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Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas 4.5

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Pros

  • Prime location at the southern end of The Strip, near shopping and casinos
  • Posh, Asian-inspired rooms with sleek interiors -- some offering stunning Strip views
  • Two freshwater pools, a plunge pool, and two heated whirlpools
  • High-end dining options include a Michelin chef-helmed French restaurant
  • Sleek spa plus free yoga, Pilates, and strength training classes in the gym
  • Champagne vending machine in the lobby
  • Guests receive a free birthday cocktail that matches your Zodiac sign
  • If available, free transport in the house car within a one-mile radius
  • Digital detox option for guests to leave their phones with hotel staff
  • Free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel 
  • Room service available 24 hours a day 
  • Completely non-smoking property 

Cons

  • No casino or on-site entertainment venues
  • Mandatory resort fee charged for all stays 
  • Not enough lounge chairs to meet demand at the pool
  • Some public interiors could use freshening up

Bottom Line

Mandarin Oriental is a luxurious four-and-a-half-pearl hotel located at the southern end of The Strip and across from the high-end Shops at Crystals. Its 392 air-conditioned rooms have posh, Asian-inspired interiors with marble bathrooms and extensive evening turndown service. The Mandarin's three swanky restaurants get mostly positive reviews and serve French, Asian, and American cuisines. The chef of the French restaurant is Michelin-rated Pierre Gagnaire. The property lacks a casino, though, and the two pools don’t have enough lounge chairs to meet demand. Other features include a gym offering free fitness classes, a stunning spa, a tea parlor, and free car service within a mile of the hotel. For a livelier stay with luxurious rooms and many more on-site features, it’s also worth checking out the Wynn Las Vegas.

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Scene

Posh, sophisticated hotel with a relaxing wellness bent, though some interiors could use a refresh

This sophisticated, tranquil hotel provides views of the surrounding Strip area from spaces like the attractive outdoor pool area (which becomes a bit hectic when the space becomes crowded)

Mandarin Oriental opened in 2009 and the LEED-Gold certified hotel is one of The Strip’s poshest. Arriving guests pass through a luxurious ground-floor lounge and immediately head to the bright 23rd floor lobby. This gray marble-wrapped space -- like much of the rest of the hotel -- blends Asian and modern accents including Buddha statues, gold paneling, and details like swooshing metal bands that trace the double-high ceiling. The connecting Tea Lounge continues the decor, but adds plush blue chairs and gold velvet couches. Unfortunately, many of these public spaces were looking worn during our 2017 visit. Surfaces are scuffed up and some of the velvet fabric is completely worn off in places. Overall, this a quieter, more sophisticated option on The Strip, and the lack of a casino means that it’s also smoke free. It's hard to ignore the hotel's wellness vibe, too, which is an appealing break from the hedonism that often characterizes Las Vegas. The swish gym has free fitness classes and the hotel runs a digital detox program for guests to check their phones with the hotel's staff during their stays. And that's to say nothing of the stunning spa. Mandarin Oriental attracts a wide variety of guests, from business to leisure travelers from the United States and around the world. 

Location

At the southern end of The Strip, near shopping, Bellagio’s Fountains, and the Paris Hotel 

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Mandarin Oriental has a south-Strip location across from the designer-packed Shops at Crystals. There's no casino found on-site, but the nearest option is only a five-minute walk away. The Bellagio Hotel’s fountains and fabulous musical performances are a five-minute drive, as is Paris Las Vegas’s over-the-top French attractions. Alternatively, you can walk to either destination in around 15 minutes if you want to brave the Vegas heat. The iconic "Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas" sign takes seven minutes to reach by car, while the Neon Museum -- which has a collection of old Las Vegas signs -- is a 15-minute drive from the property. Downtown Las Vegas is just a bit farther and the 17-minute trip will also bring you to the busker-filled Fremont Street Experience. Budget around 10 minutes to reach McCarran International Airport, depending on traffic.

Rooms

Posh Asian-inspired rooms with turndown service and marble bathrooms -- some units have Strip views

The posh Cityscape Room blends contemporary and classic Asian style elements, with luxurious accents like jewel-tone furnishings, floor-to-ceiling windows with Strip views, and handsome wooden features

Mandarin Oriental’s luxe, air-conditioned rooms are some of The Strip’s poshest and blend elements of contemporary and classic Asian styles. Intricately patterned kimonos are framed like artwork and complement textured tan walls, deep jewel-toned soft furnishings, and handsome wooden accents. The floor-to-ceiling windows -- some looking onto fabulous Strip views -- make all rooms gorgeously bright. Each unit includes one king or two double beds with sleek, chrome accented furniture plus taupe chaise lounge chairs and ottomans. 

Tech-wise, expect big flat-screen TVs with cable channels, Wi-Fi that's included in resort fees, and AV panels with USB and HDMI inputs. The lack of Bluetooth sound systems is surprising for a hotel of this caliber. Other standard features include air-conditioning, safes, robes, irons, ironing boards, slippers, yoga mats, and luggage stands. Butler pantries allow staff to leave items for guests without disturbing them, and the evening turndown service goes well beyond just a few chocolates and turned down covers -- expect a full room neatening to welcome you home in the evening. For a splurge, Mandarin Oriental’s suites are stunning. The enormous Emperor Suite has a separate office, a private gym, full kitchen, Steinway baby grand piano, and a Bang & Olufsen TV and stereo system. 

Gorgeous, marble-wrapped bathrooms are spacious and have double sinks and nickel fixtures. Their standalone showers and separate soaking tubs are a luxurious touch, although some guests might dislike the smoked two-way glass panels that separate them from the bedrooms in lower-category rooms. The panels are translucent and it’s possible to see into the bathroom. Bathrooms also include illuminated beauty mirrors, hairdryers, flat irons, and Atelier Cologne-branded toiletries

Features

Two pools surrounded by loungers, three tasty restaurants, and gym with free classes

Several dining options include the excellent Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, a French restaurant from a Michelin-rated chef

The Mandarin Oriental eschews the typical Las Vegas trappings and opts for more luxurious and wellness-minded offerings. Don't expect a casino, smoke-filled interiors, or loud entertainment anywhere on the property. Instead, it's a tranquil and sophisticated space. The pool area is attractive and was overhauled in 2017. It features a plunge pool, two heated whirlpools, and two freshwater pools surrounded by lounge chairs and cabanas (the latter of which must be rented). When the pool gets crowded, though, its otherwise serene atmosphere becomes hectic and there aren’t enough lounge chairs to meet demand. 

The property’s three restaurants are well-liked among past guests and visitors from other hotels in Las Vegas. The crown jewel just might be Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, a Michelin-rated chef whose restaurant serves French cuisine. Other options include the Asian-themed MOzen Bistro and the Pool Cafe’s American menu. The Tea Lounge is a swish spot to sip tea and cocktails, or snack on sweets. The sleek Mandarin Bar has a sophisticated interior and fabulous city views. Keep in mind that, like its instantly recognizable name brand suggests, you're paying a premium for food and drinks at this hotel.

The 27,000-square-foot spa is a sleek space that offers massages, hydrotherapy, beauty services, and Turkish hammam. Day passes are available for a fee. Hotel guests opting for a digital detox can check their phones with the hotel during their stays. The wood- and mirror-paneled gym has Techno Gym treadmills, a Kinesis machine, elliptical machines, stationary and recumbent bicycles, free weights, and dumbbells. There’s also a Pilates reformer. Free classes range from yoga to Pilates to strength training. The hotel also provides running maps for an outdoor jog. 

The concierge can arrange transportation, dinner and show reservations, tours, and babysitters. Mandarin Oriental provides free transportation (when available) to any location within a one-mile radius of the hotel. Valet parking is available, as is laundry service (both come with fees). There's a champagne vending machine in the lobby, plus free coffee and tea in the lobby. The hotel has meeting rooms and Wi-Fi is included in the hotel's mandatory resort fee.

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Address

3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89158-4382, United States

Phone

(702) 590-8888

Room Types

  • Apex Suite
  • CityScape Room
  • Dynasty Suite
  • Emperor Suite
  • Executive Suite
  • Mandarin Executive Room
  • Mandarin Premier Room
  • Mandarin Room
  • Mandarin Suite
  • Premier Suite
  • Strip View Room
  • Strip View Suite
  • Taipan Suite

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