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- For repeat guests, the Mandalay Bay frequent player’s club has been replaced by the M Life program now common to all MGM Resorts properties worldwide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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
My first experience at Mandalay Bay was amazing several years ago. I had an amazing room and the service was great. It was for the same meeting. The restaurant food was good this trip but the room was noisy and just OK.
The Mandalay Bay is a classic very large Las Vegas luxury hotel with all of the amenities expected. The rooms are very large and well appointed with spectacular views. Cleanliness is perfect, as is the furniture and equipment in the room.
I have stayed at most of the hotels on the Strip over the years and this is one of the quieter places with helpful staff.
The four star rating is due to the usual Las Vegas hotels practices, namely:
No coffee or water in the room, everything has to be paid for (=expensive minibar)
Check-in process is slow and inefficient, event at off-times -use the app if possible
Rooms are far and you must cross the casinos
Parking is no longer included
The resort fee should be included in the room price, you never know what you will pay in the end
Terrible comps. We came back to mandalay Bay and paid full price for our suite, even though we had total rewards offers for free rooms in numerous hotels, and a free encore suite offer from Wynn, plus 300 casino credit. We wanted to try something different and regretted it. After spending over $1000 for 3 hotel nights, eating in many of the restaurants in Mandalay, multiple treatments in the spa, going to MJ One, Santana, and Gospel brunch, drinks by the pool, room service, lunches at Hoosongs, and losing every night in the casino (tables and slots), we end up getting $126 comped off of our bill. This is terrible policy -we will not be returning any time soon.