Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip is a luxury hotel owned by the MGM Mirage. Oddly enough the top four floors are used by the Four Seasons Hotel but the rest are open to Mandalay Bay guests. In addition, there is a 43 story tower connected to Mandalay Bay which contains the hotel at Mandalay Bay which is a super luxurious hotel and gets a personal thumbs up from me, two thumbs up in fact. From the outside Mandalay Bay is a gleaming gold which is caused by gold leaf on the windows.
Staying at Mandalay Bay
The rooms at Mandalay Bay have recently been remodeled and designed to be soft and inviting and encourage sleep. The 550 DR rooms actually refer to 550 square feet deluxe room. These rooms are very reasonably priced and aptly decorated. 600 SS rooms are 610 square foot spa suites, their design is a little more exciting and the spa is a nice touch and they’re still really reasonably priced. 750 GR suites are 765 square foot great room suites with a “unique playpen couch” and extended living space. 1050 SV, 1050 square foot Sky View Suite is the place to stay if you’re looking for knock out views of the city, it also has a separate living area and the price has now jumped up to $300. 1500 X2 and 1500 X3 are 1450 square feet with an additional bedroom. Vista Suite rooms give you 180 degree views of the strip and are really pretty decadent – the shocker is their small $350 price tag. A Media Suite jumps up to $500 a night and has a massive media center with a 65-inch plasma TV.
The suites at the hotel are priced in the same range but features the best in modern contemporary design, scads of flat screen televisions and there is more than enough room to move around.
Attractions at Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay has two of the best attractions in Las Vegas if you ask me and both are oddly enough water themed for this desert town. Mandalay Bay Beach is amazing, The Beach is open every day from 8am to 7pm and Moorea Beach Club is open on weekends. The 11 acre beach features a wave pool, a lazy river, three swimming pools, a jogging track and 2,700 tons of sand. There’s even a beachside casino if you can’t leave the gaming alone. The Moorea Beach Club is for the 21 and older crowd and basically just gets you away from families that believe Vegas is a good place for children.
The other great attraction at Mandalay Bay is the Shark Reef Aquarium. This is the only predator based aquarium and exhibit in North America, packed with sharks, sawfish, giant rays, endangered green sea turtles, piranha, moon jellies, and rare golden crocodiles. There are more than 2000 animals in 1.6 million gallons of seawater. The best part is guests can tune their flat screen TVs in to the shark reef channel and watch all day or listen to the calming sounds of the tank at night.
Gaming at Mandalay Bay
Like most casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, Mandalay Bay offers blackjack, craps, roulette, baccarat, let it ride, pai gow, poker, and slots. There are a whole slew of poker games you can get in on and there are tournaments you can enter if you think you have the chops. The sports book at Mandalay Bay claims to be the one and only place to watch and play year round. If you’re a big gambler expect special VIP treatment throughout your stay at Mandalay Bay.
Shopping at Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay doesn’t offer as much shopping as some of the other hotels and most of their stores are gimmicky souvenir stores so if you’re looking to find high end clothing or beautiful mementos of your trip then you may want to step outside of Mandalay Bay for your shopping excursions.
Dining at Mandalay Bay
The food at Mandalay Bay is what you’d expect from a luxury hotel with some of the best restaurants in town. Their signature restaurants include Mix, Fleur de Lys, Aureole, China Grill, Shanghai Lilly, Red Square, Trattoria Del Lupo, rumjungle, Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood, and STRIPSTEAK. For a more casual dining experience but one that still ranks pretty high you could try Giorgio Ristorante, Border Grill, House of Blues, Burger Bar, Red, White and Blue, Verandah, Noodle Shop, the café, and Mizuya. And if you’re just looking for a quick snack before heading out to the beach, Raffles Café, Bayside Buffet, Starbucks, and Gary Canter’s Delicatessen are great stops.
Entertainment at Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay is sort of fight central in Las Vegas, it’s the place to go if you want to see the latest big ring brawl. But fighting isn’t the only thing on the menu at Mandalay Bay, the hotel hosts a ton of incredible music acts and the arena is gigantic so the shows are large, loud and thumping with excitement. In addition Disney’s The Lion King, the Broadway version, is the long time running theatrical presentation at Mandalay Bay so there is a bit of variety in their productions but it’s the live music acts and fights which really are the big draw. Photo credit: Rojer
3950 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89119