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Some quick updates this afternoon...

First off, Mandalay Bay announced upgrades to their pool complex. They spent $30 million to expand the area with the cornerstone of the upgrade being an outdoor-yet-climate-controlled, three story casino featuring glass walls. The casino will feature blackjack, craps and roulette. Beach attire is encouraged - no dressing up required.

To top it off, the third story will include 'Villa Soleil', a set of top of the line villa-like beach cabanas designed for up to 16 guests and 500 square feet. These will cost as much as a whopping $2,000 per day! Mandalay also claims to have doubled the number of available chairs at the pool.

Regarding Monte Carlo, we already knew they were building Diablo’s Cantina to offer dining on the Strip. What's interesting about the official announcement is that MGM MIRAGE alludes to future upgrades coming to Monte Carlo. Looks like that they are going to be spending some money there, at least in the short term. According to the press release, the restaurant is described as follows:

"The first floor will incorporate the main dining area with a hip bar and lounge. Guests will be able to enter from a Strip-front entrance that will feature a walk-up frozen/specialty drink bar, or through the casino. The second floor will include an open-air center bar area and stage for live music, rotating entertainment acts and weekend DJs. The patio will be a perfect setting for carefree fun in the sun or under the desert moon."

In other news, Fontainebleau applied with the county to increase the number of condos on the site from about 950 to just over 1,000. The space will come from a reduced number of hotel rooms - 2,880. The total number of units between the two types will be about 3,900.

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March 29, 2007 5:55 PM Posted by mike_ch

A glass casino in the summertime, huh?

I'll pass.

March 29, 2007 7:00 PM Posted by Brian Fey

Hunter, this is great info, but do you need to post this story three times? :)

March 29, 2007 8:02 PM Posted by Mike E

I'll hold judgement until more details are announced, but if "Villa Soleil" (which sounds like a timeshare by the way) is split between several people, it could be much like bottle service--initial sticker shock but oh-so-worth it.

March 29, 2007 8:31 PM Posted by KY

I know nobody really cares for MC, but the rooftop element of the new restaurant sounds very cool. I always think I'd enjoy the rooftop at Pure, if only it wasn't part of Pure. Maybe MC can offer a more casual experience with the same great views and open air.

March 29, 2007 8:50 PM Posted by mike_ch

You bet it'll be worth it, because with twice as many chairs that pool area is going to get far more crowded than it used to be.

Hey, MGM, why not throw some money at Luxor's pool? It's really inadequate for the property.

March 30, 2007 2:29 PM Posted by Michael Lu

sounds interesting what they're doing over at mandalay. i know they just finished renovating some of the rooms on the property. nice to hear that mgm-mirage is pouring some more money into mrg's old flagship...

April 24, 2007 11:55 AM Posted by kimberly

Does anyone know who the GC for Fountainbleu is???