I’m on my way home from a whirlwind trip to Las Vegas, where I spent two days hanging out with one of my best friends, just for fun. It was a weekend of glitz and glam, and we kicked it off in style by spending our first night in the Penthouse Suite at the Bellagio. (We got the suite by using the $20 trick!)
We had booked our second night in town at the Four Seasons, both for variety and because I found a fantastic rate through TravelPony. For our date, the lowest rate I could find elsewhere was $228. TravelPony beat that by 30%, with a rate of $178. I was then able to stack some coupon codes on top of that to get a final price of $117! Not bad.
I had stayed at this Four Seasons property before, and had a fairly perfect experience, so I was looking forward to a repeat.
We arrived at the hotel in the late afternoon on a Friday. The gorgeous lobby was calm and serene, with small groupings of comfortable chairs and sofas arranged around low tables. Slanted sunlight filtered through the stand of bamboo plants outside the floor-to-ceiling windows.
My check-in experience was interesting. “I see that you booked through a third party,” the agent commented. “I’d love to offer you an upgrade to our two-bedroom suite,” he said. “It features an incredible view of the strip, plus 1500 square feet of space and a Jacuzzi tub.”
I couldn’t believe it – first we were upgraded to the Penthouse at the Bellagio, and now this! “That sounds amazing!” I told him.
“Wonderful,” he said smoothly. “I’d just like to confirm that this includes an extra charge of $150.”
Aw man. “Never mind then,” I said, just as smoothly. “No, thanks.”
“Of course,” he continued, without missing a beat. “Let’s see what else I can find for you. How about a strip view?”
“Perfect,” I said.
“The extra charge on that would be $50 a night.”
I blinked at him. “We’d just like to pay the rate that we already have.”
He blinked back. “Would you like mountain or airport view?”
Our mountain view room was immaculate and very comfortable. There were two double beds, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a shower plus a tub in the nicely-sized bathroom. If I had to name the style of the room, I would call it “Generic Luxury.”
After our suite at the Bellagio, the room was a little bit of a letdown, but standing on its own merits, it was lovely.
The hotel itself was very luxurious. We appreciated that it is a no-smoking property and that the common spaces were quiet and almost restful – a stark contrast from the rest of Vegas.
We had the opportunity to eat on the patio at Verandah, the hotel’s casual restaurant, and it was noteworthy (stay tuned for a review!)
ll in all, it was a luxurious, relaxing stay – the kind you would expect from the Four Seasons. There were no surprises (either good or bad).
A few tips:
• There is a complimentary hotel car service. The way it works is that if the house car is available at the time you need it, the driver will drop you off within a three-mile radius. There is no return (pick-up) service, however, so you need to find your own way back to the hotel.
• Free parking is available just steps away from the hotel in the Mandalay Bay convention center lot.
• You can get a complimentary shoe shine overnight. Just place your shoes in the bag provided and hang them on your door handle outside your room before 1 am, and they will be shined and returned to you by 7 am.
• The front desk provides complimentary bottled water upon request.
• There is no charge to use the steam room at the spa, or to work out in the gym. Light snacks, refreshing beverages, lockers and bathrobes are provided free of charge. (Warning: you might not be able to resist purchasing the Whoopie Candle that is always lit at the reception area. It smells like freshly-baked sugar cookies. It will definitely make you crave a snickerdoodle.)
• Guests of the Four Seasons are welcome to visit the pools at the Mandalay Bay in addition to the pool at the Four Seasons.
Would I stay at the Four Seasons again? Definitely. It was truly an oasis of calm amidst the chaos of the Strip. The room was quiet and comfortable. The staff was gracious and helpful. The amenities were high-quality. The food was delicious.
In fact, I would highly recommend this hotel. Just don’t stay there after a night in the Penthouse Suite at the Bellagio.
Have you been to this Four Seasons property? What did you think? (Another question – have you smelled this candle? Did you just want to eat it up?)