We wake up to a story about MGM taking $1.1 billion in charges against CityCenter.
No big surprise, this is required by the accountants and no one could argue that the value of these assets hasn't fallen... though 31% is a big number. Kerkorian is even looking to potentially reduce his stake.
In other more interesting news, I was able to take a gander at a few shots of Aria's interiors (see Chuck's take here). I won't be publishing these photos but like VT, I'm happy to give my impressions.
Continue after the jump...
Update: Not to pimp this too much but this offer for Aria came across from MGM Mirage - $160 for some nights.
Also, I'm happy to answer questions about the stuff I've seen, if you have any.
Chuck's spent some more time analyzing the materials and has some more thoughts.
In a nutshell, and I think Chuck mentions this too, the design appears to be very reminiscent of Red Rock or M Resort - dark paneling, crystal chandeliers and lots of dark accents.
Now, the place isn't finished and it is important to remember it hasn't been properly lit inside yet, which makes any kind of real verdict on design very premature.
I see aspects of previous MGM Mirage design (the outside of Sensi, parts of the Mirage overhaul) but also some new touches - and lots of different inspirations. There are some very interesting touches and some that I'm not crazy about, including a sculpture that looks to be outside the poker room featuring a bunch of cards built into a 10 foot piece, sort of Alice In Wonderland meets Las Vegas.
For signage geeks, it looks well lit and easy to read.
The carpet is pretty dull and from these tidbits, perhaps a little bit of a disappointment after really nice carpets at Wynn, Encore, The Mirage and Bellagio.
The conference center hallways have great views of the pool deck area through beautiful glass walls. Massive banks of escalators connect the various floors.
Tons of glass, impressive stone, natural light - it's heavy on the elements and while it's hard to tell from pictures, it looks like no expense was spared on these materials.
If I had to sum up the glimpses from these shots, the words I would use are grand, soaring, modern and tomorrow. Many of the outer walls are made of glass and overlook gardens, the pool deck and the Las Vegas skyline. I can only imagine how impressive it must look to be standing in those spaces.