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Thoughts on Mandalay Bay for the weekend??

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by Chris Hoiz, May 16, 2017.

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  1. Chris Hoiz

    Chris Hoiz Tourist

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    Hello I am currently looking at the M Life promo, and surprisingly Mandalay Bay seems to be the best deal in terms of square footage and price. We are going to book a room for 2 queens for 2 guests but we'll be adding another 2 guests at night so hopefully they don't charge us for more money when they find out.

    How was everyone's experience with this hotel?

    Thoughts on location, casino, food?

    Unfortunately we'll have to lug a SUV around since we'll be driving out to a California road trip on the 4th day, so parking is going to be a pain.
     
  2. MiamiDave

    MiamiDave You Can't Handle the Truth

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    It's probably my favorite property overall, but it's a bit of a pain to be a home base if you plan to walk up and down the strip a lot. As an all-inclusive Vegas resort, it's probably my favorite, if I weren't leaving it much. I'm not staying there on my next trip because I have Vegas virgins with me for a large part of it and it's too far south for hotel-hopping, but if it's just me and the wife I'd stay there again in a heartbeat. Great casino, great food options, great rooms, great pool area.
     
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    I agree with the above- the real downside is location but the casino, food, and pool are really great!
     
  4. Chris Hoiz

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    How bad is the location?????

    Do we need to pull out our SUV and drive everywhere??
     
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    I love Mandalay Bay. Obviously quieter down that end but we prefer just chilling rather than the manic of mid strip.

    Loved the food and my wife always enjoys The House of Blues Sunday brunch.

    Can use the free monorail up to The Excalibur then from there you are in quite an active area New York New York/MGM/Monte Carlo etc etc.

    Would stay there again in a heartbeat. Loved it.
     
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    Don't worry about the location. They have a tram to/from Luxor AND Excal so you can easily get down the strip a bit. I love MBAY, the fact that it's on the end means it gets less foot traffic so it's less crowded. I love the casino layout. Good food options. GREAT pool, nice rooms. DO IT! :)
     
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  7. Chris Hoiz

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    Sounds good, is the TRAM 24/7 or does it stop service after 1 or 2 AM? I'm afraid a few of us might be at the WSOP Events till early morning.

    Also is it worth it to rent a car when we arrive (to drive to LA, California) or better to book online???
     
  8. makikiboy

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    Also be aware that most strip hotels charge for parking so if you are going around the strip you may as well just walk, take the trams, take the bus or just taxi/uber it and leave the SUV in the parking lot. You can still park for free at the Palazzo and Venetian though.

    I like the MB, nice hotel, but I think it all depends on you, some people prefer the center strip so may stay at the Aira for a closer stay.

    Shouldn't be a problem with extra guests, just ask for an extra card for your room. If you ask about an extra bed they may say that they will charge you for the extra guest so as long as you don't do that you should be okay.
     
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    You can have a great time just staying at MB. Ton of food choices there, in the connecting mall and then next door at Lux or Excal.

    Large casino. Really, no need to deal with SUV once you park it.

    Extra guests in room.. never a problem unless it turns into a rowdy party.
     
  10. iamsomedude

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    How much walking are you and your guests OK with? That's the real question here, because the trams are not perfect.
     
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    Mandalay Bay is great, well-rounded resort. As for location, Uber/Lyft has been awesome. Takes no more than 10 minutes and $10 to get center strip.
     
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    No the trams are not "perfect". Neither is walking. Neither is driving. Neither is Uber. Neither are cabs. Take the tram to Luxor, take it to Excal. From there you can cross the street and take the monorail all the way down to SLS if you wish. Or stay on the east side of the strip and you have a tram that goes from Monte Carlo to City Center to Bellagio. There's a Mirage to TI tram. Obviously you can't avoid any walking nor should you want to, walking the strip is FUN. Don't let the MBAY's location deter you. Park your car, imbibe with some delicious cocktails/beers and have a blast up and down the strip.
     
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    I just stayed 2 nights. I was disappointed, to be honest. Nice room and good service, but....
    Too many children running around for my taste
    Soulless casino with high bet minimums
    No readily accessible low cost dining options
    Expensive everything, including parking (unless you get it free with mlife)

    I have concluded that it's not for me...
     
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    I personally don't mind walking, which is why my 2 home bases have been the Mandalay Bay and the Wynn, and I've walked from the Mandalay Bay to the Stratosphere and back.

    Regardless of how much I like the Mandalay Bay, some people just don't enjoy walking farther to get to where they want to be. What if the OP's guests has crutches or uses a wheelchair? What if the OP's guests prefer to wear high heels? It's still a distance from the Mandalay Bay hotel room elevator to the tram, the monorail doesn't have stops at all casinos (especially around the Venetian-Wynn area), you have to walk past NYNY and a winding path through The Park to get to the Monte Carlo-Bellagio tram (and another path out of the Bellagio), and the Mirage-Treasure Island tram only spans one casino's length.

    I would love to recommend the Mandalay Bay, but we're tailoring the trip to the OP, not the other way around, which is why I think it's important to know what he (I think OP is a he) and his guests prefer.
     
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    This. MB is a huge resort with a fantastic pool and a very decent restaurant line up. There are close to 30 eateries between MB, Delano, and the Shoppes over to Luxor. Uber/Lyft fares are very cheap up to mid-strip.

    I might suggest taking Uber/Lyft to the hotel, then back to the airport on the last day. It may be cheaper than the 4-day rental, parking, and higher rates if you rent from the hotel rental car counter.

    As an aside... Four adults in one room?!? PLEASE consider getting two rooms.
     
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    So where do you stay on the strip that doesn't have the things you mentioned?
     
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    We stayed there this last trip and loved it and would definitely stay there again. I go all hours in Vegas (usually until about 4 or 5 am) and was always hesitant to stay there. The tram goes like 9:30 am to 2:30 am on Fri and Sat but only 9:30 to 12:30 am the other days. We had no problem walking back (although it is a bit of a hike). Once you cross the overpass into Excalibur you can actually go through Excalibur to Luxor and then through some shops and end up at Mandalay Bay (all the way staying inside).

    We were there mid week and found the casino a little quiet for our liking, but now sure how it would be on the weekend.

    If you are doing early morning WSOP stuff, that would be a long way to Mandalay Bay and you would probably need uber or a taxi anyways or haul your SUV there. Mainly because of the section from Rio back to Bellagio and not so much from NYNY to Mandalay Bay.
     
  18. Chris Hoiz

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    We don't want the car until the last day when we leave and drive to Cali, but the car rental prices are ridiculous and it only cost $30 more to take it for 8 days compared to 5 (what a joke right?). We don't even plan on using the car, half of us are playing in the WSOP at night, the other half just want to gamble for long hours (poker) and possibly walk down the strip when it's time to grab a meal. We did want to try some recommended places that are off the strip (like the Thai place) which may require a car, or go for some outlet shopping to take a break from gambling. That's the only time we'd need a car or ride I guess. As for walking, I can do 1-2 KM in between gambling since I'll be sitting at the tables all day so why not????
     
  19. todd7764

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    I like lots of strip properties especially Cosmopolitan on the high end and the Linq on the low end. I liked MB, but it's not as good as I'd hoped.
     
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    As a frame of reference, it's about 4 km from the Mandalay Bay to the Rio and about 1.5 km from the Rio to the nearest hotel on the Strip. If and your guests are fine with with that, then Mandalay Bay is a great choice. However, I'm under the impression that the poker scene is more along the middle of the strip, plus the Venetian and the Wynn.
     
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