor is dominated by the casino with restaurants and bars around the edges. Similar to Wynn Las Vegas and Encore, there is a separate check-in area for Sky Suites guests, along with a distinct elevator core and valet area. Large baccarat and salon prive areas on the west side of the property likely have large windows to the outdoors. Nearby are the Thai and Chinese restaurants and another 'Baccarat Bar' (how many of these have existed on The Strip over the years?)
On the south end, a large race and sports book sits near the poker room and the 'Skybox Bar and Grill'. The far north side, near Vdara, includes a bunch of restaurants such as Sage, Barmasa, Shaboo and Serrano.
On the second floor we have access to the Cirque Theater, the pool deck as well as some additional restaurants - it looks like some of the fine dining is bunched together on the east end, perhaps overlooking the main porte cochere.
We also have what looks like a fairly large buffet, additional retail and a huge spa that must have incredible views of the pool and also of Vdara.
The massive pool deck includes 'Liquid', which looks to be either a nightclub, day-club or perhaps both.
Overall, seeing this stuff makes me more excited about ARIA. From the layouts alone, my first impression is that the designers clearly looked at recent properties such as Wynn Las Vegas and Encore to see what was working well over there. The completed interiors may look nothing like a Wynn property but the way things are placed is certainly reminiscent.
ARIA is a massive property but unlike something like MGM Grand, these layouts show a lot of promise based on a clear study of what customers are looking for these days.
I can't wait to try ARIA in December.