Monday, August 08, 2011

City Center fountains

City Center is a large complex on the Las Vegas Strip just south of the Bellagio. It is comprised of several structures; a casino, some hotel towers (managed by different companies), a shopping center and some residential condo towers. There is a central court with a driveway for vehicles, a special cab only driveway and ramp and some fountains. A monorail runs from the Monte Carlo to the south through the complex and ends at the Bellagio. It was the largest privately funded construction project in the history of the US, with construction on the 76 acres costing over $ 9,000,000,000 (wow).

There are seven parking garages at City Center, six are valet only and one is public access. Whenever we visit we usually park at the Luxor located across Tropicana to the south, walk over through the Luxor and Excalibur, cross the street on the elevated bridge, through New York, New York (so nice they named it twice) and into the Monte Carlo, where we catch the monorail to the Bellagio where we look at the latest decorations in the conservatory, then walk back through City Center. (yes, it is a lot of walking).

Here is the central court

Over to the west is a large water wall fountain

The central fountain has the same water jets located in the Bellagio fountain, so you get to watch a miniature version of the big water show

The blue building in the center background of the last photo is the Harmon Hotel, which due to construction defects is now the most expensive billboard in the world, displaying a large sign for the Cirque show Elvis, individual construction of this building estimated at over $400,000,000. Sounds like it is going to be demolished due to problems with the construction steel and rebuilt.


Virginia Gal said...

all the hotels have buffets? how are they??

JoeinVegas said...

I'll have to do a buffet rating. All the big casinos have buffets except for the Venetian/Palazzo.

Don said...

Joe you are taking on a big job rating the buffets! Doesn't one of the tabloid newspapers have ratings like that?

Rob said...

Would be good to be a fly on the wall in the Harmon Hotel construction lawsuit.

SOL's view said...

Wow. What a monumental waste of money and resources on the Harmon. Amazing.