Travel Weekly's Las Vegas E-letter: Nov. 16, 2004

MGM: Mirage officials announced plans to team up with world-renowned architects, residential developers, hotel operators and retailers to design, finance and operate a multi-billion-dollar urban metropolis on 66 acres of land located between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo hotel-casino properties. Project CityCenter, which will be approximately the same size as New Yorks Rockefeller Center, SoHo and Times Square combined, will be constructed in phases. In fact, plans for the first phase call for the development of 18 million square feet of space that will be used for a 4,000-room hotel-casino, three 400-room boutique hotels to be operated by hoteliers not currently represented in Las Vegas, 550,000 square feet of retail shops, dining and entertainment venues and 1,650 units of luxury condominium, hotel-condominium and private residence clubs. MGM-Mirage officials will immediately begin designing the project, which is expected to take 18 months. After that, the construction of the first phase will begin and is projected to take 42 months. An opening is anticipated in 2010.

LUXURY LOFTS: Dec. 23 will mark the debut of the SkyLofts at MGM Grand, 51 two-story accommodations ranging in size from 1,400 square feet to 6,000 square feet located on the top two floors of the property. Priced between $800 and $10,000 per night, the lofts will be available in one-, two- and three-bedroom configurations and will feature 24-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows; pre-engraved personalized stationery and business cards; daily fresh fruit; fresh flowers; daily delivery of major national newspapers and Internet editions of hometown newspapers; and remote-controlled TV, DVD player, radio, draperies, temperature and lighting. Other amenities for Loft guests will include limousine airport transfers, butler service and personalized concierge service, such as greeting upon arrival at the resort, preregistration and in-Loft check-in as well as guaranteed preferred seating at the new Cirque du Soleil show, Ka, and access to preferred seating at MGM Grand Garden events. For more information or reservations, call (877) 646-5638 or visit

WYNN LAS VEGAS: Even before Wynn Las Vegas debuts it is expected to open its doors April 28 Wynn Resorts officials announced the intended expansion of the property on 20 acres of land adjacent to the existing site. The new development, expected to cost upwards of $900 million, is tentatively named Encore at Wynn Las Vegas and may include a hotel tower with 1,500 suites, additional casino space and restaurants, a spa, swimming pools and retail and convention space. The project is anticipated to open in 2007.

LADIES NIGHT: The new Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel, whose grand opening is slated for just after the new year, is offering a girls night out plan that is valid from Dec. 3 through April 30. Starting at $200 per person, double, the Bad Girls package includes a one-night stay in sinfully spacious accommodations, a stiletto-ready pedicure, admission to Rain at the Palms, a flirtini at the Renaissances eNVy lounge and a copy of 101 Ways to Flirt. The package also features diva training at Madame Tussauds, which allows participants to dress up in fake furs, jewels and tiaras and tour the wax museum located at  the Venetian. For more information or to book, call (866) 352-3434 or visit


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