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MGM Cabana minimum or fee?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by jhpa, May 23, 2019.

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  1. ExpatGambler

    ExpatGambler Tourist

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    Amazingly on our day it wasn’t too filled with children. I think the beds there are really nice and are even larger than the standard day bed, plus the pool loungers were perfect. But it probably depends on the groups reserving the beds around you (we got lucky). Downside was the walk to the toilet involved either crossing through the river or walking all the way around from the “island”.

    The bigger issue we had was kicking adults out of the pool loungers in the water that all have big “reserved” signs on them. One woman in particular tried to use ours and our server kicked her out, and then she immediately went to another and was kicked out again but then she made a huge scene and almost got escorted out of the pool area. We were actually only 2 and we had 4 chairs assigned to us, but she didn’t ask and I was also afraid it would soon turn into a “hey we are only a few can we just stay here” and for the 400 minimum I wouldn’t allow that! (Oh and when she started mentioning her “husband” I lost interest completely!).

    If you can get it for 50-100 more then I would go for it, some people I met had it for about $250 (Tuesday early June). We ended up getting a bottle of Krug to push us over the limit. (Probably overkill!)
     
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  2. RandomTask

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    Where were the new pods located? The last couple of years I got pods (old style) right on the lazy river. The wife and I each had our own and it was perfect.
     
  3. ChilliPalmer

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    The new pods were randomly spread out along the river. Check pricing in advance of your trip. If a Daybed or Premium Daybed is around the same price as two new pods, I think it would be worth upgrading. The added length and safe make it worth sharing in my opinion.
     
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    Thanks. Already have 2 pods for the price of what 1 is going for now on my dates so will just stick it it. Pays to book early :)
     
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    Just got back from Mandalay Bay. Spent a day at Moorea Beach (the adult only “toptional” pool). We did not have a reservation for anything. They offered it to us and found out it was a food and beverage minimum as well. I did not read any information stating that on the website when looking prior to our trip. We got 2 chairs and an umbrella for $150. We easily met the minimum. It was a nice surprise for us. Apologies if anyone has already posted this info regarding MB. It was news to me and it’s our home base in Vegas.
     
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  6. Jennifer Menden

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    Does anyone know if the premium daybed comes with tubes for the lazy river? Have one booked for September and curious if I need to bring some cheap tubes.
     
  7. ExpatGambler

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    They did not, only the 4 loungers in the shallow pool around it. Also of note, when we asked about the tubes, they aren't sold through your server either, so they won't count against your minimum, unfortunately!
     
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  8. Multifarious5

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    Sorry to rehash a thread, but I'm a pool rookie, ESPECIALLY cabanas.

    So, we booked, unbooked, then might book again an MGM pod, $100 and F&B eligible.

    So, per this thread it sounds like if I spend $150 on F&B the hundred I paid towards the cabana will go towards this, leaving me $50 in food charged PLUS tax and gratuity on the $150 total price. We'd easily hit that, so a great deal.

    Well, what keeps tripping us up is you prepay for on your credit card (versus a room charge). If you prepay when booking your pod/cabana, how it the F&B taken off, do you have $100 credit on your account?

    I rarely get backend comps, but if you prepay, does this mean you can't get it taken off on the backend?

    Sorry for the totally junior questions. The cabana (MGM Pod) idea sounds like a great idea with F&B, but we are ONLY doing it for the F&B, bexause we'd spend $100 on food/drinks anyways. I don't want $100 for food AND & $100 for the pod too, as I'm not enough of a pool person to merit it....
     
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    I asked them to bill me to the room when I checked in at the pool. They credited back my original charge to my card.
     
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  10. Wabashabi

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    The cabanas and daybeds are managed by the cabana grill. Essentially at mgm you’ve prepaid $100 credit at the cabana grill for the right to use the daybed. You will have a server for the day. Order everything from them. They should warn you when you’ve reached the prepaid amount and anything extra will show on the final bill plus auto 18% gratuity. Get a copy of the bill and take it to the mlife desk for your tier credits.
     
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  11. EastCoastVegasFan!

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    This is correct, says it on the website. You're not actually paying for the cabana &/or day bed, you're paying the minimum in food and drinks. Please note, the 18% tip will be included on top of the fee.
     
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    Anyone know if the pods or day beds are near the lazy river?
     
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    There are daybeds on the lazy river for sure. Not sure on the pods. Have fun!
     
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  14. jhpa

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    The day bed by the lazy river was awesome. Will book it again every trip to Vegas
     
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    I believe there are pods and reserve seating chairs on the east side in the center island part. The chairs are in my opinion way more comfortable to sit in than the daybeds. The daybeds only have a round pillow to prop yourself up if you are like me and want to sit upright and people watch. 2 chairs are cheaper than the pod but do not include food and beverage minimum. Get there early to claim a good chair/bed.
     
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  16. Pingu

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    This is a great thread full of amazing information!

    I had a cabana on the lazy river last year in March (i think it was number 5) for $250 which was great but going again in April/May this year the cabanas are too expensive for us to meet the minimum just between the two of us.

    Rates seem really good at the moment, probably because they have only just been released, so this is what i went for -

    Thursday April 30th - Premium Daybed - $120 (Day after we land from 10 hour flight so pool day much needed!)
    Saturday May 2nd - Poolside Bed - $150
    Tuesday May 4th - Poolside Bed - $80

    I'm guessing i choose the location of these when arriving the morning of the booking as i didn't choose anything when i booked
     
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