This five-year-old resort is wise beyond its years. Its technology-equipped design and rich character are bound to make it a legend.
By now, we’re sure you’ve heard that Catalyst Americas 2015 will be held at the Aria Resort & Casino, but what does that really mean?
The two steel and curved glass high-rise towers that make up Aria are joined at the center. The architectural eye candy rightfully earned its name because arias — long, accompanied solos — are the focal points in operas. And there’s no doubt that Aria Resort & Casino is the focal point of the Las Vegas Strip.
The 61- and 51-story towers contain 4,004 guest rooms and suites. At the time of its opening in 2009, Aria was the ninth-largest hotel in the world, as measured by the total number of rooms.
Did we mention the 16 restaurants, 10 bars and nightclubs, 150,000-square-foot casino, salon and spa, convention center and 1,800-seat theater?
Aria, as described in Popular Mechanics magazine, is the most technologically advanced hotel ever built and uses technology primarily for the reduction of energy consumption.
The exterior and interior of the hotel were designed to be environmentally friendly. All rooms in Aria automatically adjust curtains, turn off unused lights and electronics, and regulate the temperature when a guest enters or leaves a room. In fact, it’s the largest hotel in the world to earn a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification — the second highest certification by the US Green Building Council.
It feels right to host a technology-centered conference at a venue that appreciates the digital world as much as we do.
*Catalyst Tip* A limited number of rooms are available at the discounted conference rate of $195 per night through March 16, 2015. To reserve your rooms online, click here or call 866-359-7757 or 702-590-7757 and use the group code CACM15.
To continue on the high-tech note, the gaming machines in Aria’s casino are controlled and monitored by a 3,000-square-foot data center and are changed to play the most popular games based on real-time data collected about the performance of each machine. But don’t worry, you’ll still find gambling staples such as slots, poker and table games.
Aria’s casino design is different from traditional casinos, which historically omit natural light. Skylights are part of the high ceilings, and exterior windows run along the edges. (When we said that all rooms in Aria reduce energy, we didn’t just mean guest rooms.)
*Catalyst Tip* Don’t let Vegas leave you broke. Get gaming tips at Catalyst 2015’s Opening Reception, sponsored by NetSuite, on Monday, March 30 from 6 to 8 p.m. PDT.
The Convention Center
It’s common for large hotels to have some sort of convention center, but one that’s three stories? Leave that to Aria.
The triple-decker convention center includes four ballrooms — three with fully functioning theatrical stages — and 38 meeting rooms.
Wondering where the energy-saving techniques are? That’s where the 400-foot-convention center window comes into play. When this window was built in 2009, it was considered the largest glass-curtain wall of its type ever constructed in a public building.
*Catalyst Tip* The Catalyst Pavilion will be located in Aria’s Bristlecone Ballroom. Participate in the “Passport to E-Commerce Success” giveaway to win a trip to Antigua. Get your passport card at registration, visit participating sponsors in the Catalyst Pavilion for stamps and attend the Closing Session on April 1 for the winner announcement.
Did You Know?
Though Aria has only been around since 2009, it’s already on its way to fame, with appearances on national television and the big screen. The following are additional reasons that make this hotel unique.
- Any Elvis fans out there? Step into Aria’s Gold Lounge to hear remixes of The King’s tunes.This lounge is designed to look like Elvis’ mansion, Graceland. A black and obviously gold color scheme is incorporated throughout.
- The 2013 comedy Las Vegas, starring Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline, was filmed at the Aria — specifically the lobby, casino and pool.
- CBS’ hit show The Amazing Race featured Aria in one of its team challenges — season 24, episode 12 to be exact.
*Catalyst Tip* Aria will soon house the e-commerce industry’s leading event. The ideas shared at Catalyst are tomorrow’s trends. The relationships forged are tomorrow’s partnerships. And the retailers in attendance are next year’s success stories. For retailers looking to be on the front lines, Catalyst is the way to get there.
To learn more about Catalyst Americas, visit our website for details and registration information.
Blog post by Jordan Nowlin, social media and blog manager, ChannelAdvisor