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Remember the last time you dined at Mandalay Bay's food court? We're getting a blank stare, aren't we? In fact, some of you are probably thinking, "Mandalay Bay has a food court?"
Located next to Shark Reef Aquarium and fronting some of the resort's convention space, Mandalay Bay's food court has been uninspiring and, let's face it, unappetizing, for some time now. But, our interest was perked when the space was shutdown for remodeling earlier this year and Fifth Avenue Restaurant Group (responsible for the new food court at Bally's and the revamp at Luxor, among others) took the helm.
As someone posted on their Facebook page, "when the hell did this happen?"
This writer was just as astonished when she visited the Fashion Show Mall last week and saw a storefront for LUSH inside. The British brand is known for "fresh, handmade cosmetics," as the tagline goes, but had only offered its wares inside Mandalay Bay for years.
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While we've got our suspicions about this property actually happening thanks to the dubious history of Delano's parent company Morgans Hotel Group, however -- according to MGM Resorts -- the Delano will open sometime next September or October. That's nearly a year later from the initial opening date set for the hotel.
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The steampunk-slash-speakeasy-slash-roarin' 20s-inspired decor of Rx Boiler Room (pronounced Rick's as in celebrity chef Rick Moonen)†is pretty cool upon first entering the Mandalay Bay gastropub which opened this past July. Upon entering, there's a super comfortable-looking lounge that seems like a great place to grab a drink and shoot the breeze with friends or co-workers. As you walk deeper inside, you notice the restaurant getting darker. The dining space itself is fairly intimate, but still much larger than you might think when just walking by.
Even though the concept for Rx Boiler Room is said to be new and different, itís really just a fancy bar/restaurant. Thereís nothing wrong with that and we ordered a dinner we felt appropriate for a bar/restaurant -- a burger and tater tots with a nice cold beer. What could go wrong?
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Arnold. Lou. Jean Claude. Dolph. Sly. They didnít even need last names. Back in the 80s, the biggest stars in the world were bodybuilders. Muscular action stars ruled the box office. Body-sculpting programs and contests were staples on ESPN. Even Diana Ross sang that she wanted muscles. Flash forward to 2013 and bodybuilding seems to have faded from public awareness. But, in truth, the sport and the culture surrounding it are alive and well. And, quietly living in Las Vegas.
This past weekend, 40,000 enthusiasts came to Las Vegas to participate in the Olympia Fitness and Performance Expo and Mr. Olympia Competition. A record 10,000 attended the sold-out main event at the Orleans Arena on Saturday the 28th, and it was simulcast across the world via the Internet. But, who are these fitness devotees, and how has Las Vegas seemingly replaced Venice, California as the heart of bodybuilding? We put on our tank top, oiled ourselves up, and went to look for an answer.
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The new Bagatelle of the south Strip is pushing back its opening once again. Initially set to open this December, the Delano's debut was pushed back to "early 2014" in January to "March 2014" just last month. And, now, it's been moved to summer 2014. This statement by Mandalay Bay President and COO Chuck Bowling was shared with us earlier today:
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We told you about our first time... visiting Vegas, that is. And, some of you have told us about yours. Now it's time for another of VegasChatter's writers, who pens stories under Jproz, to tell us about his.
My first visit to Vegas was doomed to be an absolute gong show and disaster from the minute we departed! First off, this trip was orchestrated as my birthday celebration and involved about 14 people. We found a discounted trip out of an airport about 4.5 hours from home and decided to take it. (Home is Canada.) The problem was that the flight left at 6 a.m. so midnight found us all piling into cars and fleeing from our better judgement. Oh, and did I mention we were all virgins?
Over on our sister site HotelChatter last month, they compared how the guest rooms at Four Seasons Las Vegas used to look with how they look today. If you click the hyperlinks, you'll see quite the transformation. Yet, when we got to peek at the new one-bedroom suites at the Four Seasons LV, we also got to see one of their Valley View Suites and were even more impressed.
As the name indicates, you get primo views of the Las Vegas Valley from this 1,700-square foot, one-bedroom suite as well as views of Mandalay Bay Beach. But, you also get a gorgeous dining room, an elegant workspace, a glam living area, a full-sized kitchen with a Keurig and a Nespresso machine and a to-die-for, walk-in closet. Yes, the ladies will love this suite, especially the closet.
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Boxing and Las Vegas have had a connection for years. Almost every big fight in boxing's recent history has taken place in Las Vegas. That tradition continues on September 14 when Floyd Mayweather takes on Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. This is the most anticipated boxing match in a few years and tickets sold out quickly. Unlike most sports, you can't just walk into a casino sportsbook and watch a fight (boxing or UFC) for free. Matches are only shown at a few select places. This changes depending on the fight and is always a question we get in the weeks leading up to the face-off:
"Where on the strip would Vegas Chatter recommend as a place to go to watch the big fight next month?" -- Eric S.
Not everyone who sees the new Michael Jackson Cirque du Soleil show, MJ ONE, at Mandalay Bay will actually spend the night there. But, in case you're looking to book the show + a room, here's what you're gonna get.
This is a king deluxe room on the 22nd floor with views out the back to the massive Mandalay Bay Beach area. We were surprised by how big the room was -- about 550 square feet with plenty of space not just for a desk, but for a cozy little lounger by the window as well. The spaciousness continues into the bathroom where there's a glass-enclosed shower and a giant bathtub as well as a water closet (a.k.a., a toilet in a separate room).
All the guestrooms here were renovated a few years ago so the rest of the room was tricked out with modern amenities from a 42-inch HD plasma TV to high-speed wireless Internet, and even this crazy contraption on the booze for the minibar. If you want tequlia while in your room at Mandalay Bay, you better be serious about opening it.
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Besides friends -- new and old -- and good times, there's one thing that goes with a gambling session in the casino and that's a decent drink. Or, five. Recent sessions have reminded us that size matters when it comes to drink service. Bigger isn't always better. In fact, bigger usually isn't better when it comes to having a few cold ones.
Playing blackjack at Mandalay Bay†recently reminded us how big that casino actually is. It struck us for two reasons: 1) It took us a while to find an open table with rules and minimums that fit the bill (3:2, $15) and 2) it took forever to get a drink. The slow drink service wasn't entirely the cocktail waitress' fault. She was the only waitress for a busy pit of tables. These things happen. It was a good thing that we just finished dinner with bottomless wine (!) at Charlie Palmer Steak and didn't really need more drinks.
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Whenever someone has asked where to go for sushi on The Strip, this writer's answer has always been Yellowtail at Bellagio. But, a Vegas dilemma is imminent as Kumi, Yellowtail Chef Akira Back's second Vegas restaurant, prepares to open just down the road at Mandalay Bay.
Kumi will officially debut in the space that once housed China Grill this Tuesday, July 23. (Although, don't be surprised to see it operating a few days before as part of a soft opening.)