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ARIA Resort & Casino and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas First in Country
to Debut Unrivaled Custom Automation by Control4

LAS VEGAS – CityCenter features the most advanced guestroom technology in the country at ARIA Resort & Casino and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. CityCenter collaborated with Control4 Corporation to develop an unsurpassed level of personalized automation for every guestroom, a luxury previously only available in high-end custom homes and select resort suites. Control4’s next-generation automation, coupled with CityCenter’s ability to network every guestroom device via one gigabit of bandwidth, delivers an unrivaled guest experience; the new benchmark for the hospitality industry.

Guestroom Experience

From the moment hotel guests arrive at ARIA and Mandarin Oriental, their stay is intricately choreographed to meet their personal preferences. Smart solutions throughout the guestroom enhance the experience:
• As guests approach their room or suite, it recognizes if it is their first time in the room and “greets” them as they enter. Light fills the room, the curtains automatically part to showcase the spectacular city or mountain views and the TV turns on to display a list of automated controls for guests to personalize.
• Guests enjoy seamless, integrated one-touch control of guestroom features, including lighting, room temperature, television/video systems, music, wake-up calls, draperies and requests for services through a single, easy-to-use remote control. Each nightstand also features a 7-inch panel with touch-screen technology that navigates the same room settings as the remote. All settings are remembered and incorporated every time a guest is in-room.
• Having all guestroom devices on one network enables guests to select “scenes” matching their mood or preference, which modify all settings at once. For example, each room features a “good night” button next to the bed. With one touch, guests can turn off the lights, TV and/or music; shut the curtains; and turn on the privacy notification for the room. Similarly, guests can utilize the TV’s sleep mode to accomplish the same result on a timer.
• All guestrooms incorporate keyless locks utilizing RFID technology, which enables guests to unlock the door by flashing their key over the lock sensor. The electronic key cannot be demagnetized, thus reducing key failure.
• For the ultimate connectivity, each room includes a 42-inch LCD HDTV with dedicated ports for multiple devices. Guests can connect their laptop and enjoy a big-screen monitor, plug in video devices such as game consoles or cameras, as well as MP3 players. TVs feature a multitude of domestic and international channels in rich high-definition.
• The television also serves as a convenient communications center; when on, the TV automatically displays messages pertaining to new voicemails, package deliveries and more.
• The classic clock radio is replaced with TV settings that can wake guests up gradually through controlled temperature, lighting, curtain opening and preferred music, delivering a subtle and more soothing wake-up experience.
• Each room features dimmable lighting, allowing guests to set their preferred light levels.

Wired and Wireless

All guestrooms are networked with fiber offering one gigabit of bandwidth, delivering matchless connectivity with both the Internet as well as hotel operations:
• Wireless Internet connectivity is up to eight times faster (128 kilobytes) than the average U.S. guestroom today. With the increased bandwidth, guests wishing to legally download copyrighted content such as music and movies or free Internet content such as YouTube videos can do so quickly and easily.
• All in-room devices in ARIA and Mandarin Oriental also are on the network, enabling the property to easily “communicate” with the room to perform special requests or maintenance. Whether a remote needs new batteries or a mini bar needs replenishing, most needs are identified and resolved before the guest is even aware.
• CityCenter has the largest Distributed Antenna System in the world, covering more than 14 million square feet. More than 6,500 antennas coupled with more than 2,900 wireless access points enable WiFi not only in every room but also anywhere throughout CityCenter.

“CityCenter is an extraordinary destination designed to exceed expectations in all facets of the development, from architecture and sustainability to public art and amenities,” said Bobby Baldwin, president and CEO of CityCenter. “ARIA and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas are the first to incorporate the most sophisticated technological advances in the country to ensure the guest experience surpasses expectations. Guests enjoy seamless customization and service as well as unmatched offerings including the fastest hotel wireless Internet connection available in the U.S. today.”

About CityCenter
CityCenter is an unprecedented urban metropolis on 67 acres between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. CityCenter features ARIA, 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. Vdara, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and Veer Towers include approximately 2,400 residences total. CityCenter also features a resident Cirque du Soleil production celebrating the timeless musical legacy of Elvis Presley; and an unparalleled Fine Art Collection with works by acclaimed artists including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, among others. CityCenter is a design collaboration between MGM Resorts International and eight internationally acclaimed architectural firms including Pelli Clarke Pelli, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Helmut Jahn, RV Architecture LLC led by Rafael Viñoly, Foster + Partners*, Studio Daniel Libeskind*, David Rockwell and Rockwell Group, and Gensler. At the forefront of sustainability, CityCenter is the world’s largest private green development. ARIA, Vdara, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and Veer Towers all have received LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. This marks the highest LEED achievement for any hotel, retail district or residential development in Las Vegas. The Harmon Hotel has been postponed until such time as CityCenter determines to proceed with its completion. For more information about CityCenter, please visit

* As a consultant to AAI Architects, Inc.

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