Public gets first glimpse of CityCenter

Dec 1, 2009 7:52 PM
by GT Staff |

MGM MIRAGE (MGM) gave the world a peak at its massive $8.5 billion CityCenter development today when it opened the 1,500-room Vdara Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip to the public.

CityCenter, the largest commercial development ever built in the U.S., will open in phases this month after more than five years of development and construction.

The 500,000-square-foot Crystals retail and entertainment district opens Thursday, and the 392-room Mandarin Oriental opens to customers Saturday.

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Aria, CityCenter’s centerpiece 4,004-room hotel-casino, opens two weeks from Wednesday.

For now, the Vdara Hotel has the public’s full attention.

"It was designed to complement Aria, not operate as an extension of Aria," said Aria Presient Bill McBeath said. "It has its own style, own flavor and its own personality. We really believe the Vdara brand is going to be the sleeper of CityCenter."

And Vdara is about 100 feet from the entrance to Bellagio’s south tower via a pedestrian walkway.

The 57-story Vdara, designed by RV Architecture, which is led by Rafael Viñoly, has 1,495 suites, all with fully equipped kitchens. The units include deluxe suites and one- and two-bedroom units ranging from 500 to 1,650 square feet. There are also penthouse units and 250 corner-end suites with panoramic views.

Nightly rates at Vdara are expected to range from $159 to $2,000.

Vdara is a condominium hotel, which means the units can be bought and then placed into a rental program in which they can be leased as hotel rooms when not in use by the owners. The owners and MGM MIRAGE would share in the revenues produced by the units.

Vdara has a house restaurant, Silk Road, created by chef Martin Heierling, who developed Bellagio’s Sensi restaurant. Vdara also has an 18,000-square-foot spa, 10,000 square feet of meeting space and a 40,000-square-foot pool deck.

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