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Rates for guestrooms start at $179 to $799; the most luxurious of suites will run up to $7,500.

vdara hotel The all-suite Vdara Hotel was the first property to open here. It is physically connected to Bellagio and is located right by ARIA—casinos are very close by, but the property has been tailored to guests who would rather not stay in a “gaming hotel.” In this sense it offers an added feel of a non-Vegas vacation for clients who want to feel the excitement of the destination without really being in the middle of it all. The moon-shaped Vdara provides incredible views of the city and has added stunning commissioned works to its own landscape. The building itself is composed of 57 stories holding almost 1,500 suites of varying sizes (up to 1,650 sq. ft.), each with a gourmet kitchen and many with a washer/dryer.

The property’s 2-level spa, salon and fitness center, Vdara Health & Beauty, is the first Las Vegas spa recognized by the Green Spa Network for its commitment to the environment. Signature treatments feature ingredients derived from organic herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Its Sky Pool & Lounge, meanwhile, is designed for guests wanting to take it easy and socialize, with plunge pools, high-energy bar and lounge (featuring gourmet tapas and cocktails) and cozy cabanas. Rates start at $159 per night.

mandarin oriental, las vegas Mandarin Oriental has finally taken its legendary elegance to Vegas in a 47-story hotel—also a non-gaming property—that will act as the gateway to CityCenter. Also filled with inspiring art pieces, including soaring sculptures, this Mandarin Oriental is home to three-star Michelin Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s first restaurant in the U.S., named Twist. Guests can try any number of savory French dishes infused with a contemporary touch. Contrary to the other hotels at CityCenter, this property only has 392 rooms and suites (plus more than 200 residences) with floor-to-ceiling windows for optimal viewpoints and the most modern of entertainment systems.

The 2-level spa here is inspired by 1930s Shanghai, but only in feel—everything is ultra-modern. There’s a co-ed hammam here, as well as a yoga and Pilates studio that forms part of its fitness center. There’s also a pool area with 20 cabanas, two lap pools (in the shape of long blades, resembling Mandarin Oriental’s logo of a fan) and a Pool Cafe. At night, have clients spend time at the Mandarin Bar, on the 23rd floor, for an expertly made cocktail. Rates start at $375 per night.

The Harmon, a 400-room luxury boutique hotel, is set to open at CityCenter toward the end of the year. There will be no casino here either, but many amenities dripping with luxury including “whenever/whatever” Butler Service 24 hours a day and a Mr. Chow restaurant, already a famous venue in New York, L.A., Miami and London.