by Michael J. Shapiro | September 06, 2018

The storied Waldorf Astoria brand now has more than 30 hotels in its portfolio, thanks to newcomers in Las Vegas and Bangkok. The hotels both officially debuted Aug. 31.

The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is a rebranding of the former Mandarin Oriental, built as part of MGM's CityCenter complex on the Strip. The posh nongaming property has 392 guest rooms and 225 residences. The hotel is in the midst of an 18-month guest-room redesign, but in the meantime the luxury accommodations sport a sleekly modern design, with floor-to-ceiling windows and stunning Strip and desert views.

Michelin-Star-wielding chef Pierre Gagnaire's Twist remains the property's signature restaurant, offering classic French cuisine around a memorable suspended wine loft. The popular 23rd-level lounge, now called Sky Bar, continues to serve cocktails alongside floor-to-ceiling views of the Strip and beyond. The Tea Lounge offers afternoon tea three times daily.

Among highlights is a 27,000-square-foot, two-level spa on-site, which offers new experiences now as part of the Waldorf Astoria. A variety of therapies are available, along with seven private couple's suites, a Hamman Turkish bath and a Zen Foot Spa. The eighth floor is home to a pool deck, featuring two swimming pools, two whirlpools and a plunge pool, as well as luxury cabanas.

Natural lighting is a hallmark of the property's 12,000 square feet of meeting space; the third-floor Waldorf Ballroom also has a walk-out balcony and expansive Strip views.
Eight thousand miles to the east, the 171-room Waldorf Astoria Bangkok has opened in the heart of the Thai capital. The 60-story tower, the first of the brand's properties in Southeast Asia, is in the popular Ratchaprasong intersection, near a number of shopping areas.
The residential-style guest rooms are spacious and include spa-inspired bathrooms and marble tubs. The property offers three restaurants, a lounge and two bars on-site. The nearly 8,000-square-foot Magnolia Ballroom, on the 10th floor, offers a striking environment for social events. The space includes a sweeping staircase and a 26-foot-high ceiling, and can accommodate as many as 700 attendees for a reception or 330 seated.
Waldorf Astoria's 31-hotel portfolio is now in expansion mode, with 20 additional properties confirmed in the pipeline. "We are incredibly excited about the continued growth of our most iconic brand," said Martin Rinck, executive vice president and global head, Luxury & Lifestyle Group, Hilton. "These two outstanding Waldorf Astoria hotels will deliver unforgettable experiences and everlasting memories for the discerning global traveler."