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$20 Front Desk Tip at Mandalay Bay Run of Mill Room

Mandalay Bay is that gold building that lets you know that you made it to Las Vegas

 

It’s on the edge of the strip, but if you’re looking for a nice hotel with one of the best pools

and maybe planning to watch the Michael Jackson Cirque Du Soleil show,

this may be the place for you.

Mandalay Bay Strip Map
Mandalay Bay Strip Map

First, the location is not so friendly if you’re planning to wonder around the strip on foot.

 

There is a tram that goes up to Excalibur, but plan on using Uber.  

Mandalay Bay Uber Stop
Mandalay Bay Uber Stop

You can rent a car, but keep in mind that many hotels including Mandalay Bay started charging for self-parking.  On a positive note, I heard many tour shuttles drop off people first at the Mandalay Bay.  The new Raider’s Stadium is also being built behind Mandalay Bay, so it may not be so lonely around the area soon.

Las Vegas Raider's Stadium Location
Las Vegas Raider’s Stadium Location

Here are some tips for you to save on your room

  • Tip #1. Become a mLife member on their website and your hotel rate will come down.  You can also use your mLife card at their stores to get 5% off
  • Tip #2. Download the myVegas app.  This app gives you buffet passes, show tickets, discounts on rooms, and other goodies on MGM properties.
myvegas mLife Rewards
myvegas mLife Rewards

The check-in starts at 3pm.  I recommend just booking the run-of-the-mill room and tipping the front desk to see if you can get a room upgrade.  You can see my other videos to see it working.  

 

They’ll send you an email to do a mobile check-in and they now have these kiosk’s to check you in.  Ignore both.  I recommend going up to the front desk so you have a say in your room.

 

I was only here for one night so I just smiled and asked for a high floor with a view.  If you are charming enough, I’ve read some people getting upgrades for just asking 🙂  It doesn’t hurt to ask.  Higher floor, strip view, away from the elevator and it may help to say you’re ok with queen or king.

Mandalay Bay Hotel Room View
Mandalay Bay Hotel Room View

Mandalay Bay has 43 floors.  The top 3 are penthouses, then apparently Four Seasons owns the next 5 floors and we were able to get the 34th floor around… here.  

Mandalay Bay Penthouse Floors
Mandalay Bay Penthouse Floors

Here is the Mandalay Bay’s Run of the mill / Resort Queen room.

 

Everything was a lot better than I expected.  Mandalay Bay remodeled their hotel in 2007 and it did feel upscale.  

 

  • Comfortable beds with 4 pillows and a leather backboard
  • Huge tub with great water pressure
Mandalay Bay Hot Tub
Mandalay Bay Hot Tub
  • LED Mirrors that make you look pretty
Mandalay Bay Bathroom
Mandalay Bay Bathroom
  • Stable and usable internet
  • USB chargers
  • Slim and fast Samsung TV
  • Modern lighting and lamps
  • Comfortable work area
  • An iHome that doesn’t have the old iPhone connector
  • And the room was actually very quiet but maybe we just had quiet neighbors.
  • The view was great.  I was surprised to see Mandalay Bay is only the 18th tallest building in Las Vegas.  All the buildings around were short so I felt really high up.
Mandalay Bay View
Mandalay Bay View

 

Now, for some things I think they could improve on and I apologize for nitpicking.

  • This hotel doesn’t have security checking for keycards at the elevators so make sure you lock your valuables in the safe and use the deadbolt at night.
  • Mini fridge is fully stocked so you won’t have space to put your items
  • This isn’t the wallpaper I would’ve picked.  I’m sure some geologist would appreciate it, but it literally looks like hell.
  • Housekeeping could’ve been better.
  • The notepad wasn’t replenished, minibar seemed like it was missing something, and the bathtub was dirty with sand in it.  
  • * Our checkout was at 11am and they started knocking for us to get out at 10am despite there being a do not disturb tag.  This happened 3 times and according to other Yelp reviews, we’re not the only ones that experienced this.
  • There were also some electricity issues where the mirror kept making popping noises
  • This also can’t be safe.

 

Now, for the best part about this hotel.  Just go down to the very bottom floor on the elevator and you come out to their pool.

 

Mandalay Bay has a beach pool and a lazy pool.

Mandalay Bay Beach Wave Pool
Mandalay Bay Beach Wave Pool
Mandalay Bay Lazy River Pool
Mandalay Bay Lazy River Pool

They do scan your key card and they provide towels

You can buy swimsuits, sunblock, and even order food and drinks while you are out here.

Mandalay Bay Late Checkout
Mandalay Bay Late Checkout

We came in the morning and we pretty much had the whole pool to ourselves

The pool opens at 8am but you can checkout from your hotel a little later for $25.  That way, you can come back up to clean up before leaving the hotel.

Las Vegas Night
Las Vegas Night

 

Mandalay Bay has 24 restaurants in the resort, live music, plenty of slots and table games, the 3rd largest aquarium in the US, and the Michael Jackson Cirque show.  Maybe with all that, it’s ok to be on the edge of the strip 🙂

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