Zen City has ruined us for Las Vegas. What an exceptional “anti-Vegas” experience.

The Mandarin Oriental is a luxury hotel chain that we have wanted to stay at in many locations around the world. But it’s expensive, usually prohibitively so. But, in Vegas, the Mandarin needs to compete. It’s possible to stay here for a pretty reasonable price. Will it be dirt cheap? No. And I know that’s what Vegas is about for many people. But let me show you why it’s worth it.

The Mandarin Oriental is nestled down a flight of stairs from the Aria and Crystals shops promenade. The moment you descend, or drive up in a taxi, you are in an oasis of calm. The hustle and bustle of the strip is gone. Plus, you can car watch some amazing vehicles (we saw Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Mercedes, etc).

The moment you walk into the lower lobby, you are greeted by red and gold accents and beautiful spa like music. It really is Zen City.

An elevator takes you up to the Upper Lobby 23rd floor to check in. It’s gorgeous. There’s even a Moet and Chandon champagne vending machine. And, you are greeted with tea and a warm towel. What’s not to love?

The service at this hotel is exceptional, and reminded us of our time in Japan. The computer system is impeccable so at every stop or phone call in the hotel, people greeted us by name and knew the little details we had provided on file. Every interaction was lovely and always met our needs.

The Mandarin Oriental has no casino, so it’s a quiet respite from the sounds of slots all around. The spa is wonderful on the 8th floor, and the Mandarin Bar and lounge area on the 23rd floor provides what we think is the best view on the strip.

The hotel also provides one thing most Vegas hotels don’t. Free coffee! While it isn’t in your room (there is a kettle though), free coffee is served on the third floor each morning beside the MOzen Bistro.

More on our room and the Mandarin Bar in separate blogs to come. But, I promise you this hotel is worth the splurge!

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