We stayed here recently for our first experience in Las Vegas. The resort itself is just that- a sprawling area where you could easily spend a couple days without ever leaving its grounds. Plenty of restaurants, shops and areas for entertainment/live music. If you want to stay within the action, this may not be the place for you. In addition to a mini-mall connecting them, there is a FREE tram that goes directly from the resort to either the Luxor or Excalibur. There is also a FREE express tram that takes you from Mandalay Bay to the Excalibur where you can cross the street and go into the BACK of the MGM Grand, where you can pick up the other tram that takes you throughout the city. That tram costs money, I think $12 for an all-day pass. The Mandalay Bay feels like it was designed to keep you there (duh), so be prepared to do a lot of walking if you stay here and want to see other hotels too. Of course there are always taxis.
As far as the hotel itself goes, you will find the gaming area is much nicer than most of the others. From what I saw (and I tried to make my way into all the casinos), their gaming area has an open feel like the Bellagio or Caesars. The ceilings are high, so it's not smoky and you don't feel crammed at the machines.
For a good view of the strip on a budget, you can ask to stay on the 19th floor in the higher 200's (we were 19207)- every floor higher than that is at increased prices, and the higher in the 200's you are, the further away from the elevators you are and the "arm" of the hotel is further out, so your view is better (i.e our relatives were in room 19205 and we had better views). They start charging extra for rooms above the 19th floor, and you really don't need to pay the increased price to get a strip view.
A good thing about its location is that it is the closest hotel to the "Welcome To Las Vegas", so it's somewhat walkable (I would guess 1/2 mile). You will hear the airplanes taking off and landing because you have views of the airport too. The demographic was not so much the young crowd (they were at the Cosmopolitan), but more middle-aged, people there for work, or retired.
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- Also Known As:
- Mandalay Bay Resort And Casino
- Mandalay Bay Hotel Las Vegas