Situated on top of Mandalay Bay, the view is only one of many remarkable things you'll discover at the House of Blues Foundation Room. From the convivial nightlife and eclectic décor to the music (both DJ spun and often live), there is more happening here than you could ever imagine.
Upon exiting the elevator, your eyes will need a few seconds to adjust to the dimly lit surroundings. You may also require a moment to compose yourself because it will feel like you've entered some far-off land that blends elements of India with England and Ireland as well as the American South. Boasting a museum-caliber art and artifacts collection, cultures from around the world are on display in the Foundation Room.
In fact, the first thing you'll notice is an enormous marble statue of Lord Mahivira that sits in the reception hallway. This beautiful sculpture was so heavy it had to be airlifted in. Shutters from Rajasthan mark the entrance to the lounge. They are more than 400 years old and feature intricate carvings of animals and humans.
Inside the lounge, which is the main venue for drinking, socializing and late-night dancing at the Foundation Room, you'll be at ease thanks to comfy sofas with overstuffed pillows that bring to mind a luxurious den or living room. A long bar has been crafted from the pillars of temple carts. The ceiling was designed to resemble that of the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. All of the walls are covered by a patchwork of fabrics in deep red, orange and gold with plenty of sequins and other adornments. Paintings by well-known folk artists -- such as Purvis Young and Reginald Mitchell -- are also hanging on the walls. And carpets from many different countries have been sewn together to create a feeling of unity while promoting diversity.
In addition to the lounge, there are several secluded chambers, including the serene Buddha and Ganesh prayer rooms. These are used for private gatherings and sometimes for bottle service. Plus, there's a media room, where major sporting events and House of Blues concerts are broadcast; a gourmet dining room, where an international menu is served nightly beginning at 6 p.m.; and the Shangri-La Room, where intimate live music and comedy performances are held.
For club goers, at least one DJ (and up to three on weekends) can be found in the lounge nightly beginning at 10 p.m. DJs play a variety of music formats from house to Top 40, hip-hop, electro and even retro rock. Professionally choreographed dancers in sexy gold attire are positioned seductively on tables along the walls, atop the bar and out on the balcony.
Speaking of the balcony, it truly is a must-visit spot in Las Vegas. Before you step outside, order one of the Foundation Room's signature cocktails. The bar carries a fine selection of beers and wines as well. Then go and be mesmerized. The balcony showcases the Strip in all its glimmering beauty. The Foundation Room has received countless awards and designations for having the best view in the city. You may experience a strange sense of déjà vu as you take in the stunning panorama that stretches before you. It's because this view has not only been featured on many television broadcasts (like the New Year's Eve fireworks extravaganzas), but also on the postcards sold in gift shops.
The Foundation Room is a multifaceted venue perfect for club-savvy and non-club guests. Naturally attracting a loyal following because of its classy, almost mystical atmosphere and incomparable view, it also brings a high level of energy, creativity and fun to Sin City's nightlife scene.
-- By Renée LiButti
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