3970 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV US 89119
THEHotel at Mandalay Bay easily met or exceeded my admittedly lofty expectations for a one night stay in September.
Let’s start at the top. THEHotel is Mandalay Bay’s “hotel within a hotel” – the high end sibling of Mandalay Bay. THEHotel is almost entirely suites (although they do have one room type that is not, so be sure to look at what you book!) and they sure are gorgeous! THEHotel is connected to Mandalay Bay and while THEHotel has its own spa and bar/restaurant options, you’ll find most of the amenities are next door at Mandalay Bay (which also, incidentally, houses the Four Seasons Las Vegas).
I stayed in a suite called THESuite which is the base level suite measuring around 700 sq ft with a separate living room with a large flat panel TV and a massive bathroom including a large glass shower and separate soaking tub – with an additional small wall-mounted flat panel TV in case you’d like to watch TV while in the soaking tub. Nice! I was a bit surprised that the bedroom TV was an older CRT but I think the reason is the wall units they have in the bedroom aren’t made to accommodate such a large TV and it probably didn’t seem worth it to go through the expense of changing out the massive wall units.
I think a lot of the pictures here will speak for themselves. It has the feel of a swank city apartment.
In terms of amenities, Mandalay Bay has lots. In the summer season, when the pools are open and in full swing, I’m not sure you can beat what Mandalay offers. The main pool (free for guests) is really two pools (one gigantic wave pool complete with a real sand beach and lounge chairs on the beach and one standard pool) as well as a lazy river (although the inner tube rental is way over priced, in my opinion, at over $20 a tube).
Next door to the pool area is a European (read as topless women are encouraged) pool called Moorea Beach. Admission starts at $40 for guys and $10 for girls and includes a lounge chair except during peak times. This is notable because many other pools in Las Vegas that charge entry do not include anything in the way of a lounge chair. You might also look for hotel packages that include entry to Moorea if you know you’ll be going. My rate included admission for two which is worth $20-$80 right there.
Mandalay Bay also includes some nice eateries – notably a House of Blues, Charlie Palmer’s Aureole, Michael Mina’s StripSteak, Wolfgang Puck’s Lupo, China Grill, and the Brazillian “rumjungle”, as well as the Vegas standard buffet. Two Starbucks Coffee’s are also available.
One downside to Mandalay Bay is its location all the way at the South end of the strip, not far from the airport. It *is* on the strip and is connected to the Luxor and across the street from the MGM Grand (which has a monorail stop – although door to door the walk to it would probably be about 30 minutes!). If you’ll be driving or taking a cab out, it’s no big deal, but you should know you won’t be ideally situated mid-strip.
Overall, I’d definitely stay at THEHotel at Mandalay Bay again and would recommend you give it a try as well! You can also go for a standard room at Mandalay Bay – generally $20-$30 cheaper (or more) a night.