Everyone has their own preconceived notions of Las Vegas; flashy showgirls, 24/7 gambling, sophisticated entertainment and heat -it’s hot in the Nevada desert. If you haven’t visited sin city in a couple of years and you enjoy fine dining, spa time and high-end shopping, book yourself a flight to Vegas.
The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, a luxury hotel with 392 rooms, as well as private residences, is located at the entrance of CityCenter on the Las Vegas Strip. After a stay, you’ll understand why the property has received an AAA Five Diamond Award rating. Service is everything at this Forbes five-star hotel. Of course, luxury comes with a price. This place is not cheap, but the Las Vegas Boulevard location, attention to details, such as the fresh flowers throughout the property and personable service, make this an easy choice for a first-class vacation.
Mandarin Premier Room
The most spacious rooms in the joint, next to luxury suites, Mandarin Premier rooms offer commanding views of the Las Vegas Strip and special in room features. I’m being sexist here, but the ladies will appreciate the contemporary design and the large bathroom, while the men will like the walk in closet. It took me awhile to locate the control panel to operate the black out curtains, but once my head hit the pillow, I slept like a baby. The best rates may be found on the internet. My room rented for $380-$410 per night, depending on the season. Some rooms are ADA accessible.
Shanghi in Las Vegas
Reflective of 1930’s Shanghi, The Spa at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, is worth a splurge. A day pass can be had during the week for $50, $60 on the weekend, and gives you access to the vitality pool, steam room, Laconium, and my personal favorite, the Experiential Rain Shower. From an island storm to a tropical rain, music and lights pulse in a cascade of water. The 27,000 square foot spa features 17 treatment rooms with seven of those rooms being private couples suites. There is also a fitness center and yoga studio. (Yes, I took an 8:30 a.m. yoga class before my massage and it was the perfect way to start my morning. The instructor, a former dancer, was welcoming and demonstrated all poses for both beginners and advanced students.)
Mid-week spa appointments will save slightly on the credit card. My Mandarin Oriental Essence Massage was a 60 minute, full body massage and cost $200. $180 Monday-Thursday.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas dining with a Twist
If you have come to Las Vegas for fun, you’ll want to keep the adventures going with dinner at Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s Twist restaurant. While Gagnaire has earned three Michelin stars for his restaurant in Paris, his French country approach to cooking at Twist and emphasis on seasonal products (the menu changes quarterly) is the perfect link between the food and the quality of the guests.
The Daily Golden access fee of $24 does come with perks. For the fee guests receive tea and coffee at the morning Expresso Bar, unlimited inroom internet access, local and toll free calls, access to fitness center, locker rooms, fitness classes (including yoga, pilates and kinesis wall training) daily newspaper upon request, overnight shoe shine service and boarding passes printed at the front desk. Room tax is an additional 12%.
Article written by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. Photos courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. I was a guest of Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.