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The Pencil: Four Seasons vs Mandarin Oriental

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 8th June 2010 2:57am
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While you weren't looking, the Four Seasons Las Vegas has done some minor upgrades to its room interiors. And by minor... I mean they didn't change a damn thing other than swap out some soft goods and call a photographer.

Before... as seen in a 2008 review submitted by reader Joe Hay:

Four Seasons

Yikes. And after... as seen on the FS website.

Yeah, I know times is hard and all that... but all they could do to those aging rooms was swap out the comforter, recover some throw pillows and steal the old bolsters from Treasure Island?

Could it be possible that Four Seasons has hung out the white flag of surrender at the encroachment of those Mandarin Orientals? More likely we are witnessing the five star cannibalism that some expected to see in the Bellagio vs. Aria heavyweight bout.

A quick check of room rates reveals that this battle might have been over before it started. I randomly chose a five day stay July 1st - 6th, 2010, this is what I found.

Thu Jul 1 Fri Jul 2 Sat Jul 3 Sun Jul 4 Mon Jul 5
Mandarin Oriental
via Hotel Website
($75/day resort credit)
$286 $364 $364 $286 $252
Four Seasons
Orbitz via Kayak
$199 $199 $279 $229 $199
The Diff +$87 +$165 +$85 +$57 +$153
-$75 Resort Credit $12 $95 $10 -$18 $78
Grand Total: $177

First of all... OMG what happened to the Four Seasons room rates? They're going for less average room rate per night than The Palazzo is charging at $201!!! Secondly, the Mandarin Oriental is going to cost you about $547 more for your stay, which whittles down to $177 after you factor in the $75/day resort credit, which will guarantee will be put to incredible use at the Mandarin Bar. When all is said and done, you're total value spend comes out to $35/day, and you are staying in some of the dopest rooms in all of Las Vegas.

Then again, those new throw pillows sure are purty.

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Comments & Discussion:

ooohhh can't wait to check out FS in a couple months

Mock all you want, Four Seasons, Las Vegas had the second best service after Mandarin Oriental, bar none. I still direct my wife to the place. It's very relaxed, casual, and the pool can't be beat.

The Mandarin Oriental pool is still rough around the edges. Yeah, the rooms are tired. Do you stay for good furniture or good service. If it's the former, to FS. If you prefer to have a casino, a nice room, and so far crappier service, might I recommend Wynn?

I'm still bitter about staying at the Wynn Towers and having a lesser experience than staying at Four Seasons.

- A

re rates, FS has actually gone up some, and dropped some promos. MO's lows (currently from $150 after credit) are pretty much maintaining. will be interesting to watch going forward for both. skylofts are also not discounting as much.

FS gets mixed reviews, and the pool has reportedly been overrun.

palms place might be second best for pool after MO.

wynncore tower pool would definitely be the nicest of those with more rooms.

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