Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino

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Average rate: $76 - Hotel class: 4 stars
3950 Las Vegas Blvd South, Las Vegas, NV, USA

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Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Las Vegas Reviews

debbborra debbborra
1 reviews
I would recommend Mandalay Bay, with some caveats Jul 18, 2016
I had a great time at the Mandalay Bay. It's down at the end of the strip with a view of the airport, but also a view of the strip, if you're in the right room. The rooms themselves were clean, but not pristine. It's possible I expect too much from hotels, but I thought they could have done a better job cleaning the sink. (I thought that about the Wyndam in Orlando too, so maybe that's just how it is with hotels.) The dust ruffle was a little dirty too. But maybe that happens.

The room was comfortable and well laid out. It was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. One thing to be aware of, is that there is a glass window between the entrance to the room and the bathtub. You might not want to share a room with an acquaintance bearing that in mind.

The best things about the Mandalay Bay are:

It's beautiful

It's got Shark Reef

It's got a great pool area

The staff is professional and friendly

Awesome bed (I said that already, but it is worth repeating.)

Worst things

It's all the way down at the end of the strip

The buffet was a) not very good and the cashier was surly.
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farasat farasat
5 reviews
finally visited the shark reef! Jan 02, 2013
This was my first time touring the shark reef aquarium at Mandalay Bay. The ticket was $18/person, which I thought wasn't too bad, though I'm not sure if the entry is cheaper outside of the holiday season. The poker room was nice, although the tournaments are a bit more expensive than the ones at Luxor or Excalibur. Since the sports book area is next to the poker room, you can even catch a glimpse of some of the games on the big screen TVs while playing poker. It wasn't nearly as crowded as the sports book areas at some of the other casinos, so it was nice to be able to just kick back, charge my phone LOL, and watch a good game of football!
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ola3rd ola3rd
60 reviews
NYE at Mandalay Bay, Vegas Jan 08, 2012
This was my 3rd time in a row celebrating New Years Eve in Vegas, and I had a blast as per usual. Mandalay Bay is somewhat of an average resort; it doesn't blow you away but it doesn't disappoint either. For the price we paid, I think Mandalay is a very reasonable choice for all it offers.

Positives:

- Tram is connected directly to hotel

- More affordable than other modern hotels on the strip

- The pool /beach club is amazing & complimentary

- Amazing view from hotel

- They don't put a ridiculous 'first night' hold/ deposit on your card like a lot of hotels do now

- Due to location; its away from craziness/ bustle of center strip

Negatives:

- Queen beds were very small

- A bit on the far end of the strip towards the south

- Resort fee is pricey at $20/ day + taxes

- Hotel staff refused to charge my phone for me [forgot my charger at home]

- Baggage staff gave me incorrect info; he stated I didn't have to reserve an airport shuttle in advance because they came to the hotel every few minutes. I then find out last minute this was NOT the case; you do have to reserve in advance [especially if you are traveling in the evening/ night]

- Elevators to hotel room are a bit hidden/ hard to find

- There isn't as much entertainment/ options within the resort compared to other hotels

Although Mandalay Bay is a nice hotel; there just isn't anything exceptional about it. You could get basically the same thing at another hotel with a better location on the strip. I would probably only recommend this hotel to families who prefer to have some distance away from the center strip.
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on the way to beach club
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ola3rd says:
@spocklogic They said it was due to security reasons and they didn't want to be responsible if it went missing or something. I just thought that was silly but oh well lol
Posted on: Jan 22, 2012
ola3rd says:
Thanks everyone :)
Posted on: Jan 22, 2012
monky says:
Congrats on your featured review Ola!
Posted on: Jan 15, 2012
Fitnessguru729 Fitnessg…
131 reviews
The Bay! Aug 24, 2011
I took a family trip and stayed at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and the value was kind of pricey. The location was very good being on the strip and the room was very clean. The pool was awesome and so was the lazy river. I would stay here again just because of the pool setup! The beds were comfy and bathroom was large! The service was fast and the lower level had a great restaurant you could eat at. I would recommend this spot for family's or a weekend with a large group of friends not really a couple's getaway.
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brettjayhawk brettjay…
26 reviews
Mandalay Bay Jan 13, 2011
Its on the end of the strip but it is the only hotel I'll visit when staying in Las Vegas. The sports book is the best on the strip. The waitresses are the best and the bartender Pam was awesome. She made us all kinds of delicious drinks and also gave my friend who was hammered a womens swim suit that he used as a dewrag.

I played a lot of craps, poker, and blackjack. Made a lot of money on craps the first night and lost a lot the second night but thats Las Vegas.

Their landscaping makes you feel like your in a tropical location like the Bahamas. Not only do they have a great wave pool but also a lazy river to lounge in. Then you make your way to Moorea Beach Club where all the beautiful women dance around you!
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nep1987 nep1987
2 reviews
Mandalay Bay Hotel May 17, 2011
All big name hotels in Vegas are probably really nice. This one in particular had real nice beds and a huge bathroom. The view of the city from here was amazing at night. The pyramids were visible from here. The lobby had an aquarium and a outside pool with sand around it, I believe.
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the_world_is_mine18 the_worl…
3 reviews
PROMO RATES AT MANDALAY BAY RESORT May 16, 2011
If you know how to look, and with perfect timing, rates can go as low as $70 US for a very nice 2-queen-bed room. Perfect for splitting the tab, which makes it as affordable as some hostels.

Very comfortable and complete with all amenities you'll ever need. The beach inside Mandalay is awesome too!
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HuBison HuBison
417 reviews
Great spot to be when on the Strip, but it's on the end Aug 15, 2010
I went in 2009 and stayed here and thought I wrote a review-whoops!

Loved my room! On check-in, I asked for a room high up and in front if they had one. I got a room on the 34th floor and right in front so I could see the Strip and the airport!

Mandalay Bay is right on the Strip, but it's one of the first hotels, so you have to know that you can walk or take the free tram 3 hotels down and then figure out where you want to go.

The Spa is sooooo worth it. I signed up for a massage which gives you access to the rest of the spa (jacuzzi, steam room, sauna, etc) and I vegetated in there for about 3 hours and even fell dead asleep; I thought I was eventually gonna get kicked out for loitering, but there's juice, water, tea, and granola available for your enjoyment.
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poohstanggt poohstan…
133 reviews
Still My Favorite Hotel in Las Vegas Jun 04, 2009
Mandalay Bay has been one of my favorite hotels in Las Vegas, back when it was being built and I was lucky enough to stay when it first opened.

As Brett and I were coming back to Las Vegas for my friend's wedding, we found that rooms were reasonably priced being Memorial weekend (except for Saturday night of course). We ended up finding a spa package deal through Mandalay Bay's website that put it cheaper than we were going to pay outright and it included $100 in Cabana credit and 2 breakfast buffet coupons.

The suite was only about $40 more than the regular room so we popped for the 700 square foot suite. LOVED IT!

As expected, it was elegantly appointed, complete with a flat screen TV in the bathroom. We had got in late that night (after a 15 hour drive) so we were not looking forward to going to eat anywhere so we just ordered room service which was excellent but not cheap. I was actually rather surprised at the portion sizes of our sandwiches..they were HUGE. We should've just ordered one sandwich and split it! LOL.

As with all the casino hotels in Las Vegas, there is a myriad of onsite dining options and lots of shopping, gambling, etc. The one downside to Mandalay for some people is it is at one end of the strip and some people prefer to be more centrally located. Being it was Memorial weekend and we had no intention of actually going on the crazy strip, I was more than happy to be close to the freeway and the edge of town.

We had heard rumblings of how strict it was to get in to the pool now and no joke - every single person entering has to present a VALID room key and it is scanned before the attendant will let you in. We tried to hit the pools around 11am on Friday, thinking some people wouldn't be in town yet. WRONG. The pools were all packed and although there are signs about not holding seats, people were reserving chairs all over. After walking the entire compound, Brett spotted a couple leaving so we pounced. They have reserve seating options but those were not available for the weekend anyways. We did not use our cabana credit as Saturday was fully booked and they started around $300 so it would not be worth it for just the two of us.

And note, WiFi is not cheap. It is $14.95 per day for the slow connection and $19.95 for the high speed access. Yeah, no thanks!

The only other issue we experienced was trying to get late check out Saturday morning even though our room was not booked, they were not accomodating there. We explained we were in a wedding and just needed one extra hour but no go. And the other problem was trying to get baggage assistance. Plan for 30 minutes or more on a busy weekend. The poor baggage guy who helped us was swamped. And same with valet - between baggage and the car, it was another hour before we got out of the hotel.

Overall, Mandalay is still one of my favorite hotels. Brett was not as impressed with the pools as he had heard nothing but great things about the wave pool and lazy river. Personally I love them but I think the best element is the summer concerts - how awesome is it to watch a concert with your feet in the pool? The Beach Boys were playing over Memorial weekend and I had seen the Go Go's several years prior which was fun.
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SJWadsworth SJWadswo…
3 reviews
Mandalay Bay Spa Suite Weekend Getaway Aug 20, 2009
I spent nearly a grand for a long weekend in a Spa Suite at Mandalay Bay hotel and casino. It was worth every penny. I've been to Vegas many times and always wanted to have one trip where I was a guest at this very casino. Everything was so well taken care of, and so easily done. From booking my room through their website to checking in and checking out... things were handled quickly and without any hassles. The bed was so soft and luxurious I almost never wanted to get out of bed each day.

The only two problems the entire trip was the Tram to Luxor was out, but you can still walk through the shops to the next casino, but the Tram to Excalibur was working so you were still able to move around without always paying for a taxi or walking long distances. There is also a problem with each casino and the elevators! Prepare to always give yourself about fifteen mintues to get an elevator. At sometimes its faster going up, to get an elevator going down to the main casino floor. And trying to get any space around check out time each morning (1100) is nearly impossible!
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stevemco stevemco
33 reviews
Luxury hotel on the Las Vegas Strip Oct 31, 2009
Part of the Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons and 'The Hotel' complex. Great F & B options and tropical pool... or should I say beach.
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fivepointpalm fivepoin…
65 reviews
Mandalay Bay Hotel Sep 27, 2008
Mandalay Bay :

PROS:

+ the swimming pool

+ the restaurants

NEGS:

- the location

- nightlife

- attractions

ok some of you might think that i'm exagerating. but it's my opinion...

the location sucks...it's one of the first hotels on the strip...

so you always have to walk long distances to visit other casinos.

ok you can take the tram but it only goes to the excalibur or NY NY..then you gotta get out, and take another tram, or walk again..

it took us like 20 minutes walking to get from the mandalay to the ny ny casino... and this was like 1/3 of the strip...

the nightlife was pretty boring... everyone told me that the mandalay would be a blast... we were there on a weekend... friday, saturday, sunday... we have a better nightlife in our local area in our country than the mandalay bay hotel...

attractions? every casino has a nice attraction...

mgm got the animals, the caesar's has the statue show, ny ny has the rollercoaster, ... mandalay has an aquarium where you have to pay like 15$ just to get in... that's pretty lame...

the only good thing about mandalay was the pool...however we only visited twice, always 1-2 hours... if you're only 3 days in vegas..

you probably wanna do other things than staying all day in the pool...

we usually slept til 10 or 11 .a.m. had breakfast... went out for shopping... wannted to visit other casinos, i went to the MR. O expo at the convention center... so I could only relax for 1 afternoon at the pool... too bad i couldn't enjoy it any longer...

we really didn't met any people at the hotel... the first night we were dressed a little bit more classy, ... but the following days we didn't give a shit about it...and put on our shorts and flipflops again...

if you wanna get in touch with the pretty girls... i'm still convinced that you have to own a big wallet. with lots of cash... or both sides gotta be wasted...

the mexican restaurant at the restaurant was pretty OK... we had some breakfasts at the local "diner"...which was pretty ok too... nothing to complain about...

the starlight tattoo was a good idea... it's a tattoo studio which is located on the main floor..they were having customers all day long..

the bathroom was luxorious but not as good as the one we had at the caesar's... we had a kind of whirlpool at the caesars, which was better than the regular bathtub at the mandalay. the rooms were a little bigger at the caesar's too....

i won't turn back to the mandalay again.... there are better one on the strip for sure. actually i shouldn't complain 50$ a night is almost like a present... but if you're in vegas..you want the best of the best:)
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sassicassi sassicas…
3 reviews
Mandalay Bay, great hotel, so so amenities Aug 16, 2008
We got a suite here this past month for our annual trip to Vegas and absolutely loved it! We had a 1500 square foot suite with 3 queen beds, two bathrooms, wet bar, and amazing views of the pool. Technically we said we had four people but we really put ten in it because they don't notice. We brought two air mattresses so everyone had a place to sleep for $70 total (2 nights). We had surround sound speakers, and more space than we knew what to do with.

The beds were sooooo comfortable and there was a jacuzzi tub. The maid was amazing and instead of ratting us out on the air mattresses, she put linens on it and made it like a bed too. I tipped her well for this.

The pool...everyone says is the best in Vegas...I beg to differ. We like the pool at the Flamingo better and I heard the Mirage has a great one too. The ones at Mandalay are much smaller and a lot of cement. Flamingo offers a lagoon style with waterfalls and a water slide and is one giant open pool with lots of foliage around. The waitresses never came by and the bartenders weren't nearly as friendly as other places. Flamingo, we had a bartender who hooked us up every time we went and actually made the $11 drinks worth it. They also have a lazy river which isn't so lazy...it's actually very fast moving and filled with kids whose parents wouldn't buy them the overly expensive inner tubes so they're just floating around and you're constantly running them over. The wave pool was also on "low" because of the kids so there weren't really any waves either...

The hotel itself though, amazing. Couldn't ask for more there and we felt like we had the royal treatment without the royal price. We'll definitely keep it in mind, especially if we go in the winter where the pool isn't really an option.
The view of the hotel from the pool
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JenniMay says:
A yearly Vegas sanity/insanity trip! Sounds like you had a great time. Have you checked out The Hard Rock pool? From what I've heard its the best. (theres always next time!)
Posted on: Aug 18, 2008
sybil sybil
115 reviews
THEhotel is an oasis amidst the madness of vegas Mar 24, 2008
This was my review from April 2007:

My friends and I recently stayed at THE hotel at mandalay bay for the first and second rounds of March Madness. All the rooms are suites with a separate bedroom area. There is also a half bath in the hallway. The rooms are very clean and nice and there is a wetbar, in case you decide to buy your own booze. There is also a dvd player in case you want to bring your own movies. There are 3 tv's in the room -- a flat screen in the living area, a regular tv in the bedroom, and a smaller flat screen in the bathroom.

The Hotel has other great attributes in addition to the rooms. The gym is excellent and well kept -- they have treadmills, elliptical machines, a rowing machine, free weights, circuit machines, etc. The spa is nice and peaceful. The sportsbook could get crowded (although it does not get as crazy as the ones at the other hotels) when the games are on. You can also access the Beach (pool area) at Mandalay Bay. The Beach is actually quite cool because the main pool has some kind of equipment that simulates waves. They do have other regular pools. The Beach does get crowded when the weather is nice so beware.

***Update as of March 2007

The rooms now have ipod docking stations.

The Beach has been remodeled and now includes a nice casino and bar next to the pool. There are also 3 levels of cabanas that you can rent. Overall, still a great place to chill.

One other thing that i LOVE about THE hotel is that it is separate from Mandalay Bay so it is a lot quieter. Also, smoking is not allowed in the hallways. And, THE hotel has a great bar (aptly named THE bar) across from a cafe (called THE cafe). All come with nice comfy leather seats.
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imbravo1 says:
I was sooo bummed about the Bruins!!!! %$^%#$#@%$@@$%@!!!!! Oh well, they still kick butt! Hmmmm...Mandalay Bay...did you go to that bar upstairs at The Hotel? Great martinis and a beautiful view. :0)
Posted on: Apr 23, 2007
travelman727 says:
Your beloved Bruins knocked out my Kansas Jayhawks :-( Like you, March Madness is my favorite time of the year :-D
Posted on: Apr 19, 2007
Eric says:
Thanks for the review and welcome to TravBuddy! :)
Posted on: Apr 15, 2007
1morespicy 1morespi…
28 reviews
Huge rooms and very comfy beds. Sep 12, 2008
I stayed at Mandalay Bay during my birthday celebrations. Wendy had booked it and asked if anyone wanted to share to split costs and I took her up on the offer and I'm glad I did.

The only thing that ever put me off staying here before was because it was located so far south on the Strip. I've now changed my mind. As soon as I walked into the lobby I was impressed by all the marble and chandeliers. Check in was very quick and the lady let me know that Wendy had already checked in.

As far as I remember, the room was on the 21st floor and we could see part of the strip. Had a great view of the airport.

The room was a lot bigger than I expected. The TV was a 42" plasma screen and it had an ipod radio alarm thing by the beds. The bed was the most comfy one I think I've ever slept in. I almost needed a step to get on it as it was so high from all the mattress toppers it's got.

The bathroom was also quite big with an oversized tub and a separate shower cubicle. There's another little flat screen TV in there so you won't miss anything while you're having a bath/doing your hair.

A great stay even with the southern Strip location. Would stay there again.
The super comfy beds.
View from the 21st floor.
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magnificent says:
I enjoyed a meal and the casino there. Stayed at the Luxor next door.
Posted on: Mar 26, 2010
chelsdov1228 chelsdov…
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Cool pool, great show, greater food! Jun 09, 2003
I went here for my 21st birthday, it was a great place to stay because the hotel was just the right amount of luxury that I needed. I had dinner at the Fleur de Lis and it was UH-Maaaazing food. Probably one of the best meals I've ever had. Just walking around the hotel/casino was fun...but then I went and saw Mamma Mia (being replaced by The Lion King I hear!) and it was surprisingly really really good. SO much fun! It was reallly hot (I went in June) but the pool area with the sand and the wave pool was really cool. I had my first real pina colada on a lawn chair out there. Pretty sweet! I recommend this hotel for anyone who wants to have a high end vacay at a reasonable price :)
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Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino Amenities

  • Business Center
  • Room Service
  • High-speed Internet
  • Fitness Room/Gym
  • Restaurant
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Airport shuttle
  • Disabled Access
  • Concierge
  • Valet Parking
  • Tour Desk
  • Massage / Beauty Centre
  • Elevator / Lift
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Air Conditioned
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Banquet Facilities
  • Conference Room(s)
  • Currency Exchange
  • Multilingual Staff
  • Safe-Deposit Box
  • Sauna
  • News Stand
  • ATM / Cash Machine
  • Mini Bar
  • Cable / Satellite TV
  • In Room Movies
  • Wake-up Service
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hair Dryer
  • TV
  • Private beach
  • Laundry service
  • Casino
  • Shops
  • Excursions
  • Garden
  • Beach (Direct Access)
  • Nightclubs
  • Desk
  • Direct dial phone
  • Ticket Service
  • Facsimile
  • Ballroom
  • Audio/Visual Equipment
  • Exhibit Space
  • Wheel Chair Access
  • Salon
  • Fitness Facilities
  • Steam Room
  • Massage
  • Spa & Wellness Centre
  • Steam Bath
  • Internet Connection (wireless)
  • Shower
  • Spa/Jetted Tub
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Cots
  • Games Available
  • Highchairs
  • Shops in Hotel
  • Souvenirs/Gift Shop
  • Family Room
  • Express Check-In/Check-Out
  • Shoe Shine
  • Free Parking
  • Pillow Top Mattress

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