The New Resort King at Mandalay Bay
The VegasTripping Review 2015
When faced with a choice between staying at Mandalay Bay or everywhere else, 99 times out of 100, I'll choose elsewhere. I'm an adventurer. I like to walk, explore, experience and find surprises within walking circumference of my home base. Mandalay Bay - an oasis located at the butt end of The Strip - hinders my style.
Mandalay Bay itself isn't the issue. There are tons of fun things to do, eat and experience at Mandalay Bay, for novice and experienced Vegas travelers. My issue is the neighborhood.
Luxor and Excalibur have banded together to form an expansive, probably psychological, mote around Mandalay Bay. They are a chasm I'd rather not enter, visit or pass through. Obviously, this mote is of my own construction, not MGM's. Luxor and Excalibur feel uncomfortable and transient. I don't walk in the door and exude a sigh relief. When I visit Luxor, it's modern mess makes me miss the mystery and creepiness of the original theme. Excalibur is crowded, cramped, cluttered and feels like it needs a massive spring cleaning. These sensations are a barrier to exiting - and returning to - Mandalay Bay when out exploring.
Thank Ra for the tram. Now, I'll Uber it to Aria from The Delano taxi stand.
If you picked up Mandalay Bay, condensed it, and plopped it where Ballys is, it would be one of the most popular hotels in Las Vegas. Mandalay Bay gleams and glitters in gold with spacious interiors, great hotel offerings, compelling entertainment, exciting dining offerings and that absolutely ridiculous pool. For a time in the early 00's Mandalay Bay was the go to party destination for Gen X dot commies who weren't already booked at the Hard Rock. Along came The Palms, then a resurgent MGM Mirage / Light Group combination, the new Wynn & Encore, the nightclub boom and eventual financial bust.
In 2014 Mandalay Bay embarked on an extensive refresh of their public spaces, dining, entertainment and nightlife offerings. The grand shake out included top-to-bottom renovations of the Four Seasons and Delano hotels. And now, the last major piece of the Mandalay Bay renovation - brand new hotel rooms and suites - have finally been unleashed on the public. As evidenced by the spotless housekeeping and that new hotel room smell (hints of fresh carpeting, latex paint and wallpaper paste) we were one of the first people to stay in the brand new rooms at Mandalay Bay.
I arrived by car from California, in the Mandalay Bay Self Park Garage, entering via the dining district entrance near Delano and Light night club. At 1:45pm, an hour and fifteen minutes before check in time, the lobby was filled with guests eager to sign in.
This guy is obviously ready to throw down a 2 dot review on Trip Advisor. Or he doesn't like the cut of my jib. Maybe both? Dude, you're in Vegas, relax!
Maybe he needs to go get a glass of fruit water they've got laid out in the lobby. Refreshing! Worth mentioning this tip again... when you arrive at a hotel, go take a leak and get a decompression cocktail first thing, either at the bar or a beer from the sundries shop. You're on vacation dude, turn down the frustration and turn up the chill... you have all day to check into the hotel.
When he gets a little closer to the front of the line he'll see this delicious sign advertising an upgrade to Delano. If I hadn't recently stayed there (and loved it) I would've taken the bait.
I made it to the front of the registration line reasonably quickly and in a flash was handed the keys to my room. I headed over to the elevator, hit the buttons for the 14th floor and zoomed away!