Boy, am I running behind! I’m trying to catch up on all the goals I set out to accomplish, one of which was staying at all 12 MGM properties in Las Vegas (in recognition of the Hyatt/MGM partnership) and reviewing them. Catching back up now with the next review in the series.
The 12 properties (with past and future reviews) are:
- MGM Grand (Review)
- THEhotel at Mandalay Bay
- Signature at MGM Grand
- Monte Carlo
- New York New York
- Mandalay Bay
When I first started traveling to Las Vegas regularly, Bellagio was the new luxury casino. There really wasn’t much like it in terms of opulence when it came to rooms, decor and restaurants. I can remember walking into what I thought was the lobby bar and finding out it was Petrossian, the caviar bar. I was stunned when I saw the prices.
Fast forward a great many years and I had booked a one-night stay in a King room so I could put together a quick review. I walked through the colorful lobby and asked someone at the front desk if there was a separate check-in for Noir members (might as well use it before I lose it!). They directed me to a discreet door tucked away in the main garden area that I had never noticed before. Inside was a decent sized lounge with a variety of snacks and drinks and a private check-in area.
The agent there was happy to help me but there was some confusion about my Noir status. I showed her my Noir card and my Hyatt Diamond card, just in case. Since one of the benefits of Noir status is suite upgrades, I asked about available suites to test this benefit. She politely told me all suites were occupied, though their website said otherwise.
It was only a one-night stay and I was on my own, so I didn’t really care about a suite. She then told me the only room she had for me was a room with two Queen beds (I believe she said it might have been a smoking room as well, but I don’t recall specifically). I showed her my confirmation where I had requested a King bed and this seemed to faze here exactly not at all. It was late and the bed type wasn’t specifically important to me. But I did find the experience odd, especially given that the website listed rooms with King beds for sale and seemed very empty as I walked around (a big part of the front desk was closed off).
It was a quick walk to the elevators and up to my room. The room itself seemed to be appointed nicely when I walked in, but on further inspection, it definitely showed some wear. Some of it was understandable, scratches on furniture, etc. But, in the bathroom, the toilet seat literally had the enamel worn off in quite a few spots. The rooms were, in a word, tired.
The bathroom was sizable, with a large tub and a big shower. The shower head seemed to be clogged up but was still adequate.
The bedroom has a small desk to work at, though you can tell the rooms were built in a time where workspace layout and things like outlets were an afterthought.
Bellagio has a great selection of restaurants and I chose Yellowtail for a quick bite. It’s a Japanese/sushi restaurant that has a decent selection of hot and cold plates to accompany the sushi menu. To go with my maguro, I chose some tempura king crab and a big eye tuna pizza. Both were excellent.
Bottom Line It For Me, Ed
The Bellagio has a solid variety of restaurants to experience and there’s always something interesting to see in the Conservatory. It’s definitely a place to visit when you come to Vegas. However, I found nothing special about the guest rooms compared to some of the newer casinos in Vegas. And, considering that Bellagio can be more expensive than other casinos on the Strip, I think there are better values. For Hyatt Gold Passport members, the property is a Category 6, which means 25,000 points for an award night. Make sure to shop around for rates before dropping 25,000 points on Bellagio, and consider some of the 20,000 point hotels like Mandalay Bay.
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