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It's Official: Vdara's Silk Road Closing March 8th

By Chuckmonster on Wednesday, 9th February 2011 3:18pm
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As we had reported back in... uhm... August, MGM has finally confirmed that Silk Road restaurant at Vdara will be closing on March 8th. They aren't saying whether or not Mr. Chow is going to replace it.

My money is definitely still on Mr. Chow... and here is why. Vdara needs a destination restaurant with name recognition that will bring people into that hotel, either from Bellagio or Aria or Cosmopolitan. Aria's Blossom is hidden and feels unapproachable to non-bacarrateers, Bellagio's Jasmine and Noodles feel a little 'been there done that,' and Cosmopolitan's China Poblano requires a degree in whimsy to wrap ones head around.

The renderings we've seen of the Mr. Chow that was proposed to go into the now shuttered Harmon hotel, show it to be a gorgeously elegant, open and fun social dining atmosphere.

Throwing a 'Market Cafe' in there - where one can buy food to cook in their overpriced and undersized Vdara condotel unit as well as grab a sandwich or cup of coffee - proves that MGM still believes that there is value to be had in Vdara as a condo hotel. Their smart move would be to buy out existing condo owners and turn Vdara into 100% hotel offering... ARIA's "THEhotel". Oh... but wait, thats sorta what Mandarin Oriental is. Hrm.

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Comments & Discussion:

what is wrong with condohotels?

veer went from condohotel > condo.

mandarin oriental is hotel residences.

pho towers may also have hotel residences. and that was the plan for the (currently suspended) st regis residences at venetian/palazzo.

cosmopolitan is also going to have a few hotel residences. that will definitely be interesting.

Condo hotels are fine... if you aren't in it for a profit. If I had the money I would love to call a luxury hotel my full or part time residence. Problem is virtually all the buyers of these things were "investors." I'm not sure the brief condo-hotel bubble left any owners happy with their (speculative) investment. Maybe somewhere it's worked out, but I've heard nothing but negative reports about them for years. The Trump SoHo in New York is apparently a mess as well, so it's not limited to LV. Go on Craigslist and you can probably land a night at Signature for well under a hundred bucks (or buy it for under a hundred grand), and the owner will probably come and clean it themselves... it's a joke.

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