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December 20-24; THEHotel/Wynn LV

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by ajpajp, Dec 24, 2006.

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  1. ajpajp

    ajpajp Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    I just returned from a 4 night stay in as Vegas! The 1st 2 nights were at THE Hotel at Mandalay Bay and the final 2 nights were at the Wynn. Got lucky on those room rates!
    THE Hotel: Registration was quick. The lobby is dimly lit, yet sleek and elegant. I once read its style described as 'NYC chic,' which is quite accurate. The room was excellent, with 2 flatscreen TVs and a 3rd flatscreen in the Bathroom. The Bedroom was spacious, as was the Bathroom with separate tub and shower. There was a 2nd toilet as well. The gym was nice and guests were allowed to use it at no charge; noone was waiting in the front to assess a fee for usage. Housekeeping was prompt and did a nice job. One downside is that THE Hotel is self-sufficient in many aspects, but does count on the main Mandalay Bay for many of its facilities (casino, most restaurants, theater, shopping, etc).
    Wynn: registration went very smoothly as well. In contrast, this hotel is very well-lit, with a lot of natural light in the lobby. It's very colorful as well. The room is excellent. There is one flatscreen TV in the room and a smaller one in the bathroom, which also has a separate tub and shower. The entire back wall of the room is a window, which gave a great view. The automated blinds were a nice touch! As others have mentioned, the bed and pillows are quite comfy! I did like that Wynn was a completely free standing hotel with all the facilities in one place. The fitness center costs $25/day for guests, so I declined. The room is also very colorful and well-lit. Overall, both hotels were excellent, but I did prefer Wynn over THE Hotel.
    My dining experiences were more of a mixed bag. Prices exclude tax and tip!
    Il Mulino (Forum Shops) was good, but the appetizer was WAY too greasy and the entree (breaded veal parmesan, $39.75) was pretty oily/heavy as well. Good food and great service, but they may as well have a Cardiologist on standby! I'm no health freak, but this was a bit excessive.
    Daniel Boulud Brasserie(Wynn) was nice. The braised short ribs ($44) were excellent; very tender. The veal cheeks were not on the menu. The banaa souffle ($13) was not so good; it felt like eating air. It was a pretty bad dessert
    Bayside Breakfast Buffet (Mandalay Bay) ($14.99) was not very good. Food was not that good and didn't seem too fresh.
    Stripsteak (Mandalay Bay) was very good! The 10 ounce American Kobe steak ($48) was good, though I may have preferred it medium-well vs medium. They gave complimentary duck fat fries, which were good but not great. The focaccia bread was good. The trio of pureed potatoes ($12) was good, but not spectacular. All desserts cost $10 and I went with the mini doughnuts with caramel ice cream and chocolate/caramel sauce. It was a good choice!
    The Country Club (Wynn) was excellent. Their hamburger ($16, but $19 after adding the grilled onions) was very good and the patty was so large, it was tough to fit in my mouth. It came with fries that were too salty. However, the crisp potatoes (normally $7, but $3 with the entree) were very good! One of my better meals and, at $22, one of the least expensive!
    SW Steakhouse (Wynn) was good, but pricey. I did like the bacon/cheese bread that others have enjoyed as well! The crab cake ($18) was very good but, at $18, the portion was WAY too small! The 9 ounce filet ($48) was also good, but not very large by the time it was cooked. I felt both of those items were too much money for not enough food. The Apple Charlot (sp?, kind of apple pie-like) ($12) was not that good. It came with some gingerbread ice cream, that was mediocre. SW was good but not worth $78.
    Stage Deli (Forum Shops) was a major disappointment. The hot Pastrami sandwhich ($10.25) was nowhere near as good as the ones at the major Delis (Katz, Carnegie, etc) in NYC. I have not eaten at Stage in NYC, but I am sure it would have been much better than the one in Vegas. This sandwhich was not very large, maybe 1/2 to 1/3 the size of its NYC counterparts. The meat was good, but not as good as in NYC! I left disappointed and even a bit hungry!
    Craftsteak (MGM Grand) was the best meal of the trip! The 10 ounce bone in ribeye ($44) was excellent! It did have some fat, but tasted very good. I got an order of french fries ($10) that was huge, so I took them back to my room (though they were pretty nasty this AM anyway!). Desserts are $10 each. The creme brule was excellent as well! Good food, excellent service, reasonable price! I could have walked away at $54 had it not been for the fries that I did not eat much of anyway!
     
  2. BrokenAlice

    BrokenAlice Tourist

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    Very nice and concise trip report. Did you do any gambling or take in any shows?
     
  3. ajpajp

    ajpajp Tourist

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    I did not see any shows. I'm not much of a gambler either. MGMMirage gave me a $35 slot credit as part of a promotion, so I walked away with $17.50. I played the penny machines at Wynn. I was up a little bit but got greedy, so ended up down $20-30.
     
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