To give you a little history in 2017, we stayed at this boutique nestled in Las Vegas CityCenter back when it was called the Mandarin Oriental. Since then, it got officially rebranded into the Hilton portfolio as the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. It’s been 6 years since that stay and we figure it be a good opportunity to revisit this experience.
Rates of this hotel was thru the $$$$ roof since it was a popular Lunar New Year weekend for Las Vegas. Normally priced at $500 USD for a Saturday night, this stay was priced at $800 USD.
Thankfully since this property is now a Hilton, we were able to alternatively book a night with 80,000 Hilton points — an advantage we didn’t have back when this was the Mandarin Oriental.
Just as we remember, check-in was consistently a pleasant experience. Almost immediately, you feel a sense of departure from the hustle and bustle of Sin City. The staff proactively recognized our Hilton Diamond loyalty and even wanted to give us a suite for the one night stay, which rarely happens in the states.
Unfortunately, the only suite available was a 2-bedroom penthouse that night, which of course we did not get 😛 Instead, the hotel gifted us a pair of day spa passes (valued at $90/person) for us to use anytime during the stay which was highly appreciated .
The layout is similar to Mandarin Oriental with subtle brighter hue/tones added to the room. Another surprise is that they had a bottle of Collet champagne at the coffee table. A nice welcome touch.
Similar to the room, the bathroom now feels brighter, but the overall feel still has a Mandarin Oriental character to it.
At night, there’s even a fancy hotel courtesy car available to take you anywhere you want on the Las Vegas strip. The chauffeur car is a BMW 7-series limo sedan.
For Hilton Diamond members, $50 USD credit is included on top of the stay. The next morning, we decided to use the credit for a hearty brunch downstairs.
The spa was nearly identical to what we remember to the Mandarin Oriental — in a good way. This award winning spa from beginning to end did not change besides the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas branding on it.
“Don’t fix what’s not broken” is the theme of the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas. Overall, this hotel still follows the Mandarin Oriental character of its past with its well serviced amenities and (most importantly) great staff. The service wholeheartedly feels genuine and everyone seems so nice in wanting you to have a great experience at this hotel.
The biggest advantage now is that Hilton members can now use their award nights here and enjoy amenities like a complimentary breakfast if they are Diamond loyalists. This change is especially useful when weekends like this one was too rich to book in cash.