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Location: , California, US
Casino Game: Craps

Vegas Fave 10 (The Hard Way)

1: People watching in Encore
2: L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
3: Bouchon
4: A good run at Craps
5: The bar at Mandarin Oriental
6: Four Seasons Pool
7: Getting hammered somewhere
8: Wandering the strip
9: Sigma Derby
10: Spearmint Rhino


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Mandarin Oriental

Mandarin Oriental in Vegas oozes an aura of sophistication and calm. They must be pumping it into the air. Polite, friendly, professional service is the name of the game at this property. It's the little things that make MO different from the rest. A story: I had to leave for an early morning flight back home. I spoke to concierge and asked for him to arrange for a taxi to take me to McCarran. Sure enough, the next morning I walk out of the hotel on time, and the taxi was waiting. But that wasn't the half of it. The Taxi driver, while polite, mumbled something about having to sit there for 15 minutes. Why? So he could be there even if I arrived early. I tipped the cabbie extra. But I also appreciated the thoughtfulness of the front desk to make sure that someone would be there, promptly. MO is about the little things.

Four Seasons

Four Seasons: luxury at a discount. Do you like the service you get at the Wynn and Encore Tower suites? Does the attention to detail and the friendliness of service of Mandarin Oriental make your heart sing? Don't have that much cash? The answer is Four Seasons. Yes, the rooms are a little tired but the trademark Four Seasons service still shines despite the stigma of having to share a building with Mandalay Bay. The pool service here is top top notch. My wife once had a nearby landscaping light shining in her face one dusk and someone to do something about it. To her amusement, the pool-person literally kicked the light out of position with his foot (possibly breaking it) so that it wouldn't blind her anymore. That's service! Guests of the hotel also get to use the outstanding Mandalay Bay pool facility for no charge. Experience the wave pool, then retreat to the tiny oasis of the Four Seasons pool. Room rates are almost always cheaper than Mandarin Oriental and Wynn. The best deals are the "stay two nights, get one free" packages.

Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn and Encore always creates mixed feelings in me. I love the look of the Casino. When I feel spendy, I enjoy playing there. As a people watching spot, both Wynn and Encore know no equal as the pretty people walk by to and from XS. And yet.... Having stayed at the Wynn Tower Suites, in a Salon Suite no less, I couldn't help feeling that the service and the attention to detail was a little less than what I could have had at Four Seasons or Mandarin Oriental. This is not to say that the staff wasn't kind but there was a certain edge missing. I had to call a few times to get room service dishes cleared. I got only marginal advice from the concierge staff. The room was nice, but at Four Seasons and especially at Mandarin Oriental, the staff just went that extra little mile to make you feel comfortable. Wynn Las Vegas, oh I want to love you so. I want to stay with you forever. But the fact that I don't gamble thousands of dollars makes me feel less at your properties. I love your rooms. I love your casinos. I love your bars. But when I interact with your staff, I don't get the same treatment I can at FS and MO, and that always creates a bit of difficulty. I'll come stay with you when I have the coin, but when push comes to shove, I can always take a cab to you, but who I sleep with is forever.

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