Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
What We Love
- Prime location in CityCenter with easy access to the Strip
- A serene, Zen-like atmosphere unusual for Las Vegas
- Ultra-contemporary LEED-certified design
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What To Know
- There are stellar bars and restaurants but no casinos or nightclubs (they're just a short walk away though)
- The pool is closed from November to February and occasionally on windy days at other times of year
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The opulent, otherworldly interiors of the Mandarin Oriental are more Hong Kong than Vegas. So it’s no surprise that this “Zen City” hotel, with its sustainable architecture, tranquil atmosphere, and non-gaming/nonsmoking policy attracts a particularly stylish set. There’s a hushed sexiness to the Sky Lobby, with its glowing black marble floors, curving art installations and abstract, umbrella-like lights, which float above the lounge. And the other common spaces reference Asian design traditions without resorting to the typical Vegas kitsch. Even Standard Rooms are sumptuously outfitted with chic Asian-inspired furnishings, high-end linens, marble baths, and tech-forward amenities like a futuristic lighting and sound system, electronic blackout curtains, and a 42-inch flat-screen TV (plus a smaller one in the bathroom), all controlled by a touchscreen tablet next to the bed. Thoughtful extras, from champagne glasses to aromatic bath salts, add warmth to the thoroughly modern space. Two lap pools, a plunge pool, and two Jacuzzis float above the glittering CityCenter complex on the eighth floor offer every manner of pampering (think free mini-smoothies, snacks and attendants to clean your sunglasses), while the Asian-inspired spa proves equally indulgent, with 17 treatment rooms, a salon, a yoga studio and a series of heat and water experiences — steam rooms, a hammam, a laconium, an ice fountain and plunge pools — for guests to relax in before or after treatments. Book in advance to score a seat at Twist, the only U.S. restaurant from three-Michelin-starred chef Pierre Gagnaire, or take a culinary tour of Asia courtesy of the airy Mozen Bistro. Afterward, survey the sophisticated scene at the 23rd-floor bar, which has floor-to-ceiling windows that invite in glittering views of the Strip. It’s all the sin of Sin City, with the salvation of escape.
In the Area
Of course, sleeping in the self-proclaimed “Zen City” doesn’t mean skipping Vegas’s sinful pleasures altogether. The hotel is located at CityCenter, right in the middle of the action on the Strip. Futuristic skybridges and trams transport guests to nearby attractions, or you can just get a free ride in the hotel’s Mercedes-Benz. Take the skybridge over to the Daniel Libeskind–designed Crystals shopping district, where Chihuly glass sculptures and carpets made from flowers complement designer baubles by the likes of Balenciaga, Gucci and Lanvin. Your CityCenter location also gives you easy access to culinary heavyhitters, from the three-Michelin-starred Masayoshi Takayama and Jean-Georges Vongerichten to Wolfgang Puck and Todd English. For a little retro fun, take the 10-minute taxi ride to the Pinball Hall of Fame, the world’s largest collection of machines, or head to the Neon Boneyard, the final resting place of the city’s glittering signs.
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This is definitely a nice hotel, rooms are good, is well positioned on the Strip. The pools it has are nice and it has a terrific breakfast buffet.
On the down side, items were missed from our room service and they then took ages and three calls to bring the very small and simple item (cold milk for tea).
We had the afternoon tea here which has a great view of the Strip. The selection of teas and cakes were great, but the scones were undercooked and quite unpleasant.
I have always stayed at the Four Seasons but have now found my new favorite. The service and rooms are out standing. Suggest you get a strip view room. We had lunch at Zen kitchen which was outstanding. We never wanted to leave the hotel. We had dinner at Twist which we decided best meal ever. Went to the spa which was relaxing and beautiful. We felt like we were at a resort. Weekend was to short and can’t wait to come back. Hotel use to be the Mandarin and we were told the entire staff stayed on. Smart move . Staff is exceptional.
It is a nice place and clean. I like that there is no casino in it so you do not smell smoke all the time. The main complaint is that it is very expensive and there is a lot of fees you pay for that you do not know about until you check out. The service was great and it is quiet.
We stayed here about 6 years ago and loved it so much we knew it would be our hotel of choice if we came back. And so it was. We arrived after a long drive from Yosemite via Death Valley and from the moment we pulled up everything was taken care of. Bags out of the car, cold bottle of water to drink, car wisked away and up to the sky lobby to check in.
Unlike other "quality hotels" in Las Vegas we've stayed in there is no noise, no queues, no drama and we were in our room within 10 minutes of arrival with bags delivered. 20 minutes later we're sat by the pool with a cold beer and some food on the way.
We didn't eat in the restaurants apart from breakfast which was very good and lunch by the pool which again was very good. Overall the service was impeccable and if we come back again this is where you'll find us.
I spent a weekend at the Waldorf Astoria just after it had been converted from Mandarin Oriental. It's a very clean, modern property with a good central strip location, and no casino so it's relatively peaceful and easy to get in/out. From the ground floor entrance lobby, you take an elevator to the 23rd floor sky lobby for check-in, then another bank of elevators takes you down to your room. Both sets of elevators stop on the 3rd floor, where the restaurant is, so you can also transfer there when going in and out.
The room itself was lovely, with tons of closet and drawer space, plenty of counter space in the bathroom, good lighting and a comfortable bed. I appreciated the lighted makeup mirror, and the in-room safe is large enough for a laptop and includes a power outlet, very well-designed. There's also a valet closet, which the staff can open from the hallway to place or remove items; they use this to deliver the morning newspaper.
Complimentary coffee and tea is available in the morning outside the 3rd floor restaurant; there's also a coffee bar there that sells fresh pastries and beverages. And there is a Starbucks downstairs, just across the driveway. I did not eat at the hotel or have time to make use of the pool, but it looked nice.