Mandalay Bay is a 43-story luxury resort and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada. It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, One of the propertys towers operates as the Delano, also the Four Seasons Hotel is independently operated within the Mandalay Bay tower, occupying 5 floors. Mandalay Bay has 3,309 hotel rooms,24 elevators, adjacent to the hotel are the 2,000,000 square feet Mandalay Bay Convention Center and the 12, 000-seat Mandalay Bay Events Center. The Mandalay Bay Tram connects the resort to its properties, Excalibur and Luxor. Circus Circus Enterprises bought the Hacienda for $80 million in 1995 and they closed it on December 1,1996, and imploded it on New Years Eve,1996. The Mandalay Bay project was introduced on December 31,1996, as Hawaiian-themed, in February 1998, the project was renamed Mandalay Bay, despite the fact there is no actual bay in the inland city of Mandalay in Myanmar. During construction engineers discovered vertical movements and particularly differential movements between the core and the wings. The tower core was sinking at a rate of 1⁄2 to 3⁄4 inch per week, if these movements were not stopped, severe structural damage would occur and the building would have been at risk of eventual collapse. Construction was halted while a solution was developed and implemented, since then, there have not been any reports of this problem recurring. In June 1999, Circus Circus changed its name to Mandalay Resort Group, the convention center was added in January 2003. When it opened, it was ranked as the fifth largest in the United States and it also offered the largest unobstructed ballroom in the country, at 100,000 square feet. On May 23,2002, the Mandalay Resort Group announced a second 1, 122-room hotel tower, construction began on the tower in September 2002. The name of the tower, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, was chosen in September 2003, the tower opened on December 17,2003. In February 2005, Mandalay Resort Group was sold to MGM Mirage, the acquisition was finalized on April 25,2005. The gold coloring of the hotel is a result of gold used on the windows. The top 3 floors are penthouses, with a lounge on level 62 for guests staying in the penthouses. The resorts second tower, with 45 stories and 1,117 suites, previously operated as THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, each suite is at least 750 square feet. Five floors of the hotel building are occupied by the five-star
View from Mandalay Bay hotel looking north (2014)
Mandalay Bay pool.
Image: Mandalay Bay Hotel Las Vegas (July 15 2008)