CityCenter starts taking reservations

MGM Mirage began accepting hotel reservations Monday for rooms at two of the $9.1 billion CityCenter’s properties, the Vdara hotel and condominium tower, and Aria, the project’s centerpiece hotel-casino.

Vdara, a nongaming resort, will open Oct. 1. Nightly rates will run from $159 to $2,000. Designed by RV Architecture, LLC, led by Rafael Viñoly, Vdara will have 1,495 suites ranging in size from 500 square feet up to 1,650 square feet.

The 4,004-room Aria, which opens Dec. 16, has nightly rates for its hotel rooms from $179 to $799 while suites go for $500 a night up to $7,500. Aria, which was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, has an 84-foot silver cast of the Colorado River in the hotel’s reception area.

Famed artist Maya Lin is creating the piece, which will be her first work of art displayed in Las Vegas.

“The launch of reservations for Vdara and Aria brings us one step closer to the opening of this magnificent urban resort destination,” said Bill McBeath, president and chief operating officer of Aria.

Deutsche Bank gaming analyst Bill Lerner said the pricing for rooms at the two resorts “seemed about right” in the current market.

“It positions Aria with Encore at the top of the market, which is where they want to be,” Lerner said.

The 400-room Mandarin Oriental hotel is expected to start accepting room reservation sometime in the spring. The twin Veer Towers are residential-only buildings.

Reservations for Aria can be made at or by calling 866-359-7757. Vdara reservations can be made at or by calling 866-745-7767.

Contact reporter Howard Stutz at or 702-477-3871.

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