Vegas, Baby, Vegas: Valentine's Day at the Mandarin

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The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is, to me, an island of elegance in the city of seemingly endless hotels. The luxury brand in one of the Strip's shiny CityCenter high-rises snagged a five-star rating last year from Forbes Travel Guide. And what better time to check in and check it out than Valentine's Day?

The deal: I found a few deals for a mid-February stay, depending on how much you want to pay. Note that standard amenities at the Mandarin include free Wi-Fi, gym passes, free morning coffee and tea, and more. (Prices exclude tax and a $24 nightly resort fee.)

--The best rate of the day: $205 for a single night Feb. 13 or 14 in a standard room with king-sized or double bed (Delight Rate).

--The splurge: $500 for a single night Feb. 14 in a standard room (Celebrate the Stars package) that includes two unlimited passes to the Tian Quan Thermal Experiences and a three-course tasting menu for two at the hotel's Twist restaurant.

When: The Delight Rate is offered daily and subject to availability; the Celebrate the Stars package is good through the end of the year.

Tested: I found availability for a single night on Feb. 14 at the $205 rate ($254 with tax and fee) and the $500 rate ($584 with tax and fee) that comes with the spa and restaurant extras.

As a comparison, best room rates at the Mandarin, particularly on weekends, often start at $225 a night. And the $500 package saves a little on the extras -- the tasting menu usually costs $105 per person and the thermal treatment $50 to $60 per person for a pass.


This article originally appeared in the Los Angeles Times.

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