Las Vegas for every budget
How to be a high roller––or pinch pennies––at Vegas’ sparkly CityCenter
Part of the appeal of CityCenter lies in its un-Vegas-like restraint, as much as a 67-acre complex right on the Strip can be restrained: There’s no flashing neon, only one casino, and buildings are connected by walking promenades—definitely a novelty on the Strip. Get ready; it’s big. But whatever your budget, we’ve got you covered.
Rooms start at $295 (book online with code “Sunset”; 2-night minimum), though if you pony up more for executive digs, you get better views.
Nancy Rubins’s crazy/wonderful canoe sculpture (pictured) and a rainbow Frank Stella canvas lift any mood. Don’t miss Peter Wegner’s brilliant two-story artwork in the Vdara Hotel’s lobby.
At Vdara (pictured; 702/590-2474), $50 gets you into the spa and pool, but the better deal is to get a treatment (say, a $30 manicure), which comes with access.
Silk Road (702/590-2030), in CityCenter’s Vdara Hotel, does a no-holds-barred breakfast (about $50 for 2) with a brioche French toast that is—and we’re not overstating matters—transcendent (we think it’s the cornflakes added for crunch).
Or make a meal out of the exquisite tapas (about $12 each) at Aria’s Julian Serrano (877/230-2742). Order the grilled white anchovies and tempura with wasabi foam, or skip the small plates and split a paella (about $60 for 2 with wine).