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June 27, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Las Vegas buffets are legendary — and sometimes free. MGM Resorts International is offering a breakfast or lunch buffet each day with a stay at Vdara, Aria, Mandalay Bay and other selected hotels through early September. Act quickly if you want this deal because this brief offer ends Monday night. The deal: I like this offer because you can splurge on an expensive room or stick to your budget, depending on which hotel you choose. The Complimentary Buffet Everyday package applies to selected MGM resorts and requires a stay of two nights or more to get a free breakfast or lunch buffet for two each day. The buffet is valued at $20 per person, which comes out to a $40 savings per day. When: The offer is good for stays through Sept.
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June 5, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Southern Californians who fly Southwest Airlines to  Las Vegas and stay at one of the MGM Resorts properties along the Strip can earn points in the airline's' Rapid Rewards program and in MGM Resorts' M life loyalty club.  Those who drive to Sin City can still earn 600 Rapid Rewards points for their hotel stays. To celebrate the new partnership, people who book rooms this month will earn 1,200 points -- double the usual amount -- per stay. Guests will also earn credits in M life and may be eligible for offers such as room upgrades and pre-sale tickets for concerts and boxing matches.
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TRAVEL
December 5, 2010 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Trying to promote a Vegas hotel? That's heavy, man. Or more correctly, the Heavy ? a British rock band whose TV commercial featuring Aria, the 4,004-room anchor hotel at CityCenter ? is coming soon to a TV screen near you. "It's a high-energy, fun commercial that we think accurately displays the excitement of Aria," said Jim Murren, chief executive of parent company MGM Resorts International. Here's what's behind the commercial: Fewer than half of Southern Californians ?
NATIONAL
July 26, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Just admit it: How many times have you gazed up at a crew of window washers and had your blood turn to water and told yourself, "No way, no how, would I do that job”? You could fall, or have something else bad happen up there. On Wednesday, something else bad did happen here to four window washers: They got stranded on their platform for several hours, dangling over the Strip outside the - Yowsa! - 35th floor of a high-rise hotel until they were rescued by firefighters who rapelled to their aid. Nobody was hurt, but some egos were no doubt bruised.
NEWS
June 5, 2013 | By Jay Jones
Southern Californians who fly Southwest Airlines to  Las Vegas and stay at one of the MGM Resorts properties along the Strip can earn points in the airline's' Rapid Rewards program and in MGM Resorts' M life loyalty club.  Those who drive to Sin City can still earn 600 Rapid Rewards points for their hotel stays. To celebrate the new partnership, people who book rooms this month will earn 1,200 points -- double the usual amount -- per stay. Guests will also earn credits in M life and may be eligible for offers such as room upgrades and pre-sale tickets for concerts and boxing matches.
NEWS
March 21, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
This is the stuff spring breaks are made of: super-cheap air-hotel packages to Las Vegas. Yes, most Angelenos drive to Vegas, but with the high price of gas and the low cost of these packages, flying might be a no-brainer -- and a spring break windfall. JetBlue Airways : The airline extended its one-day Madness-in-March sale that started Tuesday until tonight (Wednesday). As I was checking out the sale fares, I stumbled upon an incredible discounted Las Vegas package: $110 per person based on double occupancy from April 8 to 10 that includes two nights at Circus Circus and round-trip airfare from Long Beach.
NATIONAL
July 26, 2012 | By John M. Glionna
LAS VEGAS - Just admit it: How many times have you gazed up at a crew of window washers and had your blood turn to water and told yourself, "No way, no how, would I do that job”? You could fall, or have something else bad happen up there. On Wednesday, something else bad did happen here to four window washers: They got stranded on their platform for several hours, dangling over the Strip outside the - Yowsa! - 35th floor of a high-rise hotel until they were rescued by firefighters who rapelled to their aid. Nobody was hurt, but some egos were no doubt bruised.
TRAVEL
January 3, 2010 | By Valli Herman
Packed into 67 acres between the Monte Carlo and the Bellagio casino hotels, CityCenter is billed not just as the Las Vegas Strip's next evolutionary phase, but also as a spectacle capable of pulling the region's tourism from its death spiral. Yet with nearly 5,900 new luxury hotel rooms to fill, that spiral may be intensifying. Between Dec. 1 and 16, the developers unveiled the 1,495-guest room Vdara, the 392-guest room Mandarin Oriental, and the 4,004-guest room Aria Resort & Casino and its 17 restaurants and cafes.
FOOD
March 11, 2010
In the Aria casino, 3730 Las Vegas Blvd. S., Las Vegas; restaurant reservations, (877) 230-2742; http://www.arialasvegas.com. Bar Masa, (877) 230-2742. Chilled dishes, $26 to $89; salads, $15 to $18; braised dishes, $34 to $68; hibachi grilled items, $18 to $120; sushi items, $18 to $240; seasonal sushi or sashimi tasting, $98; omakase , $100 per person and up. Shaboo (the adjoining shabu-shabu restaurant), $500 per person. Open 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday to Monday.
TRAVEL
April 25, 2010 | By Jay Jones
Several resorts will be upping the poolside ante this summer. At Aria, the biggest hotel at recently opened CityCenter, guests have their choice of three large whirlpools and three even larger pools. The cabanas include 42-inch LCD TVs and iPod docks. There's also Liquid, an adults-only venue with dipping pools featuring underwater speakers; (866) 359-7757, http://www.arialasvegas.com . At the neighboring Mandarin Oriental, butlers attend to guests on the eighth-floor pool deck.
NEWS
March 21, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
This is the stuff spring breaks are made of: super-cheap air-hotel packages to Las Vegas. Yes, most Angelenos drive to Vegas, but with the high price of gas and the low cost of these packages, flying might be a no-brainer -- and a spring break windfall. JetBlue Airways : The airline extended its one-day Madness-in-March sale that started Tuesday until tonight (Wednesday). As I was checking out the sale fares, I stumbled upon an incredible discounted Las Vegas package: $110 per person based on double occupancy from April 8 to 10 that includes two nights at Circus Circus and round-trip airfare from Long Beach.
NEWS
June 27, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Las Vegas buffets are legendary — and sometimes free. MGM Resorts International is offering a breakfast or lunch buffet each day with a stay at Vdara, Aria, Mandalay Bay and other selected hotels through early September. Act quickly if you want this deal because this brief offer ends Monday night. The deal: I like this offer because you can splurge on an expensive room or stick to your budget, depending on which hotel you choose. The Complimentary Buffet Everyday package applies to selected MGM resorts and requires a stay of two nights or more to get a free breakfast or lunch buffet for two each day. The buffet is valued at $20 per person, which comes out to a $40 savings per day. When: The offer is good for stays through Sept.
TRAVEL
December 5, 2010 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Trying to promote a Vegas hotel? That's heavy, man. Or more correctly, the Heavy ? a British rock band whose TV commercial featuring Aria, the 4,004-room anchor hotel at CityCenter ? is coming soon to a TV screen near you. "It's a high-energy, fun commercial that we think accurately displays the excitement of Aria," said Jim Murren, chief executive of parent company MGM Resorts International. Here's what's behind the commercial: Fewer than half of Southern Californians ?
TRAVEL
January 3, 2010 | By Valli Herman
Packed into 67 acres between the Monte Carlo and the Bellagio casino hotels, CityCenter is billed not just as the Las Vegas Strip's next evolutionary phase, but also as a spectacle capable of pulling the region's tourism from its death spiral. Yet with nearly 5,900 new luxury hotel rooms to fill, that spiral may be intensifying. Between Dec. 1 and 16, the developers unveiled the 1,495-guest room Vdara, the 392-guest room Mandarin Oriental, and the 4,004-guest room Aria Resort & Casino and its 17 restaurants and cafes.
NEWS
August 5, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
The 10 th annual Big Bear Renaissance Faire the next two weekends includes an NC-17 stage for the more bawdy performances. Info and tickets, (800) 424-4232 or online .... The scenic Truckee River is finally open to rafting , one of Lake Tahoe's great summer traditions. Until last week, downstream flows had been too high.… Halloween promotion alert: Spa & Salon Vdara in Las Vegas is offering pumpkin facials so “skin emerges gently restored by fall's favorite super-fruit”.… Thai Airways Royal Orchid lounge in Bangkok is the best airport lounge in the world , Executive Travel magazine says.… A 12-hour mountain biking event in Jackson Hole Aug. 27 will combine technical downhill riding skill with all-day endurance.
NEWS
November 26, 2010 | Jane Engle, Assistant Los Angeles Times Travel Editor
Two hotels at the swank, $8.5-billion  CityCenter Las Vegas complex have pulled off quite a feat: earning the top AAA rating, Five Diamonds, in their first year of operation. The 4,004-room Aria Resort & Casino and the 392-room Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas opened in December 2009 at the 67-acre complex -- which also includes the 1,495-room Vdara Hotel & Spa , private residences, restaurants and luxury shops -- along the Las Vegas Strip. The Harmon Hotel, originally scheduled to open there this year, is on hold; more about that  below.
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