Update: Mandarin Oriental in Las Vegas is now Waldorf Astoria
AC just love Mandarin Oriental, but because the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Las Vegas was almost twice as expensive as all the other hotels we were looking at, we ended up booking a room at The Palazzo instead. However, I promised AC to go and see the hotel with her, so one of the last nights we decided to have dinner at Mandarin Oriental’s Asian bistro MOzen and afterwards go for a drink in super swanky Mandarin Bar.
Although Mandarin Oriental is located right on the Strip, you don’t really notice the hotel. The entrance is tucked away behind another building, and there are no big neon signs screaming the hotel’s name. However, once inside, the sleek décor and high ceilings leave no doubt that you are in a 5-star establishment, and even though such a classy spot may seem a bit misplaced in the middle of Sin City, I really liked the place.
The food at MOzen was good but a noisy kid with an iPad ruined the otherwise cozy atmosphere, so we finished our dinner as quick as we could and hurried to the bar. Mandarin Bar is located on the 23rd floor, and you have a beautiful view of the Strip. Unfortunately, you cannot go outside, so it was difficult to take any decent pictures of the view.
You don’t go to Mandarin Bar to get drunk and party all night, but the place is perfect for an after-dinner cocktail and lots of girl talk. On Sundays, there’s live jazz between 17-21 and even though the cocktails do not come cheap, they are not as expensive as one might have feared (most of them were around $16-18). I really liked the ambience and the fact that the clientele was somewhat older than at the average Vegas nightspot, and Im sure it hasn’t been the last time I’ve visited Mandarin Bar.