Too bad 10 stars can't be awarded to exceptional hotels, because Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas (MOLAS) is truly deserving.
We stayed a long weekend, having booked our reservation directly through the hotel web site. Having just opened, the hotel is offering extraordinary promotions, which include generous hotel spa and dining credits.
MOLAS is an island of relaxation and elegance in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, just minutes from McCarren Airport and is part of the newly opened City Center development.
Arrival is in a private driveway accented by a small bamboo forest. The bell and door staff are very efficient and friendly. Bags and guests are whisked from the street lobby to the 23rd floor sky lobby for check in.
The sky lobby is the focal point of the hotel and is splendidly designed with dark marble and Asian influences. Check in staff are highly trained, pleasant, and perform the check in ritual perfectly.
Hotel rooms are located below the 23rd floor. The room key card uses proximity technology, so no tiny slots, and is needed to operate the elevator and open the room door.
The rooms are pleasantly decorated with light Asian themes and include a large closet, bathing area, and bedroom. The standard room is not as large as some of the big resort hotels, such as Palazzo/Venetian, but fully adequate and is very tastefully appointed.
Bathrooms are fully equipped with a large luxury bath tub, Aromatherapy amenities, His and her sinks, ample towels and a separate shower room.
Our king bed was very comfortable - we could not confirm the linen thread count, but the sheets linen felt soft and silky. Definitely high thread count.
We loved MOLAS for its peaceful elegance and escape from the glitz of the Las Vegas strip. You won't hear any hallway rebel yells or find young men walking around with open bottles of beer. The hotel seemed to welcome curiosity seekers who occasionally wander in from the street, but without the normal flashy Vegas atmosphere outsiders don't hang around very long. MOLAS guests who need to experience a little Vegas flash and low culture have nothing to worry about - its all located a short walk from just outside the hotel entrance.
MOLAS has no casino, but gambling is available at the newly open Aria casino about a 1 minute walk from the hotel entrance.
The MOLAS bar is spectacular, with soft back lights and an incredible view of the Strip. Drinks are prepared to perfection and are Las Vegas sized rather than Asian sized, a nice compromise to the local culture. The bar is a great place to get a taste of MOLAS without staying - we noticed a few guests of the cheapie Monte Carlo, located next to MOLAS, dressed up and enjoying the bar.
Overall, we think MOLAS is by far the best hotel in Las Vegas. Its remarkable this hotel was able to open in the midst of the worst economic conditions in Las Vegas hospitality ever. In any case, MOLAS is certain to become the destination of choice for those demanding luxury, comfort, and elegance in Las Vegas. With only about 300 rooms, the price is certain to go up as demand chases limited supply. Now is a great time to enjoy this hotel at an extraordinary price.
We love MOLAS and will definitely be back.
Note - we also dined in the hotel's upscale restaurant "Twist" which is reviewed separately.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is one of only eight triple Forbes Five-Star hotels in the United States and is the only hotel in Las Vegas with Five-Star recognition for the hotel, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire restaurant and The Spa. A sophisticated sanctuary of modern elegance prominently situated at the entrance of ARIA Resort & Casino, Mandarin Oriental has made its mark as the ultimate urban resort destination in the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. Designed entirely by interior designer Adam D. Tihany and architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, Mandarin Oriental brings to Las Vegas a new standard of style with stunning suites, captivating architectural design, unique restaurant and bar venues, and the legendary hospitality of Mandarin Oriental. ... more less
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