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THEhotel at Mandalay Bay

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At a Glance

    Pros

  • lavish suites
  • great views
  • separate and swanky entrance

    Cons

  • long walk to main casino
  • dark elevator lobbies
  • hard-to-find entrance

Fodorite Reviews

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THEhotel at Mandalay Bay Review

If James Bond were staying on the Strip, something tells us he'd book a suite here. Elaborate wet bars, giant 42-inch plasma TVs, plush carpeting, dark wooden desks, floor-to-ceiling windows, and mirrored wardrobes at the foot of the most comfortable beds on the Strip all add up to the perfect bachelor pad. The property is connected to the rest of Mandalay Bay but also has its own lobby and check-in, swank coffee bar, see-and-be-seen lounge, and respectable 24-hour restaurant. Guests of THEhotel enjoy full use to Mandalay Bay's sprawling pool complex and beach, as well as access to the Bathhouse Spa and THEgym. It's all unquestionably high-end, but rates are surprisingly competitive with other leading hotels. At this writing the property is expected to rebrand as the Delano in early 2014.

2010 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

Pardon us if we sound like we're gushing, but we can't get over this place. Hands down, this is the mother of all Vegas pools. The experience includes an 11-acre beach spread with a huge wave pool, a Euro-inspired topless pool with plush daybeds called the Moorea Beach club, a meandering river, and some of the cushiest cabanas in town. It was a tough choice with so many other Vegas contenders in the running, but they just can't beat the Mandalay.

    Hotel Details

  • 1,117 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
Updated: 04-01-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Nice rooms, outstanding view!

    When you're able to splurge, or in our case, have generous friends who gamble so much they can give you a comped room, then theHotel is an excellent choice in Las Vegas! The views from the Strip side of the building are outstanding – best in town! We were lucky to score a “V” suite corner room with a spacious seating area. The décor is pleasant, modern but appealing. The bathroom was huge with a TV, separate tub and shower and plenty of counter space and great products and accessories. The bed was very comfortable. Not having much dresser or closet space was a drawback.

    We found most staff to be friendly and housekeeping was fine. We ate breakfast twice at theCAFE in the lobby and had good food there. My valet-hating DH insisted that we self-park in the adjoining garage, which wasn’t too difficult or too far from the lobby. We went once to the huge Mandalay Bay pool but found it to be extremely overcrowded and not relaxing at all.

    This isn’t the type of hotel we stay at typically since it is out of our budget range, but we certainly enjoyed the opportunity to hang with 1%! If we had to pay ourselves, it would have been a decent value, especially if you have some kind of discount.

    by tekwriter, 9/11/12
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    THEhotel at Mandalay Bay Review

    THE Hotel is one of my favorite hotels in the city. Check-in takes longer than expected but that is a minor issue. The rooms are very large and well decorated. I appreciate the two large screen tv's in the suite. The property has a bar, cafe, coffee bar, and Mix, which is a gourmet restaurant. During my stays here, I've preferred to use the restaurants at Mandalay Bay. Service is good, but not equal to Wynn/Encore or Bellagio. I find rates reasonable given the excellent room quality.

    PROS: Great rooms, very well decorated common areas
    CONS: Service not up to the standard of the best hotels, slow check-in

    by sonesta, 12/4/09
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    Form Over Substance

    I guess my expectations were too high after all The Buzz, but we were pretty underwhelmed by The Hotel. The rooms were large and generally well-appointed, although they had absolutely no closet/drawer space and the bathroom was just OK. Bellmen were great, and price was pretty good. But we had some pretty bad service issues. Case in point: when we returned to our room (one of the nicer suites) after dinner, we kept hearing what sounded like a car dragging tin cans up our wall -- which I assumed was an elevator problem. The desk clerk was busily assuring me there was no elevator in my area when a glass elevator went by my window. They finally admitted that yes, they'd had lots of complaints about it when it was windy, and offered to move us -- to a smaller room. They claimed they had nothing else, and were too busy to send a bellman up immediately, so I ended up moving our stuff myself to a smaller room at midnight. Not cool (and who believes they don't have nice rooms reserved for high rollers?) I ultimately got a small price reduction, but not enough to make up for the hassle.

    The crowd was also a bit younger/louder than I expected -- lots of tatooed guys yelling obscenities in the hallway at 3AM. I know it's Vegas, but this wasn't supposed to be the Hard Rock. (James Bond would not have been amused). We ultimately moved over to the Bellagio, where the room definitely wasn't as nice but the ambiance was much classier. I guess we'll try the Four Seasons next time ...

    by kenman, 6/2/08
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    Best in Vegas

    After staying at a few discount locations, my lady friend's father paid for 2 expensive hotel rooms for us... Bellagio and here... and this place is hands down perfect. It's the equivalent of renting a 1 BR apartment... complete with couch, bar, desk, 3 TVs (one in master bath), entry toilet, huge bedroom, bath and shower. Easilly the nicest hotel on the strip. Room service is 4 star. (I had a phenomenal prime rib and lobster bisque for about $40) Lobby area is stylish, not overcrowded. Overall Mandalay complex is extremely large (casino area almost too much so but also easiest to circumvent), and has most variety of high end restaurants on the strip. If you like burgers... The Burger Bar has Kobe beef and jalapeño bacon (!)... a must for meat eaters. Mandalay made our vacation. Book it, you won't regret it.

    by klaw, 11/27/06

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