Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino
What We Love
- The smallest rooms are an impressive 550 square feet
- Unique features even for Vegas; this is the only hotel in town with a real aquarium and a real beach
- M Resort's Race & Sports Book is one of the best spots in town for placing bets on sports, with comfortable oversize chairs, the city’s largest screens and friendly service
What To Know
- For repeat guests, the Mandalay Bay frequent player’s club has been replaced by the M Life program now common to all MGM Resorts properties worldwide
- Large portions of the resort’s signature pool complex close in winter months and reopen every March
- A resort fee per night will be collected at the property upon check-in
- Free WiFi
- Golf Course
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Mandalay Bay squeezes so much to do under one roof that it flouts Vegas’s recent move toward niche markets, opting instead to offer something for everybody. Its democratic appeal starts on the gaming floor, which has a wide array of limits, every table game imaginable and a full slate of other options, including a poker room and one of the city’s best sports and race books. There are also loads of gambling-free destinations, including two shopping malls, two spas and even a shark-filled aquarium. The resort also sports the most elaborate pool complex in a city known for its pools: 11 acres of pools, lagoons, lazy rivers, beaches with 2,700 tons of sand and a wave pool so impressive it can host pro surfing contests.
Bed & Bath
The magnitude of the place is driven home by the size of its guestrooms; the smallest is a sprawling 550 square feet. When it opened in 1999 Mandalay Bay was among the first to embrace the new era of Las Vegas hotels, with rooms that were not mere motel-style afterthoughts but well-equipped sanctuaries. Fresh off a remodeling, Mandalay Bay has put its digs back on top, and now they pack up-to-date technology (flatscreen TVs, WiFi, iPod docks), mod furniture and large stone bathrooms with twin vanities, soaking tubs and walk-in showers.
Food and entertainment is where Mandalay Bay rises to the top. It has multiple live performance venues and routinely attracts big names like Bob Seger, Pink, Styx and Zac Brown. The dining choices are staggering and mouthwatering, from the Tex-Mex of TV’s Two Hot Tamales at Border Grill to surf and turf at Michael Mina’s STRIPSTEAK to the progressive American Cuisine at Charlie Palmer’s Michelin-starred Aureole.
How to Get There
Upon arriving at this hotel, I realized how far away it is from everything else on the Strip. Don't plan on walking everywhere unless you REALLY like walking. I used the mobile check-in (because the email sent to me made it sound like I had to), which didn't take my requests into consideration. I asked for a room as far away from elevators as possible (for noise) and I got a room only two doors away. The room is probably the least luxurious and most "standard" one I've had when staying on the Strip for conferences. It could definitely use updating. I wish the casino had better ventilation because the perfume covering up the cigarette smell made the air very stifling. And the cherry on top of all of this was that the toiletries smelled like Axe Body Spray, which I (as an adult female) thought was nauseating and not at all how I wanted to smell at a business conference. I haven't had to carry my own shampoo and conditioner while traveling in a long time but now I will be carrying travel-sized ones in my luggage to avoid risking smelling like this again.
The stay seemed nice enough until we tried to check out and realized we were being charged over $100 for minibar items we never used PLUS a $50 re-stocking fee. PLUS they charge for the in-room coffee that you make yourself - $30! What? Just poor taste, especially considering the price tag of the whole weekend! No thanks.
Only problem was checking in can be complicated if you get the wrong person. The walk from the self parking garage to the check in is a long one and the walk from the parking garage to the elevators is a long one as well. Other wise the hotel room is extraordinary but not good for long stays...no microwave or fridge unless you want to pay $15 a shot..
- not a good ambiance and interior design. no strong atmosphere and bad space planning. really feels outdated and not classy.
- horrible pricing for each little add-on (parking, check-out after 11am...)
- not good F&B amenities in-house.
The staff was pleasant. The casino/hotel was nice and a good size. The check-in was too long and the housekeeping was poor. Loved House of Blues and The Ice Bar. It was too cold to use the pool facilities. They have a lot of restaurant options and the location was far from everything, but the tram helped.