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Las Vegas City Center

Las Vegas City Center. There is a new resort on the strip. Scratch that, there is a new modern, mammoth, hotel, resort, casino, condo complex that has dramatically changed the face of the Las Vegas Strip.


City Center - Las Vegas
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City Center Las Vegas is an incredible urban complex. It is home to the beautiful Aria Hotel Resort and Casino, The Vdara Condo and Hotel, The Mandarin Oriental, Crystals Shopping Mall, and Condominiums. Complete with a People Mover to move you from the Monte Carlo to Crystals to the Bellagio and Vdara. They have also added many restaurants to the Vegas Experience.


A joint project of MGM Mirage and Dubai World (who joined part way through the project) it is the largest privately funded construction project in US history. They committed to using green technologies and created an environmentally friendly project. They used reclaimed materials, have a water system and an onsite water plant. The hotels all received their LEED certification.


OK enough of the formalities. As avid visitors to Las Vegas, it has been a sight to see. We watched it go from the Boardwalk Hotel and Casino and the Bellagio Employee Parking lot to the massive urban complex it is today.


We watched as they tore down the old properties, created a huge hole and then started to build. It made a huge mess of the Las Vegas strip for years, but it was really exciting each time we visited Las Vegas City Center to see how the building was going. I even posted a couple of videos to YouTube for people to see how it was doing.


Taken in April 2009


Taken in October 2009


After watching the creation of this 76 acre property, we took a trip there in January 2010, after the opening in December 2009. We stayed at the Aria SkySuites for 2 nights and then went back to Skylofts for 3 nights (our favorite place to stay in Vegas). While we are really happy that we tried it out, we much prefer the SkyLofts at MGM to the SkySuites.


The City Center Las Vegas is a place that you should at least visit if you don't actually stay there. We would recommend it as a romantic vacation, and not a family vacation destination.


If you are bringing the kids to Las Vegas then choose a different hotel, ones where the kids will have more things to do (like Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, the Excalibur or the MGM Grand).

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