Does Las Vegas need another luxury hotel? Especially now? The Mandarin Oriental wants you to say yes.
The Asian hotelier is a brand name most famous outside of the United States. Although they have properties across the world in Asia and Europe, this is only their sixth US hotel but they have entered the Las Vegas market with quite a statement.
As a part of the massive CityCenter development, the non-gaming Mandarin Oriental welcomes guests with what is probably the most stunning lobby in town. Located on the 23rd floor, the "Sky Lobby" is a simple black and red affair but is lined with floor to ceiling windows that soak in views of The Strip that can't be beat. Be sure to take a wander through after dark for the full impact of the city lights.
Unsurprisingly the entire property has an Asian theme to it but it is, thankfully, low key and quite tasteful. Perhaps the most obvious nod to the Oriental part of its name is the practice of its service employees to press hands together and bow respectfully to guests. Feel free to bow back.
There are just over 600 units in the building with roughly 400 of them being hotel rooms and the rest upscale condo residences. There are separate entrances and elevators for people who live there but they have access to all of the properties amenities including the restaurants, pool, and spa.
Regarding the latter, it is located on the 7th and 8th floors of the building and also feature some spectacular views. All of the spa treatment rooms and several of its public areas feature windows so you can get a massage or soak in the hot tub while gazing at The Strip. The pool area is also located up here so get some rays while you are taking in the views.
A selection of gourmet dining and cocktail venues are offered on property, including the hotel's signature restaurant from award-winning Chef Pierre Gagnaire featuring classic French cuisine with a modern spin. Located in the 23rd floor Sky Lobby, the restaurant offers similar impressive views with its floor-to-ceiling windows as does the nearby Mandarin Bar.
That's it in terms of onsite facilities but note that it is a short walk to the rest of what CityCenter has to offer including gaming, dining, and nightlife at Aria and the shopping and dining at Crystals.
The standard rooms are comfortably proportioned but not huge. It feels very much like a standard hotel room in terms of size but the subtle Asian inspired décor, all using the highest quality materials, makes it feel special and definitely luxurious. Beds are big and fluffy with crisp white linens; a built in entertainment unit features a mini-bar and a 42" flat screen television; a work desk allows you take advantage of the wired or wireless Internet capability; and the glass lined bathroom is appropriately marbled and stuffed with amenities. It's nothing ground-breaking but it's all very nice.
Larger and more luxury rooms and suite are available.
There are a couple of notable features. First, as with most of CityCenter, the rooms here are high-tech with a centralized control system (via a touchscreen or the TV) controls everything from lighting to temperature to drapes. Second is the valet closet with access from both inside the room and the hall. This allows guests to drop off their dry cleaning or get their morning paper without having to open the door.
Service is the hallmark of the Mandarin Oriental brand and it goes way beyond the bowing. Since it's a relatively small property (at least in Vegas terms) they have the ability to go out of their way to make sure that every guest is treated very well and the feeling of being at a true luxury resort is palpable.
It's difficult to pinpoint the range of rates for the Mandarin Oriental as they seem to be all over the map - even more so than most Vegas hotels. The original pricepoint was going to be very high - think over $300 per night - but I'm seeing rooms as low as $170 during the week and under $200 on some weekends (plus a $39 plus tax per night resort fee of course). Those are good rates for a hotel of this caliber but don't expect to always get them that cheap.
And don't forget about the extras, which pile up quickly here. They charge a sky-high resort fee and charge for overnight parking, one of the few hotels in Vegas that does. Regarding the latter you can park for free at neighboring Aria and hoof it if you want to save some bucks, but then again you probably wouldn't be staying here if you cared too much about that.
So... does Vegas need another luxury hotel? If it does, then it certainly couldn't do much better than the Mandarin Oriental.