I stayed at the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas last month. The property was formerly the Mandarin Oriental. Since I was only in Vegas for one night, I decided to use my weekend Hilton certificate. As a Hilton Diamond, I wanted to check out the benefits at this hotel.
The Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas is located on the strip, though the building seemed overshadowed by the modern, sleeker-looking Aria Resort and Casino. In fact, I got distracted too. Somehow, I ended up with this picture instead.
The hotel does not offer self-parking. Valet service is available at $35.00 per night (which, by the way, I think it’s over the top, just like parking in NYC). I haven’t visited Las Vegas in years, but it seemed that the days of free self-parking on the strip are gone with the exception of a few places left. We decided to just get a taxi from the airport ($15-$20 range with tips).
Bell services are ready to assist with your luggage needs. You’d take the elevator to the Sky Lobby on the 23rd floor to check-in. You can’t really get lost with these elevator options.
She also let me know that as a Hilton Diamond member, I have $50 credit that I could use towards room service dining or breakfast dining at the hotel. She then stepped out to point us to a different set of elevators to would take us down to the guest rooms.
The room is a standard room – comfortable and spacious.
You have options if you are a coffee or a tea drinker.
Breakfast at Zen Kitchen
While most Hilton properties include complimentary breakfast for the stay, I decided to use the $50 credit (for the entire stay) at the hotel’s Zen Kitchen.
The restaurant’s decor is nice and the service is wonderful, but our bill came out be a little over $70 with gratuities. It was fine given the $50 in hotel credit, but the price tag is excessive for breakfast. I don’t think it was worth it.* Maybe we were spoiled by the all-you-can-eat buffet at Aria on the first day, but the food there was great and it’s a much better value for the price (more in a separate post).
The Waldorf Astoria is a fine hotel. The room is comfortable and the service is always professional. If you like to shop, you can follow the sky bridge to get to the The Shops at Crystals. The hotel is never crowded as there isn’t a gaming facility on-site.
I’ve only ever stayed at 3 hotels in Vegas. Bally’s. Casear’s Palace. Waldorf Astoria. Waldorf Astoria is the best of the lot in my opinion, but given other hotel options in the area, I would be inclined to try a different hotel the next time I visit.
Maybe the Aria.
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Source: Travel Gadget Reviews