by Leslie Cotterman
While other touted Strip properties couldn’t make it to the finish line (think Fontainebleau Las Vegas, Echelon), CityCenter rolled out its red carpet as promised in late 2009 (The Harmon and Veer Towers excepted).
Well-rehearsed staff populates every corner — don’t even try to maneuver this sprawling urban campus without letting them direct you to the closest tram station or one of the many restaurants.
That tram, by the way, is quite efficient, and shuttles passengers like clockwork between sister MGM MIRAGE properties Bellagio and Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, with a stop at CityCenter’s Crystals in between. So if the restaurant Michael Mina Bellagio is booked, you can zip right over to the chef’s American Fish at ARIA Resort & Casino.
The architects and designers minded the green/sustainable mantra all along the way too. Public artworks and tree-shaded outdoor seating break the Strip mold, but there’s also the familiar in the form of another Cirque du Soleil production, this time centered on the music of Elvis Presley. Viva, Las Vegas!
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