AAA Editor Notes
CityCenter Las Vegas is at 3720 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (between Bellagio and Park MGM). This high-profile complex includes three hotel properties—ARIA Resort & Casino, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas and Vdara Hotel & Spa—the all-residential Veer Towers and The Shops at Crystals, an upscale shopping mall.
Between ARIA and Mandarin Oriental are a handful of expensive art galleries, most notably The Gallery, which displays works of glass art by Dale Chihuly. There also are a few sculptures along the walkway between the two hotels, including Claes Oldenburg's and Coosje van Bruggen's whimsical “Typewriter Eraser, Scale X.”
The Mandarin Bar, on the 23rd floor of the ultra-luxe, Asian-themed Mandarin Oriental, boasts nice views of the Strip. In front of the Vdara, on an island across from the valet driveway, is “Big Edge,” a large-scale sculpture created from salvaged kayaks, canoes, rowboats and other vessels. This attention-getting piece fits right in with other examples of wacky Vegas eye candy.
The Veer Towers have a yellow-and-black checkered exterior and lean in opposite directions at a 5-degree angle. Adding to the prevailing futuristic Jetsons vibe is the people-mover tram that winds through CityCenter on an elevated track and an art installation of otherworldly colored light in the Crystals tram station, designed by artist James Turrell. This self-described “city within a city” even creates its own wind canyon effect, a loud whining hum that's quite evident on breezy days as you walk from ARIA to the Mandarin.