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- For repeat guests, the Mandalay Bay frequent player’s club has been replaced by the M Life program now common to all MGM Resorts properties worldwide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
Went for fathers day week. Hotel is well maintained. Pool area over crowded, hard to find chairs. No shade to speak of. Umbrella rental $50 chair rental $ 50, family of four $300. Believe umbrellas and cushions should be covered by the resort fee. Food very expensive as well. Location: on the very end of the strip next to airport. Not terrible, but not ideal.
Staff was not accommodating. Very rude. Treated my Husband and I like we were a burden after we had purchased early check in, and were not given that but actually were told it could take until 8pm to get a room. After being very upset, we were finally given a room after 2pm.
The resort reminds you more of an island resort than just a casino. It's a stunning resort, the reason we chose Mandalay Bay was for the pool since our children traveled with us but the pool was extremely fun for all ages. The pool is huge so there's space for everyone not like other pools that are so small you are shoulder to shoulder with others. The aquarium and walking areas around the resort is very nice if you don't want to gamble. The free monorail gets you to Excalibur then a simple walk to the Park MGM monorail gets you to the center of the strip in no time. Mandalay Bay might be at the end of the strip but it's appreciated once you need to get away from the constant noise that the center strip hotels have.
The check in process at Mandalay is terrible. Three staff to check in dozens of people. Took 50 minutes. When we got to our room there was no ice bucket and only two drinking glasses so I called housekeeping and was told it would cost $1.00 per glass PLUS an $8.00 delivery fee. Are you kidding? Definitely not worth the money or time waiting to check in.
The nightly charges weren’t bad - but for nearly $30 a day in resort fees for nothing more than a cardio room & a preprinted boarding pass, it’s not worth it. The staff is rude & miserable. There is no service & you are so far down the strip it takes at least 30 min to get to a decent property. So bummed!