Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas hotel review with a Twist
Luxurious Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
The Strip, as it is known in Las Vegas, is not to be confused with Disneyland. Although, in some places gold fairy dust is sprinkled liberally about. Chef Pierre Gagnaire sprinkles magic on his French country dishes at Twist restaurant in the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas and the bartender at Mandarin Bar sprinkles Li hing powder, along with a dehydrated pineapple on his signature Ninth Island cocktail. The staff at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas may not sprinkle you with gold dust upon arrival, but they do treat you like royalty from 3 p.m. check in until noon check out.
Premier rooms at Mandarin Oriental
With 392 rooms at this property, there is a room for every budget. The standard rooms at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas are anything but standard. At 500 square feet, the standard rooms are the best value for dollar, being one category below Mandarin Premier rooms.
What I love about the Mandarin Oriental Hotels is that each property is unique. You won’t find a frequent stay program here, but you can beat that each hotel tracks returning guests and rewards them accordingly.The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas does partner with several airlines – ask for details at check-in.
My room, Mandarin premier #2021, rented from $380-410 in April. You’ll need to check the website for the best rates.
Drink in the view at Mandarin Bar
The Mandarin Bar, with its floor to ceiling windows, is a great place to watch the high rollers – not in the casinos (thankfully you won’t find one in this hotel) but on the roller coaster next door. If you are looking for more gold, The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas offers free live jazz on the weekend. Try the Golden Leaf martini with Hendricks Gin, Aperol, muddled mandarin pineapple juice, fresh lime and simple syrup.
In a nod to the many Pacific Islanders who visit Las Vegas, the bartender created the Ninth Island cocktail. You can create this signature cocktail by watching the YouTube video above.
Twist with Chef Pierre Gagnaire
If you love French cuisine, make reservations at Chef Pierre Gagnaire’s Twist restaurant. I was there during the debut of the spring menu and soaked up the earthy, rich flavors of fresh morels, baby artichokes and onions, as well as tender Oregon asparagus, along with a roasted saddle of Colorado lamb, flavored with rosemary, thyme, bay leaf and lemon paste. I know I mention this in many of my restaurant reviews, but do save room for dessert – you are sure to discover more gold.
Water works at Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas
What’s a trip to the desert of Las Vegas, Nevada without a dip in the pool? The plastic wading pool of yesteryear with a rubber ducky floating aimlessly area no match for the pool and cabanas at the Mandarin Oriental. Create your own desert oasis by customizing a cabana with 42″ tv, PS3 games to keep the kids – and the kids at heart – happy. Throw in a stocked mini-bar, plush bathrobes and you’ve got yourself a poolside party.
To keep the water works going, I booked a Mandarin Oriental Essence Massage (60 minutes for $200 on weekends, $180 mid-week) followed by a dip in the Vitality Pool and a rinse in the Experiential Rain Shower. Only in Vegas will you experience a blast or arctic mist or the warmth of the tropical rain forest without having to show a passport. If you like heat, hop in the steam room and Laconium. Some like it hot!
Insider Tip: Sometimes Las Vegas resort fees are not revealed up front. The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas Golden Access Pass of $24 per day is actually not a bad deal. The pass includes: unlimited wired and wireless inroom internet access; local and toll free calls; access to fitness classes including yoga*, pilates and kinesis wall training; access to the fitness center and locker room, coffee and tea from the espresso bar, daily newspaper upon request, printing of boarding pass and overnight shoe shine service.
I was not happy to learn that guests had to call housekeeping to request that the sheets and towels not be changed on a daily basis. Coming from California, I naively assumed that Las Vegas was water conscious, as well. While the hotel is LEED certified, and is “eco-friendly” in many ways, it turns out that high rollers want their sheets refreshed every day. What a shame.
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What are your favorite things to do in Las Vegas, Nevada? *I enjoyed my yoga class – a great way to start the morning before a pool or spa day.
Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas (702) 590-8888
3752 Las Vegas Boulevard, South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Article written by Travel Writer Nancy D. Brown of What a Trip, Travels from Northern California. Photos courtesy of Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas. I was a guest of Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.