Here’s some great new for Hilton Honors fans. It’s being reported that the Mandarin Oriental Atlanta will become the Waldorf Astoria Atlanta as of December 7, 2018. Waldorf Astoria is Hilton’s luxury brand, meaning that guests will be able to earn and redeem Honors points for stays here.
Mandarin Oriental issued the following statement regarding this to Fox5 Atlanta:
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has received notice of termination of its management agreement for Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta and will cease managing the hotel from 7 December 2018. The termination is consequent to the sale of the hotel by iStar Financial Inc.
Mandarin Oriental has successfully positioned this award-winning hotel as a market leader in the city and is proud of the value the brand has added to the asset since 2012.
While Hilton hasn’t yet commented, the hotel is expected to undergo a significant refresh, so it’s possible there may be some work being done over the coming months.
While both Hilton and Mandarin Oriental have loyalty programs, the Hilton Honors program is certainly more robust, so I’d consider this to be a big win.
This is the second US Mandarin Oriental property to be rebranded as a Waldorf Astoria in a short period. The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas was also recently rebranded as a Waldorf Astoria.
The way I view it, one of the major downsides of the Hilton Honors loyalty program has been Hilton’s lack of true luxury hotels. However, I feel like this is an area in which they’ve been improving lately, both by building new properties, and also taking over existing properties.
This doesn’t seem to be the first time that Waldorf Astoria has tried to get a property in Atlanta. In 2016 it was expected that the (at the time planned) 70-story No2 Opus Place in Midtown Atlanta would be branded as a Waldorf Astoria hotel and residences, though that development ended up opting to go entirely residential, and Waldorf Astoria didn’t end up being involved.
Has anyone stayed at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas? What do you make of the transition?
(Tip of the hat to @2GaysAndAPuppy)