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Mandalay Bay Selling Points?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by thecarve, Jul 5, 2014.

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  1. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    Recently I got a call from an old host saying he was now at Mandalay Bay. This guy always took great care of me and I enjoyed hanging out with him. So I wouldn't mind sending some business his way (and, of course, hopefully getting some good comps out of the deal).

    I haven't set foot inside MB in ages (I'm thinking it was late '06:eek:). But THEDelano makeover has piqued my interest a bit. And it would certainly be a change of scenery for a guy who has stayed at Wynncore the last half dozen+ trips to Vegas.

    I know we have some big MB fans on this board...sell me on it. Or, if you're a MB hater, tell me why I should just tell my former host congrats on the new digs and move on (I'm well aware of the crappy location and will certainly take that into consideration).


    Stuff that matters to me: Good, friendly service, BJ, VP, craps, fine dining, casual dining, bars and lounges that don't play EDM...or any type of dance music for that matter.

    Stuff that doesn't: Clubs, pools, food courts/fast food, shopping.


    Many thanks! :beer:
     
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  2. dutchvelvet

    dutchvelvet VIP Whale

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    First off, despite your admonition,... the whole pool area, with its beach, lagoon pools, bikini waitresses, restaurants, two beach clubs (Moorea and Light), and beach casino is fantastic. I know you said you're not a pool guy, but maybe try some blackjack on the beach? You need a change.

    The restaurants generally are higher end. Charlie Palmer at 4 seasons is a great steak and a good price. You also have the crazy wine tower of Aureole and the fresh oysters at RM seafood. Both the Foundation Room and Red Square are awesome for bar/restaurant combos. Border Grill is absolutely superb Mexican, get the brunch.

    Now the casino is very good, and always seems to have some life. You have hooting and hollering near craps roulette and the sports book and quiet gambling with pai gow in the Lotus room. About 70% of the dealers opened the place 15 years ago... so they both know what they are doing, and must get pretty good tips. Every one is very friendly, I've been there three times, and several dealers and pits know my name. Cocktail service is very good. One thing you may like is that there is almost always a rock cover band playing at Mizuya on the casino floor. Combine that with the house of blues and you have plenty of tunes most nights if you want a break from gambling.

    I stayed in a Delano room last month. I really liked the vibe of the room. Firstly, the view from the top of Mandalay simply cannot be beat. The room is spacious, and quiet during the night. I think the real advantage of Mandalay generally is the ability to get away from the noise of center strip. When you want to amp it up, it's a five minute tram to MGM, but it is nice to have a retreat.

    Hope this helps. Let me know if you have any specific questions.
     
  3. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Well, I will just address the things that matter to you since those areas are most important to your decision.
    SERVICE: I would say is mixed. The support staff try hard and are friendly. Most of my play is in the high limit room and the dealers in there are a bit surly. I guess its understandable. MGM turned the resort into more a of convention spot ever since Aria opened (and Aria took their best dealers). So now there is less tip money to go around and you can see it shows in the dealers performance. on the other hand, MB has some of the friendliest/best casino supervisors I have met on the Strip. They go out of their way to make gamblers feel welcome. The cocktail waitresses are excellent as well.

    GAMES: Lots of open craps tables open at all times. Standard 3x4x5x odds. BJ has some good tables, but not as many as I would like. The high limit has DD and shoe games with S17. They used to have shoe games on the main floor with S17, but I think that has waned in recent years. The high limit minimums are usually $200 and up. I can't speak for VP

    FOOD: Lots of good options, both casual and upscale. personally, I love Burger Bar, Mizuya, Auerole, Fleur, and more. Read the reviews on here and elsewhere, but there are a lot of good options.

    MUSIC: MB has one of the newer ultra clubs on the Strip for you to avoid. But I suspect Eyecandy would be more your style.
     
  4. KellyLovesVegas

    KellyLovesVegas certified personal trainer/retired space nerd

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    You will have excellent service at Four Seasons, which MB hosts can comp. Charlie Palmer Steak is great, my fav steakhouse. The weekend brunch at Verandah is yummy. If you stay at Four Seasons you avoid the cluster-chaos that the MB elevators can sometimes become.
    +1 on UK's assessment of casino supervisors/floor managers and cocktail waitresses. The Sportsbook manager is great, as are the CWs in the Sportsbook.
    The Foundation Room dining options are much better since the arrival of their new chef in 2012 (earlier, their dining room menu was what you might find at a typical country club).
     
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  5. KellyLovesVegas

    KellyLovesVegas certified personal trainer/retired space nerd

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    To clarify - the day club is named Daylight, not Light.

    The nightclub is Light.

    Moorea is the top-optional pool area.
     
  6. dutchvelvet

    dutchvelvet VIP Whale

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    Yeah, Daylight is outside Light is inside. Sorry bout that.

    As for VP, there is a good quarters Deuces machine, and some decent Bonus Poker at higher denominations. For Jacks or Better I like to go across to the Luxor High Limit Bar for dollar 9/6.

    Regarding BJ, Stand 17 games are usually in the HL room with $200 min. Plenty of good rules H17 games, both DD and shoe for quarters on the main floor.

    EDIT: Here is a pic of Delano room. [​IMG]
     
  7. spicole

    spicole Low-Roller

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    I stayed at MB some years ago, and at THEhotel in 2009. In general, I really like the property, but my information is a bit dated. The pre-Delano rooms in THEhotel were very nice with a great layout. Don't listen to the other people whine about how long the walk is from THEhotel to the pool, it isn't that bad.

    The biggest selling point for me is the big, airy casino. Until I stayed at Aria, the MB casino was the least smoky floor. I like the warm tones throughout. I don't remember much about service, but I think it was good. They used to have $25 3:2 S17 games on the main floor, but I cannot confirm this; as UKFanatic mentioned, this may have changed. I like the restaurant line-up, especially Border Grill. Several posters on this board also have put in good words for MIX lounge... I agree. The view is fantastic. We ate at MIX steakhouse and it was "meh". The food was fine, but it was just a strange vibe. I had a great breakfast at the Buffet, but again, that experience is dated.

    The sportsbook is very decent. The poker room is small but nice, and is right next to the book.
     
  8. heatherlovesvegas

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    I LOVE Mandalay Bay! not 100% sure why, but when i'm there, I'm the happiest, it's almost always my first stop. Bummed I haven't been able to stay lately, they seem to be seriously bogged down with convention business, making the rates really high.

    I love Border Grill and Stripsteak. Also Verdanah in the Four Seasons.
    I love the spaciousness of the casino and the selection of games. It's my favorite on the strip. (as said above, least smoky.. probably because it's so spread out)
    The rooms at both places are nice, even though Mandalay isn't updated, the rooms are still in great shape and are a good size. I always liked THEhotel I've stayed there more times than actual Mandalay.

    I just like the vibe there... but if you are trying to compare it to Wynncore, you can't really, since that's unparalleled luxury. But I find I have more fun in the 4 star properties than in the 5 star properties. It's less stuffy. I feel more comfortable.

    I usually drive so the location isn't an issue. But, if casino hopping is important to you, keep in mind the high cab fare to get everywhere..
     
  9. UKFanatic

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    They used to. I played them many times, placed right between Eyecandy and whatever they are calling their Asian gaming room these days. But I think those tables are H17 now. Or at least they were a year ago when I last checked. Hopefully it has changed again since then
     
  10. thecarve

    thecarve Misanthrope

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    Thanks for the info, guys.

    Nice pics of the Delano room, Dutchvelvet. Thanks.

    CBJN's survey seems to back up UKFan's BJ observations, to wit, a $200 price of admission for S17. That's a bummer for me as I like to stay at $100 tables. I can live with H17 DD, but it's certainly a strike or two against MB.

    Has anyone been in the HL slot room? Any $5 9/6 DDB in there or elsewhere? Any decent multi line STP anywhere?

    Any better-than-terrible VP pay tables on bartops?

    And this elevator situation Kelly brought up...can anyone expand on that? I'm the world's most impatient person and waiting a long time for the elevator can really put me in a bad mood. How bad is it? Is it just MB or do the elevators at THEHotel/Delano suffer from this issue?

    Thanks again.
     
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    It's similar to MGM Grand. Same set up. Just too many guests for too few elevators. There is one main elevator area that serves the main MB tower (not Delano and FS is separate). During the evening, a couple of those elevators are reserved for people visiting Foundation Room. There is also a hidden elevator in the back of the high limit area, but it only goes to the three floors with the suites. Still, if you're staying on one of those floors, that is definitely the elevator to use
     
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    Like UK said THEhotel/Delano elevators are separate. There are roughly the same number in that tower as in Mandalay-with about half the hotel rooms. Never had a wait at an elevator either time we were there. Make sure to swallow as you go up; the elevators move fast enough to pop your ears if they are non stop.

    The HL room has a good pay table TDB $5 Spin Poker machine, along with a bunch of various double bonus (maybe a spin poker there to) and bonus poker multi machines. I'm not sure what is on the bar tops, but I think there are 8/6 JoB slants somewhere very near the bar.

    Here's the view from the Delano 37th Floor.

    [​IMG]

    EDIT: Here is the vp2free page on Mandalay. I think it is pretty accurate.
    http://www.vpfree2.com/casino/mandalay-bay-hotel-casino
     
  13. Bluskies

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    I am staying at MB, through my use of MyVegas points, on Labor Day and I got an email over the weekend from them saying "You have been selected for a special upgrade" (yeah, me and everybody in the world who is going to stay there, right?). The email said I can upgrade from the regular room I have booked to a "Great Room Suite" (honestly, that is their brand name for it) for $50 a night. I looked up the rates for that night and $50 extra is exactly what the rates are between the two, so it's not exactly an "exclusive" rate. They also "offered" me a Sky View Suite for $180 more...no, thank you!!!

    Anyway, as I am basically staying at MB for free, does anyone think it is worth it to spend $50 to go up a notch from a "Deluxe Room" to the "Great Room Suite"? Or has anyone just been upgraded at the front desk?

    (I like to stay at a different hotel that I haven't stayed at each time I go to LV, but usually I stay at one during a trip. This time I am going all out: the Saturday at a motel because the strip hotels were through the roof, the Sunday at Aria - through MyVegas points, MB - through MyVegas, and Planet Hollywood.)
     
  14. NurseLisa

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    We also like MB/Thehotel a whole lot. It's hard for me to pick a favorite as it depends on what my focus for the trip is. But usually if it's pool weather Mandalay Bay is my first pic. We love the east lagoon cabanas in the summer. Just far enough away from the wave pool to be quiet but close enough to the lazy river to make it before your feet are burnt! The music is just right and the food and drink service at the pool is excellent. The dealers at the craps tables are pretty friendly, though the pit bosses are a bit crabbier than at Aria. There are so many slot machine choices it's crazy.
    The food options are great we rarely eat anywhere else. We love burger bar for casual food. We have had dinner at Mix at least 4 times and always been happy with food and wine choices, love that view (though I heard it's going to be closed for the construction soon). We LOVE Fleur and Red Square has a great Happy Hr. We rent a car so the location is never an issue. There are many ways to get in and out of the parking garage, which you can't say for Bellagio or Aria. The MB elevators only have buttons on one side which I find irritating and sometimes the elevator will come but it's so packed there is no room. This is mostly a problem around check out time. As a player with a host you should be able to get late check out and avoid that problem.
     
  15. h_upmann

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    Here are some notes I took on a recent visit to MB/Delano.

    I just got back from my first stay at MB (July 8-11).

    I'm pretty much an off strip type these days (mostly M Resort), but was staying for a week this time and MB popped up on my MLife account @ $39 for the three (week)nights
    I was looking for. Interesting, because I NEVER get anything decent from Mlife.

    I was willingly upsold to Delano-vated suite in THEHotel for an additional $50 per nt.
    The room (35902) was nice enough but my sitting room window was truncated by a column near the elevator which kind of muted the suite experience. Also, the bathroom renovation appeared to be
    wallpaper only (and new TV).

    THELobby is a hoarded off construction zone complete with jackhammers but I expected that. Delano will be great when it's finished...

    Service was outstanding and friendly pretty much everywhere.

    --Casino is spacious but lively . Now my favourite strip casino probably.
    --I hardly ever play MLife and have never stayed with them. When I handed the floorman my (old) MGM Mirage players card, he looked at me like I had two heads!
    --Craps is standard 3/4/5 odds with good dealers.
    --Bartop VP, there was 8/5 JOB for sure (and maybe 9/5 for dollars at Mizuya)
    --BJ was an odd face up 2 deck game for me. 3:2 & H17. This was a quarter table. Lower limits appeared to be all 6:5. I assume $100+ tables are better.
    --Michael Jackson One is awesome. One of the reasons I chose MB. The next Cirque show I see will almost certainly be this one again.
    --Room service: Good food, great service, no auto-gratuity which I like.
    --If you're here in the summer, there will be lots of kids.

    The day before I checked out I dropped by THE front desk and discussed my (mild) disappointment with my upgraded room and the construction situation.
    The young lady I spoke to was kind & professional enough to make a significant adjustment to my bill on the spot. Nice.

    So, for the OP, if your host can get you something nice in 4S or (finished product) Delano, I suggest you give it a try.
     
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    The spa at the hotel is fabulous. My favorite on the strip. In the evenings, the always have live bands at the bar heading towards Fleur. Some are very good. I will also confirm the floor supervisors have a great attitude. Finally, it is a nice escape from the center strip.
     
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