As part of the dazzling CityCenter, Mandarin Oriental has the advantage of being the smallest venue in the complex. Having only 400 rooms allows for a more intimate Vegas experience. It also means that the high level of customer service—something the Mandarin Oriental chain is known for in the rest of the world—is felt immediately, right from the moment you take the elevator up 23 floors to check in.
Even though you’re likely paying a premium price to stay in this exclusive hotel, the rooms aren’t enormous, starting at around 500 square feet. What you’re paying for is the luxury of the space, done in subtle, but modern Asian decor, beautifully furnished with great attention to design details, like the dark woods and chrome finishes throughout, mother-of-pearl headboards, and vases of fresh cut flowers. A frosted panel of glass separates the open tub from the rest of the room, allowing natural light to bathe you while you soak away. It’s certainly one of the most serene rooms I’ve ever stayed in, perhaps thanks to good feng shui. Or maybe because I feel like I’m not in Las Vegas when I’m here.
That 23rd-floor lobby also serves traditional tea service in the afternoons, in both Chinese and European styles, though you can Vegas-ize your experience to include champagne. The Mandarin Bar, occupying the corner of that floor, offers romantic views of the Strip through floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, and is a delightfully fancy-schmancy place to have a cocktail in the evenings. Add to this the temple of fine dining by French chef Pierre Gagnaire and you’ve got a floor you don’t have to leave for an entire night.
The more casual Mozen Bistro features both Asian and continental cuisine, while the secluded pool deck oasis also has its own cafe.
But if you want to do anything else, like see a show or gamble, you’ll have to step outside of the Mandarin Oriental bubble. Fortunately, with Aria and the Shops at Crystals just outside your door, you won’t have to go far.
- Grace Bascos