Tuesday, August 18, 2009

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You're building this beautiful and stately structure with perhaps the best international reputation for elegance, service and grace, and then you...


Put a wrap on it?!?!?

Please, please, please, please, please, Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas peeps. Tell me that's just there right now to gin up some interest in advance of the opening at CityCenter in December. Tell me that when you open, you're not going to make your building look like...


...this. Just sayin'.

And while I was stuck in traffic looking at that terrible scaffolding, I turned the other way and noticed that...


...the Paris balloon needs a paint job, stat. Has it had one in the 10 years the place has been open?

I did think that the sign for the Louis Vuitton at The Crystals was kinda cool and refined:



Well, at least until those neat severe angles of this Daniel Libeskind design get cluttered with all the other logos. This one works because the LV also has similar severe angles and, also, there's a double-entendre in there. But think they'll leave well enough alone? Really?

Finally, I've been eager to see what the Mandarin Oriental interiors will look like. The website still has what appear to be renderings of the rooms. I mean, it's hard to tell since they're tiny thumbnail images that can't be enlarged. The executive suite one, in fact, is a photo of a flower on a table with the base of a lamp.

BUT! This splash-page image, presumably of a lounge or restaurant, is insightful:


Look out the window! It turns out that the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is going to be...in some other city! With lots of glittery high-rises! How grand! I wonder if there'll be a shuttle of some sort!

4 comments:

Wendell said...

this made me laugh really hard. thanks, steve.

Brian said...

Maybe they are building it inside a holodeck which will transport visitors to any city in the world they desire!

Anonymous said...

Someday, Las Vegas will be the next Manhattan. They're just looking ahead, that's all. The city will get out of gambling and leisure and will "go legit," with all those big businesses in New York fleeing the high tax structure and putting up skyscrapers in the middle of the desert in business-friendly, low-tax Las Vegas, NV. You just watch. No LOL necessary, really.

shineonmylife said...

So... I left a comment with the Las Vegas Mandarian people on their site yesterday. They CALLED me back today (honestly, they must have gotten my number through MGM because I DID NOT give them my number). Anyway, they said the wrap will be coming down before the opening. However, the hotel floors are only on floors 5-22. All other floors are the residences.

It was just so odd to be called and told. Also, she told me the opening would be December 5th, but reservations will be taken from the 15th of September.