by Michael J. Shapiro | May 17, 2018
The 392-room Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas will soon be the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. Days following Mandarin Oriental's announcement that the hotel company's management contract had been terminated, Hilton revealed its luxury brand would take over on Aug. 30, 2018. The property will be renovated with brand touches and improvements over the months that follow.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas opened in late 2009 as part of the CityCenter development. The property is one of three hotels in the complex, along with the 4,004-room Aria Resort & Casino and the 1,495-room Vdara Hotel & Spa. Late last month, joint-venture partners MGM Resorts and Infinity World sold the Mandarin Oriental hotel for $214 million.
Waldorf Astoria promises its signature service and Personal Concierge program for the nongaming property, which will be the brand's first in Las Vegas. Helicopter rides and spa retreats also will be among the offerings. The hotel is a short walk from the Aria, as well as the fountains of Bellagio, MGM's the Park and the T-Mobile Arena. The hotel is LEED Gold-certified and offers about 12,000 square feet of meeting space; five food-and-beverage venues; and a two-level, 27,000-square-foot spa. The 23rd-floor bar and lounge features floor-to-ceiling views of the Strip.
"Las Vegas continues to be one of the most exciting and luxurious cities in the world, and we have a real opportunity to introduce the Waldorf Astoria brand in this market where so many of the city's visitors seek the highly covetable, unforgettable experiences that are ingrained in the Waldorf Astoria way of life," said Martin Rinck, global head of Hilton's Luxury & Lifestyle group. He added that the brand was seeking another property in the western U.S., following the success of the Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills in California, which debuted in January 2017. Waldorf Astoria has nearly 20 additional hotels in the pipeline.