Sunday

The Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental

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Description: It's likely that you've never heard of the Mandarin Oriental. The hotel doesn't have gaming, which is normally an entry point for wandering tourists. Additionally, you won't find a pedestrian entrance on the Las Vegas Strip. You'll have to either drive up to the valet or awkwardly walk around The Shops at Crystals to reach the entrance. The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is a triple five-star hotel located within CityCenter and is operated by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group. Its 392 hotel rooms are decorated in an Eastern style. The hotel’s lobby is located on the 23rd floor (Fig 02). The Residences at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas has approximately 225 condominium residences located on the building's upper floors. Parking for this area is valet only. The hotel holds the AAA Five Diamond Award and three Forbes Five Star Awards, one for every category. The 23rd floor also hold the properties Tea Lounge, Mandarin Bar and their acclaimed signature restaurant, Twist by Pierre Gagnaire, the only venue in the US where you can experience the extraordinary cuisine of Chef Pierre Gagnaire.

Every Mandarin Oriental hotel has its own fan, which is reflective of its local culture and bonds each property to the Group's Asian heritage. It is located opposite the windows in the 23rd-floor ''Sky Lobby'' of the Mandarin Oriental hotel. True to this tradition, Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas is delighted to showcase its signature fan (Fig. 01), created exclusively for the hotel by artist Eric Jiaju Lee.
                                           
The Tea Lounge:  This large lounge (Fig. 03) is designed as a zen-like retreat. Its seven seating areas (Fig. 04) are spaciously spread about the room and tied together by an absolutely beautiful rug filled with red Chinese dragons (Fig. 05). After selecting from a menu of the finest infusions of teas from around the world, you are then left with the tranquility of the environment while you sip your tea (Fig. 06) and enjoy the beautiful views and dazzling lights of the Las Vegas Strip through its floor to ceiling windows (Fig. 07). If you take part of the Classic English Afternoon Tea, served daily, you can also combining a selection of divine pastry delights such as English scones, cupcakes and macaroons. OBTW - it is right next to the Mandarin Bar, with a modern decor. See more below.
                                    
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Mandarin Bar:  There are over-sized leather chairs, a squared bar with a towering liquor shelf and dim, strategically placed lighting. The focal point of this room, though, is the view. Floor-to-ceiling windows can be found on three of the four walls, giving you an unparalleled view of the Strip no matter where your seat is. The drink menu is filled with tastes that you'll only find at Mandarin Bar, such as the The Mandarin Martini (aka the Golden Leaf), which pairs up Hendrick's gin, Aperol, muddled mandarin, pineapple, fresh lime juice and simple syrup. The rest of the cocktail menu focuses on high-end spirits usually paired with fresh fruit or fresh herbs. If the menu doesn't satisfy your palate, the bartenders, who are also mixologists, can whip you up a fresh creation based on your taste preferences. If you find yourself too engulfed in the view and cocktails to make that late dinner, there is also a menu filled with light, Asian-inspired bites. Mandarin Bar provides that rare place to just get away without ever really being away from anything. Both of these places are now two more places to add to my favorites list of places to relax with a drink, including the Hostile Grape at the M Resort and the 107 Skylounge at the Stratosphere.