Building Battles in Las Vegas? Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas vs. Aria

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Building Battles in Las Vegas? Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas vs. Aria 

Above is a view of the Mandarin Oriental Las Veges Hotel from Aria's main lobby entrance. Feng Shui 101 teaches clients ans students alike, any sharp or cutting edge, whether that be a corner in a room, on a piece of furniture or building, relates to "Sha" energy. This energy is associated with aggressive chi according to the Feng Shui principles. 


Please note, this post is not about criticizing another consultants design or method of implementation, it's simply an interesting observation that opens up a great opportunity for learning and discussion. 


I did some research on the history of the 392-room Mandarin Oriental Hotel to find out it is one of the rare, non-casino luxury hotels that provide an almost residence-like respite within steps of all that makes Las Vegas. Located midway along the Strip at CityCenter—an address it shares with the megaresort Aria and the Shops at Crystals—it is Asian-influenced in its decor, its service, and its Zen-like serenity. Information provided by 


When I approached the entrance to the Mandarin, it was very still and almost uninviting, unless you knew you were supported to be there. That was the atmosphere for me personally, that I felt. Crossing the street to view the hotel from the Aria side and comparing that with the research I conducted, I began to put a theory together.

Was the intention through observation and from research; could the owners have wanted to keep away the "party people" and possibly tourists from disturbing their guests?

Looking to the image above, you can see another view point of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel facing Aria. Both hotels are Asian influenced, opened around the same month and year in 2009 and are Gold LEED certified.

Here is a photo of the Aria front entrance. Interestingly, they have placed two Kirin (mystical creatures) that protect the front of the building. Even the design of the front entrance offers a circular motion and a fountain in the front. All basic foundation of help off-set sharp angles when implementing Feng Shui. And they too were not shy with demonstrating points and angles directed back toward the Mandarin Hotel (you can see in the very first photo). 

So again, there is no judgment here, just observations with Feng Shui eyes. What is your take on these building's presentations to one another? Do you think the designs were intentional? or not?


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Laura Cerrano is a second-generation Certified New York City Feng Shui Consultant Expert. As a full-time Feng Shui consultant, Laura provides bicoastal consultations and workshops for residential, commercial, real estate developments, Fortune 500 companies and healing faculties. In addition, Laura is a resident teacher at the Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY. She has been featured in highly respected publications and TV networks such as Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen," PBS, CBC Television, BBC Radio and The New York Times. 



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Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Laura, have not been to Vegas in years, and never even heard of this new hotel going up.  

May 04, 2015 11:47 PM #1
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thanks for sharing your insight . . . . very interesting.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

May 05, 2015 03:28 AM #2
Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Laura, this is a far more interesting battle in Las Vegas compared to the recent fight held there!

May 05, 2015 09:02 AM #3
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

Interesting Laura, I always learn something from your blogs. I do not know much about Feng Shui yet.

May 05, 2015 09:55 AM #4
Lora "Leah" Stern 914-772-4528
Coldwell Banker, 170 N Main Street, New City NY 10956 - New City, NY
Real Estate Salesperson

Thanks for the insights, Laura.  I am not familiar with either of these hotels but found your feng shui perspective interesting.

May 05, 2015 01:53 PM #5
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services

Hi, Laura. It's always nice to read about your insights and how it relates to Feng Shui. Thanks for sharing. 

May 06, 2015 12:33 PM #6
Tammy Adams ~ Realtor / Podcaster
Maricopa Real Estate Co - Maricopa, AZ
A Maricopa Agent who Works, Lives & Loves Maricopa

I only know a little bit and this was a pretty neat observation. Thank you for sharing. I know on my next trip I'm going to find myself staring at these

May 06, 2015 03:34 PM #7
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Hi Laura-I like the conclusion you made that the Mandrians design was deflecting, hence keeping away the party people from invading the serenity of its guests.

May 06, 2015 08:40 PM #8
Nicole Doty - Gilbert Real Estate Expert
Zion Realty - Gilbert, AZ
Broker/Owner of Zion Realty

I get a very cold and unappealing feel when I look at the pictures of the Mandarin. I know it's just a hotel but shouldn't a building want to draw in it's guests?

May 08, 2015 01:27 AM #9
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks for sharing your very interesting perspective on these building designs.

May 08, 2015 03:08 AM #10
John Novak
Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace - Las Vegas, NV
Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate

Very interesting observations, Laura. Here's more on The Mandarin Oriental: The building is 47 stories tall and has hotel rooms and permanent residences, with the Mandarin Bar (the dark glass area) on the 23rd floor. The residences go from floors 24 to 47, and right now there are 18 resales from $725,000 to $5.95 million. Would love to sell one or two of these!

May 08, 2015 10:33 AM #11
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Very interesting. Just got back from Vegas and didn't notice this hotel. I like John Novak's added info about residences on the 24th - 47th floors.

May 09, 2015 10:27 PM #12
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