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This weekend I am at a blogging conference at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, and thanks to attending a Hyatt/Mlife event last summer I have Noir Mlife status which is normally reserved for folks who gamble more in a day than I make in years. I’m pretty sure my status expires at the end of the month, but I will still have decent Mlife status after that thanks to matching my Hyatt elite status to Mlife, which you should absolutely do as well!
The perks of Noir over the Platinum level you can get by having Hyatt Diamond status aren’t too significant, but Noir does get you a limo to/from the airport and access to the VIP check-in and lounge at Mandalay Bay or whichever Mlife hotel you are visiting.
Some VIP areas available behind the frosted glasses are ah-maz-ing and others are probably imagined to be a little bit more luxurious than the reality. Either way, it is human nature to be curious about what lurks behind the velvet ropes. Since I doubt I will ever be able to enter the VIP area of Mandalay Bay again I took a peek today and wanted to share with everyone else who might be as naturally curious as I am.
The VIP area at Mandalay Bay was staffed by very nice agents who work in front of some pretty nice artwork…that also just happen to be for sale at the hotel. The agents there can help with the same sort of things as agents at the main front desk can. However, let’s be honest, the main feature of a lounge is usually the freebies you can get in it.
We visited the lounge both in the afternoon and again in the morning to see if the treats or offerings might rotate. What we found was that there are two well-stocked fridges with waters, sodas, and juices…and not much else.
Well, there is also coffee which I suppose shouldn’t be discounted since the Starbucks lines and prices in Vegas can be painful.
Let’s be real, the type of players who normally would have access to the VIP area probably are getting so many comps that they don’t need to score “freebies” in the lounge, but I was surprised there wasn’t a little more offered.
In this case you aren’t missing out on much by not having access to the Mandalay Bay VIP lounge, though I am sure being a real Mandalay Bay VIP leads to much more than the sodas and sparkling water in the lounge!