Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas : The VT Review 2010

It's almost like magic

Posted by MikeE

The valet closet is awesome. It's a cabinet that can be accessed from inside your room and by key from outside. This allows hotel personnel to take and deliver items without disturbing you. Put your shoes in there, press the valet button, and you'll find them shined about an hour later. No bill, either; it's a complimentary service, though a thank you note and a few bucks makes for a nice surprise on the other end. Need ice? Don't even think about looking for a machine on your floor. Leave the bucket in the valet closet, press the button, and wait about ten minutes. It's almost like magic.

Mandarin Oriental Closet

I left the room for a night out on the town. As I made my way up to the Sky Lobby, I ran into Burcu who checked me in. "Mr. E! How are you enjoying your stay so far?" If you remember and correctly pronounce my last name, I'm your customer for life. She asks me what brings me to town and I tell her that my parents share the same birthday. She then introduces me to Rajesh Jhingon, the general manager and all-around awesome guy. What other GM can be found at the super swank Mandarin Bar shooting the shit over drinks with other guests? Burcu informs him that it is my parents' birthday trip. The next morning would be epic.

When we wake up and make our way down to MOzen, the hostess and waiter treat us with warm birthday wishes. Yes, in a matter of a few hours, the whole hotel knew it was my parents' birthdays. Our breakfast is finished off with complimentary pastries and a candle wishing them the best.



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So that's where BJ's blankets ended up, over at MO under the valet closet.

This place looks and sounds simply amazing.

great review mike. thanks.

Looking at the photos makes me want to go back.

It was so great. SO great.

MO is a distinctive experience and while I'll probably spend more room nights at Encore, Wynn, Aria and Bellagio, I will save MO for special occasions.

and oh - super covert place to take your mistress. Just in case.

Alexanbo---you know I am reading this in Chicago under a 1 million thread count egyptian cotton comforter with an "Aria" tag that was delivered about the time I was packing my suitcase. Haha. Never offend the man with the xtra suitcase!

And all of this in a space formerly occupied by the Boardwalk.

I'll never understand the Wynn crowd, I guess. You've said before that Bellagio has too many atmosphere mooches in it to enjoy anymore, but this seems to be Anti-Bellagio (world traveler level luxury wrapped up in it's own building so lacking in tourist appeal that most of them pass it by without a second thought) and now you're suggesting that it may be TOO exclusive.

Never stayed there, and I probably never will do anything more than buy a pastry downstairs or try MOzen once, but I kind of like the idea. It's pretty much presumed that if you have any business being there that you're probably loaded to begin with, so there's lot less "flaunting it" going on then places with a casino and nightclub downstairs.

That's a nice room with great amenties. But for $400-$600 a night (the price I was quoted when we went out there) I wouldn't expect anything less. That's an insane rate to pay for a room. I was complaining about the $130/nt average I got Caesars for.

MinVegas,

I never suggested that it's too exclusive. In my book, there's no such thing.

I just don't think it's "Las Vegas" enough.

You would think a place like the M.O. would know better than to put a shatphone in the bathroom.

I have to give them props for having Fevertree tonic water in the minibar (best tonic water ever) and the Coca-Cola products in the metal bottles is a classy touch (The only place I've seen them is at the Fox Theater here in Atlanta.).

I was tempted to book a night there for my trip this fall until I saw the rates. I just cannot convince myself to spend that kind of money for one night. One night at the M.O. for the date I looked at was more than what I spent for four nights in the Rush Tower at the Golden Nugget. I'm sure it's worth every penny, but that's a bit out of my comfort zone in terms of cost.

This strikes me as a hotel for business travelers on expense accounts. If I had any business (or an expense account, for that matter), I'm sure I'd like it.

... I disagree a bit with your idea of what MO is supposed to be: If you've stayed at one of their properties before, you'd know it's ALWAYS about being taken away to another world. Quiet. Peace. Serenity. Stellar service.

Putting a casino in there would RUIN it. Just because they came into Vegas doesn't mean they have to adopt the 'always on, always running' Las Vegas ideology.

I'm booked into a high-level suite later this month and am looking very much forward to my experience. I've never been disappointed with MO.



BN

Looks fabulous but for us if it's not comp'ed it's not Vegas.

Stayed here a couple months ago, sorry either to short sighted or drunk to have done a review. The place is incredible and you do feel completely removed from Vegas, it is relaxing and upscale all in one. First time I've ever not said "man I've gotta get out of Vegas" by day 4 of a trip.

I do agree with the earlier post, this place is not Vegas enough but I think that is their goal. The Mandarin Bar may be the best spot in town for a night cap, or 6.

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