CityCenter Las Vegas Receives Distinguished AAA Five Diamond Award for Two Properties in First Year of Operation

November 22, 2010
Luxurious ARIA Resort & Casino and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas Recognized Among Top AAA-Rated Hotels & Resorts in North America

LAS VEGAS, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- In its debut year, CityCenter Las Vegas has received the coveted AAA Five Diamond Award® for both ARIA Resort & Casino and Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas. While the award is bestowed only upon select properties deemed the finest in North America, it is even rarer for hotels to attain the rating within the first year of operation.

"It takes an incredibly special hotel or resort to earn the Five Diamond distinction after being open less than a year. We congratulate CityCenter for accomplishing this feat with not only one property, but two," said Michael Geeser, AAA Nevada spokesperson. "These properties deliver the ultimate in luxury, sophistication and exceptional service."

Bobby Baldwin, CityCenter's President and CEO, said, "From inception to operation, our goal with CityCenter was to create a resort destination that provides guests with services and amenities unmatched in the world. To receive the highest honor in the industry with the AAA Five Diamond Award is a reflection of our commitment to this promise and to delivering unforgettable experiences for each guest from arrival to departure."

Bill McBeath, President & COO of ARIA, said, "Receiving this recognition from AAA is the best possible way I can imagine to celebrate our first anniversary. This is a tribute to all of ARIA's employees, who dedicate themselves every day to delivering wonderful memories to our guests."

The AAA Five Diamond Award is North America's most sought-after symbol of excellence in the hospitality industry. Representing the upper echelon of establishments, AAA Five Diamond Award winners make up just 0.27 percent of the rated venues throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. As demonstrated by so few properties attaining this level of quality and service, the guidelines for AAA Five Diamond status are stringent, ensuring consumers truly memorable experiences.

About ARIA Resort & Casino

ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter features an extraordinary collection of award-winning restaurants, high-energy nightlife, a world-class spa, exclusive shopping, contemporary gaming, a larger-than-life modern art collection, high-tech meeting and event space, and Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil®. ARIA is the largest LEED® Gold certified building in the world. In addition to the AAA Five Diamond Award, in its debut year, ARIA has received multiple accolades including: Travel + Leisure's Top 20 Up-and-Coming Hotels in the World, 2010 Global Vision Award; Conde Nast Traveler's 2010 Hot List; Elite Traveler's World's Top Hotel Suites; Esquire's Best New Restaurants for 2010, Top 11 Restaurants Not To Miss; Food & Wine's Las Vegas' Best Bets, Go List 2010, 100 Best New Food & Drink Experiences; MSN's Top 10 New Dining Destinations; Entrepreneur's Best Business Bars; US Airways Magazine's Top 15 Coolest Hotels in U.S. For more information, visit

About Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is a sophisticated sanctuary of modern elegance prominently situated at the entrance of CityCenter, a magnificent urban resort destination in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip.  This 47-story, non-gaming hotel and residences bring fine-dining, a relaxing Spa, spectacular accommodations and the personalized service of the world-renowned hotel group to Las Vegas. Designed entirely by interior designer Adam D. Tihany and architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas sets a new standard of style with stunning suites, amenities and architectural design. Mandarin Oriental has been recognized by several leading industry publications including: Conde Nast Traveler's World's Best Hotels 2010; Spa Magazine's Best New Eco-Friendly Spa and Best New Spa; Spa Finder's Best Spa Director, Top 10, Best Men's Spa, Best Interior Design, Best Getaway Spa, Best Luxury Spa and Best Accommodations and Top Hotel/Resort Spa;, Desert Companion's Chef of the Year 2010 – Pascal Sanchez; and Las Vegas Spa Association Best Director – Jennifer Lynn. For more information, visit or contact (702) 590-8888.  Receive news, weekly specials and more by finding us on Facebook

About CityCenter

CityCenter is an unprecedented urban metropolis on 67 acres between Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World.  It features ARIA, a 61-story, 4,004-room gaming resort; luxury non-gaming hotels including Las Vegas' first Mandarin Oriental and Vdara Hotel & Spa; Veer Towers, the development's only strictly residential buildings; and Crystals at CityCenter, 500,000 square feet of exclusive shopping, dining and nightlife experiences. CityCenter also features Viva ELVIS™, a resident Cirque du Soleil production celebrating the timeless musical legacy of Elvis Presley; and an unparalleled public Fine Art Collection with works by acclaimed artists including Maya Lin, Jenny Holzer, Nancy Rubins, Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, among others.  CityCenter is a design collaboration between MGM Resorts International and internationally acclaimed architectural firms including Pelli Clarke Pelli, Kohn Pedersen Fox, Helmut Jahn, RV Architecture LLC led by Rafael Vinoly, Studio Daniel Libeskind*, David Rockwell and Rockwell Group, and Gensler.  At the forefront of sustainability, CityCenter is one of the world's largest private green developments.  ARIA, Vdara, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas and Veer Towers all have received LEED® Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.  This marks the highest LEED achievement for any hotel, retail district or residential development in Las Vegas.  For more information about CityCenter, please visit

* Consultant to AAI Architects, Inc.

SOURCE CityCenter

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