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Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, USA

June 1st, 2007 / / Links: Google Earth, Google Maps, Yahoo! Maps, Virtual Earth / Nearest places

Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is a 39-story hotel casino on the famed Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is owned by MGM Mirage. The top four floors (floors 35-39) of the main hotel building are used by the Four Seasons Hotel.

Mandalay Bay has 3,309 hotel rooms and a casino of 135,000 ft² (13,000 m²). The adjacent Mandalay Bay Convention Center has almost one million ft² (93,000 m²) of space. In addition, the Mandalay Bay Events Center hosts events including boxing, the UFC's MMA pay-per-views and concerts.

As of June, 2006, Mamma Mia! was the long-term stage production at Mandalay Bay. Mandalay Bay features the 11 acre (4.5 ha) Mandalay Beach with two heated pools, a wave pool, topless pool and a lazy river that features a small waterfall. There are also two restaurants at the Beach. The pool area is considered among the best in Las Vegas, winning the 2006 Las Vegas Review Journal's Reader's "Best Pool of Las Vegas" award for the 7th year in a row.

In keeping with the resort's tropical Asia theme (the resort takes its name from Rudyard Kipling's poem Mandalay), it features the Shark Reef, a saltwater aquarium containing the third largest tank in North America. Shark Reef contains numerous other exhibits, including two tunnel-shaped, walk-through aquaria. Another popular attraction is the House of Blues, a venue for live music and a restaurant, with a capacity of approximately 1,800. On the top floor of the hotel is the House of Blues Foundation Room, featuring a dining room, private dining rooms, and a balcony looking down the Las Vegas Strip.

There are 24 restaurants and cafés at the resort. Michael Mina, Charlie Palmer, Hubert Keller, Wolfgang Puck and Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger (Too Hot Tamales) are all associated with restaurants on the property.

On December 31, 1996, the Hacienda was imploded to make way for the Mandalay Bay.

During construction engineers discovered that one side of the tower had sunk about two feet (600 mm) stopping construction. Construction was delayed while a solution was designed and tested. Eventually they were able to add material below the structure to carry the weight. Since then, there have not been any reports of this problem recurring.

The resort opened on March 2, 1999, with actors Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, and John Goodman headlined a parade of Harley-Davidson motorcycles through Mandalay Bay's front doors to celebrate the grand opening.

The convention center was added in January 2003. When it opened, it was ranked as the fifth largest in the United States. It also offered the largest unobstructed ballroom in the country, at 100,000 ft² (9,000 m²).

In 2004 a new 43-story tower was opened with 1,120 suites, called THEhotel at Mandalay Bay. THEhotel containes 1,117 one-bedroom suites, each at least 750 square feet.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that a condo-hotel called Mandalay Place is planned on land across from the hotel belonging to the Luxor.

[Source: Wikipedia]

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