November 23, 2008 - After taking a trip to Las Vegas
earlier this month, one thing is clear: MGM is taking over the town. Besides
their already megalithic lineup of Vegas casinos, which include MGM Grand,
Mirage, Excalibur, Luxor, Circus Circus, Mandalay Bay, Treasure Island,
Monte Carlo and New York New York, MGM is knee-deep constructing the most
ambitious project in Vegas to date: City Center.
If you take a drive up the Strip, you
will begin to witness the colossal size of this project. I mean, it's a city
within a city for God's sake. There's something like four or five skyscraper
condo/hotels going up (with ample space between, mind you), and a
Strip-side, high-end boutique shopping plaza that looms over Las Vegas
Boulevard like a row of giant, sprawling trees.
At this stage, City Center is a bunch
of skeletal steel framing. However, the main entrance off the Strip has
already been paved and the "flesh" of the skyscrapers is beginning to show.
City Center truly is a feat of design. In fact, that's what impresses me the
most. Sure, the sheer size of City Center is
something to behold. But the design is way ahead of its time and will likely
set the precedent for a "new age" Las Vegas Strip.
I believe the
project is valued at something like $9 billion, which is
nothing to scoff at during these current economic times.
Sales have already begun on condos, and MGM is stepping
up marketing tactics to get people interested. For
instance, in my hotel room at the Mirage, the television
was synced up to a channel devoted to Project City
Center. Furthermore, condo sales desks are available in
each of MGM's casino resorts.
Honestly, I'm not
sure how well sales are going. By the looks of the
Mirage, they aren't doing that well. Uh yes, let me warn
you if you're planning to stay at the Mirage any time
soon: I was staying in one of the "suites", which
apparently have good views and are more spacious. First
of all, just because you are on one of the "suite"
floors, does not mean you will be staying in a suite
(which was the case for me).
Secondly, while all
the other standard rooms in the Mirage have been
renovated, complete with flat screen televisions and
ultra-comfortable beds, the suite floors still have the
old carpeting, shabby beds (my bed at home was more
comfortable than the Mirage's spring contraption) old
furnishings, and yes, an old television straight out of
the early nineties. And to top things off, the volcano
out front wasn't even working, although I hear it will
be a show-stopping feat like the Bellagio fountains when
renovations are completed, which were supposed to be
done in the Fall.
Other than my
non-renovated suite without a view and a impotent
volcano, my stay at the Mirage was pretty nice. The pool
was fantastic. And so was Sigfreid and Roy's Secret
Garden, which is an animal habitat for lions, tigers and
......dolphins (you thought I was going to say bears,
didn't you). The service was great, food was good, and I
even did okay at the blackjack table. Great weather for
November also helped.
So, here's to you
MGM and City Center. Let's hope you can "get 'er done".
But first try to finishing your renovations on the
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