Mandalay Bay is a 43-story hotel casino on the Vegas Strip. The top 3 floors are penthouses, with a penthouse lounge on level 62 for guests staying in the penthouses. It is connected by the free Mandalay Bay Tram to its sister properties, Excalibur and Luxor.
Mandalay Bay has 3,309 hotel rooms and a casino of 135,000 sq ft, and a large Convention Center as well. In addition, the Mandalay Bay Events Center hosts events including boxing, the UFC’s MMA pay-per-views and concerts. The convention center was added to Mandalay in January 2003. When it opened, it was ranked as the fifth largest in the United States. Mandalay Bay also offers one of the largest unobstructed ballrooms in the country.
When it comes to pools, this place isn’t messing around. The hotel features the 11 acres Mandalay Beach with three heated pools, a wave pool with connecting pool for small children, and a lazy river that features a small waterfall. The wave pool features 1.6 million gallons of water and waves in 90-second intervals with heights ranging anywhere from two to four feet. Because of this, the hotel implemented a strict 48″ height requirement. The European-style pool called Moorea, features its own private bar as well as the allowance of female guests to bathe topless. Because of this, Moorea is separated from the rest of the pool by smoked glass windows and has an over-21 requirement. There are also two restaurants at the Beach. The pool area is considered among the best in Greater Las Vegas, winning the 2006 Las Vegas Review Journal’s Reader’s “Best Pool of Las Vegas” award for the 7th year in a row. One pool remains open throughout the winter months, making it a destination to hit off-season.
In keeping with the resort’s tropical theme, Mandalay Bay features a saltwater aquarium, the Shark Reef Aquarium, which contains the third largest tank in North America. Shark Reef Aquarium contains numerous other exhibits, including two tunnel-shaped, walk-through aquarium. Another popular attraction is the House of Blues, a venue for live music and a restaurant, with a capacity of approximately 1,800. On the top floor of the hotel is the House of Blues Foundation Room, featuring a dining room, private dining rooms, and a balcony looking down the Las Vegas Strip.
There are 24 restaurants and cafés at the resort, with top-notch cuisine. Michael Mina, Alain Ducasse, Rick Moonen, Charlie Palmer, Hubert Keller, Wolfgang Puck, Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger are all associated with restaurants on the property.
Restaurants at Mandalay Bay:
Hussong’s Cantina, The Burger Bar, Restaurant RM and R Bar Café (all three are in the shopping area).
Red Square, The Coffee Bar, Shanghai Lilly, House of Blues, Mix, Red White and Blue, Aureole, Trattoria del Lupo, China Grill, Mizuya’s, Border Grill, , Raffles Cafe, Beach Bar & Grill, Kona Cafe, The Noodle Shop, Bay Side Buffet, Turf Club Deli, Sea Breeze Ice Cream and there’s a food court in the Convention Center.
Nightlife at Mandalay Bay:
Foundation Room, Mix Lounge, and Late Night at House of Blues.
Mandalay Bay might boast one of the best pool areas in all of Las Vegas. The hotel has a 11 acre pool area that includes three pools, a topless pool area (21+ only), a wave pool with a sand beach, as well as a “lazy” river. If you’re into pools, look no further then Mandalay Bay.
Hotel Check-in Time: 3 p.m.
Hotel Check-out Time:11 a.m.
For more information & reservations, visit MandalayBay.com
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