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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Stopped in as we used to visit the Mandarin when in LV for the view at the top (cocktail lounge) and for some interesting food in their restaurant. The view has remained the same; the service was better; enjoyed the atmosphere and personal service. Much nicer Waldorf than the one in Orlando, FLA.
The rooms have great views of the Las Vegas strip. We loved the large bathroom and closet area in the room. The tub included bath salts- what a great way to end the day. You wouldn't know you are on the Las Vegas strip. The location is mid- strip so its easy to get to just about everything. The rooms are quite and the pool area is serene. The staff are top notch throughout the entire hotel- everyone was very helpful and ready to assist. TIP: Travelzoo has a promo right now: that includes a $100 resort credit that expires July 2019.
Just spent 4 nights here in the new Waldorf Astoria. Very quiet and tucked away but so convenient to everything. All hotel personnel were so helpful . Breakfast at the Zen restaurant was delicious. Spa services exceptional. Define toy my choice to come back to
One day, while I was scrolling through my Facebook feed, I saw that one of my favorite bands - Walk The Moon - was having a private event as part of the Hilton Honors Experiences and the next thing I know, I was making plans to try to attend the event.
Background: the event was available only to Hilton Honors Members (I am) and could only be purchased using Hilton Points. Now, I am a pretty loyal Marriott member and have a crap load of Marriott points, but not Hilton. No worries, I went ahead and purchased enough points for me and a friend to attend the event.
Planning my trip to LV, I looked at every possible avenue: pricing out different airlines, different hotels, etc. The choice came down to two: A vacation package (flight + hotel) from Marriott to stay at the Cosmopolitan or a vacation package from United to stay at the Waldorf Astoria. Now, I am a loyal Marriott gold member and would usually choose to stay at a Marriott properties whenever possible. However, since the United package was bit cheaper and the event was actually being held at the Waldorf Astoria and add the fact that I am also a gold Hilton Honors member, I decided to go ahead and stay at the Waldorf Astoria.
During check-in, I asked if my gold status benefits would apply and pretty much got shut down immediately since I didn't make my reservation direct from Hilton. This was the main reason why this property did not get a five stars.
Why? As mentioned, I am a loyal Marriott member and would typically stay at Marriott properties. In all the times I stay at Marriott and what used to be SPG properties, I always get my gold benefits applied during check in regardless the method of booking (priceline/hotwire/etc). This means I still get the early check-in, late check-out, concierge floor access, room upgrade, etc. The only thing I wouldn't get is the Marriott points.
Here at Waldorf, I was allowed early check-in as soon as they had a room available (around a 20-minutes wait), but nothing else: no late check-out, no free breakfast, no room upgrades (they did offer to upgrade me to a junior suite for an additional $80/night. I declined because if I wanted to pay more, I would have just stayed at the Cosmopolitan).
Aside from being denied by gold benefits, the rest of my stay here at Waldorf was amazing and deserving of the Waldorf Astoria name. Now, I've never stayed at a Mandarin Oriental property, which is what this hotel was before being rebranded. But almost everything was on point: comfortable bed that makes you want to sleep in, beautiful bathroom with his and her vanities along with separate tub and shower. There's a lot of automation built-in so you can control your lighting, drapes, alarm clock using the remote control of your TV. The view outside my room was also pretty nice since I get a partial view of the Cosmopolitan and the strip.
Would I stay here again? Sure, but only if I make a reservation directly through Hilton. But since it's typically more economical to buy a vacation package, I most likely will stay loyal to the Marriott brands and stay at the Cosmopolitan for my next visit to Vegas.
I would say my stay here was a 3.5 but since there are no halves, I'll round up.
Drive up to the hotel entrance, then you need to go to the 23rd floor to check in. That was an interesting start, and I can see why they do that, the view from the reception desk is gorgeous.
Take the elevator to my floor, enter the room and what do I see, glass walls and a beautiful soaking tub. Then I open my sheer curtains with the touch of a button and there is my beautiful view.
I will definitely be back, and the tub was better than I thought it would be!