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Old Feb 29, 12, 4:11 am   #1
 
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Question What hotel: Bellagio, Four Seasons or Mandarin?

I've narrowed my choice down to the Bellagio Penthouse (1426), Four Seasons Premier Strip-view Suite (1534) or Mandarin Strip View Suite (1571).

The Bellagio has an Executive lounge with free food and drink.

The Four Seasons has no casino and a free House car service but no Executive lounge.

The Mandarin is the most luxurious and probably most peacefully as there is also no casino (I think)?

Another thing I'm looking for is the quality of the spa.
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Appears you favor hotels without casino, if so then Four Seasons is your best bet. Spa is good, albeit smaller than the other properties.

However, if you want to be closer to other attractions, MO is better choice being more centrally located.
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I am assuimg that hotels without a casino has less stag/hen parties and weddings?
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Old Feb 29, 12, 7:53 am   #4
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Hotels without casinos tend to be smaller, more personal, less of a long walk from front door thru casion floor to elevator bank to your rooms. MO has a house car too I think. Bellagio Executive Lounge is useless. You wouldn't walk from your room to the lobby to get a bottle of water and save $4.00. Wynn Tower suites would also be on my list.
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Old Feb 29, 12, 9:21 am   #5
 
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Hotels without casinos tend to be smaller, more personal, less of a long walk from front door thru casion floor to elevator bank to your rooms. MO has a house car too I think. Bellagio Executive Lounge is useless. You wouldn't walk from your room to the lobby to get a bottle of water and save $4.00. Wynn Tower suites would also be on my list.
But the Bellagio Executive Lounge includes breakfast and evening snacks which saves a bit?

I'm not sure whether I should miss out of the casino hotel experience since this is my 1st visit even though I wont be gambling.

Wynn's website has completely put me off them!
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The MO's standard rooms and suites are much better than the other two IMHO. The location is a lot better than the Four Seasons.
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MO's rooms may be nicer, but my preference for strip views would be 4S.
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Encore tower suites will be the best casino-hotel experience. If you want a luxury non-casino experience I'd go with MO (although the FS does have great Strip views) because it's brand new, has an amazing bar on the 23rd floor (plus Twist restaurant) and is more centrally located. Four Seasons is actually part of the Mandalay Bay casino hotel but has a separate entrance, lobby, and pool.

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Old Feb 29, 12, 10:02 pm   #9
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But the Bellagio Executive Lounge includes breakfast and evening snacks which saves a bit?
Its really not anything to be thrilled about....All the way next to the lobby check in desk. Look at FHR,Virtuoso or Signature if you want breakie included @ Bellagio, Wynn, FS or Mandarin.

Would suggest Wynn Tower suites over Bellagio 1 bedroom suites
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The MO spa is rated very highly but the Encore Spa is gorgeous as well.

The FS House car will take you to the airport if available; the MO House car will not take you to the airport.

The MO does nickle and dime you, however.
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Its really not anything to be thrilled about....All the way next to the lobby check in desk. Look at FHR,Virtuoso or Signature if you want breakie included @ Bellagio, Wynn, FS or Mandarin.
I'm UK based so I dont think I can use those sites? Anyway I have to give them all my details even before I get a quote which I'm not comfortable in doing.

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The MO does nickle and dime you, however.
What do you mean by nickle and dime?
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Encore has the best spa in Las Vegas. It is a small cozy property, easy to get around, great restaurants and shopping.
Short walk to the Fashion Show mall.
Encore Tower suites are very nice.
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Since this is my 1st visit maybe a casnio hotel might be better for the experience even though i wont be playing? I'd really like a good view of the Strip as well. Be nice to take in a show, either Blue Man or Cirque.

I've heard that there are sometimes long queues to check-in/out so i might have to go for a place with a separate Lounge check-in? Plus some offer line-passes which sound good.

Also thinking about the famous buffet breakfasts, only the Wynn and Bellagio do them?

Wynn Tower Executive suite, Encore Tower Suite, Bellagio suite or Plazzo prestige suite?
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I will only speak to the Bellagio as I have stayed in the penthouse twice while only having a non-tower suite at Encore, and standard suite at Palazzo/Venetian.

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Since this is my 1st visit maybe a casnio hotel might be better for the experience even though i wont be playing? I'd really like a good view of the Strip as well. Be nice to take in a show, either Blue Man or Cirque.
Bellagio has a beautiful casino that is well-staffed by servers and managers (impeccable tables, well-mannered customers). Request a Lake view suite when booking and you'll have one of the most amazing views on the Strip. If you also request the top floor, you'll have higher ceilings. Bellagio also hosts my favorite Cirque show, "O", which hardly ever has discounted tickets so the opportunity cost of using the VIP concierge to get your tickets is low.

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I've heard that there are sometimes long queues to check-in/out so i might have to go for a place with a separate Lounge check-in? Plus some offer line-passes which sound good.
During a Penthouse stay you have separate checkin/checkout in the VIP lounge. While others are correct in noting it's not a true meal replacement, my wife loved "popping in" to the VIP lounge to grab a glass of champagne, a chocolate covered strawberry, and a couple bottles of water and Diet Coke to carry with us on our walk. Since it's in a separate area with limited access, there's hardly ever a wait for the VIP concierge in there, who helped us get reservations, printed our boarding passes for us when we left, and gave us line passes to a bunch of MGM-property buffets and restaurants.

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Also thinking about the famous buffet breakfasts, only the Wynn and Bellagio do them?
Many have decried the downfall of the vegas buffet; check out one of the other great discussion threads. We usually end up just using a buy-one-get-one coupon at the PH Spice Market buffet to satisfy our buffet craving. Decent mid-level buffet for $11/person, with a line pass from Bellagio VIP concierge so you don't have to wait.

To be honest you can't go wrong. I can't wait to stay at the MO, but mainly due to romantic ties to the MOSF. I'd recommend a gaming casino, because you're coming all the way to Las Vegas, you might as well get at least an exposure to the gaming atmosphere.

Others in this forum are much better-qualified to comment on the luxury aspects and the spa qualities, since my experiences are still limited.
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Thank you very much for the detailed reply. If you could choose: Lake View Suite without Executive lounge ot Penthouse without the lake view?
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