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The New Year will bring a new look for the resort's gleaming Y-shaped hotel tower. Back in August, we told you how a room remodel was on the books for 2015. The goal is to have revamped accommodations by the time that huge convention center expansion is complete.
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There comes a time in everyone’s life when they realize they're not as young as they used to be. In Vegas, that realization sometimes hits you in the ears one night in the club. The music, the people and the vibe just are not what they used to be. Even though most Vegas clubs are focused on younger customers, there are still places to go out, have some drinks and dance to something other than oontz.
Recently, I visited the Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay for the first time in a while. I found it to be a great fit for someone ready to take the next step in his or her club life. The crowd was made up of a mix of people between their 20s and 40s with the average age probably around mid-30s. Music ranged from '90s artists (Tupac) to hits from today (Macklemore and Ryan Lewis). Some danced, others just hung out and enjoyed bottle service. I spent the night drinking outside on a patio with one of the best views in Vegas. You really can't beat that. It struck me as a great place to party when you think you might be ready to move on from Marquee or XS.
It's nigh impossible to tell from the photo above, but work has begun in a big way to bring more conventioneers to Mandalay Bay.
VegasChatter reader Bryon V. noticed a few weeks ago that construction was underway on a massive 350,000-square-foot expansion of the resort's already expansive 1.7 million-square-foot convention center. The $66 million dollar project, announced back in April, will consume most of the surface parking lot at Russell and Las Vegas Boulevard on the south Strip. (A rendering of what's to come is below.)
Icon and musical legend Carlos Santana will return to Las Vegas next month to continue his residency at the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay. Santana has performed his greatest hits at HOB since 2012, but if you haven't seen it yet, what should you expect?
During the two-hour production, Santana (obviously) plays his greatest hits in an intimate setting (hence, the "Intimate Evening with Santana" name). Each show is unique and different from the others. One cool aspect (besides the man candy in his band) is that Santana plays a variety of songs, not just his own. One day he will add Michael Jackson, the next he will throw in Christmas music or a random song from your childhood like the theme from The Addams Family. And, it sounds damn good! He pretty much makes anything sound sexy.
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Effective this week, the properties of MGM Resorts will see resort fee increases ranging from an extra two to five dollars a night. Here's how it will all break down:
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It's hard sometimes to look beyond the surface of Las Vegas what with the shiny, bright lights and all. Most view our neon-laden hotels as beacons of excitement and possibility, but don't realize many of those glimmering lights have an energy efficient shine these days and that some of those buildings are so green they're among the most eco-responsible in the country. (See: Aria, Vdara, Crystals, Mandarin Oriental, Veer, Venetian and Palazzo.) Heck, even the famed Welcome to Las Vegas sign went solar if you hadn't noticed yet.
While those are the most prominent, the greening of the Strip also takes place in numerous other small ways, from turning used cooking oil into biodiesel to converting old linens into cleaning rags. There's more happening on the Strip than meets the eye and it's enough to swell a certain heart three sizes this day.
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Delano Las Vegas debuted September 1, but the infusion of new has yet to reach the 64th floor where miX will eventually evolve into French Chef/Restauranteur Alaine Ducasse’s third Rivea restaurant as well as a yet-unnamed integrated lounge concept.
While some of us at VegasChatter feel the time for miX has passed, this writer recommends you plan at least one more visit (or your first one) before this restaurant/nightclub toasts its final sunset.
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Snoop at TAO, Tony and Gaga at Cosmo and Adam at Mandalay. New Year's Eve in Vegas will, once again, require a Magic 8 ball when it comes to deciding whether you should grab tickets for a specific event now, or wait to see what else is in store.
This afternoon it was announced that Maroon 5 will ring in 2015 with not one, but two concerts at Mandalay Bay on Tuesday, December 30 and Wednesday, December 31. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m. PT and range from $99.50 to $224.50 (tax and fees, of course, not included.) M Life members will be able to snatch up their tickets before anyone else with a pre-sale running Wednesday, October 8 at 10 a.m. til Friday, October 10 at 10 p.m.
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If you’re looking for a spot to grab a pint or a bite on The Strip, why not witness a Guinness World Record attempt while you’re at it? Irish pub and restaurant Rí Rá Las Vegas at Mandalay Bay's Shoppes at Mandalay Place will host a 16-day concert in hopes of breaking the world record for the longest concert by multiple artists. The current record holder is a group from a Michigan café who held a 360-hour concert in April 2011.
Visit Rí Rá October 1-17 to watch the marathon event featuring The Black Donnellys, John Windsor, Dirk Vermin, Paul Cray, Louise Barry, Sharon O’Brien, Eugene Quinn, Roy Buckley, Dave Rafferty, Dave Hughes, The American Diddley Idols, Clare Peelo, Gavin Carpenter, Na Cairde, Darby O’Gill and the Little People, and more. Ireland’s getting in on the action, too, as Liam Reilly of renowned Irish rock band Bagatelle and Derek Warfield of the Wolfe Tones will fly across the pond to join in on the attempt.
When given the chance to crash in a friend’s room at Delano Las Vegas over the weekend, this writer was really excited... until I remembered the pillow situation. The revamped hotel rooms have a lot of welcomed features like plush towels, super soft robes, separate powder room, comfortable desk chair in the living area, and upscale oversized toiletries. What some rooms still lack are comfortable pillows, at least for actual sleeping.
The firm and lengthy pillows found on each bed make excellent props if reading or watching TV, but when it comes time to relax and settle into the very comfortable mattress and smooth sheets, it’s clear that one of these things is not like the other.
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As a 14-year resident of south Florida (and longtime fan of Las Vegas), this writer was excited to learn that Delano, a Miami/South Beach landmark since 1947, was going to bring its upscale Floridian flavor to THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. Nearby Tropicana had already introduced this motif --rather successfully IMHO -- so I was interested to see how Delano would approach their own Miami-in-the-desert theme.
Not having stayed here previously, I found it easy to view Delano Las Vegas as a completely new lodging experience. What wasn’t so easy was finding my way to the lobby as the valet gave no directions or information before dashing away with my car. Nor did he mention the $20 daily valet charge that you may have already read about here.
After a false start into the nearest entrance (the Delano doorway within the Mandalay Bay parking garage is barely marked), I was surprised by the lack of Miami-inspired decor throughout the foyer. (PR reps will, however, point out the white sheers as very "Delano.") At least the air was fresh smelling as Delano is entirely smoke (and gaming) free. The large boulders as well as rock sculptures are very lovely and impressive and the hotel's version of melding Florida with Vegas. If you aren't told that (or didn't read it here), though, it could be a real headscratcher.
Delano is known for exemplary service, which has clearly carried over to its Nevada sister. Desk agents, concierge and bell staff were all buzzing efficiently and courteously at their tasks as sleek lighting and sexy music set a Wynn-like tone. Check-in was fast and pleasant, with my agent eagerly urging me to try her favorite new citrus juice at 3940 Coffee + Tea (the lobby coffeeshop) and describing the locations of the recently overhauled Franklin Bar (the lobby bar) and Della’s Kitchen (the ground-floor cafe).
My king suite on the 26th floor was easy to find, halfway down a corridor that was simple and tasteful. Thankfully, there were no feelings of vertigo like during my recent stroll through the SLS World Tower funhouse corridors. That relief quickly turned to deja vu, though, once inside the suite. Was this the Delano or the SLS? It’s easy to spot the many similarities as designer Philippe Starck’s vintage-meets-modern stylings were introduced to the Delano Miami during its ‘94 renovation, and he put a similar stamp on Sahara's rebirth.