For families who want a full-service hotel and non-partiers who can afford it, the Four Seasons Hotel is, at 424 rooms, one of the few moderately-sized (by Las Vegas standards) upscale accommodations on the Las Vegas Strip. Without a casino and situated at the extreme southern end of the Strip, putting it out of earshot of much of the frenzy, nothing about the hotel connotes “Vegas.” It could be a Four Seasons just about anywhere: the same serene ambience, the same classically stylish rooms, the same attentive staff, and the same bending-over-backwards for children.One of the secrets of the hotel’s success, however, is that the Four Seasons is actually a five-floor hotel-within-a-hotel, with a private passageway connecting it to the casino of the giant Mandalay Bay Resort. The pairing works because Four Seasons guests have their own private driveway, entrance, check-in, and concierge service. And if the quiet pool at the Four Seasons should prove too tame for a kid with his heart set on tubing down a lazy river, the Mandalay Bay attractions are all available to him, too.
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Because of the location at the southern end of the Las Vegas Strip, exploring all 3.5 miles of the Strip on foot is challenging. The free tram connecting the Mandalay Bay Resort with the Luxor and Excalibur helps, as does use of the Four Seasons Hotel’s complimentary car service. The Deuce, a double-decker bus that operates along the Strip 24 hours a day, is a good option ($8 for 24 hours, $20 for 72 hours), and taxis are plentiful. Popular family activities along the Strip are Mandalay Bay’s Shark Reef Aquarium, and, at the other end of Las Vegas Boulevard, the Discovery Children’s Museum. Golfers with as much cash as desire have access to the exclusive and highly ranked Shadow Creek Golf Club, where green fees are $500.
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Rooms: 424 rooms, including 81 suites. From $199. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: In the more formal restaurant, Charlie Palmer Steak, even the starches on the menu, such as the truffle baked potato, can be a worthy indulgence. For a more casual meal, when the weather is cool or the misters are on, sit outside and choose homemade pastas or wood-fired pizzas at the Verandah Italian café. The new lobby lounge, PRESS, presents coffee and croissants in the morning and fireside desserts at night. The 24 additional restaurants at Mandalay Bay are available to Four Seasons guests, too. Spa and gym details: At the Spa atFour Seasons Las Vegas, relax with a Desert Oasis massage, using warm stones and the Four Seasons’ signature desert blend oil. Unlike just about everywhere else in Las Vegas, use of the spa facilities and fitness center comes at no extra charge to guests.
Who’s it for: Families and serenity seekers who want to know that the option is there to dive into the full Las Vegas experience at the Mandalay Bay. Our favorite rooms: As much of staying at the Four Seasons can be pretending that Las Vegas doesn't exist, one way to experience this is from a Valley View Suite, with its high-up views of mountains and desert. Easy escape: For visitors who worry about getting to the airport on time, the Four Seasons is closer to McCarran International than any other hotel on the Strip.