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On the road to Manadalay (Bay)......?

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On the road to Manadalay (Bay)......?

Hi Fellow TA's, am planning another trip to LV in September and wanted to ask people's verdict on Mandalay Bay as a place to stay for 7 nights?

Am familiar with Vegas and the location but wanted some insider info on

Clientèle of the Mandalay Bay & weekend crowd?

Pool and Spa facilities

Standard room quality

looseness (?) of slots

......anything else interesting?

Thanks in advance

P

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1. Re: On the road to Manadalay (Bay)......?

I'd read the reviews of Mandalay Bay here on TA first, and then ask specific questions here in the forum.

I think Mandalay Bay is considered to have the best pool/beach in LV. I hope to try it out someday. Always seems a bit pricier than I like when I want to travel for a pool.

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2. Re: On the road to Manadalay (Bay)......?

Two of my favorite LV restaurants are located there, MIX and Border Grill. You can buy a discount certificate at restaurant.com, and if you wait until they have a sale, you can save a lot of $. For example, at the end of September I bought a $50 MIX certificate on sale for $2. I was required to buy 2 entrees, which was no problem!

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3. Re: On the road to Manadalay (Bay)......?

It's an upper-middle tier resort. Has the most elaborate pool area including a large wave pool and lazy river. For that reason, it often gets crowded, especially on the weekend, and tends to attract families/kids who might confuse it with a "water park."

The standard rooms are more than fine. A little larger than normal, and tastefully decorated. There are a wide variety of room types, so you can find something you like.

The on-site restaurants are generally good, and as a bonus most are available on restaurant.com!

Slots are likely the typical tightness of the Strip resorts, but this is just a guess, since they won't disclose this!

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4. Re: On the road to Manadalay (Bay)......?

With pools, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and to me MB is one of my least favorite pools - too big, busy, crowded, sunny. So I like the hotel more in off-pool months. I like the casino, restaurants, rooms are fine...but I don't think I'd like the location for a long period of time. If I were going for 7 nights I'd split my stay with another location further up the Strip.

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5. Re: On the road to Manadalay (Bay)......?

Hi

I stayed there a couple of years back and thought it was very nice (had a very good bathroom). I did get a deal, so rooms were only about $80 a night inc. Doubt I would pay much more though, there are so many hotels to choose from.

Pool area was way to busy for my liking but to the left of the main pool is a small standard pool which seemed to be always quiet, so good for me.

Clive

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6. Re: On the road to Manadalay (Bay)......?

As with pretty much all the big hotels in Vegas, you will find just about all ranges of guests. During the week it gets a decent convention crowd; a lot depends upon what convetions are being held. On weekends it's more of a younger, have fun crowd. But now the totally drunkeness of, say, the Hard Rock.

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7. Re: On the road to Manadalay (Bay)......?

If you say September you really mean after the kids are back in school, Mandalay Bay is a great hotel DURING THE WEEK. I rank the rooms slightly above Bellagio and or Venetian. Great views if that matters, and excellent dining choices at all price points. Many consider the fact that they are part of restaurant.com a big plus. BTW: Every hotel built after Mandalay Bay has floor-to-ceiling windows.

The pool is fantastic during the week, when kids of all ages aren't there. But on the weekends both families and young adults flock to Mandalay Bay. And because the pool is a major factor in choosing this hotel, it is VERY crowded.

Let me make this clear----we don't stay at Mandalay Bay on weekends, or when school is out. And all the complaints you read about crowded pools are from people who do.

So if your dates are after Labor Day, I would recommend splitting you trip. Spend some of the weekdays at Mandalay Bay to enjoy all it has to offer, but spend the weekend and a day or two at another hotel, preferably mid-strip or on the north end.

Edited: 24 January 2012, 16:08
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8. Re: On the road to Manadalay (Bay)......?

I'll echo what most others say ~ its a nice place with many dining options, good casino, nice rooms, etc. But dont go thinking that pool is your main attraction ~ its FULL of kids and people in general, you almost cant even tell you are standing on a sandy "beach" they have the chairs so packed in. I actually prefer Mirage pool with its beautiful gardens / landscaping. The lazy river was so full of 11 yo boys splashing each other we couldn't enjoy our $15 mojitos for fear of chlorine water polluting them. Almost evey chair is located in a high traffic area.

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9. Re: On the road to Manadalay (Bay)......?

If you happen to play blackjack, Mandalay Bay and Luxor have some of the better tables on the strip. You can also purchase WIN Cards from the mLife desk which can be used at the tables. For $20, you will get $30 in non-negotiable chips. Pretty good deal!

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10. Re: On the road to Manadalay (Bay)......?

Many thanks for the great feedback an comments - very much apprecaited.