MGM Resorts International is investing almost $500 million in guest room renovations, new dining options, upgraded conference room technology, and more, bringing the meeting experience to the next level. “We are constantly investing and reinventing ourselves,” said MGM Resorts Chief Sales Officer and Senior Vice President Stephanie Glanzer. “Everything we do is to optimize the customer journey and create unique, one-of-a-kind experiences for your guests.”
Completely Remodeled Guest Rooms
MGM Grand is the largest single hotel in the world with over 5,000 guest rooms and an 850,000-square-foot conference center. It is home to the newly remodeled MGM Grand Studio Tower—700 reimagined guest rooms with a fun mid-century vibe. Nearby, the iconic New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino recently completed a $63 million redesign and remodel of its 1,830 guest rooms and 155 suites.
Down the street, Bellagio Las Vegas is sporting renovated rooms in the Spa Tower with sunrise-inspired decor and luxurious soaking tubs in Premier King rooms after a $110-million transformation. The resulting tranquil design features natural materials and feels like stepping into Italy’s Lake Como without a long flight.
Reinvented Luxury Experiences
The Luxury Meetings District includes Bellagio Las Vegas, ARIA Resort & Casino, Vdara Hotel & Spa, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas. It totals 10,000 guest rooms, 926,500 sq. ft. of indoor-outdoor meeting space, 44 restaurants, 16 pools and 19 unique venues. Now all this meeting abundance is easier to access than ever. A new interior walkway connecting Vdara, Bellagio, and The Cosmopolitan, opened this October for a seamless attendee experience–guests can now walk from Park MGM to Bellagio in around 15 minutes.
New on the scene in the Bellagio Las Vegas, ARIA Resort & Casino is Cathedrale at ARIA, TAO Group’s upscale establishment specializing in exquisite French-Mediterranean cuisine offering elevated private dining experiences that opened in May. Proper Eats also opened this year, with the promise to deliver an unparalleled event experience with its eclectic and sophisticated food hall, including Easy’s Cocktail Lounge, a velvet-seated speakeasy. Located on the second floor of ARIA by the convention center, Proper Eats is the ideal location for attendees to grab meals before, during, and after their sessions.
Heralded by World’s Best 50 Restaurants, GQ and VOGUE, LPM at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is opening this fall and will deliver its signature spontaneity and imaginative celebration of France’s Mediterranean cuisine, art, and culture to the unique luxury resort in impeccable fashion.
A “New Wave” for Mandalay Bay
A new wave of enhancements and experiences has arrived at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, including Flanker Kitchen + Sports Bar, an 8,445-square-foot restaurant that opened this June, perfect for pre-and post-game eats and drinks. The event planner’s favorite, Chef Michael Mina’s StripSteak, received a full renovation and now includes one of the largest private dining rooms on The Strip. Retro by Voltaggio debuts a one-year residency with a fun take on pop culture of the 80s and 90s with classic American dishes. An exciting addition planned for 2024 is Swingers, a 40,000-square-foot oasis of street food, miniature golf, and art at Mandalay Bay.
Most exciting for meeting planners, the 2.1 million-square-foot Mandalay Bay Convention Center is undergoing a complete refresh, with lightened space, added eye-catching art, and improved technology infrastructure for even more flexible space. Energy-efficient digital signage now leads the way with faster internet speeds and new AV options.
Encore is the on-site AV team, and they offer everything from certified riggers to CAD and 3D rendering designers. The dedicated staff overall are the stars of the show. From the leadership team and convention services managers to the front desk personnel, everyone is empowered to anticipate guest needs and do what it takes to enable a successful event.
Salvador “Sal” Munoz, a convention concierge at Mandalay Bay has risen from support roles to his cherished position as convention concierge at Mandalay Bay. He loves working with meeting professionals to understand their needs on a personal level and deliver, even if it means going to another department to get a specific type of bowl for the registration table or connecting them with another hotel that can get that coveted dinner and show reservation. “My superpower is listening,” he said.
Munoz can attest that groups are loving the redesign at Mandalay Bay Convention Center North. “The property is stunning,” he said. But what he really loves is the supportive team and the ability to work closely with clients to realize their vision.
From renovated guest rooms and meeting spaces to celebrated dining options and dedicated teams, MGM Resorts has been investing in supporting meeting professionals so they can deliver the best program possible.