I have to go to meetings at the Bellagio in Las Vegas in March, traveling solo for work. I would like to stay at a Marriott-branded property if I can find one with a CL. Seems like the Renaissance by the convention center might be the best/only option. Any thoughts on that hotel and whether $209 a night is a good rate? There is an option to pay $219 a night and receive an extra 5000 MR points per night, so that seems like a no brainer, right? Can I get to or near the Bellagio on the Monorail? Alternatively, I could get a $200/night rate at the Mandarin Oriental which seems like a pretty good deal. I have not stayed at a MO but have heard they are comparable with RC, Waldorf-Astoria, or Four Seasons (i.e., higher end than a Renaissance would typically be). But I'm more concerned with CL access than luxury, getting MR points, or staying somewhere super close to the Bellagio. My meetings are Tuesday through Thursday so CL should be open. I am not a big fan of Las Vegas and did not choose this location, so I don't really care about casinos, shopping, or shows. I do enjoy a nicely appointed hotel that is quiet and sophisticated. Any thoughts or suggestions?
We really enjoyed our stays at the a Renaissance and were upgraded to a suite. Great service and nice hotel.
But if it's the same money as Mandarin, no question I would stay there. It's an easy walk to Bellagio or you can take the tram from Aria to Bellagio. My daughter loved it there. Very quiet and elegant. There is nothing close by the Renaissance if you want to get out and walk. Mandarin is in the middle of everything. Sorry Marriott but in this case Manderin.
I stayed there last November at Ren LasVegas at convention center and it was excellent. Good CL and evening selections were enough if you wanted to stay in. Mono Rail is right outside hotel. You are fine on mono rail short walk but not that far to Bellagio, Staff were friendly. Remember Las Vegas has some rough parts so do not venture east of the convention centre,
Just stayed at the Renaissance a month ago.
I spoke to the duty manager and he confirmed that their hotel is the only Marriott hotel in Vegas with a CL, so if this is the most important thing for you - the Renaissance is your only option.
It is a lovely hotel with great view over the strip. Being located off the strip gives it a nice plus of different atmosphere, peace & quiet.
As a platinum member I was upgraded to a suite which is a great room with an amazing décor in the living room! It also has a separate rest room for guests by the entrance to the room
The strip is easily accessible with the monorail, including the Bellagio itself. There're multiple stops for an easy reach to most places on the strip.
The CL itself is usually very busy during breakfast hours as all elite members are having their breakfast in the CL. Sometimes you won't even find a free table for you to sit down... Therefore, I spoke to the duty manager about this inconvenient situation and he gave me complimentary vouchers for a breakfast buffet in the hotel's restaurant for my entire stay. That was absolutely most convenient!!
Thanks, guys. You have all been very helpful. I am going with the MO as it costs less than any of the Marriott properties, is closer to the action so no need for the added expense of a monorail ticket or taxi, and it is the highest rated hotel on TripAdvisor for Las Vegas (for whatever that's worth). I've since learned that breakfast will be provided at my meetings, soda/water/snacks will be available all day, and I've got a couple client dinners afterwards so not as much of a need for a CL as I previously though. Sorry, Marriott! I just can't resist trying a 5-star luxury hotel for only $200 a night - seems like a great value.
I hope you'll have a good time!
However, I personally don't think paying about $200/night is a good value for your money... My stay at the renaissance was for $70/night. How, you ask? Simple: I used the LNF rate!
Now this is a great value for money, especially when you enjoy all platinum perks (particularly the suite upgrade and the CL)!! This is my philosophy: always pay minimum and get maximum!!!
Several months ago I posted a guide for the LNF rate - if you haven't seen it yet or forgot about it you're welcome to refresh your memory: click here.
fistuk, I'm booked at the Mandarin Oriental for $200 a night, not the Renaissance. That's a negotiated rate not available to the public. Why don't you think that is a good deal? Maybe you know something about the MO that I don't know!
What I meant is that if you've booked the Renaissance with a LNF rate you'd probably wouldn't have to pay $200/night but significantly much less, as I did.
Don't forget that in return to your money paid at the MO you get nothing back, while in a Marriott property you get points and benefits according to your membership status!
It's a clear thumb rule: whenever you book a hotel in which you're not a club member you get nothing in return for your money.
I personally think that in any booking we could have settled for giving up the benefits (in the worse case) but the points are the most important thing!!! Therefore, in any location in which we have a Marriott choice it won't be wise not to book a Marriott hotel.
In your case not only that you have several Marriott choices, but the hotel you booked gives you nothing back anyhow, and you completely lost your advantage as a loyal customer...
If the location on the strip is important to you than at least you could have booked the Cosmopolitan: it's a Marriott property and with a LNF rate it would have costed you less than the MO anyhow.
Well, this is only me thinking out loud
I guess it's entirely up to your personal preferences and the way you like to spend your money...
Anyway, Enjoy your stay.