We stayed at the M.O. LV for three nights in Early May. Typically we stay at the Skylofts at the MGM however they were sold out due to an event forcing us to explore another option! Here are my take on the match-up between the M.O. vs Skylofts
Rooms – Skylofts wins hands down. We upgraded to the Dynasty suite at the M.O. and found it to have a great layout but the MO rooms just cannot compare to a dramatic two-story duplex with a wall of windows and a glass shower overlooking the strip. That is extremely sexy! The MO Apex suite was a bit cooler but the Skyloft spaces really do compliment the Vegas party mood.
Technology – Again Skylofts wins hands down. Their Crestron remote system is at least two steps higher on the food chain then the MO system. The MO is still high tech however it is just not as user friendly or advanced. The free movies and top end sound system put Skylofts well over the top. MO sound system was not properly hooked up to play my I phone music in the entire suite.
Car service – This category is a toss up but I’m awarding a slight advantage to the MO. It is really cool to arrive at the airport and be whisked away in the Skylofts Maybach however the ride only lasts 10 minutes and on one of our trips we ended up in an ugly MGM gold limo because the Maybach was not available. The MO has a courtesy Mercedes that is available for short trips around town as well as drop offs at the airport. It was the driver named Walter that makes this toss up go to the MO. He is an excellent employee! In the end often it is the staff that separates two exceptional properties.
Nightlife – There is no lounge at Skylofts so the MO wins this category as it has a great lounge on the 23rd floor. MGM has Studio 54 and many other bars but the MO view leaves nothing to compare. Everyone visiting Vegas should stop there for a drink.
Service – The M.O. staff wins this category by a nose. Don’t get me wrong - the Skylofts staff is excellent but the MO staff just seems a bit more polished, genuine, and a bit happier. At times the Skylofts staff seemed like a never-ending stream of tip hungry employees that are trying to make us feel welcome but always seem to have an eye on my wallet.
Pool – Both hotels have major shortcomings. Skylofts forces their guests into a massive pool area shared with all of the MGM guests. There is a “club “pool at MGM called Wet Republic but it irks me to pay $50 to gain access when I’m dropping $700+ for a room. The MO pool has a very calm Zen like vibe with great service and several cabanas but we found the pool way too dull for a Las Vegas property. In the end I'll take the MO over the zoo that is MGM's main pool deck. Advantage MO.
Spa - Not even close. The average strip mall massage parlor between a Denny's and a tattoo parlor could beat the MGM experience while the MO spa is damn near perfection. Expensive but very luxurious.
In conclusion I urge you to book at the MO. Ask for an 04 tier Apex suite or the 27 tier Dynasty suite and enjoy the trip. The staff will go above and beyond to make your experience unforgettable! It was my first stay at an M.O. property and I have become a “fan.” I know that we will be back soon
Three other individuals stood out Stephanie L at the front desk, Anthony at the pool, and Stephanie in the concierge desk All three excel at their jobs and are great ambassadors of this fine brand! Thanks again for the great experience.
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- 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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