2nd Best Hotel in Vegas

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by SueChef on August 19, 2008

I'm surprised this gets rated this far down on the list. I've stayed at 12 upper end hotels on the strip and this one is 2nd. Just got back from an extra long weekend at THE HOTEL, Mandalay Bay and was "WOW'd" from the start. I worked for the Ritz Carlton for years and am a pretty picky traveler. So, here's my assessment. THE HOTEL only has suites which makes it the best room for the money "hands down" on the strip for this caliber of hotel. Valet parking is easy to access and puts you really close to the room elevators, no long walks through or around casinos. I'd call down before I left my room each time and my car was there waiting for me. The valets also give you a nice chilled complimentary bottle of water (most others do not).
The room is plush, a TV in each room, wet bar for your snacks, a mini-fridge for your drinks. You can ask them to remove the honor bar items so you can utilize the entire fridge and not be tempted by the pricey snacks. Amenities include terry cloth sandals, chenille robes, primo bath products in apothecary style jars complete with bath salts, to fill the enormous bathtub. The tub is uber- deep, like a Japanese soaker tub, big enough for two people to lie down side by side in. The waterfall like faucet fills the tub in no time. You can watch TV from the tub as well.
Floor to ceiling windows to offer a great view of the strip (had to pay $20 extra a night for that but worth it). Good soundproofing, never heard a thing. Plenty of drawer and closet space. Housekeeping was spotty. If you plan on going out for the afternoon or evening, call down and ask them to make up your room.
The pool gets rated highly but that only makes it the place to go to, meaning....big crowds. Even with the massive pool area and amount of chairs, the place stays packed from the moment it opens its gates. They have a ton of cabanas which are reserved months in advance. If you plan to spend the day out there and are with at least 4 people, pony up and get one, it's worth it to have chairs and a spot to call your own. Plus you can bring your own food and drinks and not pay $8 for a beer. But the place is clean, decent pool food and the wave pool is pretty nice, I have to admit. Bring a water noodle or blowup tube for the lazy river. Theirs are $25 a day and too big to use on the narrow river. Go to Walgreens and get a cheap one you can toss at the end of the trip.
The restaurants range from fair to fantastic, do your homework before you get there. But for the money, I'd opt for one of the restaurants at the Palazzo or Wynn that offer outdoor dining or views.
Room service was boring, nothing special, portions are small (by in-room dining standards). The shop downstairs is much smaller than most other hotels and has a limited selection of food and drinks. There are drug stores up and down the strip that are all open 24/7 for supplies. The coffee shop in the lobby is a must since the Starbucks always has a long line and runs out of items by noon.
Check-in was painless, I never saw any lines. The concierge staff were young and not very experienced. Girls that are size 2 are not going to know where to eat but they will know where to go clubbing.
Yeah, its at the end of the strip but also not in the high traffic areas and easy to get in and out of if you have a car. If you have any doubts, rent a car. Every hotel offers free valet parking, the buses are super slow and taxis are really expensive. One taxi ride up the strip will run you about $25 on a Saturday night. Overall, the only other hotel that is better is the Wynn and their rooms are smaller. This hotel is contemporary, trendy but not too hip and a nice boutique hotel in a big complex
THEhotel Tower Rooms and Suites at Mandalay Bay
3950 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, Nevada, 89119
(702) 632-7777


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