Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas – Hotel Review
Smack dab in the middle of everything flashy and larger-than-life that Las Vegas is known for, the Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas occupies prime real estate on the Strip, one of a gauntlet of shiny mega-hotel/casinos. (On the more mundane side, it’s also handily next to a 24-hour drugstore, should you need to run out for last-minute sundries.)
Hotel staff quickly opened doors for us as we disembarked from our airport van and entered the small ground-floor lobby. We boarded the elevators, and since our event host had already handed us our room keys, there was no need to check in at the 23rd-floor Sky Lobby’s reception desk.
As I made my way to my room, I noticed a scent of very sweet perfume throughout the hotel that was especially heavy in the hallways. When hotels do scent well, it subtly enhances the stay. In this case, however, it was too much for me, and gave me a headache.
Navigating the hotel could be a bit confusing, going between the various meeting and event spaces, and my room, but after the second or third wrong turn, I finally committed the layout to memory.
My standard room, decorated in a contemporary style, with Asian-inspired detail, was furnished with a king-sized bed, an L-shaped sofa, an iPod docking station, a DVD player and a flat-screen TV. A frosted-glass corner wall separated the deep freestanding oval tub from the living area, and the bathroom also had a spacious shower, and a changing area with roomy closets. Large floor-to-ceiling windows provided plenty of light and views of the city.
I slept well enough, as the bed’s mattress was comfortable, although I found the pillows to be a little stiff, and the pillowcases somewhat coarse.
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Although the desk gave me plenty of space to work, and featured a bank of outlets and ports at its side, it was paired with a non-ergonomic, non-wheeled chair that wasn’t well suited for working. The room offered both Wi-Fi and wired Internet access and this is included in the hotel’s non-optional daily Golden Access fee of $24 (which also includes fitness center access, scheduled yoga or Pilates classes, morning coffee and tea, unlimited local and toll-free calls, a newspaper, and overnight shoe shine service). I had no trouble logging in, the speed was fast enough for surfing the Web and reading e-mail, and it always worked..
The hotel has a business center, three meeting spaces, a 7,650-square-foot ballroom, and Wi-Fi access throughout the premises.
Amenities include The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, a gym, two plunge pools, and two outdoor lap pools. (The pool area is currently undergoing renovation and is scheduled to reopen in March 2012.)
Since I was in Las Vegas for an event that took place largely off-site from the Mandarin Oriental, I did not have an opportunitz to try any of the hotel’s restaurants, although a welcome reception set up for event attendees in one of the meeting rooms provided a filling buffet of Asian-style noodles, sandwiches, and other light fare. I attended a cocktail reception in another banquet space that evening, and a buffet breakfast the next morning was laid out for meeting attendees in the same room that the lunch buffet had been served at. All of the event spaces were roomy and served their purposes.
The food at both the lunch reception and at breakfast was above average for hotel buffet fare.
The 23rd floor houses Twist restaurant by Pierre Gagnaire, which serves updated French cuisine, as well as Tea Lounge, and Mandarin Bar, which offers an assortment of spirits and cocktails, and views through three walls of floor-to-ceiling windows. On the third floor, Mozen Bistro serves sushi, Thai, and Indian fare. The Pool Café features a light menu.
Although I didn’t spend much time in the hotel, it served the needs of my brief stay well. Comfortable (with the exception of the desk chair) and well-suited for both work and leisure, Mandarin Oriental is complemented by a hotel staff that is professional and efficient.
Although the very sweet scent that permeated much of the hotel was too strong for me, it might not bother most people. Depending on traffic, which can be extremely sluggish on the Strip, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is about a 10-minute drive from McCarran International Airport.
Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
3752 Las Vegas Boulevard, South
Las Vegas, NV 89158
Tel. +1 702 590-8888