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mandalay bay, las vegas, october 2000

2003-03-25 - 11:30 a.m.

Mandalay Bay silver limo
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Here's a brief version of a trip report and suite review that I wrote on my angelfire "Rockin' High Roller" website about a trip to the Mandalay Bay Casino Resort in October 2000.

To the public at large, Mandalay Bay is famous for being super-cool and yet actually turning a profit, something which other new casinos such as Venetian and Aladdin just can't manage.

overhead view of the famous Mandalay pool area
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On this trip, we had a penthouse suite on the 62nd floor, which includes access to a full service bar and lounge. You have to ride a special elevator, which is turned on by a special key, to allow you access. The funniest moment of the trip came when we were supposed to meet another high roller, and he said that he was already checked in, "but you can't come up here."

"Ha, ha," we said. "Where the hell you think we're calling from?"

we were comped to the penthouse floor, wheeeee!
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So far, so good, except that we did observe some of the other customers undoing all of Mandalay's good security intentions by letting hookers get on the elevator and ride up to the penthouse area with them. Argh!!! The food and drinks in the penthouse bar are free, since they are only supposed to be accessed by high rollers. And here's the view from our suite:

view of the Luxor pyramid from Mandalay Bay
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The suite itself was pretty nice. There was one bedroom, his and her bathrooms, a living room, and a rather small kitchen. The decorating was perhaps a little uninspired. Her bathroom contained a rather small hot tub. If I recall correctly, there were 7 telephones in the suite, including the ones by the toilets, but only 2 TVs. No TV viewing in the hot tub, sorry! Speaking of telephones, Mandalay Bay does the tacky Vegas thing of charging you $1 for dialing a tollfree number, so we just dialed our ISP once and stayed online on our second phone line at all times, to avoid this silly and petty charge.

An in-room safe, two robes and matching slippers, and a very nice gift basket was provided.

The food at Mandalay Bay can be best described as glorious. Aureole's, the restaurant with the girls who go up with rock-climbing equipment to get your bottle of wine, was something of a hassle, because you have to get special approval from your host to eat there, but the food was well worth it whether we went a la carte or tasting menu. Red Square had manly meals, like steak, potatoes, and a huge vodka menu, but while the food and drink sounds very simple and basic, the quality of the materials and preparation was out of this world.

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