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Giving Mandalay Bay a shot

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by ams722, Feb 14, 2013.

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  1. ams722

    ams722 Side Bet Shunner

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    Even though I was just in Vegas last month for the Lady Gaga concert, I'm fueling my addiciton again in March with a quick weekend getaway.

    I decided to try Mandalay Bay, since they were pretty generous with the discounted rates and comped me Friday night (I'm a pretty low roller, so any weekend night comped is good for me).

    My previous experience with Mandalay Bay is me and a buddy taking the tram there, walking around the casino for five minutes, and thinking "this is far away from humanity." But it is a nice casino and I tend to focus my play pretty close to where I'm staying so I don't think the location will be an issue for me.

    Anyone have any recommendations for restaurants and stuff? How is their buffet? I don't think I've even heard anyone ever mention it.

    How easy is it to get an upgrade with the $20 trick? Should I even bother?
     
  2. VegasKing

    VegasKing Low-Roller

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    The vibe in the casino is pretty good. Went to their buffet last time, and I am surprised more people do not talk about it. It was very good (around $30). The best part is that you get unlimited beer and wine while there. They are still preparing Light (opens April 26), so there may not be as many people during that time as normal.
     
  3. smartone

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    Nothing wrong with MB at all in my opinion unless, as you've noted, you wanna go wander The Strip. The property has everything I think one could want and for a weekend or whatever, so no reason to leave. Plus, it's not exactly Siberia... a quick cab ride can take you to the heart of the Strip or downtown. Rooms are some of the better in town and lots of food options as well. Personally, I don't think Aureole gets enough love on this board. I've been there several times over the years and never had a bad meal/time. Also am a fan of Burger Bar and their buffet is slightly more moderately priced I think than some of the "major" buffets, with outstanding quality. You won't be out there in March, but MB has a super pool area as well.
     
  4. Mattwall

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    I had the same "Where's everyone" feeling while walking through MB last October. Was staying at NYNY (love it) and went walking south, Luxor, Excal., etc. got to MB and was kinda bummed it wasn't more...happening. Seem so big even a packed house is too thinly spread.
     
  5. ams722

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    Glad to hear the buffet is good.

    Does anyone know if they have any S17 blackjack tables for $15-$25 a hand like MGM and the Mirage do? I had a great time playing S17 BJ at the MGM at a $15 minimum in January.
     
  6. NandJfrmNJ

    NandJfrmNJ High-Roller

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    We've stayed at MB a couple of time now (once at The Hotel) and we really enjoyed it.Our problem, too, is that's it's too far from everything and a hike to mid-strip.

    I did want to mention that we also ate at the buffet there for the first time and loved it. Since I rarely hear anything about it on the boards I assumed it was not good. Pleasantly surprised. We also had breakfast there and it was also yummy.

    If you plan to stay on property most of your stay and you don't mind the "quietness" of the casino, I think you will like it.
     
  7. Bubbavegas

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    The buffet is good plus it's a great breakfast place, get a window seat for a really nice view of the pool area and such, never have eaten there outside breakfast though. For other restaurants I will echo the Aureole reccomendation always a great experience and you have Fleur for Tapas style, plus for some great Italian you have Verandah at Four Seasons that just a short walk from the lobby area, Red Square is good if you want that kind of food as well but if you want steak head to Tender at Luxor, MUCH better in every aspect than the over rated Stristeak at MB IME.
     
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    spicole Low-Roller

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    Mandalay Bay is one of my favorite properties in Vegas. The rooms are very good and I love the open, airy casino with high ceilings. I recommend the Border Grill for mexican and margaritas. When looking at hotels in Vegas it is one of my first choices. I agree with some of the posters about the location... It is a shame it is all the way at the end of the strip.


    They had $25 S17 tables when I stayed there last year. I usually played earlier in the day, however. The location was good, in the main pit area close to the high limit lounge.
     
  9. wormhole

    wormhole Low-Roller

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    During my last stay at MB, I was playing 3 card poker mid morning. One of the lounges was close by with a bunch of Aussies (judging by the accents of the louder ones I could hear) who looked like they had been up all night drinking. They suddenly started singing "God Save the Queen" very loudly. It actually sounded pretty good.
     
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    If they were singing well and were entertaining I am guessing they were New Zealander's rather than Aussies:wink2:
     
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    I tried the 20 dollar trick in Sept 2012 and it did not work. We had the regular room and it was fine, anyway. I lowrolled and friend rolled higher and we both have offers which we are using next week - her host gave her 4 nights & etc and I got 2 nights at THEHotel. I really like the Mandalay Bay and am anxious to see what the rooms are like at THEHotel. Casino is nice and spacious - good CW service - great places to eat (House of Blues - try the Shrimp'n'Grits - heaven!). We did the Buffet all day pass for 44 bux or thereabouts, and really enjoyed the food. Ventured out once to Luxor and Excalibur and another time we checked out Caesar's, happily returning to our little paradise. This next time we are trying Border Grill for sure, you gotta love that Mexican food!
     
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    Burger Bar is one of my favorite restaurants in Vegas and I've eaten at a lot over the course of living there 12 years! The buffet IMO is just ok, for around the same price you can go to the Bellagio buffet which is 10 times better.
    HOB has really good food and a great happy hour too.

    Cocktail service is great, if you want a beer/drink and a shot the girls have no problem bringing them both at the same time.

    $20 trick is usually a big fail there, like 95 out of 100 times it won't work, when I had a platinum MLife card I couldn't even get it to work and I'm a $20 bribe pro!

    They just opened a new cafe type restaurant where Red White and Blue used to be, I think it is called Citizens Kitchen.

    Everyone i've ever encountered at the players club desk is very friendly and helpful.

    MB is my overall favorite resort in LV.
     
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    Naturaleight High-Roller

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    I am a huge fan of Burger Bar too, probably my favorite part about this resort.

    But I think the rooms need a renovation. I stayed there a few months ago and I think the place is starting to show its age. The food quality of room service is absolutely the worst I have had on the strip. I got the penne ala vodka and it tasted like chef boyardi out of a can. I have also tried several other things on the menu, and unless you get something basic that they can't screw up like a hamburger, you will be disappointed.

    I also hate the location, as others have stated. MB is definitely not my first choice to stay and play at.
     
  14. dunebug81

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    Mandalay has become 1 of 2 places I stay on the strip. Since I rarely leave when I'm there I don't care that its at the end and I typically have a car.

    As for food Raffles is good but expensive, the buffet is also quite good, and Strip Steak is my wife's new favourite restaurant. I've eaten at Tender in Lixor and while both are pretty good I think Strip Steak is better.

    Gambling is good. I'm not a bj player but I can say that their craps and baccarat dealers on the high limit room are fantastic. I find they have a good mix of slots and VP with decent pay tables.

    I'm a pretty low maintance player so my host picks up all my FB charges. I've never attempted the $20 trick as I'm not really concerned about having a suite. Generally we get a "great room" because my wife likes the upgraded tub in that particular room.

    It's also nice having the House of Blues and the events center on property both of which have concerts that I go to. The band they have playing at the casino bar (near the buffet and areole) always has great cover bands playing at night and I don't think there is a cover charge or drink minimum to sit and watch them.
     
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    If you're willing to try the $20 trick, think about paying for a view room which is usually an extra $20 per night. Maybe you're already comped in one or could ask about this. The view from the rooms facing north are spectacular. You can see the lights all the way down the strip.
     
  16. KellyLovesVegas

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    Add me to the list of Burger Bar fans. We eat there at least once/trip - regardless of which hotel we are staying for that trip.

    Charlie Palmer Steak (Four Seasons) and Tender (Luxor) are excellent steakhouses at their respective price points.
     
  17. Kbaby Girl

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    Love it!

    I read lots of opinions that are not "pro" Mandalay Bay...I'm not one of them. We have stayed in a double at MB and a suite at TheHotel...LOVE THEM!! Previously, we stayed at Palazzo and Venetian. I felt further away at the P/V. I KNOW, others disagree....just my opinion:poke: I have had luck at MB, enjoy Luxor and MGM so, for me the location "works". It really comes down to your preference. I hope you will give MB a chance.... I think you will like it :thumbsup: Sending you Good Vibe:woohoo::wave::wiggle: and best wishes!!!
     
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