The New Resort King at Mandalay Bay

The VegasTripping Review 2015

Posted by Chuckmonster

I open the door to room #14-231 to reveal...

Mandalay Bay 2015 Entry

...a brief entry vestibule with floor mounted body mirror one side and hotel art on the other that leads towards a desk and wall mounted wooden entertainment center box thingy. The wallpaper has horizontal texture, with embedded blurps and some color blotches. These are technical interior design terms.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Carpet

The blue carpet is subtly striped in a pattern that looks like spines of a palm tree or perhaps that mysterious beast of the Nevada desert - the carpet zebra.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Entry Art

The wall art is of microscopic moisture droplets suspended on a someting or another that appears to be nature-ish. The frame is body sized. Behind this wall is the expansive bathroom, more on that later.

At the end of the entry way, the room opens out to reveal a bed on the right, chairs against the window and entertainment center/desk on the opposite wall (more on the entertainment center in a bit.)

The bed features four pillows and a green bolster set atop a new pillow top mattress with a padded, rounded corner, box spring base. A low, padded half-headboard is mounted onto the wall. Above the headboard is a wall sized graphic of mineral crosscut under a microscope. It could also be a recent high resolution photo of the surface of Jupiter.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Bed Alt

The bed is covered by a moisture barrier, two sheets and a duvet. Tearing all this off revealed a new Mandalay Bay branded mattress. Sleeping was cool, cushy and drunk comfortable.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Bed Pillows

Pillows, bolster and duvet cover texture.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Bed Nightstand L

Driver side nightstand featured a neat conical shaped wooden base light, phone, note pad and pens.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Bed Phone

The lamp base features an accessible plug so you can charge up your devices.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Bed Nightstand R

The passenger side nightstand featured more of the same plus an alarm clock and the remote for the tv.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Bed Clock

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Comments & Discussion

Great review, always thought about staying at Mandaley/Delano but really dislike its location. I prefer to stay more central on the strip. I might choose to stay there during the hot summertime months when I can advantage of it's fantastic pool.

Hm, I notice the lobby has replaced the plastic vines and plants and jars and columns and other Indiana Jones foilage with high-resolution photography art.

As far as renovations to theme aesthetics go, they could have done a lot worse, like they did in the elevator lobbies. The chandeliers and floor remain, and the criss-crossing and curling stone patterns under the desk are now illuminated panels whose tangerine colors work with the light fixtures around the room.

The bathrooms in those rooms were super-fancy in 1999, and it's nice that the MGM still kept it pretty when getting rid of the beige pinstripes.

The room looks great. I do not have a major issue with them being at the end of the Strip because I love to walk when in Vegas. I do wonder how they can charge you for putting your own stuff in the fridge. Do they check it when they clean the room? The room rate seems well worth it and the massive amount of soaps waiting for you to take them home is cool. I also like how the pens aren't the generic Bics every hotel seems to be using.

@minvegas - those photographs are form the hi-res photographer shop in Mandalay Place whose name escapes me. It is an essentially an advertisement/product placement.

The bathroom wallpaper is kind of Van Haleny. I dig.

Again Chuck educates us with another thorough hotel room review...thanks...Did you experience any delay or issues with the elevators? We stayed here in July 2009 and had a TERRIBLE experience with slow and insufficient elevators... had to dodge so many baby strollers and place was crawling with kids and swimming pool floats/tubes/etc...made us hesitant on staying at MB afterwards (even though we really like the casino and other resort offerings).

No probe with elevators. Tons of folks walking through the resort wearing blow up pool toys. It was kinda funny!

Minibar - look closely in the dry goods section and all but the Fiji and pringles is part of the Profit Growth Plan too. It's like Jim Murren went to Bulk Barn for some cashews + candies and filled the generic boxes with them back at home. Maybe at some point they will convert the cold section to Mandalay Bay Cola and some MGM-wide 'microbrew' canned for them by a third-party.

I also thought that they had allow for a short amount of time (15 seconds?) to remove items and put them back without a charge, to allow for reading ingredient lists for allergies and nutritional content (just what is in that trendy Sriracha beef jerky? some gluten hiding in there, I'm sure). I think the Wynn offers this? Can't remember.

The blue carpet is just plain ugly to me,it looks like a french hotel from the '80ies. Generally speaking I don't like the room,it looks more or less like the new Bellagio's rooms. Good job with the bathrooms tho.
As MinVegas noted even the lobby is going through some major updates,now those light fixtures in there looks so dated. I was there a year ago and I remember a lot of painted foliage in the lobby was already missing. What can I favorite Vegas hotel with a true tropical resort flare is biting the dust a la Mirage. I'm glad I've been a Vegas resident in the early '00ies so that I've had the chance to enjoy these resorts when they still had their true personality instead of today's sanistandardization.

One of my favorite remodels.
Love the black light video...
Fun fact, the phones and remotes have an anti-jizz coating. (Seriously)

They look good! I'm sure your view was a lot better than the one we had when we stayed there. On the 6th floor and our window was behind the gold X design on the outside of the building. To add fuel to the fire, the spotlights that shine up onto the hotel also shined in our room, and reflected off the gold X design which in turn shined right into my retinas when I laid on the bed. During the day, between the X's we had a view of the fabulous airport.

The room redo's look decent, especially the bathrooms, but I'm a sucker for dark bathrooms. Not sure how I feel about the wall behind the bed. Is that a crosscut of marble?

I dig Mandalay and agree with everything you've said about it. Put it somewhere else and it'd be superb.

Very well done. I've never stayed there so it's nice to see new pictures. It generally looks nice although I could do without a few design choices. And the bug pictures - no thanks! (Hey, I you can see real bugs in a Flamingo room!)

For the location, I had figured that it it was pool season and I intended to spend a fraction of my day there, it might be worthwhile. Otherwise, the casino looked out of my budget and there are fewer other attractions to make up for it. The tram isn't as bad as it might sound, since you don't have to walk through Excaliburp.

I like the renovation. Very well-done overall! Keeps the whole "tropical Asian" feel (although I admit I think it could've been a little heavier on the "Asian" aspect), but modernizes things.

MB has some great offerings although the casino is frankly outrageous in how they want 200 bucks a hand for S17 blackjack. But I like how large and spacious the casino feels.

I wonder which property is next for renovation? I hope Aria, since Aria needs a room refresh, but on the other hand both Luxor and Excalibur really need some room-love.

Dammit that was a good Land of the Lost throwaway reference to the gurgling sinks.

My wife and I stayed at Mandalay Bay about 2 months after it first opened. We loved it. Since then I have stayed there about 6 more times but not in the past 10 years. I don't know why. The Rumjungle was one of the few nightclubs I ever went to. They had a drink called a Volcano and we both loved it. It was known for having a goofy bathroom set up and was one of the first to employ scantily clad dancers dangling from the ceiling as acrobats flying over you. Of course, its now long gone. My first ever royal occurred at the VP bar in the sports book; $4k. The views from this property, including the one from this room, are stunning. I love the theme. They still have some nice live musical lounge acts here. The location sucks right? Is it the location or the sucky properties around it like Luxor and Excalibur. The bathrooms here have always been first class with a sizable tub as shown in this review. By the way, you can walk to a Jack in the Box from this property...just head south for about a mile. This was another great review...except for the commentary about having too much vodka and not enough gin in the minibar; I am conflicted with that.

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