"A hotel like nothing else on the strip"
The Mandarin Oriental is on the strip, but it doesn't seem like it. First thing is that it is a little tough to drive there for the first time because of its hidden entrance. Then, when you first walk in, there is no check-in desk, casino noise or a lot of people. You must take the elevator to the 23rd floor to the check-in desk, which is still elegant, but quiet and understated. Once checked in, your room key will operate another set of elevators that will take you to your room. So, from the time you find you way to the valet (no self-parking that I could see), the Mandarin gives a quiet, totally unstrip-like experience. The room is like that too. Elegant, but understated. The room does have a learning curve, though. Everything can be done through the TV, including the curtains, wake-up call, lighting, a/c, etc. Once mastered, it works fine, except the wake-up call (at least when I tried to do it) because it had such a lag time that it was difficult to do. But, once I did get it done, having the drapes open to wake us up was pretty cool. The drapes also have a set of buttons on the wall, which makes working them easier. The room has a modern/oriental flair to it, which was good for us. However, since the wall to the bathroom is largely just glass with some vertical lines, if a person went in at night and turned on the lights, it would illuminate the bedroom. Also, if you were traveling with children, they would see more than any normal parent would want them to.
KB from Fl