Before Nobu, the Cromwell, and Mandarin Oriental, if you wanted a true boutique hotel in Las Vegas, your only option was the Four Seasons. Not that that was a bad thing—Four Seasons’ reputation for luxury and attentive service is unrivaled worldwide. Except now there are a few more rivals on the Strip. But the Four Seasons still exudes class, from the picturesque lobby to all 424 rooms located on the top five floors of Mandalay Bay.

Today, those rooms are even more handsome and contemporary. Cool, mod-style patterns on the walls plus well-placed mirrors make the standard rooms feel bigger than their allotted 500 square feet, while retro lamps and jacquard-patterned footstools at the end of the bed provide contrasting industrial and lush textures. And the bathrooms! Shiny chrome finishes, backlit mirrors, and a lack of frame around the shower glass make the space feel seamless, and therefore bigger. Somehow the beauty of the space rubs off: I don’t know how they do it, but the lighting in them makes every guest look 10 years younger. The hotel’s high perch allows for sweeping views; those rooms directly overlooking the Strip command a steeper price.

One of the best things about Four Seasons is that, despite its connection to the massive resort next door, it’s as secluded as they come, perfect for its discerning, and often celebrity guests. It has its own pool, two restaurants (the Verandah serves afternoon tea), and an excellent bar in the lobby. The private driveway and cul-de-sac are surrounded by palm trees and other tropical foliage, shielding guests from the typical Vegas loudness (in volume and garishness). This sense of calm carries throughout the entire resort, from the pleasant check-in, until you arrive in your beautiful room. But if guests want to leave this serene space to immerse themselves in the true Vegas experience, they can simply bop next door to the Mandalay Bay.


Service is superb—if they say 20 minutes for room service, you can expect your food in 19 1/2 minutes. Children are encouraged and welcomed with gifts of toys and goodies, rooms are childproofed in advance, and the list of comforts available for the asking is a yard long.