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Mandalay Bay / Delano / Four Seasons Las Vegas

Updated on November 1, 2015

Mandalay Bay spools up the FTL drive

Mandalay Bay spools up the FTL drive. I had been watching too much "Battlestar Galactica" when I doctored up this photo.
Mandalay Bay spools up the FTL drive. I had been watching too much "Battlestar Galactica" when I doctored up this photo. | Source

Mandalay Bay Las Vegas (an MGM Mirage resort) is one of the best resorts you could choose for your Las Vegas vacation. Don't let the fact that it typically costs less than Venetian, Palazzo, Bellagio, Wynn, or Encore lead you to believe that it's an inferior experience in comparison to those properties.... because it isn't.

Mandalay Bay & Jupiter

Mandalay Bay as seen from the 30th floor of Luxor
Mandalay Bay as seen from the 30th floor of Luxor

Many travelers just book a room at a hotel without considering what different types of rooms a property may offer. What the hotel calls their "deluxe room" is normally their smallest, least expensive, most ordinary room type. Some small hotels and motels don't have a different room type. Most Las Vegas strip properties, however, offer choices ranging from a basic 350 square foot room to a 4,000 square foot 3 bedroom suite. You've also got choices regarding views (strip view, mountain view, pool view), beds (two queens or one king), smoking or nonsmoking, and even various room towers to choose from (for example, at the Luxor you can have a pyramid room or a tower room.)

At Mandalay Bay, their smallest most basic room (what they call the 550DR or 550 square foot Deluxe Room) is quite fantastic in comparison to basic rooms offered by most other hotels. Request a strip view and you'll feel like a high roller without having to spend like a high roller. You get a huge flat screen TV mounted on the wall, a cool looking modern decor (no frilly foo foo nonsense like Venetian or Paris), fully stocked mini fridge and snack bar, a floor to ceiling window, plenty of room to move around, and a giant bathroom with ANOTHER flat screen TV (although a much smaller one) two sinks, a tub, a separate shower stall, and sub-bathroom which contains the toilet and a telephone. We stayed here in December 2008 and loved it. We felt Mandalay Bay offered the best deal we've ever had, and that's after 16 other trips we've made to Las Vegas.

View from Mandalay Bay

Night view from Mandalay Bay
Night view from Mandalay Bay

Your room will of course be the smallest area you'll experience at Mandalay Bay. In addition to the huge casino, you've got access to a gym, an artificial beach, swimming pools, the Shark Reef Aquarium, Bali Hai Golf Club (the only championship golf course on the Las Vegas strip)... the House of Blues, Rumjungle, EyeCandy sound lounge, Mix lounge, 22 different places to eat including the fancy Red Square and the casual Canter's Deli... plus 27 shops in the Mandalay Place mall which connects to the Luxor.

Daytime view from Mandalay Bay (at high zoom)

High zoom view from Mandalay Bay, December 16, 2008 at 9:47 a.m. It snowed heavily in Las Vegas the next day, closing McCarran Airport.
High zoom view from Mandalay Bay, December 16, 2008 at 9:47 a.m. It snowed heavily in Las Vegas the next day, closing McCarran Airport.

If cost is of no concern to you then Steve Wynn is probably sending a private limo to pick you up at the airport to bring you to the Wynn resort, where you're fully comped into a luxury penthouse suite. If you can't afford a taxi from the airport then you better stay at Circus Circus or Excalibur. If you're a person who appreciates luxury but can't always afford it, and if you can spend a littie extra without causing yourself a financial crisis, we highly recommend Mandalay Bay as your hotel choice in Las Vegas.

Delano Las Vegas

Mandalay Bay's second room tower, marketed as a separate property called Delano (formerly THEhotel). We shot this photo from the 30th floor of the Luxor pyramid on December 24, 2006.
Mandalay Bay's second room tower, marketed as a separate property called Delano (formerly THEhotel). We shot this photo from the 30th floor of the Luxor pyramid on December 24, 2006.

Delano - built in 2003 - was originally branded as a second Mandalay Bay room tower, then was renamed THEhotel in 2006. In 2013 the name was changed to Delano. Delano is priced a bit higher than Mandalay Bay since every room is a suite with a minimum size of 750 square feet, compared to Mandalay Bay's minimum room size of 550 square feet. Delano has a restaurant and nightclub (Mix) on the top floor and also has its own multi level parking garage, but does not have its own casino.

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