The Most Over the Top Brunch Buffet in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas is known for its buffets. On our last day in Las Vegas before going home, Ben and I had brunch at Jasmine, a Chinese restaurant at Bellagio that may have one of the most impressive buffets on the strip. We're skipping ahead here, to the day after my dive with the sharks at Mandalay Bay and a night out with friends at Hakkasan and Mandarin Oriental. If we thought we were tried on our … [Read more...]

Attention Hyatt Elite Guests: Renew Your M life Status!

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I'm working on finishing up my Vegas trip reports this week and want to take the time to remind you to match your Hyatt Gold Passport status to MGM's M life program. All Gold Passport Diamond members receive M life Platinum -- the second-highest tier below an invitation-only NOIR level. All Gold Passport Platinum members receive M life Gold -- one level down but still two levels above the basic, … [Read more...]

Review: DELANO Las Vegas

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I was recently in Las Vegas for a conference at Mandalay Bay but wanted to arrive a day early so Megan and I could get some pool time. I decided to stay at the new DELANO Las Vegas, which was recently rebranded from THEhotel (Mandalay's hotel-within-a-hotel). I found about about this change last month and already confirmed with Hyatt Gold Passport that Delano will continue to participate in the … [Read more...]

Elite Status So Exclusive, Even the Hotel Is Unaware!

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I was offered M life NOIR status last year -- along with several other Gold Passport Diamond members -- as part of the launch for Hyatt and MGM's partnership. I didn't use it very much, but it was fun to have those times when I was in Las Vegas. More interesting was how some people managed to parlay that into other benefits. When the Delano Las Vegas opened, I was given free elite status with … [Read more...]

Swimming with the Dolphins in Las Vegas

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When MGM first contacted Ben and me about trying some of their M life Moments, they pitched the idea of swimming with the dolphins at Siegfried and Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, located behind Mirage. This is actually one of my favorite hotels in Las Vegas (reasonably priced and shady pool), and I absolutely love zoos, but I'd never been to see the animals. This opportunity … [Read more...]

Hotel Review: Aria Las Vegas

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During my visit to Las Vegas as a guest of MGM Resorts, I stayed at Aria, their newest hotel and casino -- not counting the renovated Delano -- that opened in December 2009 as part of the massive City Center complex. I remember visiting Vegas with my college friends in 2007 and seeing the site under construction; there must have been 30 cranes or more operating on that site. With Aria at the … [Read more...]

M life Moments: Franklin at Delano Las Vegas

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Although you've heard a lot from the other BoardingArea bloggers who were invited to BAcon (BoardingArea Conference) in Las Vegas, I was already there two weeks before with Ben from One Mile at a Time. In two days we saw and experienced more than I thought humanly possible -- in fact, by the time we ate breakfast on Sunday morning we both refused complimentary Champagne. Yes, you read that right. … [Read more...]