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Hotel Highlights

  • Pierre Gagnaire restaurant
  • The best spa in town
  • Respite from the casinos

Overview

The only sure bet in Sin City may be booking a hotel room at the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. High above the Strip, the glass tower is a high-rolling refuge of calming Asian-decorated suites, a serene spa and a top-notch restaurant, with nary a slot machine in sight.

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Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

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Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

392, including 57 suites.

Check–out

12pm, but flexible, subject to availability (and a half-day charge). Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $195.00, excluding tax at 12 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional resort fee of $25.00 per room per night on check-out.

More details

Rates exclude à la carte breakfast ($24).

Also

Modelled on 1930s-era Shanghai, the 17-room award-winning spa offers Asian treatments, including qi-balancing. Enormous and split over two levels, it includes elaborate spa suites, a Chinese foot spa, relaxation lounges, a hammam, a salon and a yoga studio.

At the hotel

Spa (with sauna, steam room, hammam and 17 treatment rooms); fitness centre; yoga studio; beauty salon. In rooms: flatscreen TV, CD/DVD player, iPod dock, WiFi, minibar, Shanghai Tang toiletries.

Our favourite rooms

Each room has beautiful Asian-inspired art and excellent natural light. Choose a Mandarin Premier Room on one of the highest levels (up to 22): they are more spacious than the Standard Strip View rooms, and have unparalleled views. High rollers should spring for the Emperor Suite, which has wall-to-wall views of the Strip, an open kitchen and a theatre room.

Poolside

There are two lap pools and two heated plunge pools, all with views of CityCenter.

Packing tips

Don’t forget your suits – both a leisure suit for taking on the town and a swimsuit if you dip into the hotel’s four pools.

Also

Don’t fret if you leave your chargers at home. Each room has a technology box stocked with the various cords and wires you may need to use during your stay.

Children

If you do choose to bring your brood to SIn City, Mandarin Oriental welcomes them with open arms. The hotel can provide free baby cribs, bath toys and in-room entertainment; babysitting is available at a rate of $45 an hour, with a minimum of four hours.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

The acclaimed Twist by Pierre Gagnaire is one of the best restaurants in town. The Michelin-starred chef prepares three- or six-courses tastings, along with seasonal à la carte dishes using California wagyu beef and other best-of-the-best ingredients in modern, often-molecular preparations. The dining room has an other-worldly quality, with sculpted branches and butterflies emerging from the ceilings. MOzen Bistro is the all-day dining option, an understated restaurant on the third floor serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, all with Asian influences. The kitchen specialises in bento boxes at dinner, and has a customisable box of Thai, Korean, Japanese and Indian options. There is also the Pool Café, which serves lighter fare for breakfast and lunch.

 

Hotel Bar

Mandarin Bar feels like a boozy jewellery box in the sky. Set on the 23rd floor, the bar has backlit shelves, glowing drops of light and a ceiling to designed to look like the night sky The menu includes small bites and a selection of flavoured martinis. The cucumber-cilantro margarita is particularly refreshing. It is closed on Sundays.

 

Last orders

Twist serves dinner from 6pm until 10pm, Tuesday to Thursday, and until 10.30pm on Friday and Saturday. MOzen Bistro serves from 6.30am until 10pm. The Pool Café serves from 8am until 6pm. The bar opens at 5pm Monday through Saturday.

Room service

A lengthy menu of breakfast fare, soups, salads and entrees is available for delivery 24 hours a day.

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Dress code

Go ahead and gild the lily: this is Vegas, so jewels, labels and bespoke fashions abound.

Top table

Request a table at Twist by the window to soak in city’s neon glows and fountain shows. Or bag a seat with a view of the semi-open kitchen.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

After you’ve visited the unparalleled spa, sipped rare brews in the tea lounge and soaked up desert sun by the pool, you’ll want to hit the town.

Call it the Broadway of the south-west: Vegas hosts an excellent line-up of shows. The aerial gravity-defiers behind Cirque du Soleil (www.cirquedusoleil.com) perform several different shows throughout town. Former Olympic divers show their aquatic stunts in the elegant O at the Bellagio. Mystère at Treasure Island, one of the more classic shows, is a nonstop whirl of acrobatics. There is also a steady stream of singers, performers and musicians who host one-night shows or long-running bonanzas.

If you want to get outside, Mojave Desert National Park sits 30 miles outside town on the road to Los Angeles. The sprawl of sand, wildflowers and Joshua trees creates a fantastic photo backdrop. Set up a hike, roam the abandoned mines or bring a picnic.

Modern gamblers aren’t the only fortune-seekers to find their way to the area. Back in the mid-19th century, the south-west was a mining hub. Check out the ghost towns, including Calico and Goldfield, that were left behind when the mines dried up. Arizona’s Chloride Mining Town near Hoover Dam once held gold, silver, lead and other precious troves. It was abandoned in the 1940s, but has found new life as an art colony. See sweeping murals, visit the old-fashioned saloon and check out the staged week-end gun shows.

Local restaurants

In much the same way that people keep summer homes, prominent chefs – including Thomas Keller, Wolfgang Puck, Michael Mina, Mario Batali and Joël Robuchon – maintain outposts in Vegas. Bouchon in the Venetian is Keller’s swish bistro, which has shellfish plateaux, juicy roast chicken and onion soup, all best enjoyed on the terrace (+1 702 414 6200; bouchonbistro.com). Spanish chef José Andrés combines Chinese and Mexican cuisine at China Poblano (+1 702 698 7900; www.chinapoblano.com) in the nearby Cosmopolitan. The inventive chef serves dim sum, spicy noodles, lobster tacos and fantastic ceviche. Batali dry-ages meat for up to eight months to tease out the beefiest flavour at Carnevino, his Italian steakhouse in the Palazzo (+1 702 789 4141; www.carnevino.com). Stray from the steaks only to try the pasta, including black fettuccine with crab. North-east of the strip on Sahara Avenue, Lotus of Siam serves some of the best Thai food in the country (+1 702 735 3033; www.saipinchutima.com). The chefs don’t hold back with spice, heaping extra chilli onto larb gai and noodles, so be sure to fight the fire with one of the crisp rieslings from the impeccable wine list.

Local bars

Lots of casino-revellers stroll the Strip with yard-long margaritas. Avoid the temptation and opt, instead, for a shrub at Sage inside the Aria (+1 877 230 2742; www.arialasvegas.com). Cocktails mix herbs and juices together for combinations such as the Desert Shrub, a tequila-based mix that includes grapefruit, sage and prosecco. Keep an eye out for the clever tea-infused mixes, or up the ante and choose something from the absinthe list. Longstanding cocktail joint Herbs & Rye on Sahara Avenue has survived many changes in town (702-982-8036 ;www.herbsandrye.com). These days, it’s a great late-night spot for steak and a stiff drink. We recommend the bartender’s choice.

Local cafés

No need to head all the way to California to try a famous In-n-Out Burger. Vegas has an outpost a few blocks from the hotel on Dean Martin Drive (+1 800 786 1000 or www.in-n-out.com). Order a Double-Double, ‘animal-style,’ and fries.

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Soul of the Strip

Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

3752 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89158, United States

The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is set in CityCenter on the Vegas Strip.

Planes

McCarran International Airport (www.mccarran.com) is a 10-minute drive from the hotel. Airlines operate flights from all major American cities. British Airways (www.ba.com) and American Airlines (www.aa.com) fly direct from London Heathrow. Flights from LAX take about an hour.

Trains

There are no main train lines connecting Las Vegas to other cities, but Greyhound buses provide links with Amtrak stations. The Las Vegas Monorail (www.lvmonorail.com) connects up the city, running along Paradise Road behind the Strip.

Automobiles

Once you arrive in Las Vegas, it’s easy to walk, find public transport or hail taxis between most destinations. Many visitors to Los Angeles choose to drive the 270-mile stretch to Vegas, a route that takes around four hours.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Zaib Shaikh , Pop culture pro

Mrs Smith and I were no strangers to the Las Vegas experience. We’d run off there with friends for lost weekends or on (slightly) more buttoned-up work junkets, but never together. With an anniversary and new jobs to celebrate we thought this Sybarite-seekers’ retreat a fitting destination for a tête-à-tête. So with a naughty wink and gleam in our eyes, we made…
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Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas

Anonymous review by Zaib Shaikh, Pop culture pro

Mrs Smith and I were no strangers to the Las Vegas experience. We’d run off there with friends for lost weekends or on (slightly) more buttoned-up work junkets, but never together.

With an anniversary and new jobs to celebrate we thought this Sybarite-seekers’ retreat a fitting destination for a tête-à-tête. So with a naughty wink and gleam in our eyes, we made our way for that other US destination that never sleeps – and doesn’t want anyone else to either.

Arriving (as everyone should) in the dark of night, the desert town was lit up like a scoreboard with dazzling lights, neon displays and the roar of a distant crowd heralding Floyd Mayweather’s latest knockout punch. A few sleepless nights can be a good thing, right? 

Before the non-stop action began though, we made our way to the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas, our Eastern-inspired oasis in the CityCenter complex. It’s perfectly positioned just a casual poker chip toss away from the throbbing main strip stacked with casino-laden hotels.

Sin City we expected, but ascending the 23 glassy floors up to reception, we found that this noise-cancelling tower was more like Zen City. Dropping our bags, we quickly toured our Strip View room. Styled in a tranquil taupe with pops of cranberry red, and accents like mercifully thick light-dimming drapes and a serene Buddha statue – a tasteful nod to the hotel’s overall design theme. The sprawling king size bed was tempting, and I could go on and on about how lovely the room was (which is true) but this is Vegas, baby, and the Mandarin Bar awaited…

Gazing at the glittering cityscape below, we sipped cocktails and nibbled on bites from the small-plates menu. Seared tuna tataki and lightly fried calamari were just the late-night fuel we needed. Strolling through he din of the nightclub beats we couldn’t resist a quick stop at the Blackjack table, before calling it a night. Well, beyond of the confines of our spacious room, anyway…

We eased into the next day at the hotel’s sleek (without being stuffy) Mozen Bistro with an East-meets-West menu and friendly, attentive service. A three-piece band played Jazz standards and the mimosas flowed a bit too easily – a very nice way to start a Sunday.

Sated we went in search for entertainment suggestions from the concierge. Doug, it turns out, was THE man to see about access to the hottest shows in town. Elton John, David Copperfield – this magic man could even swing VIP access to impossible-to-score Peep Show.

We decided to weigh our options over yet another meal. Las Vegas has clearly become the city which all top chefs and restaurateurs consider Mecca. And several top-notch celebrity-chef helmed restaurants were in easy stolling distance. Including the hotel's own Twist, where award-winning Paris chef Pierre Gagnaire whimsically reinvents French cuisine, offering deconstructed, semi-molecular dishes with high-rolling Vegas views.

There is the Las Vegas we expected. The one packed with fine dining at every turn, too many drinks, flashy showgirls, ka-ching casinos and star-studded performances by magicians and music legends. And yes, it’s really as fantastic as you’d imagine.

But then there was the Las Vegas we never thought possible. The soothing and serene side of this hedonist’s playground that existed in the hotel’s Spa and Wellness centre.

Stepping off the elevator into the spa reception area, a sublime calm gently washed over us as we took in the minimalist surroundings meant to evoke retro Shanghai. The faint echo of lutes and dulcimers wafted through the room, and we may as well have been floating in a tranquil lagoon as lotus flowers drifted past. Insider tip: definitely leave time before or after your appointments to experience the co-ed hammam, vitality pool, saunas and the relaxation lounges with sparkling city views.

Choosing the Qi Balancing Journey in one of the private couples suites, we were sent on a four-hour journey of peace and relaxation. Expert therapists guided us through a gently paced, but thoroughly satisfying, foot cleanse, body wrap, acupressure head massage and full body massage.

Waking from my slumber, I was greeted by a smiling and blissed out Mrs Smith. Reluctanly wrapping ourselves back into our robes, it was clear we had taken things down a notch in all the right ways.

The only wrinkle in our now baby-smooth skin was a mix-up in our generous late checkout, which resulted in an error with our room key cards. Waiting outside of our room, robes tightly hugging our bodies, the gambling-addled guests eyed us (with envy, we think) as they hustled by.

Making the best of this minor interruption to an otherwise perfect weekend, might have been a problem a few days ago when still in our harried-work-and-home mode. But in our newly chilled-out state, as if on cue, we broke into a duet and a fit of laughter… Viva Las Vegas! Viva, viva Las Vegas... 

The Guestbook

Reviews of Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

SilverSmith

Stayed on No children.

We loved

Quite simply the finest hotel I have ever stayed in. Flower petals in the bathroom when the room was turned down; doorbell instead of having to knock; special section for messages and packages that lit up when something was there for you, which meant no-one disturbed you… I couldn't remember if I was due a Mr & Mrs pressie on my arrival, but I couldn't care less when I realised what a fantastic hotel it was. The Mr & Mrs Smith price was stunning value and there is no casino, making the hotel an oasis in Las Vegas. The food is world class; the service was seamless. Room service saw my food in my room a matter of minutes after I ordered it. I am not that bothered about Las Vegas but I would go back just for the hotel. The people who work there are a delight and basically give you a masterclass in world-class luxury hotel accommodation. They walk you to the elevator once you have checked in – not an affectation; if you have never been in an establishment before you almost always lose your way once you leave reception. Total class.

Don’t expect

Nothing. This is the first time I have ever said that about any place I have stayed in, throughout the world.

Rating: 10/10 stars