Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

The moment you drive up to the Mandarin Oriental you get a feel for the customer service. Who doesn’t love feeling special? With only 392 guestrooms and suites, this hotel is practically a boutique compared to the Strip’s larger hotel offerings. The spacious rooms are particularly popular, filled with gadgets like 42-inch LCD flat-screen TVs and bedside touch-screen control panels. The guestroom layout highlights subtle hints of Asian-inspired décor. The Mandarin is the spot where you are close enough to all of the Vegas action to have fun but removed from it enough to also conquer full relaxation. There is no casino on property and that is what makes it unique.  The doorman will greet you and guide you to an elevator that whisks you to the Sky Lobby located on the 23rd floor. The dramatic lobby boasts floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Strip and provides a great view that gets you excited as to what is around the corner, all while checking in. Twist, the French restaurant by world-renowned chef Pierre Gagnaire is also located on this floor and provides their guests with similar stunning views.

The dining choices at Mandarin are top notch.  You’ll have to be a grown-up about it and make peace with yourself when you realize that you have to make a choice. You must. You could choose Twist for French-inspired dishes, MoZen for a variety of Asian options or Mandarin Bar for cocktails and tapas. Throw your dietary restrictions out the window because the temptation will be too great.  Start with a tour through Asia with a wide variety of delicious cuisines and a selection of American favorites. Located on the 3rd floor and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; MOzen’s menu showcases sushi, Indian delicacies and authentic Thai dishes. For dinner, MOzen introduces Bento by MOzen Bistro where guests can enjoy the chef’s selection bento box, creating a social and tasty dining experience. Inspired by Japanese bento, Bento by MOzen Bistro allows diners to travel around Asia discovering cuisine from Thailand, Hong Kong, Korea and Singapore.

On my visit to the restaurant, I decided to start with the Wasabi Prawns, crisp tiger prawns tossed‏ in wasabi aioli, with a touch of mango serrano chili and tobiko.  For my entrée, I switched it up with a visit to Italy and India by going with a Caprese Salad and Chicken Tikka Wrap.  Both were excellent.