Fodor's Expert Review Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
3752 Las Vegas Blvd. S, Las Vegas, Nevada, 89158, USA, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA See on Map Fodor's Choice
As a brand, Mandarin Oriental pledges to provide everything for the business traveler, and the Vegas property certainly delivers on that promise. Rooms are on the small side, with sumptuous sheets and soothing Asian-inspired artwork. The in-room desk comes with hardware that can project a laptop screen on the television; a special valet closet near the door enables butlers to drop off dry cleaning safely without disturbing guests, and there's a flat iron in the bathroom. The spa is open only to hotel guests, so there's never a crowd. In addition to a Chinese foot spa, guests can experience a hammam, a laconium, an ice fountain, and a ladies' rhassoul (a treatment that revolves around special Moroccan mud). Men will appreciate the face, shoulder, and scalp massage. On the 23rd floor, the Mandarin Bar has great live music, cocktails, and views.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas occupies prime real estate in the center of the Strip. It’s a non-gaming luxury hotel with first-class travelers in mind. The rooms are beautifully appointed, giving guests city and desert views for miles around. Asian-inspired decor with floor-to-ceiling windows, a walk-in wardrobe and a spacious desk area are just some of the elements you’ll find in the 392 rooms and suites that comprise this elegant hotel.
Mandarin Oriental features one of the most beautiful bathrooms in a Strip resort. Master bathrooms come with white porcelain tubs, glass walk-in showers, dual sinks and tea-infused bath amenities. The larger suites have even larger tubs, which face the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Strip.
One of the most striking things about Mandarin Oriental is the barely perceptible noise level. It’s a true sanctuary from the bustle of the Strip and the throng of tourists just beyond its doors. Another thing that hits you right away is the pleasant scent in the lobby and throughout. The hotel has a custom scent that you’ll only find at this particular location.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The main lobby is not on the ground floor, as you’d expect. When you check in, you’ll be whisked to the 23rd floor, which is where the actual lobby is. There is no gaming here and there is no smoking, but what they have is the aforementioned custom scent that’s so subtle yet so calming.
There are two main pools, plus an additional pool with the Pool Cafe.
Mandarin Oriental’s spa has won countless awards for its offerings that focus on a holistic approach to the body, mind and soul. Sixteen treatment rooms over two floors will put you in a most relaxed state.
Mandarin Oriental is serious about getting you to a place of calmness with the Digital Silence Ceremony, where you check in your device at the front desk or at the spa and pick it up after your treatment.
The Fitness and Wellness Center is fully equipped with cardio and strength-training machines. Personal training and fitness classes are also available.
The signature restaurant, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, is the only place in the city where can experience the Michelin-star chef’s cuisine. The classic French fare is almost surpassed by how beautiful the dining room is. Located on the 23rd floor, it features 300 gold globes designed to look as if they’re floating in the air across the ceiling. For a relaxed ambiance, MOzen Bistro on the third floor offers breakfast, lunch and dinner.
All of the food options at Mandarin Bar are worthwhile, but perhaps the best investment is afternoon tea, which includes finger sandwiches, desserts, and the option of a glass of champagne.
The Mandarin Bar on the 23rd floor is one of the most romantic places to get a cocktail, with the glittering lights of the Strip serving as the backdrop. There’s also a vending machine that dispenses mini bottles of Moet & Chandon Champagne.
During the day, the Mandarin Bar doubles as the Tea Lounge, serving superb teas from around the world. Classic English Afternoon Tea is served daily, complete with pastries and other treats.
Free daily yoga classes are held in a studio overlooking the Las Vegas Strip.
Centrally located on the Strip, you won’t need a car if you plan on staying on property or if you plan on walking to nearby resorts.
Aria next door (7-minute walk) has more dining choices than you’ll ever need. Julian Serrano Tapas and Sage are a must-visit, while Mastro's in The Shops at Crystals (10-minute walk) is a lively place to dine.
The bars at the Cosmopolitan (10-minute walk), including any level of the three-level Chandelier Bar, are easy choices.
WHY WE LIKE IT
If it’s true luxury you’re seeking without the attendant flashiness that can come with a Las Vegas resort, Mandarin Oriental is a no-brainer. You’ll be back again and again, because this level of service never gets old.