The Mandalay Bay was never really high up on my places to stay in Vegas, it just didn’t have the same appeal as the likes of the Aria, Cosmopolitan and Wynn have. doesn’t have any world famous attractions like the Bellagio fountains or the Mirage’s volcano to lure passing tourists so I had never actually been inside it before. The fact that it’s at the far end of the strip away from everything doesn’t exactly help its case either. I got a great rate for 1 night so I decided to give it a go.
Located at the north end of the strip, the Mandalay Bay marks the end of the strip on the north side, there’s nothing much else past it. It is connected by monorail to the neighbouring Luxor and Excalibur resorts, which in turn are opposite the MGM grand. Walking to Bellagio/Caesars would take a good 40-50 min, taxi ride would be 5-10 minutes.
The resort itself has 3000+ rooms, large conference and concert arena which hosts the likes of 1 Direction, Muse and Britany Spears. Then there’s Mandalay Place, a shopping centre with 40 shops such as Nike Golf and Urban Outfitters, restaurants and bars, including Rí Rá Irish bar. Mandalay Place is within the skywalk, a link that connects you to the Luxor resort by foot.
I absolutely loved the room. I booked a deluxe room, which was absolutely massive, 550sq feet. The bathroom was easily 3 times the size of the Yotel room I stayed at in Gatwick. It had a huge Jacuzzi bath, double sinks and a flat screen over the counter.
In the room itself it had a king sized bed, 42″ HD flat screen and a really cool square sofa unit that was great for kicking back on while on the laptop.
No complaints here, room was spotless. The cleaning lady was a little too eager to clean in the morning though, see below.
The guy working reception was very helpful and friendly, telling stories of the weather from past guests coming from the UK. Apparently I was his first Irish guest he has checked in. He was curious does it actually rain that much in the UK and Ireland.
The cleaning lady came knocking on my door at 8:40 to clean the room, even though checkout was at 11. She came back again at 10 and I told her I wasn’t leaving the room till 11. Sure enough at 11am on the button she was at the door again knocking. Surely front desk and housekeeping should be communicating when guests check out and are still in their room?
Top marks here, wifi available throughout the property free of charge for as many devices as you like. Fast too.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Mandalay Bay Resort and all it has to offer. I would definitely come back.
Total Score: 88%