Is New Vegas Hotel Too Hot?

Posted Sep 29th 2010 10:31 AMUpdated Sep 30th 2010 12:44 PM


The sleek new Vdara hotel-condo on the Las Vegas Strip may be too hot to handle.

So hot, that if you're at the hotel's swimming pool, an occasional reflection off the shining tower may singe your hair or melt your plastic drinking cup.

The south-facing tower of the hotel at CityCenter, an $8.5 billion, six-skyscraper development, is bouncing sun rays so intensively that hotel employees have dubbed the phenomenon the "death ray."

"I was being cooked out there," Bill Pintas, a Chicago personal injury lawyer who co-owns a $450,000 studio condo at the Vdara, tells AOL Travel News.

Pintas says he returned to a sun lounger recently after a dip in the pool, "and then my head started burning and I could smell hair burning, my hair" he says. "I thought I had picked up a chemical burn in the pool or something. But then my legs and back were burning too."

He says he shot up and noticed the plastic bag his newspaper had come in was melted.

"My first thought was we've destroyed the ozone layer," he says. He says he ran under an umbrella but then noticed there was no shadow there.

"I realized I was sitting in a reflective zone and everything was burning," Pintas says. "When I told the (resort) employees they said, 'Yes, we know, it's the death ray.'"

MGM Resorts International, owner and developer of the property, admits it has a problem when the sun shines just so, and says resort staff is trying to come up with a solution.

AOL News has learned the sunlight-concentrating design was the subject of debate among architects back in late 2008.

A spokesman for MGM tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal designers thought they had solved the issue with a high-tech film on the tower's glass panes. But that has proven not enough for guests when there's an occasional "hot spot."

A Review-Journal writer reports finding a "hot spot" of about 10 feet by 15 feet, on one visit, but not on the next.

Employees say when they do appear, the super hot rays last for about an hour and a half, just before noon and after.

Pintas says other guests have told him of melted drink cups and other issues from the hot rays.

He says he has no plans to sue the Vdara, but he does expect the hotel to fix the problem sooner rather than later.

"If you're in that zone when it happens, there's no way you can sit there. It's as if you touched a lightbulb," he tells AOL. "If you were sleeping or had a baby under the umbrella, it's really not safe."

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Easy, put sun shade screens on them

October 01 2010 at 6:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I know how to fix this problem. Its simple mathmatics and physics. I work in the solar industry and have already visualized an architectural design to fix this. Im sure someone else will too,,,

October 01 2010 at 12:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i'm no fan of frivolous litigation, but this hotel absolutely should be sued, and hit with a closing order as well, until they fix the problem... they were well aware of the issue, and not only did they decide not to fix it, (too expensive, i guess)seemingly they knowingly and willingly failed to warn potential victims of the danger... this behavior is at minimum gross negligence, and may meet the threshold for criminal negligence... inexcusable

September 30 2010 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Did anyone notice the burns on the plastic newspaper?
It spells "Vadra"!

September 30 2010 at 8:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great ideas on harnessing this energy!

September 30 2010 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This exact thing happened to us years ago at the MGM in Reno on a very hot summer day! The sun was reflecting off the windows and burning guests lying by the pool. We could actually feel the intensity of the heat.

September 30 2010 at 7:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Roasted lawyer? Mmmmm. Just put a fork in him.

September 30 2010 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All you need now is a giant disco ball and it really will be (Burn baby,Burn disco inferno Burn that mother down ) these designers today still have a lot learn about the natural order of things -I bet they even went to college too , maybe they should stick with designing dog houses instead of 8.5 billion dollar hotels ! Oh yes, in our high tech world it was just a slight over sight yah right . welcome to only hotel in the world that will fry your --- to a crisp. Can I get you another melted martini ( All this, so you can be the one who spent the most on a hotel - just children .

September 30 2010 at 7:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Vdara should make for a nice nighttime implosion spectacle, sooner rather than later.

Can you say "closed for lack of business?"


September 30 2010 at 6:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Beam me up's too hot down here!

September 30 2010 at 6:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply