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Mandalay Bay - The Real Deal :
Mandalay Bay has a huge casino floor. If you're not sitting at a table, you may as well forget about getting drink service at your slot or video poker machine. Mandalay Bay has the worst casino floor drink service ever. Oh, and if your cash out ticket gets caught in the machine and you need assistance from a slot tech... you can pretty much forget that too. We've been trapped at a machine waiting to cash out on three occasions for about 15 minutes each (on separate trips no less). Horrible. The dealers are pretty nice though and drink service at the table games is quick and often.
Location of Mandalay Bay:
Located on the most southern end of the strip, it is a tad isolated, but not lacking for guests. It is a popular place and the LuXor, Excalibur are a short monorail ride away... New York-New York and the Tropicana a short walk after that. The closest Strip Monorail stop is MGM Grand. Have a nice hike.
Mandalay Bay History
Opened March 2, 1999 on the site of the long standing Vegas landmark The Hacienda, the opulent Mandalay Bay (code named 'Project Paradise') cost a staggering $950 Million dollars to construct, and is the southern-most mega-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. It's fantastic pools (wave pool, lazy river ride and more), filling stations (The Bar, RumJungle, Red Square, Auerole, House of Blues), attractions (The Spa, Shark Habitat) and 135,000 square feet of casino madness are all top notch experiences designed to blow your mind. If that weren't enough, LuXor Egypt and Ye Olde Merry Excalibur are a two minute monorail ride away.
THEhotel, a boutique addition out back opened on December 17th, 2003 and offers some of the smartest rooms in Vegas... it's a damn shame the service isn't up to snuff... when they concentrate on the customer, THEhotel could give every high ticket resort a run for it's room service.
The Rooms at Mandalay Bay
Most of Mandalay Bay's guest rooms were redesigned in 2007. Room options now include: Deluxe, Spa, Great Room, eXtra Bedroom and SkyView - which equate to fancy names (and higher prices) for new wallpaper and furniture. Each room features pillow top mattresses, minibars, flat screen tv's (one for the bedroom and one in the john), wifi internet (for a fee) iPod docks and separate jacuzzi tubs and shower stall.
Restaurants at Mandalay Bay
Mandalay Bay has an excellent mix of restaurants, including a number of upscale joints that have received Michelin Star ratings. Mix - features an American take on French cuisine with sumptuous steaks and chops, plus the view is spectacular. Fleur de Lys - traditional French cuisine, not our cup of tea but Chef Hubert Keller is a master. Aureole - American cuisine fired up by Charlie Palmer. China Grill - Asian fusion. Shanghai Lilly - Chinese. Red Square - Russian, wha? Yeah stroganoff, vodkas, steaks, seafood done up in a contemporary Russian style. Trattoria Del Lupo - Italian food by Wolfgang Puck, whose food we've never found to be particularly excellent. rumjungle - Caribbean, Cuban, Brazilian. RM Seafood - we've never been here, tell us what you think. STRIPSTEAK - Michael Mina's steakhouse.
Mandalay Bay also features a bunch of casual and quick bite joints including the House of Blues, Border Grill, Giorgio (Italian), Noodle Shop, Verandah, Red White and Blue and the Burger Bar. Raffles Cafe is their 24 hour coffee shop and the Bayside Buffet is nothing to write home about.
Mandalay Bay Tips
Rock and Roll!!! If you like things like The Go Go's and Toby Keith, this place is for you - the House of Blues brings in the best national touring bands.
The two lines for the Shark Tank exhibit can be quite long on weekends. Make reservations. Two lines? Yep. One for tickets, then one to git in. Looooooooong. Makes one think about starting an 'i'll stand in line for ya' business.
Oh, yeah, one more thing. The best pool in Vegas. The wave pool hosts 'surfing' competitions.