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-- Sam "Ace" Rothstein, Casino, 1995

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Welcome to Aria... now bend over

I understand that Aria is supposed to be some sort of "upscale" hotel and that their prices will reflect that.  But check out the prices at the "Skybox" -- a glorified snack bar right next to the poker room.  This place is take out only.  They have no seating.  So, you just had a 8 hour plane flight to LV and you are staying at Aria.  You are hungry.  You want to get a sandwich and a beer at the "Skybox" -- well get ready to be raped.

Check out these ridiculous prices.  Again this is a snack bar...  $14 for a burger.  Come on now.  $18 for wings?  WTF?  Mac and Cheese = $11.00.  Nice screw over on parents.  Bottle water = $4.50.


  1. It remains "upscale" only because they don't want to bite the bullet and admit times are tough and they have to offer discounts, so they are maintaining image of upscale.

    Those prices are ridiculous, but probably a bargain compared to the upscale restaurants some of which may not always be open due to various "excuses".

    Those upscale places are used to selling toothbrushes at eight dollars while Terribles sells them for eighty-nine cents. There should be something somewhere in the middle. There ain't.

  2. Ive stayed at Aria and it does not live up to all the upscale hype they are trying to make it out to be. I dont need to stay there again.

  3. To a great extent all of Las Vegas is focused more on the lure rather than the actual delivery. Illusions of jackpots that are only a remote possibility, meaningless claims of "loose" slots, boasting of 6:5 payout, strip clubs, room rates with taxes and resort fees undisclosed.
    So all this hype about Upscale really means is that it the pretense of elegance with a delivery that is constrained by current economics. It is sort of the same as Baccarat: an exclusive alcove, a chandelier, evening dress, fancy shills ... but its the same game as MiniBacc. Aria is hype? Yeah, I'm sure it is. Are you really surprised?

  4. What hype? I am a frequent visitor to Aria and don't understand why you would say it is overhyped? What were you promised? I went in the the expectation that it would be new, flashy, and upscale. That's exactly what I found. Yes, it is expensive. So is every other high-end Strip resort and so is every other high-end resort in any city in the US. I wouldn't recommended making a daily habit out of eating at Aria's expensive restaurants, but it is nice to splurge once in awhile. The place is beautiful, very well maintained, and I've always had fun there.

  5. Aria is very nice - I agree. Have they installed a "tit pit" yet? Or do they still have their 6-5"shit pit" in full effect?

    At least they could put in a few seats for the customers getting bent over at the Skybox...

    Is is true that Aria will become the "gay flagship" hotel for MGM in LV? That will be interesting...

  6. I agree that Anonymous that Aria should be allowed to charge insane prices. Those spots have their place, I guess. To each their own, right?

    I just wish somebody would have left the Westward Ho for all of us low rollers. Or maybe have left O'Shea's as an indie with great table games.

    Oh well, we'll always have downtown.

  7. No dancing girls at the Aria games. They are positioning themselves to compete against Wynn/Venetian so I doubt you will ever see them at Aria.

    I'm sure they have 6-5, but they also have plenty of 3-2.

    The place is called "Skybox TO GO" Not Skybox Cafe, not skybox diner, not skybox restaurant. To go places serve food to go. Most people ordering from there are already sitting in the (very) nearby sportsbook. They have lots of nice sit-down restaurants if that is what you are looking for, but who wants to site down to eat a hot dog? It's quick food to eat while you are watching the games.

    Don't know about the gay thing. As long as they are subtle about it I won't care. Paris is the gay Harrahs place and I never would have guessed from walking through it.

  8. Funny we are having a debate about this stupid snack bar. I accept the heat, fine.

    I just think they could have a couple of highboys for people to eat their food.

    Thanks for your input. When's Harmon Tower coming down?

    Happy TG to all followers...


  9. Happy Thanksgiving, Jimmy, and thanks for sharing your blog with us.