Vegas Hotel Promises Individual Attention

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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 business.

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.

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