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An extraordinary urban resort destination brought to life by world-renowned architects, designers and artists, CityCenter offers a new era of resort experiences with an ambition to refine and redefine Las Vegas.

Conceived to bring a true center to The Strip, CityCenter is much more than a collection of resorts and residences; it’s a community – a welcoming environment for people to gather, relax and enjoy. Great pedestrian corridors, dynamic public spaces, authentic richness and diversity of experiences evoke the energy of the world’s most exciting places.

CityCenter’s public Fine Art Collection enlivens the street and engages passersby. As if in a strolling gallery, guests happen upon works by world-renowned artists such as Maya Lin and Nancy Rubins as they wander through CityCenter’s walkways, hotels and residences.

A true community also has regard for its surroundings. CityCenter is one of the largest sustainable developments in existence, bringing a new level of environmental consciousness to the world-famous Strip. The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Gold LEED® certification to ARIA Resort & Casino, Vdara Hotel & Spa; Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, Veer Towers and Crystals retail and entertainment district, marking the highest LEED achievement by any hotel, retail district or residential development in Las Vegas.

“CityCenter bridges the vitality of Las Vegas with the experiences travelers seek when they visit great cities around the world, whether London, Hong Kong or San Francisco – spectacular architecture, culturally significant art, great public spaces, sophisticated hotels, unique restaurants and incredible amenities,” said Bobby Baldwin, president and CEO of CityCenter. “It is an evolutionary destination that aims to transform Las Vegas as a new symbol at its core, like the Guggenheim in Bilbao, the Pompidou in Paris or the SONY Center in Berlin.”

• Vdara Hotel & Spa – December 1, 2009
• Crystals retail and entertainment district – December 3, 2009
• Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas – December 4, 2009
• ARIA Resort & Casino – December 16, 2009
• Residential occupancies began January 2010

• Located on 67 acres between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts
• Joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World
• CityCenter includes ARIA Resort & Casino a 61-story, 4,004-room gaming resort; luxury non-gaming hotels including Las Vegas’ first Mandarin Oriental and Vdara Hotel & Spa; Veer Towers, the development’s only strictly residential buildings; and Crystals, a 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment district
• Approximately 900 residences total at Veer Towers and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
• ARIA features Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil®, celebrating the music and life of Elvis Presley
• An unparalleled Fine Art Collection showcases works by acclaimed artists including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, among others
• CityCenter has been brought to life by eight internationally acclaimed architectural firms: Pelli Clarke Pelli, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Helmut Jahn, RV Architecture LLC led by Rafael Viñoly, Foster + Partners*, Studio Daniel Libeskind*, Rockwell Group and Gensler
• CityCenter is one of the largest sustainable developments in the world and has received LEED® Gold certification for ARIA, Vdara, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental and Veer by the U.S. Green Building Council
• CityCenter offers multiple, convenient access points including a front entrance off Las Vegas Boulevard, with access to Mandarin Oriental, Veer Towers, Crystals, ARIA and self parking, and a north entrance off of Harmon Blvd. with access to ARIA and Vdara. Parking options include complimentary valet at all CityCenter locations, as well as a garage for self parking

• The CityCenter Tram provides convenient complimentary access to Monte Carlo, Crystals and Bellagio
o Travels at a top speed of 23 mph, transporting guests from Monte Carlo to Bellagio in less than 3 minutes
o Able to transport more than 5,000 guests per hour
o Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 a.m. daily
• CityCenter has approximately 12,000 permanent employees, marking it as the single largest hiring effort in the country in 2009

ARIA Resort & Casino – December 16, 2009
ARIA Resort & Casino is a fusion of energy, inspiration and vision, featuring an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, high-end service and spectacular amenities. Even in a city such as Las Vegas, with its extraordinary history of dynamic cutting-edge developments, ARIA is demonstrably different than anything that has preceded it.
• Architecture. Designed by the world-renowned firm Pelli Clarke Pelli, ARIA’s two breathtaking curvilinear steel and glass towers embody the excitement and vitality of Las Vegas in a 21st century building; a crystalline, undulating form gleaming in the desert light. Soaring open spaces, ranging from ARIA’s three-story lobby to its guestrooms, fills each space with natural light and evokes breadth and freedom.
• Dining. ARIA has assembled many of the best and brightest chefs and restaurateurs from around the country, uniting a pair of remarkable Las Vegas newcomers with those who have played integral roles in the development of Las Vegas’ culinary scene: Masayoshi Takayama, Shawn McClain, Michael Mina, Julian Serrano, Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Sirio Maccioni, Jean-Philippe Maury and The Light Group. Each delivers a concept totally new to their repertoire.
• Entertainment. ARIA takes one of the most captivating, hip-swiveling forces of all time and re-create an old-school vibe in its intimate approximately 1,840-seat theater. The visionary team at Cirque du Soleil partnered with CKX, Inc. and its subsidiary Elvis Presley Enterprises to create a permanent production celebrating the timeless musical legacy of Elvis Presley, Viva ELVIS™. The production aims to pay tribute to Elvis’ music and life, fusing dance and acrobatics, live music and iconic tracks, nostalgia and modernity, high technology and raw emotion. Extraordinary artistry, astonishing acrobatics, stunning special effects and The King revs up vintage Vegas into a show like no other.
• Art. At ARIA, famed artist Maya Lin created “Silver River,” an 84-foot silver cast of the Colorado River, which is her first work of art displayed in Las Vegas; Jenny Holzer displays a thought-provoking LED sign, “VEGAS,” spanning more than 260 feet; Tony Cragg developed three sculptures that examine the relationship between nature and the man-made world: “Bolt,” 2007, “Bent of Mind,” 2008, and “Untitled” (tall column), 2008; and Antony Gormley displays “Feeling Material XXVII,” 2007, an 8-foot sculpture that uses spiraling steel to depict the silhouette of a human body at the center of an orbiting energy field.
• Accommodations. Within ARIA’s 4,004 guestrooms, including 568 suites, panoramic floor-to-ceiling windows offer magnificent views of Las Vegas’ striking skyline. Modern décor, lavish amenities, cutting-edge entertainment and next-generation technology are the hallmark of these plush retreats.
• Guestroom Technology. ARIA features the most technologically advanced guestrooms in the country. Upon a guest’s first entrance, he or she will be “greeted:” curtains will open, lights turn on and the TV display a menu of preferences. Guests can wake up through controlled temperature, preferred music or TV channels and the opening of curtains. One touch can make-over the entire room: the “good night" button turns everything off – from TV and music to lights – as the privacy notification turns on.
• Spa. In ARIA’s 80,000-square-foot spa, nature’s healing properties take center stage. Salt, stone, earth, fire and water join to create a spa experience that elevates guests to a meditative state. The two-level spa offers 62 treatment rooms, a full-service salon, an advanced fitness center and Las Vegas’ first co-ed spa balcony, featuring an outdoor infinity-edge pool and views of ARIA’s spectacular poolscape.

• Nightclubs, Lounges and Bars. ARIA features 10 chic bars and lounges, including HAZE Nightclub by The Light Group, a colossal cutting-edge space in which guests are challenged to question their sense of perception and reality.
• Meetings and Conventions. ARIA provides a premium meeting experience with 300,000 square feet of technologically advanced meeting and convention space. A spectacular glass curtain wall spans the entire north façade of the three-level meeting facility, allowing guests the ability to enjoy the brilliance of natural light that streams in from ARIA’s lush poolscape.
• Pools. ARIA’s vast 215,000-square-foot pool deck is a tropical oasis in the heart of the desert. Shielded by lush plantings of oversized palm, acacia, pine and bottle trees, the soft and sensual paradise features three primary pools, the adults-only pool Liquid, hot tubs and more.
• Casino. Offering 150,000 square feet of gaming, ARIA's unique layout and design elements allows guests to enjoy the energy and excitement of their favorite selections in a more personal and intimate setting. For high-end players, exclusive salons offer high-limit slot and table games in private environments. Throughout the casino, never-before-seen technologies allow for unmatched customer service.
• Reservations. Nightly room rates range from $149 to $799; suites range from $425 to $7,500. Reservations can be made via or (866) 359-7757; concierge service and reservations for spa, salon and restaurants also are available.

Vdara Hotel & Spa – December 1, 2009
Vdara is an internationally inspired 57-story all-suite hotel and spa designed for those who love the excitement of Las Vegas but prefer to enjoy it in an exclusive, non-gaming and smoke-free environment. Physically connected to Bellagio and adjacent to ARIA, Vdara offers access to all of the entertainment, gaming, shopping, dining and nightlife at CityCenter and in Las Vegas, while also providing a retreat from it all.
• Architecture. Designed by RV Architecture, LLC, led by Rafael Viñoly, Vdara’s distinctive crescent shape and unique skin of patterned glass creates one of the most striking design statements in Las Vegas. The sleek, shimmering structure affords guests some of the most breathtaking views the city has to offer. Within, sophisticated open spaces accented with materials and colors inspired by the desert landscape evoke a sense of warmth and serenity.
• Art. For Vdara, Nancy Rubins created one of the most visually stunning works of art at CityCenter with “Big Edge.” Measuring approximately 57 feet wide and 75 feet long, “Big Edge” is a colorful composition of numerous aluminum rowboats, canoes and other small river and ocean vessels finessed into a gravity-defying form that Rubins calls “a blooming flower.” Peter Wegner developed “Day for Night, Night for Day” 2009, comprised of two wall pieces, one solar-themed soaring approximately 45 feet and one lunar-themed reaching approximately 34 feet, each made of stacked, colored paper. Displayed on the east and west walls of Vdara’s concierge lobby, respectively, the works follow the natural pattern of the sun. Vdara also acquired Frank Stella’s “Damascus Gate Variation I,” 1969. Displayed behind the check-in desk, the piece features a design of interlaced semicircles made of fluorescent alkyd resin on a 96 x 384 inch shaped canvas.
• Accommodations. Soaring 57 stories, Vdara hosts 1,495 modern hotel suites, including 250 corner-end units, ranging from approximately 500 to 1,650 square feet. Each features a gourmet kitchen; many suites also include a washer and dryer as an added convenience. Characterized by open floor plans and panoramic windows, the rooms deliver expansive views of the city and mountains creating a relaxed and harmonious environment infused with an urban rhythm. Numerous suites feature views of the Bellagio Fountains.

• Spa. Spa & Salon Vdara , an 18,000-square-foot, two-level spa, salon and advanced fitness facility, is a sensuous spa sanctuary that spotlights holistic health and well-being in an intimate environment. Comprised of 11 treatment rooms and three distinct relaxation lounges, it offers a selection of signature treatments that use quality ingredients derived from organic herbs, flowers, fruits, vegetables and essential oils. Vdara Health & Beauty is the first Las Vegas spa to be a member of the Green Spa Network.
• Bar and Lounge. Bar Vdara, an eclectic lobby lounge, is a chic setting that works as well for a morning espresso as it does for a late-night cocktail. Bar Vdara connects to an intimate outdoor space that creates the feeling of being in a secluded garden oasis where guests can lounge on spacious swings as the nearby reflecting pool creates a shimmering mirage of twinkling stars overhead.
• Meeting and Social Event Space. Vdara’s conference facilities welcome guests to a world of sophistication as rich in design as it is in technological and culinary offerings. Vdara is the premier choice in Las Vegas for customized executive meetings, corporate, social and banquet functions for 10-400 guests in an upscale boutique hotel setting. Vdara’s beautiful pool also is available for private events and provides the dynamic backdrop of CityCenter.
• Pool. Perched above Harmon Circle on Vdara’s porte cochere, the luxurious Pool & Lounge Vdara invites guests to relax and socialize in an interactive environment surrounded by cutting-edge design and phenomenal views. The Sky Pool & Lounge features fully appointed retreat and spa cabanas with semi-secluded plunge pools, and a high-energy bar and lounge open day and evening. Guests can enjoy made-to-order cocktails and gourmet tapas by Chef Heierling. (Seasonal, opening March 2010)
• Reservations. Nightly rates range from $149 to $2,000. Reservations can be made via or (866) 745-7767.

Crystals retail and entertainment district – December 3, 2009
Crystals houses more than 500,000 square feet of sophisticated retail and dining. Designed by Studio Daniel Libeskind* with interior architecture by David Rockwell and Rockwell Group, Crystals combines dramatic architecture with exclusive offerings from the world’s most elite brands.
• Architecture. Libeskind conceived Crystals’ exterior to be a dynamic sculpture that presents a work of art from every angle. The multi-faceted, brilliant glass canopy depicts the intricate beauty of a quartz crystal that welcomes an abundance of natural light into the stunning three-level experiential environment.
• Atmosphere. Within Crystals, Rockwell was inspired to create an abstract 21st century park that reintroduces and celebrates nature and the seasons. A central element of this design is the three-story sculptural Tree House that reaches 70 feet from the ground level to frame an oculus in the roof. Visible throughout Crystals, the treehouse serves as a meeting point for guests and unfolds on the second level to surround the terrace seating at Mastro’s Ocean Club. Crystals also features “changeable artwork” in the way of abstract hanging gardens, a flower carpet and more. As the seasons change, so does the artwork and it all is offset by intriguing murals and spectacular water features.
• Retailers. An incredible array of prestigious brands includes the largest Louis Vuitton store in North America, as well as flagship stores for Tiffany & Co., Prada, Gucci, Roberto Cavalli, and Ermenegildo Zegna, all presented under Crystals’ multi-faceted canopy of unprecedented brilliance. Unique-to-the-market retailers include TOM FORD, Carolina Herrera, Paul Smith, Kiton, Kiki De Montparnasse, Marni, Assouline, H. Stern, Tourbillon, Porsche Design, de Grisogono, Lanvin and rLo Gallery (Rodney Lough Jr. Wilderness Collections Gallery).
• Dining. Restaurants debuting their first Las Vegas locations at Crystals include Eva Longoria’s Beso Steakhouse and Mastro’s Ocean Club, joined by an exciting new pub concept – Todd English P.U.B. Wolfgang Puck offers two innovative new restaurant concepts, The Pods by Wolfgang Puck and Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina, featuring his famous wood-oven baked pizzas.

• Art. In The Park between ARIA and Crystals, guests discover Henry Moore’s “Reclining Connected Forms,” 1969-1974, a sculpture inspired by the fundamentals of the human experience. Measuring approximately 10 feet tall and 17 feet long by 7 feet deep, the abstract work of art displays a baby wrapped in its mother’s embrace.
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas – December 4, 2009
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is a sophisticated sanctuary of modern elegance. The 47-story, non-gaming hotel and residences deliver spectacular accommodations, superlative dining, an unparalleled spa, and the legendary service of the renowned hotel group to Las Vegas for the first time. Establishing another first in 2012, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas became the first in Las Vegas, and one of only four in the world, to earn the coveted Forbes Five-Stars in all three categories – Hotel, Restaurant and Spa.
• Architecture. Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox with contemporary interiors by Adam D. Tihany, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas acts as a gateway to CityCenter, while simultaneously conveying a sense of intimacy and seclusion for guests and residents. The interlocking glass and metal elements of the façade draw inspiration from traditional Chinese motifs and serve to create a level of transparency that invites a flow of natural light within.
• Dining. Situated on the 23rd floor is the first U.S. restaurant by world-renowned, three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire. Twist by Pierre Gagnaire infuses the simplicity of classic French cuisine with a modern spin, relying on a pairing of flavors and textures for which Gagnaire is renowned. Guests also can enjoy small bites and high tea rituals at the Tea Lounge; fresh preparations of world-class cuisine at MOzen Bistro; and gourmet pastries, cakes, sandwiches and more at Amore Patisserie, located directly on Las Vegas Blvd.
• Art. The walkway between Mandarin Oriental and ARIA features Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen’s “Typewriter Eraser, Scale X”, 1998-1999, a 19-foot stainless steel and fiberglass sculpture that depicts a giant blue and red typewriter eraser with the bristles of the brush turned upward in a graceful gesture. In its lobby, the hotel features sculptures soaring as high as 11 feet by Jun Kaneko: “Untitled, Triangle Dango,” 1996; “Untitled, Dango,” 2002; and “Untitled, Dango,” 1992. Jack Goldstein’s “Untitled (Volcano),” 1983, depicting an explosive and vibrant image of an erupting volcano, is featured in the Sky Lobby. On display at the hotel’s entrance is Masatoshi Izumi’s sculpture “Untitled,” 2007-2008, made of large pieces of intricately carved basalt, a form of lava that has cooled on the surface of a volcano.
• Accommodations. Spacious and welcoming, Mandarin Oriental’s 392 rooms and luxurious suites and 225 residences provide ultimate comfort in a sophisticated setting. Boasting floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the city, surrounding mountains and glittering lights of The Strip, these well-appointed rooms combine contemporary elegance with subtle Oriental design. State-of-the-art environmentally conscious technology and cutting-edge entertainment systems, a Mandarin Oriental hallmark, is found in every guestroom and suite.
• Spa. The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is a 27,000-square-foot oasis for serenity and rejuvenation. The 1930’s Shanghai-inspired spa reflects the glamour and fusion from that era. This two-level relaxation haven features a menu based on Eastern methodologies with Western applications. The Spa offers 17 treatment rooms, including seven Couple’s Suites, multiple relaxation and water experiences, a Rhassoul for women and a co-ed Hammam. An expansive Fitness Center with a Yoga and Pilates Studio and Technogym cardiovascular and strength equipment also is available.
• Bar and Lounge. Located on the 23rd floor with windows overlooking the spectacular Vegas skyline, the Mandarin Bar provides an elegant respite from the bustling bars of the Las Vegas Strip. Decorated with plush furnishings, the boutique Mandarin Bar offers creative snacks and an extensive cocktail menu. A team of molecular mixologists is on hand to develop customized concoctions upon request, and there also is a separate VIP room, available by reservation. Also located on the 23rd floor is the Tea Lounge, providing guests with refreshing beverages, small bites and high tea rituals.

• Meetings and Social Event Space. More than 12,000 square feet of versatile space, state-of-the-art facilities and unparalleled service make Mandarin Oriental an ideal venue to present a variety of events, from a grand-scale conference to a glamorous wedding. The meeting space is situated on the hotel’s third level, flooded with natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook The Strip.
• Pool. Guests and residents enjoy a magnificent pool facility featuring 20 cabanas, and Pool Café, serving seasonal market-fresh fare. The property’s two lap pools are in the shape of long blades, symbolic of blades on the Mandarin Oriental’s signature fan logo.
• Residences. One of Las Vegas’ most desirable addresses, The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas have a private residential entrance. Owners of these 225 luxury condominiums enjoy full access to Mandarin Oriental’s amenities – including housekeeping, in-room dining, concierge, The Spa & Fitness Center and other personalized services to complement their lifestyles.
• Reservations. Call (702) 590-8881 or visit

Veer Towers
Veer Towers, CityCenter’s most unique residential development, is a masterful translation of energy and excitement into physical form; its two 37-story glass towers shimmer day and night. Inclined at five-degree angles – a feature celebrated by the development’s name – the towers seem to dance with each other.
• Architecture. Architect Helmut Jahn conceived Veer Towers to symbolize spirit and optimism with a strong iconic value; by leaning them they became a sculpture. Lobbies and public spaces by notable designer Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido** showcase impressive works of glass and metal with plenty of natural light.
• Residences. Veer Towers house 669 modern condominium residences ranging from 500 to nearly 3,300 square feet, available in studios, deluxe studios, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences and penthouses. Open floor plans feature floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall windows that capture spectacular views of Las Vegas and the surrounding CityCenter. Light-filled rooms, natural textures and a range of whites infuse streamlined interiors with openness. Modern kitchens, living and dining areas are ideal for entertaining while spacious spa-styled bathrooms invite retreat. Contemporary residences offer European-style features and designer-selected fixtures.
• Amenities. Atop each striking tower, residents enjoy an amenities floor featuring an unequaled view of Las Vegas complemented by an infinity-edge pool, hot tub, a sun deck and a patio for outdoor entertaining. Within, Veer features recreation rooms for special events or casual celebrations, private media rooms with panoramic windows, a fitness center with men’s and women’s steam rooms, and a business center.
• Art. On display at Veer Towers are two large-scale commissioned works by Richard Long. Entitled “Circle of Life” and “Earth,” Long’s two mud wall drawings each measure approximately 80 feet high by 50 feet wide. For Long, the natural world provides both the palette and the canvas on which he manifests his earthworks. In some cases, he brings the outside in. For Veer, he created a viscous paint by diluting mud and then carefully applying it to the walls with his hands, resulting in extraordinary images fashioned from purely mundane materials. The two large-scale works engulf the west and east walls, respectively. Long transported the mud to Las Vegas from the River Avon, which runs through his home town of Bristol, England.
• Entertainment. Veer Towers rise from Crystals, CityCenter’s spectacular retail and entertainment district, giving residents unprecedented access to the best of stylish, big city living. Upscale dining, lavish shopping, electric nightlife and entertainment are just steps away.

Additional Contributors:
• Master Planners: Ehrenkrantz, Eckstut & Kuhn Architects
• Executive Architect: Gensler of Nevada
• General Contractor: Perini Building Company
• Executive Construction Manager: Tishman Construction Corporation
• Interior Fit-out Contractor for Mandarin Oriental, and Veer: Tishman Construction Corporation
• Architects of Record: HKS for ARIA; Leo A. Daly for the residential areas; Adamson Associates for Mandarin Oriental and The Harmon Hotel
• Retail Planning, Development and Leasing Manager: The Taubman Company

For more information, please visit For additional information regarding residential opportunities at Vdara, Veer and Mandarin Oriental, please call (702) 590-5999 or toll-free (866) 708-7111.
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