The New Resort King at Mandalay Bay

The VegasTripping Review 2015

Posted by Chuckmonster

Mandalay Bay 2015 Lr Chairs

Against the window are two strangely placed chairs and a floor lamp. The wavy curtains are absolutely outrageous.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Lr Unplugged

The lamp was unplugged when I arrived. Being lazy, I opted to plug the floorlamp into the base of the lamp on the nightstand. I'm not crawling around on the floor looking for plugs. I contemplated calling the front desk and play dumb that my lamp didn't work, but alas I was too lazy to do even that. I wonder if I could've complained my way up the telephone tree to the Holy Land of Comped Rooms. Some people do this for a living, y'know. I'm lazy.'

Mandalay Bay 2015 Entcent

The simple and elegant entertainment center features a gigantic flat screen tv flanked by two lighting sconces atop a combination desk, dresser, mini-bar cabinet. All of this is mounted against a gorgeous wood tiled box that hides all the mounting hardware and electronics neatly within.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Desk

The adjoining desk features an adjustable desk lamp, vinyl pigskin textured Eames chair variant and a wall mounted electronic connectivity port for all the S Video, Ethernet, USB and AC plugs you could imagine.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Entcent Offerings

The top of the entertainment center features two drinking glasses (actual glass), an ice bucket, snack assortment, one cup coffee maker.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Minibar Snacks

Taking a closer look at the snacks, offerings include - Fiji Water ($8), Bacon Jerky (!!!! $14) Cashews ($12) Pringles ($6) Cookies ($8) Peanut M&M's ($9) Romance kit ($34) Coffee kit ($4). I was gung ho about the bacon jerky until I saw "spicy sriracha flavor"... all it needs is an owl with a moustache on the label saying "Keep Calm and Jerk On" on the label and you've hit the superfecta of hipster snackage.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Minibar

Inside the entertainment center is a cabinet containing soft drinks, wine, beer and booze. Aquafina water ($5) Pepsi ($4) Diet ($4) Sierra Mist ($4) Heineken ($7) Cranberry juice ($6) Orange juice ($4.50) Red Bull ($6) Resqwater ($7) Gatorade Fruit Punch Flavor ($6). On the bottom shelf is two bottles of Bud Light ($6) a bottle of Grey Goose vodka ($40) and...

Mandalay Bay 2015 Minibar Wine White

Sonoma Cutrer Russian River Ranch white wine ($25) and...

Mandalay Bay 2015 Minibar Wine Red

Meiomi Pino Noir ($25).

Mandalay Bay 2015 Minibar Booze

The airline bottle stash consists of 2 x Grey Goose vodka ($12) 2x Ketel One vodka ($12) 2 x Absolut vodka ($10) Bacardi rum ($10) Bombay Sapphire gin ($10) Jack Daniel's Single Barrel Whiskey ($10) Johnnie Walker Black Label Scotch ($12) Captain Morgan rum ($10) Hennessey cognac ($12) Crown Royal whisky ($15) Makers Mark bourbon ($12) Fireball cinnamon whisky ($7) Jagermeister ($10).

Good selection... too much vodka, not enough gin.

Mandalay Bay 2015 Minibar Pricelist

The price list and the fine print. If you use the minibar for personal items, they'll charge you $50!

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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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