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Top luxury suites in Vegas in 2014?

Old Sep 12, 14, 5:42 pm
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Top luxury suites in Vegas in 2014?

After reviewing a lot of threads here and in the luxury hotel forums, there doesn't seem to be anything exactly on point. There is the thread comparing the MGM Skylofts and Aria Skysuites, but that leaves out a lot of other places. And I'm looking for a luxury couple's experience, not the bachelor party groups which a number of other threads are more focused on.

So I'm going to Vegas in October for a conference and am planning on bringing my wife for the weekend before for a 3 day getaway. We're planning dinners at Twist and Joel Robuchon (not Atelier), maybe a show, and some relaxing.

Being Las Vegas, there are a million hotel options. MGM Skylofts sounds very good, but almost $2,000 for Saturday night when the Mandarin, Four Seasons, etc all have nice suites for less than half that is hard to stomach.

If you wanted to stay under $1,000 per night, including a Saturday night which seems to be prime time, what hotel would you pick? Good service and quiet rooms are important criteria, along with general "spoiled rotten" luxury :-)

Right now I've booked a Stripview Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, but there are so many choices I'm torn. Anyone care to suggest better alternatives? Is MGM likely to drop the Skylofts rate closer to the date?

thanks for any suggestions,
Bob
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Old Sep 12, 14, 6:35 pm
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Originally Posted by bpratt View Post

Right now I've booked a Stripview Suite at the Mandarin Oriental, but there are so many choices I'm torn. Anyone care to suggest better alternatives? Is MGM likely to drop the Skylofts rate closer to the date?

Bob
No and no.

If service and quiet rooms are your focus, than the Mandarin is the way to go. Skylofts would probably do it too (and feels much more Vegas-y) but rates won't go down much on the weekend.
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Old Sep 12, 14, 7:49 pm
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No and no.

If service and quiet rooms are your focus, than the Mandarin is the way to go. Skylofts would probably do it too (and feels much more Vegas-y) but rates won't go down much on the weekend.
Thanks! Should I consider paying the 2x premium for Skylofts? If they are really a huge upgrade it's not out of the question, but from what I've seen they don't appear to be THAT much better than a good suite at other top options.
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Old Sep 13, 14, 11:45 am
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Thanks! Should I consider paying the 2x premium for Skylofts? If they are really a huge upgrade it's not out of the question, but from what I've seen they don't appear to be THAT much better than a good suite at other top options.
I would probably say no but it depends on what is most important and what your financial situation is.

The Skylofts are really cool - I like the two stories, the bathroom is ridiculously great. Also, like the integrated suite-wide sound system, the ability to order room service from any restaurant in MGM, the fact that they will stock the fridge for you with basically whatever drinks you want. Usually get to have breaksfast in the Mansion which is terrific and a unique experience. If you get the Maybach to/from the airport, that is really neat. So, all of those are things the MO doesn't provide (bear in mind I've only stayed in a smaller suite at the MO). If you want a cool room and to be left alone, this is the place for you.

In contrast, the Mandarin has a much better spa, a sense of class/subtlety that's missing at the MGM with having to traipse through the enormous casino to get anywhere, an entirely different service culture and better furnishings. If the pool is important (still viable in October), the Mandarin's is less of a zoo and you get resort-like service. If you want a less Vegas-y experience and more attention paid to you, this is the place for you.

Of course, this is all without getting into the 4 Seasons or Wynn, each of which have their advocates.
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Old Sep 18, 14, 1:52 pm
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Aria Sky Suites would be my recommendation if a casino is part of your equation. Aria also offers a ton more restaurant options and is a livelier property overall.

Mandarin Oriental is nice, but the rooms are small by Vegas standards. There are few restaurant options, tiny pool, but great service. It's a very quiet property.

Incidentally, the two are very close to together, connected by a walking bridge, so you can check both out regardless of where you stay.

The Skylofts really only make sense on the non-weekend nights. Our last two trips we stayed at Aria Sky Suites/Mandarin on Friday and Saturday and then moved to Skylofts for Sunday-Monday.
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Old Sep 18, 14, 10:53 pm
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Aria Sky Suites would be my recommendation if a casino is part of your equation. Aria also offers a ton more restaurant options and is a livelier property overall.

Mandarin Oriental is nice, but the rooms are small by Vegas standards. There are few restaurant options, tiny pool, but great service. It's a very quiet property.
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We're mostly looking for quiet, good service, and a nice room. Big is always nice but not required, and we don't gamble so a casino doesn't matter.

The mandarin suite we've booked is 765 sq feet, a similar price aria suite is 1050 sq ft. So the aria would be bigger, but the mandarin is also decent size and reviews suggest it has better service. But I'll take another look at aria.

I think I'll skip Circus Circus, though. :-)
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Thanks,
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Old Sep 19, 14, 6:57 am
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We're mostly looking for quiet, good service, and a nice room. Big is always nice but not required, and we don't gamble so a casino doesn't matter.

The mandarin suite we've booked is 765 sq feet, a similar price aria suite is 1050 sq ft. So the aria would be bigger, but the mandarin is also decent size and reviews suggest it has better service. But I'll take another look at aria.

I think I'll skip Circus Circus, though. :-)
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Thanks,
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Just got back from LV this past weekend.

Not sure if you have considered the Mirgage Lani's and Villas but they are actually pretty reasonable, especially during the middle of the week.

I don't gamble anymore but lucky in the sense that one of my best friends plays ALOT. I am fortunate that I get to stay at the Mansion's, Villas at Venetian/Palazzo, Villas at Caesars, Wynn Villas, and Bellagio Villas. Many of these places aren't available to book, especially during weekends, and if you are able to, charge way too much.

Back to Mirage, I think the resort in general has seen its better days but the renovated Villas and Lanai's are pretty sweet. It is very secluded, more so than the other properties I listed above. You have a separate entry and the private outdoor space and pools are great.

The MO suites are rather small and the 765 sq. ft. suite you are referring to is slightly larger than the standard room at the Palazzo. If you are only getting 765 sq. ft. I'd rather save the 70% and stay at the Palazzo.

Highly suggest you call the Mirage directly to see whats available for the dates you are going. I was once able to snag a 2bd Lanai for 1/2 of the listed price.
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