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Sayonara Harmon Hotel

Posted by Chuckmonster on 12 Jun 2015
With whimper and whistling wind, Sir Norman Foster's aborted Harmon Hotel - the elliptical City Center cylinder - is nearly gone. Poof... and there goes Jim's Mistake's pet mistake. Harmon was a once...

Tagged: harmon   citycenter   demolition   sir norman foster   jim murren   

The Harmon Demolition

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Jul 2014
The demolition of the Harmon Hotel at CityCenter is in high gear. The entire curtain wall of the western side of the building had been removed, and holes have begun popping up on the eastern...

Tagged: harmon   demolition   city center   norman foster   jimbo   citycenter   

Harmongeddon: Judge Declares Harmon Clear For Demolition

Posted by Chuckmonster on 27 Aug 2013
In the case of MGM/CityCenter Land LLC vs Perini, Las Vegas District Court Judge Elizabeth Gonzalez approved MGM's petition to tear down the defective tower. The judge cited a possible earthquake as reasoning why...

Tagged: harmongeddon   citycenter   murren   implosions   

Mission Accomplished!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 May 2013
The mission: raise awareness of ARIA and the many mysteries contained therein and neutralize Cosmopolitan. You have no idea how huge Aria's marquee is until you see it in person. ABSOLUTELY ƒ*©KING GINORMOUS. Even...

Tagged: aria   marquee   murren   citycenter   

Exclusive: MGM To Drop CityCenter Name

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Feb 2013
At a meeting of employees today, Bobby Baldwin, CEO of CityCenter, announced that the name CityCenter is now depreciated and will be completely phased out over the coming year. Mr. Baldwin did not...

Tagged: citycenter   bobby baldwin   mgm resorts   aria   

ARIA: The Party Decorations

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Sep 2012
During our last trip we gave our UK guests a quick tour of City Center... er... uhm... Bellagio, Vdara, Aria and Crystals. While heading towards ARIA's front door into the pocket park, I...

Tagged: aria   decor   citycenter   

Sayonara Harmon!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 19 Jul 2012
A Las Vegas judge today gave MGM Resorts International the ok to scatter, shutter and smother CityCenter's defective Harmon Hotel. MGM is planning on demolishing their mistake in six months. 8 News Now has...

Tagged: harmon   citycenter   implosions   murren   

Another Post About The ARIA Marquee!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Jun 2012
ARIA is most definitely moving forward with their plans to build a gigantic marquee. Plans leaked to VT in the comments to our previous ARIA marquee post pinpoint the planned location of the...

Tagged: aria   marquee   murren   construction   citycenter   

Is This The Beginning of the Aria Marquee?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Jun 2012
We've received numerous reports over the last few weeks that a section of the walkway outside of The Crystals has been torn up and there appears to be some major excavation going on. The Admiral stopped...

Tagged: aria   marquee   citycenter   

New Feature Posted: Vdara Hospitality Suite Review By LAVegasphile

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2012
Just a note to those tuned into the RSS and/or Twitter feeds that we've posted a new feature article, the first of a two part, two suite reviews of everybody's favorite Las Vegas casino -...

Tagged: hotel reviews   vdara   citycenter   

ARIA: Entrapment

Posted by Chuckmonster on 16 May 2012
ARIA has unfurled the third installment in their film festival, entitled Entrapment. In this episode, we see a model in black bathing suit frolicking in the pool as a mannequin in a khaki suit oogles from...

Tagged: aria   citycenter   murren   

Holy Crap: They Fixed Crystals!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 May 2012
After years of irritating patrons with useless dead ends, the bozos at Crystals have finally rectified the horrible interior promenade design by smashing through some retail spaces and making the passageways navigable. YAY! And to think that...

Tagged: crystals   citycenter   aria   shopping   murren   

MGM Unloading CityCenter Real Estate At Steep Discounts

Posted by Chuckmonster on 9 Feb 2012
MGM Resorts International has partnered with Sotheby's to unload on unsuspecting Canadians their failed CityCenter residential real estate play at discounts of up to 50% off. Why buy when if you wait a little longer as...

Tagged: citycenter   murren   real estate   reacharoundassgrab   

CityCenter Demolishing Marquee, Union Closing

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Jan 2012
Here's something interesting. VT superfriend JohnD braved freshly enacted Nevada statutes banning the use of devices while driving to snag this photo of the CityCenter marquee, apparently undergoing demolition. Check it: VT reported a year and...

Tagged: aria   citycenter   union   marquee   elvis   light group   

Harmongeddon: Where Does It Fall?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 17 Aug 2011
Local AP correspondent Oskar Garcia has a piece running all over the universe which discusses the difficulties involved in dropping the Harmon Hotel tower via implosion. Numerous experts are interviewed, but none of them discuss the...

Tagged: harmongeddon   citycenter   implosions   cosmopolitan   murren   

Sayonara Harmon Hotel!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 15 Aug 2011
At the risk of sounding like a broken record (remember those kids?) MGM has FINALLY admitted that the Harmon Hotel is toast and should be destroyed. CityCenter has decided that to abate the potential for structural...

Tagged: citycenter   harmon hotel   cosmopolitan   implosions   

ARIA Submits Plans For Strip Side Marquee

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Aug 2011
As we reported they would way back in November 2010, ARIA has submitted plans to build a new strip side marquee, not all that different from the one we photoshopped. The 260 foot tall marquee...

Tagged: aria   marquee   citycenter   murren   

MGM: The Harmon Is Toast

Posted by Chuckmonster on 11 Jul 2011
As we reported a year ago, the Harmon Hotel inside CityCenter is toast, officially. Weidlinger Associates, a structural engineering firm hired by MGM, says in documents obtained by the Las Vegas Review Journal that "it is...

Tagged: citycenter   harmon   

Angel Management To Open XOXO Supperclub In Crystals?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Mar 2011
Where oh where did that mysterious XOXO Supperclub go? Originally planned to open at the Hard Rock - Ago is still accepting reservations for March & beyond - this new joint from Angel Management group has...

Tagged: angel management group   xoxo supperclub   beso   nightclubs   crystals   citycenter   hard rock   

Cosmopolitan City Room Photo Review

Posted by Chuckmonster on 8 Mar 2011
As promised, here are some photos from our 90 minute stay in Cosmopolitan's comparatively claustrophobic City Room. The terrace. But soft, what light through yonder window breaks... 'tis the recently shifted Center of thine city... Aria! Alas, below....

Tagged: cosmopolitan   hotel reviews   aria   citycenter   

The Harmon Isn't Dead

Posted by Chuckmonster on 1 Mar 2011
CityCenter Land LLC has applied to trademark the name and logo (above) of THEHARMON HOTEL, no that is not a typo. No space between THE and HARMON. Perhaps we've had it wrong all...

Tagged: citycenter   harmon   murren   

Veer Condo Walkthrough Videos

Posted by Chuckmonster on 30 Dec 2010
Ever wanted to wander through a Veer Condo? Here's the one bedroom: Warning: If you have a low threshold for listening to loud annoying chix, turn off the volume. Guarantee: These ladies' description of...

Tagged: veer   citycenter   murren   

MGM Engages Hyperwrap Drive!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Dec 2010
The MGM brain trust has engaged their hyperwrap drive on the side of Harmon in the hopes of stealing some Cosmopolitan's thunder and customers. The problem is that they completely botched the installation of...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   citycenter   murren   

CityCenter: Engage Wrap Drive On My Go!

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Dec 2010
Remember a month or so ago when we told you about The Plan To Combat Cosmopolitan? Well, with imminent arrival of Cosmopolitan's grand opening, CityCenter has raised their shields and engaged wrap drive! Photo...

Tagged: cosmopolitan   citycenter   

The Center of Confusion Has Changed

Posted by MikeE on 16 Nov 2010
Kicked while they're down. Poured salt on their wounds. Dickpunched to death. After all CityCenter's been through, having to get grouped with Cosmopolitan - the competition that might be the final stake through CityCenter's heart -...

Tagged: citycenter   aria   cosmo   twitter   dickpunch   murren   

Aria Gets It Right

Posted by JohnH on 12 Nov 2010
I have never been one to hide my disdain for Aria. My first few trips to the hotel were unmitigated disasters. Now, in all honesty, the first disaster got a pass because of...

Tagged: aria   citycenter   murren   

The Harmon Has A Death Ray Too

Posted by Chuckmonster on 26 Sep 2010
Hot on the heels of the Vdara Death Ray news comes this video (ferreted out of The YouTube by mac777) all about the glass at the Harmon. The narrator - "Vegas Bob" - appears...

Tagged: harmon   death ray   citycenter   murren   

The Vdara Death Ray

Posted by Chuckmonster on 25 Sep 2010
Interesting story in the Review Journal about how the curvature of Vdara is causing a high intensity beam of heat/light to cook a 15x15 square of the pool deck everyday, including one guys drink cup,...

Tagged: vdara   citycenter   murren   

Mr. Chow Las Vegas Revealed

Posted by Chuckmonster on 24 Sep 2010
Peekaboo! Our ever industrious internet ferret Mac75745 managed to dig out four renderings of the Mr. Chow restaurant coming to CityCenter at some point. Mr. Chow was originally slated to be part of the Harmon,...

Tagged: citycenter   mr. chow   vdara   harmon   renderings   

Vegas Gang #51 : CityCenter's Final Spanking

Posted by Chuckmonster on 14 Sep 2010
On the most recent edition of the Vegas Gang Podcast, me, Hunter, Jeff and Dr. Dave give CityCenter a final spanking (for now). Lots of juicy insider information here that wasn't covered in the myriad posts...

Tagged: vegas gang   citycenter   murren   

If Only CityCenter Could Play A Mulligan

Posted by Chuckmonster on 10 Sep 2010
I'm told that football season started last night, and what better way for us to celebrate it by doing a whole bunch of Monday Morning Quarterbacking of our own - telling the world class architects...

Tagged: citycenter   renderings   aria   murren   

CityCenter Love Connection

Posted by Chuckmonster on 7 Sep 2010
Just a quick note to those tuned into the Twitter and RSS feeds that Admiral Hillegas posted a new feature article over on Two Way Hard Three, the first of a three part series looking...

Tagged: two way hard three   mgm resorts international   citycenter   aria   vdara   mandarin oriental   veer   crystals   jim murren   

Monte Carlo's Design On A Dime Room Upgrades

Posted by Chuckmonster on 3 Aug 2010
With the opening of The Gateway To City Center, Monte Carlo managed to do a slight freshening up to its rooms. And by slight, we mean.... like whoa, a new comforter and lampshades. To refresh...

Tagged: monte carlo   citycenter   new rooms   

Is CityCenter The Last Mega Resort?

Posted by Chuckmonster on 20 Jul 2010
Every week or so, I give thanks that the fearless Dr. Dave Schwartz exists. While I'm sleeping, playing cards or goofing around with computer code, Dr. Dave is in the casino wild, hacking through...

Tagged: citycenter   mgm resorts   

CityCenter Stinks

Posted by JohnH on 17 Jun 2010
In anticipation of Aria's December opening, we were all brimming with a multitude of questions about what pedestrian access throughout the resort would be like. How would we get from Aria to the Mandarin...

Tagged: citycenter   aria   bellagio   vdara   citycenter choo choo   

Mandarin Oriental Gets Fresh With Pricing

Posted by MikeE on 11 Apr 2010
You know we're just butt-crazy, head over heels smitten with CityCenter's Mandarin Oriental. When they first began taking reservations, we just couldn't see how they could stand charging $540 a night, but as details started...

Tagged: mandarin oriental   citycenter   deals   

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