On August 30Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:With three hotels, a world-class shopping mall and a massive collection of public art, there’s plenty to do at CityCenter.
• Take in the spas. Vdara Hotel and Spa, ARIA Resort & Casino and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, all have jaw-dropping spas. Vdara and ARIA’s spas are natural and modern oases, while Mandarin Oriental’s Five-Star sanctuary has a distinct Asian minimalism and sophistication.
• Tour the art. CityCenter has a massive collection of public art — stop by ARIA’s concierge for a map of the major pieces. Don’t miss works by Henry Moore and Claes Oldenburg in the public spaces, and head to the gallery in the Crystals shopping district to marvel at the works of world-famous glass master Dave Chihuly.
• See a show. Cirque du Soleil’s rock 'n' rolling Zarkana, opening at ARIA Resort & Casino on November 1 following a New York run, is an energetic and acrobatic rock opera. Splurge on tickets in the theater's Golden Circle or Banquette sections for sofa-style seating.
• Do some fine dining. From farm-to-table American cuisine at Sage to modern French at Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, CityCenter has dozens of restaurants to choose from. Make a reservation for dinner at Bar Masa or Michael Mina’s and then wander CityCenter to take in the artwork.
• Shop. No run-of-the-mill mall, CityCenter’s Crystals boasts styles straight from the runways. Check out boutiques from designers such as Balenciaga, Christian Dior and Marni — the innovative storefronts and high-tech displays make window-shopping worthwhile, too.
On August 24Forbes Travel Guide Inspector answered the question:Three very different hotels make up CityCenter — ARIA Resort & Casino, Vdara Hotel and Spa and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. The largest option is ARIA, a giant hotel with 4,004 rooms, a large casino and 16 restaurants to choose from. ARIA is also home to fine dining from chefs like Jean Georges Vongerichten, Masa Takayama and Michael Mina. Next door, Vdara is a quieter younger sister to ARIA, and it stands out on the Strip for being smoke-free, non-gaming and all suites. Existing as a getaway while still being close enough to the action to indulge, Vdara boasts a salon, spa and a pool and lounge. You won’t find a casino at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas either, and the chic hotel feels almost anti-Vegas, bringing sophistication and stellar service to CityCenter. With a Five-Star spa and the acclaimed Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, you won’t miss the slot machines at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, but if you do, it’s a quick walk to ARIA.
On May 24Paul Berry answered the question:To reduce the amount of fossil-fuel based power, many measures were taken during the design of CityCenter to achieve a more than 30 percent improvement in energy efficiency compared to traditionally designed buildings.
From plumbing design to investment in low-flow technologies to conscientious operating procedures, the CityCenter team incorporated water conservation practices throughout the campus.
All CityCenter attractions are within walking distance. Many services and amenities are located either on the CityCenter campus or within a half-mile radius, reducing guests’ and residents’ dependence on automobiles.
Committed to reducing its environmental footprint, CityCenter developed a strict construction waste management plan to redirect recyclable and reusable resources back to the manufacturing process. This program extends through to daily operations.
When selecting materials for CityCenter, designers used products manufactured with recycled content. They also sought local and regional products to minimize the emission of greenhouse gases caused when materials are transported.
Guest and employee comfort is paramount to the CityCenter experience. An indoor air quality plan was implemented and nontoxic products were selected to ensure a healthier environment.
On May 24Paul Berry answered the question:Designed by Helmut Jahn, Veer Towers is a pair of arresting residential icons in the hub of CityCenter. With approximately 335 residences each in two 37-story glass towers, Veer soars above the city and seems to dance with a rhythm all its own. Veer showcases “European-style” residences as personal, private havens featuring modern kitchens, living and dining areas, spacious and spa-styled bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows.
On May 24Nancy Nitsche answered the question:CityCenter encompasses phenomenal dining, premier shopping, indulgent nightlife, and a cutting-edge public art collection. ARIA Resort & Casino, located in the heart of CityCenter, offers a luxury experience filled with gaming, nightlife, dining, shopping and entertainment.
On May 24Paul Berry answered the question:CityCenter was developed by an incomparable group of architects who came together with the energy, foresight, talent and vision in a project that was the first of its kind.
ARIA Resort & Casino was shaped by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects; Helmut Jahn led the effort on Veer Towers; RV Architecture, LLC, led by Rafael Vinoly, oversaw Vdara; Kohn Pedersen Fox led the way for Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas; Studio Daniel Libeskind crafted Crystals shopping pavilion with interiors by David Rockwell and his Rockwell Group. MGM Resorts International retained Gensler, the largest architectural firm in the world, to oversee the projects of seven architects, three architects of record, 90 interior designers and hundreds of consultants.
Each incredible steel-and-glass architectural structure complements the others and combined they create a truly mesmerizing showcase of modern design.
On May 24Nancy Nitsche answered the question:To get to ARIA from McCarran International Airport, first head north on Paradise Rd.; Continue on Swenson St.; Turn left at E. Harmon, continue west and then turn left onto Las Vegas Blvd South, turn right onto CityCenter Place. You can also access CityCenter from Harmon Avenue traveling east or west.
On May 24Shannon McCallum answered the question:CityCenter consists of ARIA Resort & Casino, Vdara Hotel & Spa and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. CityCenter also features residential living in Veer Towers, Vdara and Mandarin Oriental. Crystals at CityCenter offers the world’s most elite retail brands, dining and nightlife.
On May 24Paul Berry answered the question:The CityCenter Fine Art Collection encompasses a multitude of styles and media that engage visitors on a visual and intellectual level. From vibrant and ornate to intimate and serene, these works were strategically placed throughout CityCenter’s public spaces to complement the architecture and design.
The Collection features work from over 15 different acclaimed painters, sculptors and visionaries, including Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Isa Genzken, Henry Moore, Frank Stella, and Richard Long.
Suspended above the Registration Desk in ARIA’s Main Lobby is the remarkable Maya Lin’s Silver River. This re-creation of the Colorado River was created entirely of cast reclaimed silver.
Jenny Holzer’s monumental Vegas, located in ARIA’s North Valet Pick-Up, is an LED installation of over 250 feet that posts continual “Truisms” for guests to engage in.
Positioned in front of the Water Wall in ARIA’s Main Valet is Tourterelle from Francois-Xavier Lalanne, one of the world’s most original designer-sculptors. These three whimsical chairs in the form of pigeons provide for a playful photo opportunity.
Antony Gormley’s Feeling Material XXVIII, a reinvention of the human form, hangs over the skylight on the 2nd Floor Promenade.
Three towering, stainless steel sculptural forms by sculptor Tony Cragg are graceful, yet substantial works of art that investigate the physics of materials and spark a dialogue between man, material and the world.
ARIA also features amazing pieces from Julian Schnabel, Tim Bavington, Donald Judd as well as playful and interactive water features from WET Design.
On May 24Nancy Nitsche answered the question:Gallery Row at CityCenter showcases the Art of Richard MacDonald presented by Cirque du Soleil the Wilderness Collections from acclaimed Master Photographer Rodney Lough Jr. Here you will also find The GALLERY featuring world-renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly as well as CENTERpiece, focusing on contemporary art and unique design objects. Although not housed in a gallery, the CityCenter Fine Art collection is also a great offering to art enthusiasts, and is the first major permanent collection of art in Las Vegas.
On May 24Paul Berry answered the question:The CityCenter Fine Art Collection features work by acclaimed painters, sculptors and visionaries including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen, Frank Stella, Henry Moore, and Richard Long, among others. The collection encompasses a multitude of styles and media — ranging from sculptures and paintings to large-scale installations. The art is fully integrated into the architecture and design of CityCenter’s public areas and is strategically placed to fascinate and educate guests.