City Center, Las Vegas

In a previous post, I focused on what impressed me during our most recent visit to Vegas (the amazing culinary offerings, the creative architecture of the theme hotels, the Classic Car Show at the Imperial Palace, Hoover Dam, the chocolate creations and more.)

city centre vegas

In today’s post, I want to tell you about some of the developments in Vegas that were new to me–specifically City Center. Situated on 67 acres of prime real estate surfacing on Las Vegas Boulevard between the Monte Carlo and Bellagio, what I’ve seen of City Center is amazing. This six-tower development cost $8.5 billion to build and is the largest privately-funded development in North America, consisting of 6,000 hotel rooms, upscale condominiums and boutiques, spas, restaurants, bars, entertainment venues and virtually everything you would need or desire to enjoy the best of “Sin City” — including its own monorail system.

The ARIA Resort & Casino alone has 4,004 hotel rooms and is home to the new Viva ELVIS show by Cirque du Soleil. Can’t wait to see that one, as I am a huge Elvis fan and lover of Cirque du Soleil. It always amazing me how creative the Cirque shows are — the brilliant colours of their costumes, the facial expressions, the moves, the music. I’ve never been disappointed by any of their shows.

The Vdara Hotel & Spa is a non-gaming facility (meaning no slot machines or game tables!) and has a strong focus on health and wellness. The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is also a non-gaming hotel and residences and plans to deliver the legendary level of service in its spa and restaurants that the chain is known for in other destinations around the world.

Crystals Retail & Entertainment offers an astounding 500,000 square feet of “sophisticated retail” including the likes of Louis Vuitton, Prada, Christian Dior and other chic designers.

City Center provides a whole new high-end personality to Las Vegas that has elevated itself above the traditional glitz, sex, and gaming temptations that have always been associated with The Strip. It will be interesting to see how it fares.

There’s absolutely never a dull moment in Vegas. Click this link for more on City Center, and for an awesome video offering some amazing views. Looking forward to my next trip to Vegas. It is one destination that keep re-inventing itself–very successfully.


Doreen Pendgracs

Known throughout the Web as the "Wizard of Words", I've been a freelance writer since 1993. I'm currently researching and writing volume II of "Chocolatour: A Quest for the World's Best Chocolate". Volume I was published in September, 2013.

7 Responses

  1. ג'קוזי says:

    Hi All… I really hope to enjoy my time in City Centre, Las Vegas. I hope it will be a fun for me.. Thanks

  2. wizardofwords says:

    Thanks so much for the comments, Margie. Vegas never ceases to amaze me! It keeps reinventing itself and getting better & better. Like you, I can't wait to go back!

  3. Margie Jordan, ASAP Travel says:

    I was fortunate enough to receive a tour of Aria Resort & Casino prior to its opening last week. A small group of us put on our safety googles and helmets and off we went to see the "newest of the new" in Vegas.

    We paused for a moment outside of this beautiful, urban structure and were told we could take photos of the outside but not of the inside. I was really disappointed as I had been posting comments to my fans on facebook promising photos. Aria was breathtaking. It seemed around every turn there was something new and elegant. Lots of natural light. Beautiful spaces and unique dining. The rooms were a technological marvel. One remote controls virtually EVERYTHING. When you enter the room, the lights come on, the drapes open to a spectacular view and music starts playing. When you ready for bed, simply hit the "goodnight" button and everything turns off. You can even preview the departing flight schedule right on your TV so you can see if your flight is delayed! After seeing Aria, it was hard to imagine staying anywhere else.

    We then moved on to tour Vdara. Intimate, elegant and very urban describes it best. The suites are amazing. My fav? The panoramic suite. I had views in Vdara's panoramic suite that I'd never image you'd have in Vegas without staying in a penthouse.

    In both properties you can forget the DO NOT DISTURB door hangers. An illuminated light shows on the outside of each door and says DO NOT DISTURB or NEED SERVICE. And at Aria, you can turn it on or off from the remote that controls everything.

    Can't wait to go back to Vegas and stay at both properties. And right now, both are offering introductory rates through April 2010. Yay!!!

    -ASAP Travel

  4. wizardofwords says:

    Waaay more, Christine! Yes, it's funny how so many people pigeon hole Vegas as being somewhere to go only if you're looking for the seedy side of life. That's so untrue! Heck, even Donny & Marie Osmond are performing there now (at the Flamingo,) so that tells you that there is indeed a fresh, and almost natural side to Vegas and area. As Bruce said, there really is lovely scenery within an hour's drive of Sin City. make an effort to get there soon. You won't be sorry!

  5. Christine Peets says:

    One of the first things I'd do if I get to go to Vegas would be to see the LOVE show. Thank you so much for posting the little sneak peak.
    Obviously, Vegas has more to offer than casinos.
    One day….

  6. wizardofwords says:

    Yes, it sounds lovely! I really hope to get back to Vegas soon and get inside City Center to experience it all — including that ELVIS show by Cirque!

  7. Dorian says:

    Can't wait to go back and try the amenities at Aria: Integrated one-touch control of guestroom – Picture yourself using the features: dimmable lighting, room temperature, television/video systems, music, wake-up calls, draperies, and requests for services through a single, easy-to-use remote control right from the bed.

    Dorian Guerard…

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