Vdara Hotel & Spa is a 1,600,000 sq ft (150,000 m2) condo-hotel and spa located within the CityCenter complex across from Aria Resort & Casino on the Las Vegas Strip. Vdara opened on December 1, 2009 as a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and Infinity World Development.
Vdara's 57-story, 578-foot (176 m) tower houses 1,495 suites; an 18,000 sq ft (1,700 m2), two-story spa, salon and fitness center; a market and a bar. It also has a 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) pool and deck area. Vdara does not contain casino space and, along with Mandarin Oriental, is one of two non-gaming, non-smoking hotels within CityCenter. In 2011, Vdara received its first AAA Four Diamond Award. The "V" in Vdara stands for "Vegas" and "ara" is meant to evoke established high-end boutique hotels, such as the Aviara or Vicara.
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Vdara, designed by Rafael Vinoly of RV Architecture, LLC, is a condo-hotel, located between the Aria Resort & Casino and the Bellagio. Vdara's 57-story tower will house 1,495 residential units, ranging from 526 to 1,750 sq ft (48.9 to 162.6 m2). The Architect of Record was Leo A. Daly with Lamberto Smigliani as Project Manager, while the Detroit-based firm Hamilton Anderson Associates was the AOR for the interior guest rooms. Peter Schroeder of Tishman Construction Corporation served as Senior Project Manager and Rick Lorimer was the Project Manager for Perini Building Company, the projects General Contractor. The Vdara was the first tower to open December 1, 2009. The Vdara was the first of the six high rises in the project to be topped out on May 14, 2008.
Vdara was the first of six projects to be completed as part of the $8.5 billion CityCenter complex. Vdara's opening on December 1, 2009 was followed by The Crystals, a retail shopping center; Mandarin Oriental and Aria Resort & Casino in the same month. Prior to its opening, Vdara was designated as a LEED Gold award building and received a five-key rating from the Green Key Eco-Rating Program. Designed by Rafael Viñoly of RV Architecture, LLC, Vdara's 57-story crescent-shaped structure is formed by three parallel, offset arcs of varying heights. Because of its staggered arc design, Vdara contains six corner suites per floor, compared to just four in a more conventional building. The curvature of the building is complementary to the arcs of Aria Resort & Casino, which is located across a shared circular driveway.
Artwork is incorporated into Vdara's interior and exterior design. Nancy Rubin's 50 by 80 ft (15 by 24 m) canoe sculpture Big Edge is displayed at the entrance of the hotel and an 8 by 32 ft (2.4 by 9.8 m) painting by Frank Stella hangs above the registration desk in the lobby.
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Facilities and attractions
Vdara contains 1,495 suites which include studios, deluxe studios, one- and two-bedroom suites and one- and two-bedroom penthouses. The units range from 526 to 1,750 sq ft (48.9 to 162.6 m2) in size and contain a kitchen as well as a washing machine and dryer.
The suites at Vdara are sold as private residences and owners have the option to participate in a rental program to lease their condos as hotel rooms when they are not residing there. The unsold pool of condos are structured as permanent hotel rooms managed by MGM Resorts International. These condos are leased for short-term and long-term rentals of at least 30 days.
An 18,000 sq ft (1,700 m2) two-story spa and salon called Spa & Salon Vdara is made up of 11 private treatment rooms, a sauna, a steam room, co-ed lounges, a full service salon, a fitness center and a smoothie bar. Pool & Lounge Vdara covers 40,000 sq ft (3,700 m2) and has 19 private cabanas.
A market called Market Cafe Vdara opened on March 1, 2011 just before Vdara's only restaurant, Silk Road, closed on March 8, 2011. The market, located in the lobby, contains a deli and coffee bar with foods selected by Executive Chef Martin Heierling of Silk Road and Bellagio's Sensi restaurant. Vdara's only bar, Bar Vdara, is also located in the lobby and contains inside and outside seating overlooking CityCenter. Vdara has approximately 11,000 sq ft (1,000 m2) of meeting space that includes a 4,000 sq ft (370 m2) ballroom and three breakout rooms, one of which is a 14-person board room.
Solar convergence or "death ray"
The building's reflective surface and concave design can act as a parabolic reflector to create a phenomenon in which the reflected rays of the sun can create dangerously hot conditions at particular points on the pool deck. Employees have called the phenomenon the "Vdara death ray"; the management has described it as a "solar convergence". As the sun's position in the sky changes during the day, the problem affects different areas of the deck. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, proposed solutions included adding more foliage to the pool deck and offering larger sun umbrellas. The architect, Rafael Viñoly, also designed the "Walkie-Talkie" skyscraper which has been dubbed the "Walkie-Scorchie" in London due to a similar problem.
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