CityCenter Adds Sophistication to Vegas Strip - TheStreet

LAS VEGAS (TheStreet) -- CityCenter has had a few months to settle on the Las Vegas strip. Visitors and residents have had time to warm up to its glass curves, whether they're shopping or playing the slots in its Aria Resort & Casino.

Located on 67 acres between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, the Cesar Pelli and Daniel Libeskind-designed development is home to three distinctly different hotels.

The all-suite

Vdara

on Harmon Circle was the CityCenter's first hotel. A grand lobby of abstract chandeliers and asymmetrical floors leads to stylish but muted rooms with fully equipped kitchens and spa-style bathrooms with city views. The hotel is home to a rooftop pool with daily DJ entertainment and the Silk Road Restaurant, created by chef Martin Heierling who created Sensi at the Bellagio.

During the week, the property attracts a business-minded clientele looking for stylish accommodations with ample living areas and Formica-free bathrooms, without the commotion of casinos in the lobby. On the weekend, the hotel attracts more singles and party-minded couples.

The second of three hotels that opened in late 2009, the

Aria Resort & Casino

, is the masterwork of Pelli, who designed the steel and glass towers that are the focal point of CityCenter. Inside the frosty facade, visitors find honed stone and wood elements that incorporate natural light.

It's also the first Las Vegas hotel to achieve LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council and the largest hotel in the world to meet the standard. The rooms are filled with dark wood, granite accents and modern technology, with floor-to-ceiling windows framed by motorized curtains.

Aria's entertainment offerings are similar to those of

MGM Mirage's

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other properties. Visitors will find a high-end collection of gourmet eateries that include Sirio Ristorante by Sirio Macaroni of Le Cirque, American Fish by Michael Mina, and Jean-Georges Steakhouse by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Also new is its headline show,

"Viva Elvis"

by Cirque du Soleil, the city's newest installation of the acrobatic performance empire. Like "Love" at Mirage, a performance based on Beatles music, "Viva Elvis" highlights the King's hits through performance art and a live concert.

Rounding out the nightlife at Aria is the Haze nightclub by Las Vegas-based Light Group. It's one of the first nightclubs on the strip to offer European-style techno and electronic music by DJs from the Ibiza circuit, and sometimes hip-hop and pop celebrities.

For those looking to avoid gambling, there's the five-star

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

. Designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, the 47-story building offers 392 rooms and 27 apartments with a modern Asian aesthetic.

The Mandarin Oriental gets its gourmand credentials via Pierre Gagnaire, who opened his first U.S.-based eatery, Twist, on the hotel's 23rd floor. There, visitors will also find the Mandarin Bar and Tea Lounge, next to the Sky Lobby where VIP guests and CEOs check in.

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Reported by Michael Martin of JetSetReport.com in Los Angeles

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Michael Martin is the managing editor of JetSetReport.com -- a luxury travel and lifestyle guide based in Los Angeles and London. His work has appeared in In Style, Blackbook, Elle, U.K.'s Red magazine, ITV and BBC.