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Mandarin Oriental opens at CityCenter in Vegas

/ Source: The Associated Press

A second boutique hotel is opening to the public at the big new CityCenter complex on the Las Vegas Strip.

The 47-story Mandarin Oriental opens Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the newest element of the $8.5 billion project of resorts, shopping and a casino.

The Mandarin has 392 hotel rooms and 227 condominiums. It features a sky lobby on the 23rd floor that overlooks the Strip.

The opening is the third this week at CityCenter, a 67-acre project built by development partners MGM Mirage and Dubai World.

The 1,500-room Vdara hotel opened Monday. The Crystals mall of shops and restaurants opened Thursday.

The centerpiece of the project, the 4,004-room Aria Resort & Casino, opens Dec. 16.