If you don't like being part of the herd and want a peaceful atmosphere in Las Vegas, you can actually find it right on the Vegas strip! Tucked away past the lobby of the chaotic Mandalay Bay is the Four Seasons....occupying the first floor and the upper 4 floors of MB. It's the perfect getaway for those (especially locals!) who are sick of dodging tourists, strollers, and whatever else clogs the typical casinos and lobbies.
Nevada residents get the ULTIMATE steal of a deal...$129 a night with no resort fees! You have to book in person or on the phone to get this rate.
Check-in was polite and easy, as expected. They are ultra-nice and formal and offer you a bottle of water as you exit to go to your room. Being a lower maintenance person I had parked my own car in the MB garage and was happy to take my own bag to my room. Unlike Ritz Carlton, you don't feel the pressure to be waited on hand and foot... Four Seasons is much better at offering great service without being intrusive.
The rooms are more comfort and luxury than hip and cool. I'd take a room at many other hotels before the one at the Four Seasons but it is very nice. Fantastic bath products, a supremely comfortable bed, and other luxuries abound. Simple and understated, yet luxurious. It was fun to simply relax in the room and lounge around the comfortable bed. There is also a great sitting chair and a flat screen TV on the dresser. No fridge is provided but they do have a fully stocked mini bar. Internet runs $14.99.
The pool is the highlight of the Four Seasons! While you have access to Mandalay Bay's pool, the best in Vegas, I had no interest in being in that crowded pool area as the Four Seasons has it's very own pool. It is the most luxurious pool I've been to. You arrive to check in at the pool and they find chairs for you and dress it up for you. A pitcher of water with oranges in them is delivered. Approximately every hour someone will come by with something.... frozen snickers, popsicle, otter pop, cold towel, Evian spritz. It was fantastic and made a day at the pool a truly enjoyable experience! The pool itself is average and isn't very deep but it is very relaxing.
There is also a nice fitness facility and spa near the pool. I was very excited about using the spa as it is included in the room rate, however, I did not realize it's not a full service spa. There are showers, a steam room, lockers, and a sink area. I was a bit disapointed but that's my fault for not doing my homework. The steam room was very nice and had a great eucalyptus smell.
Another great part of a stay at the Four Seasons is the Verandah restaurant. There is NO reason to leave this hotel as the Verandah is one of the top restaurants in all of Las Vegas...no matter which meal you are eating! There's a great martini happy hour from 4-6 and locals receive 25% off dinner on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. There is also a Charlie Palmer steakhouse next door to Verandah that had an awesome prix fixe special for $48 but I have never eaten there so can't say much about it.
For anyone wishing to have a Vegas adventure that puts you in the middle of everything but takes you away at the same time, the Four Seasons is without a doubt the place to stay. I can see why Michael Jackson holed himself up in this hotel when he lives in Vegas!