Like most things in Las Vegas, there’s an experience for everyone.
We recently looked at some hotel brands inside Vegas Strip casinos. There are a few hotel options where visitors can be close to a Vegas Strip casino but not be in the same building.
Waldorf Astoria is a luxury hotel option for visitors in Las Vegas who want the Las Vegas experience on their terms. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, that’s because Waldorf Astoria originally opened as Mandarin Oriental in 2009.
The hotel was purchased from MGM Resorts for $214 million by a group of investors, including the founders of Panda Express, in 2018. While City Center no longer owns the hotel, many consider the Waldorf Astoria a part of the complex.
Some may know this as the large cluster of buildings around Aria Resort and Casino. For reference, the walk from Waldorf Astoria to the casino floor at Aria is similar to the walk from Vdara.
Rebranding the hotel as Waldorf Astoria was immediate. While a relatively small hotel on the Vegas Strip, updating the property took some time.
Sebastian Stutz, general manager of Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, said in a Hilton news release:
“We are thrilled to debut the highly anticipated first phase of our property-wide transformation of Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, further positioning the hotel as a premier, luxury stay of choice while visiting our famed city.”
There are five food and beverage outlets and a 27,000-square-foot spa. The updates to the Waldorf Astoria start before entering the hotel.
Details of the Waldorf Astoria phase one renovation
The final touches on the first phase of the multi-million dollar transformation of Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas are complete.
The floorplan of Waldorf Astoria has changed a little. There are now 389 guestrooms, including 84 suites.
The first change returning guests to Waldorf Astoria will notice is the new porte cochere. This is also the new hotel lobby. Previously, guests would enter the hotel and take an elevator to the 23rd floor lobby.
Guests will no longer face confusion when entering the Waldorf Astoria for the first time. The lobby is now on the ground floor like a traditional hotel entrance.
The new lobby has over 11,000 square feet of Calacatta Gold marble imported from Italy. Overall, it features an Art Deco-inspired design that takes inspiration from Nevada’s Hoover Dam to the iconic Waldorf Astoria New York.
New hotel room design
All of the Waldorf Astoria hotel rooms feature a new design. The rooms now have a modern neutral color palette with calming shades.
The signature suites at Waldorf Astoria highlight the new hotel room designs. The suite options have one to three bedrooms.
The large lodging options evoke more of a residential feel than a hotel vibe.
Scenic meeting space
Business travelers will appreciate the 15,000+ square feet of flexible meeting space. There are now 14 different meeting and event spaces, including a room with a balcony overlooking the Vegas Strip.
Second phase of transformation begins next year
The second phase of Waldorf Astoria renovations will begin in the spring of 2024. These changes will impact spaces familiar to those who have been to other Waldorf Astoria locations.
The former 23rd-floor lobby will become Peacock Alley. Even though there’s a new name, those who have visited the hotel since it first opened will notice some similarities.
Both the lounge and bar will see changes. Waldorf Astoria will put its signature touches and remake the hotel’s tea lounge. It will soon serve tea infusions from around the world.
The former Mandarin Bar will have a new look and a new menu. The owners will unlikely change the gorgeous floor-to-ceiling window views of the Vegas Strip. It cannot be overstated how great the views are from the lounge.
This will complete the changes at the Waldorf Astoria
No casino rewards, just Hilton Honors at Waldorf Astoria
Many of the hotel brands inside Las Vegas casino resorts can be booked through the casino. Visitors can use the respective casino rewards programs for discounts or complimentary rooms.
Delano, NoMad, Signature, and Vdara can all be booked using MGM Rewards points. Rooms at Nobu can be secured through Caesars Rewards.
Even though Waldorf Astoria is steps away from Aria, it is not linked with MGM Rewards. Visitors looking for discounts and complimentary rooms will have to check their international Hilton Honors rewards account.
Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is one of more than 7,000 hotels that are part of the Hilton rewards program. The good news is that you can earn and use points at hotels all over the world. The bad news is your spending inside of the nearby casinos won’t count towards this rewards program.
Hilton Hotels has 37 properties in Las Vegas. Most of these are not located attached to a casino.
There are a few options for those looking to be close to a casino while using Hiton Rewards:
- Visitors can book Conrad, Crockfords, and the Hilton Tower at Resorts World Las Vegas using the Hilton rewards program.
- Tropicana is a Doubletree/Hilton hotel. Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is part of Hilton’s Curio Collection.
- Elara/Hilton Grand Vacations is connected to Planet Hollywood through the Miracle Mile Shops.
A few more Hilton hotels are within walking distance of Las Vegas casinos. The majority of Hilton’s Las Vegas hotel options are away from the main tourist corridor.
Fontainebleau is opening on Dec. 13 across the street from Hilton Grand Vacations on the Vegas Strip. This is a solid option for those looking to visit the newest casino on the Vegas Strip while using rewards points for a hotel room.