Mandalay Bay’s remodeled hotel rooms give a beach vibe year round

We all do it: The second we step into our hotel room, we whip out our phones and take tons of pics to show off our digs. The newly remodeled rooms at Mandalay Bay, however, are so artsy and thoughtfully designed you might find yourself admiring your surroundings, “ooh-ing” and “ahh-ing” for awhile before snapping away.

Summer may be coming to an end, but these beachy-keen rooms keep the island feel alive year round. And they’re not gaudy or overly done. The team at MGM Resorts International Design Group took a tasteful approach, combining geometric patterns, wood panels, nature-inspired artwork and pops of bold, dramatic colors. We wouldn’t blame you if you make an IKEA stop to spruce up your own place after your vacay.

Mandalay Bay  spent $100 million in redesigning more than 3,000 rooms. These renovated rooms now match the look and feel of the property. The complete renovation will be done by spring of next year.

Bonus: These rooms also have a Keurig coffee machine, conveniently-located USB ports, flat-screen HD TVs and glass desks. Even if you’re not here for a work trip, the desks are so spiffy you can pretend you’re taking care of important business.

Here are just a few reasons why we love the rooms:


You can’t help but stop and look at all the butterflies in the hallway. Photo by Jeannie Garcia.

The art.

We’re serious. They’ve done some great work with sprucing up the walls in the newly-remodeled rooms and hallways. When we walked down the hallway, it felt like it could be an art gallery on its own. And we can’t really remember the last time we saw so many butterflies. But that’s completely OK. We love butterflies. Even the artwork in the bathroom is nice, and we don’t typically pay attention to details like that.


Mandalay Bay’s Resort queen room. Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

The feel.

As much as you’ll be out and about, the feel of your room still impacts your mood. These rooms add the perfect touch of paradise. Even though they have a tropical feel matching the hotel’s overall theme, the modern accents balance everything out. They swapped the old bulky furniture for smaller, hip-looking designs. The rooms feel more spacious and comfy. Some rooms have accent walls resembling a sunset, while others have more of an ocean vibe. And everything matches harmoniously, right down to the accent pillows and sheer-patterned curtains.


Mandalay Bay’s Panoramic Suite has a separate living room and dining area, as well as a bar section and spacious foyer. Photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

The suites.

It’s no secret we’re crazy about suites. Mandalay Bay’s Panoramic Suite is easily a new favorite. It feels like a sophisticated, spacious apartment. These one and two-bedroom suites are ideal for company, offering ample seating in both the living and dining areas. The two-bedroom layout is way cool – you’ll have a 360-degree view of the city if you walk from one end of the suite to the other. We dig the light fixtures and the floor-to-ceiling windows. The foyer has abstract nature-inspired art that works perfect for your selfie backdrop.

If you want to stay in one of these remodeled rooms, you can call and request one. It’s not a complete guarantee you’ll get a new room, but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Plus, they’re still in the process of remodeling more; if you book far enough in advance, there’s a good chance you’ll get one.

This is the last of the remodel of the 120-acre resort. During the past couple of years, the resort has added tons of new things, including Cirque du Soleil’s “MJ One,” Light Nightclub, Daylight Beach Club, restaurants and the Delano hotel.  In addition to the room revamp, the hotel’s convention center now has 350,000 square feet added to its 1.7 million-square-foot space. There will also be a new exhibit space and underground parking, with a completion date in January 2016.


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