A refresh is in the works at the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

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The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas occupies the first 23 floors of a 47-floor tower that also includes residences. Photo Credit: Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, a luxury, nongaming mid-Strip hotel, is completing an ambitious propertywide renovation.

Formerly the Mandarin Oriental in City Center, the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is refreshing all 389 guestrooms and suites as well as meetings spaces by the end of the year.

Among the goals of the redesign was to create a sleek, contemporary aesthetic to evoke a "glamorous oasis," said Chintan Dadhich, general manager.

Delivering a seamless transition from public spaces to private spaces was another priority. The corridors, with new carpet and wall coverings, lead to richly appointed guestrooms, all with a comfortable "desert vernacular" theme, he said.

Guests will notice the contrast from the former dark-red and black hues and muted lighting, he noted. It's the first room renovation since the property originally opened in 2009.

"Guestrooms are much more refined and feminine from the previous take," Dadhich said. "They set the tone for a very luxurious kind of space. It's clean, it's soft and it's very, very quiet."

About half of the rooms have already received new carpet, wall covering, drapery, bedding, lighting and furniture with the remainder to be completed by the end of the year.

A desert motif is found in reimagined third-floor meetings spaces, also to be completed by year's end.

"You'll see that in carpet patterns, light fixtures and wall coverings coming together to create a refined, very sophisticated aesthetic, which is very easy to cater to both corporate as well as social events," Dadhich said.

The lower lobby's renovation next year will be the most transformational element of the redesign, he said. The check-in experience and concierge will be moved from the 23rd floor to the ground level directly off City Center's motor court.

An art deco design and echoes of traditional Las Vegas showgirls will be revealed in lobby chandeliers, furniture, upholstery and art. "The concept strips away all of your desert colors which you see later in the hotel. The focal point here is the glamour and sparkle of Las Vegas," he said.

The 23rd floor will include a new restaurant to replace Twist, eye-catching art and a version of the iconic Waldorf Astoria clock to make it a "signature space" filled with what Dadhich calls Instagrammable moments.

Along the Strip-facing window will be Peacock Alley, a lounge where people can gather for tea, drinks and light fare throughout the day.

Waldorf Astoria acquired the property late in 2018 and spent the next year planning the changes before the pandemic delayed the project. For Dadhich, who joined the company in February 2020, the project's completion takes full advantage of the property's niche: a nongaming, nonsmoking luxury hotel in the heart of Las Vegas.

Guests can expect an unforgettable, authentic and whimsical retreat, he said.

"If you're looking for a luxurious experience, where you don't have to deal with the smoke and you don't have to deal with large crowds, we're the perfect fit," Dadhich said. "You're literally steps away from all the gaming and entertainment you want to indulge in but come back to an oasis where away from all of that and have a very calm and relaxed environment."

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