We stayed at THE hotel at Mandalay Bay
for Christmas. This place follows a trend in Vegas, where a large company builds the main resort then leases out different spaces to other firms. The newest is Nobu at Caesar’s Palace (by Robert DiNiro and chef Nobu), just opened this week, and other resorts have different companies as well. Mandalay Bay is part of the MGM family; the main building is run by them, THE hotel (that’s the way they capitalize it) has a 43 story tower and the Four Seasons having the top floors of the main tower. I picked THE Hotel just to see what a specialized place was like, plus I was always impressed by the coffee shop whenever we walked by.
The entrance is not very impressive – just a small sign and a door off of the parking garage – no grand entrance here!
Walking to this tower from the Mandalay Bay casino is a little better. You first walk down a small hall past the sports book, then past the theater entrance (changing from the Lion King over to Michael Jackson right now) and the lobby up to Mix on top, then through a more interesting passage
To the side of that walkway is THE coffee shop. As I said, it always looked interesting but is only open for breakfast and lunch while we kept walking by in the evening.
We did get down to have breakfast there twice, and I would highly recommend it. Like most pretty coffee shops it is not inexpensive, I think it was around $50 for breakfast for the two of us, but being a short vacation out I wanted to do fancy a little bit.