CityCenter's Vdara, Mandarin Oriental Open in Las Vegas

Three of four key projects at CityCenter, Sin City's newest resort development, have opened on the Las Vegas Strip, owner MGM MIRAGE announced last week.

Designed by its developers to be an "unprecedented urban metropolis," CityCenter is located on 67 acres between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on South Las Vegas Boulevard. Its first property, the all-suite Vdara Hotel & Spa, opened on Dec. 1 with a grand-opening gala that was co-hosted by Vanity Fair and attended by celebrity guests Orlando Bloom and Rosario Dawson. It has 1,495 suites; an 18,000-square-foot, two-level spa, salon and advanced fitness facility; and over 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

"We are incredibly proud to offer the world this first taste of all that CityCenter will bring to the Las Vegas Strip," MGM MIRAGE Chairman and CEO Jim Murren told the press during Vdara's opening-day events. "Travelers will finally find in Las Vegas what they find in other great cities around the world—spectacular architecture, culturally significant art, great public spaces, sophisticated hotels, unique restaurants and incredible amenities. We look forward to unveiling all of this and more as the month unfolds."

Vdara was followed on Dec. 3 by Crystals, CityCenter's 500,000-square-foot retail and entertainment complex, which features five restaurants—including Mastro's, a new pub concept by Todd English, two concepts from Wolfgang Puck and Eva Longoria Parker's Beso—and a smattering of high-end retailers, including Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada, Christian Dior, Bulgari, Van Cleef & Arpels, Tiffany & Co., Mikimoto and Ermenegildo Zegna, among others.

CityCenter's third offering, the new Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, opened on Dec. 4 with 392 guest rooms and suites, 227 private residences, a 27,000-square-foot spa and 12,000 square feet of meeting space.

"Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas, provides consistently dedicated service levels and a haven of serenity for guests visiting our newest destination," said General Manager Rajesh Jhingon. "We're pleased to bring Mandarin Oriental's renowned levels of service to this important leisure destination on a daily basis."

CityCenter's last major opening, ARIA Resort & Casino, will debut on Dec. 16, when the entire CityCenter development will participate in a final grand-opening celebration.