LAS VEGAS -- In a city where most properties believe bigger is
better -- especially hotel size or the square footage of a grand
ballroom -- the new Four Seasons Las Vegas is an anomaly.
After all, the 424-room property, scheduled to open in early
March, will offer just 26,000 square feet of meeting space -- a
drop in the bucket for many properties here with grand ballrooms,
which measure larger. That, however, is what will set the Four
Seasons apart from its competition, said Kathy Van Vechten,
director of marketing. "All of the services that we offer
[individual guests] are the same for groups," she said. "All of the
guests in our hotel are treated as individuals." Therefore, she
added, it would be nearly impossible to offer the type of
impeccable service that the Four Seasons chain is known for -- such
as providing overnight shoeshine service or giving joggers a cold
towel and Evian spritz when they return from their run.
Group members also will find that the meetings space is situated
in one location -- at the top of the grand staircase on the hotel's
second level. "People having meetings there are going to feel that
it is their space," Van Vechten said.
The space is made up of a 10,500-square-foot ballroom and a
3,800-square-foot prefunction space that can be divided into halves
and thirds. Additional space includes a 5,400-square-foot junior
ballroom with a 2,000-square-foot prefunction area, a
700-square-foot boardroom and four break-out rooms. The space can
be used for gala banquets, private receptions, themed events and
small group meetings.
The Four Seasons "does a lot of incentive business," Van Vechten
said, so the property's target markets will include incentive
houses as well as corporations for their sales and board meetings
The property also will be targeting "groups in conjunction with
the citywide conventions that meet here every year and a small
amount of upscale association business," she said.
The nongaming hotel will be part of Mandalay Bay Resort &
Casino, a 60-acre resort at the south end of the Strip that also
includes the House of Blues. With a private entrance off Las Vegas
Boulevard, the Four Seasons' design will feature a two-story
structure with a porte cochere, a lobby, a registration desk and
three private elevators to the guest rooms, which will be located
on the 35th through 39th floors in Mandalay Bay's tower.
Facilities will include a 175-seat restaurant, a specialty
restaurant seating 125 with a private dining room for a small
reception, an 80-seat bar and a 120-seat lobby lounge. Among other
features, cardiovascular and weight-training equipment as well as
sauna and steam rooms will be offered in the health club.
Although the property's opening is still seven months away, the
group sales department has already taken reservations for the
meeting space. Gus Tejeda, director of sales, phone: (877) 632-5200
or (702) 632-5000.