Inside the key world of luxurious hotels-within-hotels

Even when you’ve been to Las Vegas dozens of instances, you might not know there is a secret, ultraluxe lodge hidden throughout the MGM Grand.

Referred to as The Mansion at MGM Grand, this hotel-within-a-hotel consists of 29 “Mediterranean-themed residences starting from 2,400 sq. ft to 12,000 sq. ft” all inside “an enclave of privateness and pleasure the place the sensual riches of Tuscany attain their fullest expression,” in accordance with the web site.

Translation: There’s a bit of Tuscan village, solely for the wealthy and well-known, beneath a glass dome within the shadow of the well-known inexperienced resort on the Las Vegas Strip. And visitors staying in that VIP village get unique perks akin to non-public butlers, limousine transport, extremely personalized non-public eating, an unique pool and extra.

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All in favour of a keep? “Certified visitors solely,” the web site warns. However what makes somebody certified?

The Mansion at MGM Grand. SUMMER HULL/THE POINTS GUY

A consultant for the lodge remained tight-lipped about who qualifies, however a name to the reservations desk answered just a few questions.

You technically do not have to be a excessive curler or a Grammy winner, as I assumed, to guide a keep in one in every of these villas, however a reservation request needs to be authorized by administration, the cellphone agent defined to me. That is as a result of these managers give precedence (and doubtless free stays) to the precise excessive rollers who’re droppings lots of of hundreds of {dollars} within the on line casino.

However when you’re playing is extra modest, and even nonexistent, anybody who can afford the Mansion — I used to be quoted $6,000 to $7,500 an evening for a two-bedroom villa — can put in a request and, assuming they are not all blocked off by the upper powers, there is a honest probability the keep is yours.

One phrase of recommendation: Do not attempt to guide a keep right here when there is a large occasion on the books, like a struggle on the MGM Grand Backyard Area.

Additionally, do not attempt to guide greater than 90 days prematurely, as these larger-than-life villas (together with the four-bedroom villa with an indoor pool) appear to be principally put aside in case a real VIP pops into city.

Whereas The Mansion at MGM Grand is definitely one of the vital top-tier experiences in Sin Metropolis, it is not the one hotel-within-a-hotel on the town. Actually, there are fairly just a few on the Strip.

And now the development of placing one other totally separate lodge, hidden or not, inside one other lodge is beginning to unfold outdoors the confines of Las Vegas.

Accommodations hiding in plain sight

In its simplest kind, a hotel-within-a-hotel is strictly what it seems like: a separate lodge tucked away inside an even bigger or better-known lodge. In concept, there are not any set guidelines and a hotel-within-a-hotel will be no matter a hotelier desires it to be, from a set of luxurious villas with a personal reception space to a wholly completely different model or chain in the identical constructing.

“A hotel-within-a-hotel is a extra elevated expertise providing elite interiors, designated check-in areas, unique providers, devoted workers and upgraded facilities which might be fully completely different from the host lodge,” Benjamin Kott, vp of lodge operations at Aria and Vdara in Las Vegas, instructed TPG. Kott added that MGM has inns like this in its portfolio, together with NoMad at Park MGM and Delano at Mandalay Bay.

The NoMad Las Vegas within the Park MGM is a good instance of a widely known model establishing store inside a bigger host lodge. The Sydell Group, the drive behind manufacturers like Line and Freehand, initially created the much-loved NoMad New York, which closed in 2021. Enjoying off the success of that lodge, Sydell Group, which owns Park MGM, introduced a style of New York to the Strip within the type of a hotel-within-a-hotel, the NoMad Las Vegas, which has its personal porte cochere, or non-public entrance.

The doorway to the NoMad Las Vegas. MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

However that is not the one one. The 4 Seasons Lodge Las Vegas is tucked away within the Mandalay Bay advanced and the Nobu Lodge Las Vegas, the very first within the Nobu lodge empire that is sweeping the globe, is present in Caesars Palace.

Whereas every of those inns is completely different in what it provides, one of many large perks is that visitors within the extra unique (typically costlier) inns can nonetheless use the facilities of what Kott known as the “host” lodge. On the 4 Seasons in Las Vegas, for instance, visitors can swim within the non-public 4 Seasons pool or benefit from Mandalay Bay’s huge pool advanced and its real-sand seashore.

FOUR SEASONS

However there’s one other kind of hotel-within-a-hotel — one which’s created by and throughout the host lodge to supply an elevated, luxurious expertise for somebody on the lookout for one thing past only a place to sleep at evening.

“Because the leisure capital of the world, Las Vegas sees a wide range of guests from all around the globe who journey to the town with particular tastes and pursuits,” mentioned Kott. “We’re seeing now, greater than ever, that our visitors need an elevated keep and experiences that showcase extra customer support and facilities and hotels-within-hotels provide all that and extra.”

At his lodge, Aria, there are literally two hotel-within-a-hotel experiences: Aria Sky Suites and Sky Villas, each of which simply went by way of head-to-toe remodels. At Sky Suites, there are 400 suites with one to a number of bedrooms that may be booked immediately on-line by anybody keen to shell out upward of $1,100 per evening.

A Sky Suites one-bedroom penthouse. MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL

The Sky Villas are akin to The Mansion at MGM Grand, requiring administration approval to launch one of many resort’s top-tier rooms that will in any other case be given to a excessive curler. Calling to see what sort of worth we is likely to be taking a look at for one of many Sky Villas, a cellphone consultant mentioned he not too long ago noticed managers approve a three-bedroom suite for $20,000 an evening and smaller rooms (they begin at 2,000 sq. ft, so not that small) for between $10,000 and $12,000 an evening.

However hey, that is the value of exclusivity.

“Aria Sky Suites and Sky Villas at Aria are positively separate experiences from Aria itself in that they each provide complimentary luxurious transportation to and from the airport,” Kott defined. “In addition they have their very own separate entrance and designated check-in space, a separate pool space and a 24-hour concierge that provides Sky Suites and Sky Villa visitors easy entry to among the metropolis’s greatest choices.”

And when you’re curious if these hotels-within-hotels are competing towards their host inns, the reply is an easy no, in accordance with Kott. “It’s a unique type of clientele so it doesn’t compete.”

Past Las Vegas

Although Las Vegas might maintain the crown for many hotel-within-a-hotel experiences, it is not the one place yow will discover the idea.

One place to search for it’s Miami, the place there are a selection of properties providing a secret (or not-so-secret) lodge inside one other.

On the storied Eden Roc Miami Seaside, which opened in 1955 to the sounds of a stay Harry Belafonte efficiency, would-be visitors can guide a keep at Nobu Lodge Miami Seaside, which has a pool for visitors 21 and older and a personal seashore space.

Marriott acquired in on the motion by opening The Lodge Beaux Arts, a part of the Autograph Assortment, on the highest flooring of the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. There, visitors may not have the identical unique perks as in Vegas, however visitors can have a extra boutique keep within the room whereas having fun with shared facilities between the 2 just like the Enliven Spa, a Nineteenth-floor pool, digital bowling and even basketball courts.

Up in Palm Seaside, Florida, visitors can at all times count on an expensive keep at The Breakers, a palatial oceanfront property that dates again to the late 1800s. However for a way more unique keep, examine into The Flagler Membership, a boutique-like lodge on the highest flooring of the resort that comes with Telsa chauffeur service, a personal lounge and rooftop terrace, a devoted staff to assist with any wants and extra — all for about $1,000 extra per evening than a regular Breakers room.

On the opposite facet of the nation, in California, San Diego’s Lodge del Coronado simply unveiled a wholly new hotel-within-a-hotel expertise, alongside its different lodge choices, billed as “neighborhoods.” The most recent lodge, The Shore Home, contains 75 one-, two- and three-bedroom residential-style lodging proper off the seashore of the Pacific Ocean.

The Shore Home pool. HILTON

Although the resort itself is a sprawling advanced with lodging varieties for each kind of traveler, The Shore Home is an elevated, luxurious expertise that feels extra like a trip rental with a devoted resort entrance, a zero-edge oceanfront pool with non-public cabanas, a poolside bar and entry to the resort’s different facilities, plus a VIP concierge unique to Shore Home visitors. Charges at The Shore Home begin at $1,299 an evening.

Backside line

Accommodations-within-hotels aren’t a brand new idea, nevertheless it’s additionally a rising development I hope we see extra of sooner or later, particularly at large resorts such as you’ll discover in Las Vegas and different widespread trip locations.

Whereas club-level rooms at a whole lot of inns do provide particular perks like a lounge and a cheerful hour, having a wholly completely different hotel-within-a-hotel creates a really distinct expertise that may completely elevate a visit (and its price ticket).

So, the following time you are on the lookout for a spot to remain, make sure you do some digging. Who is aware of, there may simply be a secret lodge — or Tuscan village — hiding within the shadows.

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