In addition, Morgans Hotel Group plans to introduce several new food and beverage concepts at Mandalay Bay to be managed by The Light Group. Venues will include a casual American bistro by Chef Brian Massie, a Japanese dining destination by celebrity chef Akira Back and a new vision for Red Square. The Light Group will once again reinvent Las Vegas nightlife with a revolutionary nightclub. All venues are scheduled to open in 2013.
No doubt one of these places will take over Shanghai Lily which recently closed at Mandalay Bay. And we're guessing the nightclub will go inside the deadzone where rumjungle used to be. The Bistro will probably take over the cafe at THEhotel. We're not sure what will happen to MIX at the top of THEhotel but right now it doesn't look good.
The renovations will also include a spa overhaul and while we have no confirmation, we do suspect that the Delano Las Vegas will import the Morgans Hotel spa brand, Agua, to the hotel.
The floor-by-floor renovations are expected to begin next summer and all employees of THEhotel will remain on board as MGM Resorts employees since this is just a licensing agreement with Morgans Hotel Group. Word is that the full transition into the Delano Las Vegas will happen in December 2013.
Lastly, we have no idea what rates are going to be like but they will be competitive with Cosmopolitan and the upcoming Nobu Hotel. We bet they will aim high, like mid-$300s, but then again, depending on the weekend or the weekday, you could probably nab it for $200 or less.
So this is a lot of news to digest so we're going to chew on it for a bit but our initial thoughts are mixed. On the one hand, finally we can stop tripping over how to spell/represent THEhotel. Is it THEHOTEL? THEhotel? THE hotel? theHOTEL? Etc. Now, we can just say The Delano. So easy!
On the other hand, what will happen to the dozens and dozens of THEhotel-branded sex kits? More seriously though, is the Mandalay Bay posh enough for the Delano? While we ponder these questions, sound off with your thoughts in comments below!