With a level of service that the huge hotels cannot come close to, the 392-room Mandarin Oriental is one of the rare, non-casino luxury hotels that provide an almost residence-like respite within steps of all that makes Las Vegas Las Vegas. Located midway along the Strip at CityCenter—an address it shares with the megaresort Aria and the Shops at Crystals—it is Asian-influenced in its decor, its service, and its Zen-like serenity. Business guests favor it, especially those who can afford the China-size suites, but so do deep-pocketed families. The best check-in-with-a-view in all of Las Vegas happens at the 23rd-story Sky Lobby, whose Las Vegas Strip panoramas can be enjoyed just off the lobby, in the Mandarin Bar or Twist restaurant. Spectacular Strip and city views are a theme throughout the hotel; a whirlpool with a view, anyone?
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With one of the biggest casinos and restaurant/entertainment complexes in Las Vegas at the Aria, and with pretty much the same at the Bellagio a few steps in the other direction, Mandarin Oriental guests don’t have to go far to find activity on the Strip. But should they want to head off to the XS nightclub at Encore, or either of French “chef of the century” Joël Robuchon’s restaurants at the MGM Grand, the Mandarin Oriental’s Mercedes house car can drop them off.
Need to Know
Rooms: 392 rooms, including 57 suites. From $195. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The main restaurant,Twist, is the only American venue for famed French chef Pierre Gagnaire, whose eponymous Paris eatery has three Michelin stars. Twist’s menu is classic French with—surprise!—a twist, while the more casual restaurant, Mozen Bistro, is contemporary Asian. Spa and gym details: The Mandarin Oriental Spa has 17 treatment rooms, including seven couples’ suites, with the rooms, rare for a spa, looking out on the Strip through floor-to-ceiling windows. The fitness center offers a range of personal training, yoga, and Pilates sessions.
Who’s it for: Business travelers and well-heeled families who want to be at the center of the Strip, but with the ability to shut it out simply by stepping into their hotel lobby. Our favorite rooms: Because Strip views are an element running throughout the hotel from check-in onwards, keep ’em coming with the 270-degree panoramas in the Apex Suites on floors 20–22. Special delivery: For the security-conscious (or shy),a privacy cupboard allows items to be delivered to a room without the door having to be opened.