Perenially popular and perennially under a state of construction, Las Vegas suffers from no paucity of travel incentives. The most recent one we encountered is this week's smart deal, and through this special offer with Travelocity Travelocity (tel. 888/TRAVELOCITY; www.travelocity.com), rooms at Mandalay Bay are priced from $110 per night, starting November 18. Specifically, this offer is valid if you book your flight and hotel package now until December 7 for travel November 18 through December 27, and it also comes with a $25 dining credit, two-for-one spa access, and a Mandalay Place Shopping package -- a $250 value. Blackout dates apply for travel November 30 through December 8.
Located at the opposite end of the strip from the likes of the Bellagio and the Venetian, Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is connected to the Luxor and Excalibur by the free monorail and its rooms have been recently renovated. Amenities include floor-to-ceiling windows, mattresses with pillowtops, 42-inch plasma televisions, iPod-ready alarm clock, wireless Internet, and an extended living area. Unique dining options abound, whether it's the onsite Vegas outpost of New York's Aureole or the high-end Russian vodka at Red Square. If you make it out of your room, the resort has a wave pool, an aquarium, the requisite casino and spa, and is situated on 60 acres. In terms of entertainment, Mandalay Bay is home to the Vegas outpost of the Broadway show Mamma Mia!, House of Blues, and a rotating cast of superstars and performers. If you want to stray even further afield from the strip, the Hoover Dam is within a half-hour's drive. Packages like this show that while the old haunts are regularly imploded to make way for the newer, bigger, more outrageous and expensive ones, even the "new" Vegas attractions are regularly upgraded in order to keep up with the booming competition.
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