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ARIA a high note for MGM Mirage

May 27, 2008 7:00 PM

By GT Staff | Last week, MGM Mirage officials revealed details of CityCenter’s core hotel/casino, ARIA, which is scheduled to open in late 2009.

Currently under construction between Bellagio and Monte Carlo on the Las Vegas Strip, ARIA will feature 4,004 upscale guest rooms and suites contained in two curvilinear glass towers.

"ARIA will be demonstrably different than any resort that has preceded it," said Bill McBeath, the resort’s president and COO. "Even in a city such as Las Vegas, with its extraordinary history of dynamic cutting-edge development, ARIA will introduce a new generation of resort experience."

Designed by the world-class architectural firm of Pelli Clarke Pelli, ARIA will be accented with natural elements, including lush foliage, wood and stone, an abundance of natural light and vast open spaces.

The resort will feature a variety of dining experiences, from casual bistros and cafes to culinary masterpieces from world-renowned restaurateurs.

In addition to a collection of lounges, bars and nightclubs, the centerpiece of ARIA’s entertainment will be a permanent production celebrating the enduring legacy of Elvis Presley.

Created by Cirque du Soleil and Elvis Presley Enterprises, the show will resurrect Elvis for millions of his faithful fans and no doubt create millions of new ones. The production will feature a combination of live musicians and singers, projections, dance and the latest multi-media sound and lighting technology.

Throughout CityCenter’s grounds, a $40 million Fine Art Program will feature a multitude of sculptures and paintings.

Among the artists is Maya Lin, who is creating a 133-foot silver cast of the Colorado River, which will be her first work to be shown in Las Vegas.

Also, the work of artist Jenny Holzer will be on display, an insightful LED sign that spans more than 250 feet.

Just outside ARIA’s three-story high lobby, guests can meander through The Crystals, a retail and entertainment district that will house more than 500,000 square feet of sophisticated retailers.

ARIA will also contain a three-level, 300,000-square-foot convention and meeting center that will feature four ballrooms, three theatrical stages and 38 meeting rooms.

In addition to ARIA, the $8 billion CityCenter project will include three non-gaming hotels – Las Vegas’ first Mandarin Oriental; The Harmon Hotel, Spa & Residences; and Vdara Condo Hotel – and one strictly residential building, Veer Towers.