December 4, 2009

First look at Crystals

CityCenter. It's been a long time coming. I've worked on this project for the last two+ plus years. It is truly amazing to see something on paper become a place I can experience. It makes the paperwork, rejected billings, meetings, phone calls, etc. all worthwhile. The satisfaction of experiencing a grand opening is a treat, it's made even sweeter when you've worked on it day after day.

Vdara opened December 1st to media and hotel guests. I've yet to get over there to see it for myself. I suspect we'll be staying there very soon. Next month, perhaps?

I first knew Crystals under the Sobella name. I actually prefer Sobella, but Crystals were a sight to see. The complex is unique and beautiful. It's a much different aesthetic than other shopping on the strip. For most, it will be a place to window shop, a place ogle and dream. For some, it will be an exclusive shopping experience with a collection of the best designers in the world.

Getting there...

I wasn't able to turn into CityCenter headed northbound on Las Vegas Blvd. (lane closures, ongoing construction) so I opted to turn into Bellagio and take the newly re-opened tram over. The tram has been updated, it fits the new sleek modern look on display at CityCenter. There are marquees to notify you where the trains are headed and when they will arrive.

I had a two minute wait for my train to Crystals, the ride seemed even quicker. The tram station delivers you to the rear of complex, not far from Eva Longoria Parker’s Beso. The red carpet was set up and security kept tight guard on the surrounding area.

Touch screen directories are found scattered about to lead you. They were nice, but not terribly useful when there is a crowd in search of directions. Only one person can use a unit at a time. Luxury retailers include Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Prada, Christian Dior, Bulgari, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, Mikimoto and Ermenegildo Zegna. Those with first locations in Las Vegas are Assouline, Kiton, Miu Miu, Paul Smith, Porsche Design, Tom Ford, de Grisogono, H. Stern, Marni and Tourbillon.

Champagne and wine were served at a number of stores to celebrate the grand opening. I also saw trays of sweets and hors d'oeuvres passed.

Crystals is very modern. The design was intended to mimic an outdoor cityscape. My initial impression failed to notice. I was struck by it's size. It felt like an airplane hanger. Yet, it had a museum-like feel. In any case, there are a number of sculptures and features on display. They are fun to see.

I loved this tornados and light water feature

There is plenty more to explore, this is only a small glimpse of Crystals.

Today, Mandarin Oriental debuts. That is the third and final opening this week. Next is Aria, the 4004-room hotel casino. The only casino in CityCenter, and home to Viva Elvis the newest Cirque du Soleil show.

Aria will open December 16, we will surely check it out. I cannot wait!

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