Way back in April, MGM Resorts International announced that they sold the Mandarin Oriental. Less than a month later, Waldorf Astoria announced that they would take over operation of the luxury resort and condominium complex.
The takeover is complete and the resort is now Waldorf Astoria. Mandarin Oriental was once part of the City Center concept from MGM Resorts International. Last year MGM Resorts started to sell off parts of the city-like complex on the Vegas Strip. First, they sold the Shops at Crystals and this year they sold Mandarin Oriental.
Waldorf Astoria is not part of MGM Resorts. However, it is located on the Vegas Strip in front of Aria Casino and Resort which is still owned and operated by MGM Resorts.
“Las Vegas continues to be one of the most celebrated and exciting cities in the world, and a destination where visitors seek both extraordinary and remarkable moments,” said Martin Rinck, executive vice president and global head, Luxury & Lifestyle Group, Hilton. “The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas – delivering on an unrelenting commitment to True Waldorf Service – will be the perfect environment for guests visiting Las Vegas who want to Live Unforgettable and create ever-lasting memories that will extend beyond their stay at the hotel.”
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Hotel & Residences is operated by Hilton Management Services and will undergo renovations over the next year to 18 months. The hotel will offer with newly-styled rooms and redesigned public spaces in 2019. Changes are already underway with the new luxury resort.
Dining And Drinking
Michelin-Star rated Chef Pierre Gagnaire remains at the property. With exhilarating views, inspired dishes and suspended wine loft, Chef Gagnaire’s award-winning restaurant, Twist, is the first-ever U.S. restaurant to serve his legendary interpretation of classic French cuisine. This is a holdover from Mandarin Oriental.
The Mandarin Bar is now SkyBar. The bar on the 23rd floor brings a sophisticated ambiance and gorgeous views that are perfect accompaniments to the cocktail collection handcrafted by master mixologists.
The very popular Tea Lounge just outside of the bar will remain at Waldorf Astoria. They will offer three afternoon tea times serving the finest blends with sweet accompaniments and paired with unrivaled views overlooking the Vegas Strip.
Zen Kitchen and the Pool Cafe are the other dining options at Waldorf Astoria.
The new spa will offer the Waldorf’s signature hospitality. The hotel features various spaces for guests looking to escape to a personal sanctuary. The 27,000-square-foot spa spans two entire guest floors, offering a deeply serene environment to pamper the body and re-engage the senses.
At the Waldorf Astoria Spa, a new suite of services features a completely customized experience tailored to personal skin qualities, aesthetic expectations, and a holistic analysis. The Spa features an array of therapies, seven private couple’s suites, multiple relaxation experiences, a Hamman and a Zen Foot Spa, creating a complete restorative and relaxing journey.
The incredibly relaxing 8th-floor pool deck is a true desert retreat. The pool area is tucked away from high-rise towers and offers a chic respite with stunning views, two exquisite pools, two whirlpools and a plunge pool.
The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Hotel & Residences has 389 guestrooms and 225 residences, including 55 suites and three Presidential Suites. One thing that separates Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is that it’s a luxurious, non-gaming, non-smoking property.
As new design plans and vision emerge, the hotel has embarked on an 18-month journey to reimagine the property’s guestrooms. Don’t expect to see new hotel rooms at the Waldorf Astoria until late 2019. The current accommodations boast a sleek, contemporary design with floor-to-ceiling windows that frame spectacular views of the Vegas Strip and surrounding desert landscape.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.