As Head and Shoulder's warnings against letting heinous scalp-leprosy rain down on your black mock-turtleneck taught us, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression". Taking that rule to heart, CityCenter's Aria, now taking reservations.
Slotted to be one of the first properties opened inside CityCenter's 67-acre mini-metropolis, Aria's 61 stories soften their steel-and-glass construction and ultramodern art installations (e.g., swirling stainless steel lightning bolts) with an impeccably groomed Nature Mustache, with foliage, wood, and stone lining soaring open spaces bathed in natural light. The good stuff:
Rooms & Suites: All 4,004 rooms sport floor-to-ceiling windows, big-ass flatscreens, and future-scary tech: when you enter the first time, the curtains open automatically, the lights turn on, and the TV pops up instructions for a remote that sets lighting, temperature, and music to appropriate levels for everything from pre-partying to passing out. You can even set the temp to elevate during the night, so you can go to bed cold, and wake up warm -- or vice versa, if you're some sort of freak.
Dining: The 13 restaurants include Michael Mina's patriotic Pisces lodge American Fish, Masayoshi Takayama's modern-Japanese Bar Masa, Shawn McClain's farm-to-table Sage, Jean-Georges Steakhouse, Sirio serving Italian favorites, Blossom (classic Chinese), Lemongrass (modern Thai), and of course a sophisticated take on the classic buffet, all of which will sustain you through to the yet to be named nightclub operated by the Light Group, the folks behind Jet and The Bank.
Amenities: Whether it's the 215,000 square foot tropical oasis of a pool deck, featuring three primary pools (yes one is topless), and 50 cabanas, the 80,000 square foot, two-story spa, featuring 62-individual treatment rooms, three spa-suites, a full service salon, barbershop, fitness room, eucalyptus steam room, red wood saunas, and co-ed balcony overlooking the pool, or the 1,800-seat theater that will house the Cirque du Soleil's tribute to Elvis, that will bring him back to Vegas fusing live music, dance, acrobatics, nostalgia, and high end technology, Aria is sure to be an all encompassing sensory overload the likes of which haven't been seen since, well since never.
If all this isn't enough to pique your interest, or maybe like at the gentleman's club down the road, you like blondes over brunettes, Aria is only the first of four hotels to be opened within the confines of CityCenter, so get your singles ready.