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Las Vegas: THEhotel American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts Review Part 2

This is Part 2 of the Las Vegas: THEhotel American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts Review. Part 1 can be found in the link below:

Las Vegas: THEhotel American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts Review Part 1

The hotel amenity for THEhotel is a $100 spa credit that can be used for any spa services at THEhotel’s Bathhouse. I didn’t see a spa service menu in the suite, but after a quick phone call, I was quickly connected to the spa concierge. I let my friend use the $100 spa credit and I booked a $90 20-minute massage for him. There were facials, manicures, and pedicures available, but due to it being on New Years Weekend, everything was completely booked. We had a choice of either a male attendant at 10:30am or a female attendant at 11:00am, so we chose the latter. My friend ended up charging the $90 to the room and left a $20 tip. The $90 was taken off the bill immediately and $20 was left on the remaining folio balance. Sorry no pictures as my friend did not take any pictures of THEhotel’s Bathhouse.

We had breakfast in the morning and there was a New Years Eve special brunch menu at The Cafe. The cool thing about booking through the American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts program is that the breakfast credit is very generous and can offset a huge amount on your room rate. In this case, we had $80 worth of breakfast credits to use ($40 per person, max 2 adults). We had three adults dining, which is no problem since everything is charged to the room and taken care of automatically.

The Cafe's New Year's Eve specials

            The Cafe’s New Year’s Eve specials

Breakfast/Brunch Menu

                       Breakfast/Brunch Menu

steak frites,  prime flat iron, marrow butter, truffle fries

   prime flat iron steak, marrow butter, truffle fries

Prime Beef Filet Benedict

                      Prime Beef Filet Benedict

Blue Crab Benedict with Hash Browns

            Blue Crab Benedict with Hash Browns

Again, the breakfast credit is very generous as it is really hard to use $80 worth of breakfast credit for even three people including orange juices. I’ve stayed at this property many times using the Fine Hotel & Resorts program and in previous years, they only offered a physical $20 voucher per person, totaling $40. I’m really impressed that it has changed to $40 per person ($80 total). If you are itching to stay at this property, I would do so soon because it will be changing its name to theDelano hotel and it might be leaving the American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts program.

I’ve seen this hotel go as low as $75 during Thanksgiving week of last year, but this property is usually in the low $100’s most weekdays except Thursday, Fridays, and Saturday nights. The hotel rate will hover above $200 during special events like Labor Day, Memorial Day, 4th of July, and New Years.

Next, I will be reviewing the Westin Lake Las Vegas as a Starwood Preferred Platinum guest, so stay tuned!

Las Vegas: THEhotel American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts Review Part 1

THEhotel is situated behind Mandalay Bay and is considered an all suites hotel. Normally, the rates for a standard suite is around $109, but because I stayed during New Years Eve weekend, I paid $209 which was still reasonable. I booked through the American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts program which gives me early noon check-in, complimentary room upgrade (if available), hotel amenity ($100 spa credit), $80 worth of breakfast credit ($40/per person), and guaranteed 4pm late checkout.

I arrived at the hotel around 4pm and the hotel was relatively empty at the check-in counter. I inquired about the complimentary suite upgrade and the clerk informed me that the hotel was sold out for the night.

Standard Suite at THEhotel

                     Standard Suite at THEhotel

View of the couch and decor

                   View of the couch and decor

View of the living room

                          View of the living room

Wetbar in the living room

                        Wetbar in the living room

Guest bathroom in the living room

              Guest bathroom in the living room

Two Double Beds

                     Two Double Queen Beds

View of the bedroom

                        View of the bedroom

Granite countertop w/ a his and hers sink

       Granite countertop w/ a his and hers sink

Shower and Tub

                               Shower and Tub

I must have stayed at THEhotel at least five times on an Fine Hotel & Resorts rate and not once have I ever been upgraded from a standard suite. The standard suite is pretty large in itself and you can definitely party it up in Vegas and entertain guests comfortably in the living room. There are two restrooms in the suite with one being in the foyer and the other in the bedroom. In addition, there is a wet-bar just in case you need to clean up after the party. Rumor has it THEhotel will be re-branded as the Delano Las Vegas in the future. I’m not sure if the Delano Las Vegas will be part of the American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts program when the changeover happens.

This review is a two part series in which I will review the spa and breakfast at THEhotel. Stay tuned…

Upcoming Trip to Las Vegas this New Years Weekend

This is an annual tradition for me to get away and spend New Years in Las Vegas with friends. I’m going with two of my best friends from college and I’ve planned a three nights stay utilizing a combination of AAdvantage Miles and American Express Fine Hotel & Resorts program.

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For Saturday, I booked a $209 Fine Hotel & Resorts rate at the Venetian Hotel, which includes room service breakfast for 2, a complimentary lunch or dinner (amenity benefit), noon check-in, late checkout, and a complimentary upgrade if available. I’ve attached my Priority Club Platinum membership number by calling the hotel in advance to utilize the “Invited Guest Check-in” priority line. On Sunday evening, I booked a standard suite at Mandalay Bay’s THEhotel (all suites property) on a $200 Fine Hotel & Resorts rate, which includes a complimentary upgrade if available, noon check-in, $100 spa credit, $80 worth of breakfast vouchers, and a late checkout. For Monday, I am staying at the Westin Lake Las Vegas on 10,800 American Airlines AAdvantage Miles, which is a superb value since rates on New Years are sky-high in Las Vegas. I value AA miles to be 2cpm (cents per mile) and since I have a mid 6 figure AAdvantage miles balance, I will gladly spend the miles. The Westin Lake Las Vegas is going for $256, which I gladly will pay in miles. I used http://www.useaamiles.com to book my hotel using AAdvantage miles and since I am an American Airlines Executive Platinum member, I get discount prices. In addition, I called the hotel in advance and asked the front desk agent to add my Starwood Preferred Guest Platinum number to my reservation. It’s a gamble to see if they will honor elite benefits on a 3rd party stay, but it’s Las Vegas after all! Stay tuned……