A few weeks ago we went down to the Strip and visited the new City Center complex. This is the latest project on the Strip to open, a $6,000,000,000+ project by MGM, with additional financing by Dubai (big controversy there). It was advertised as the largest private construction project in the world, and opened just before last Christmas. There are seven large hotels in addition to a big shopping center and casino. There are seven parking garages, but unfortunately only one is self parking with the others valet only. Might be nice for out of town hotel guests, but locals that go down there usually don’t want to pay a valet (cheap suckers we are), but perhaps that is what management has in mind, paying guests only.
The City Center complex is different than most of the Strip hotels in that it is modern – all glass and chrome and tile rather than carpets and comfort. When we went down we parked over behind the Excalibur and walked through that, New York New York (so nice they named it twice) and Monte Carlo, so it was a very big change between the older themed places and all of that shine.
Here is what the main entrance looks like
That’s the Vidara in the background. If you’ve read about the ‘death ray’, that is the curved surface facing east that reflects a strong beam down into the pool area.