Las Vegas with kids may sound like a crazy idea but it isn’t if you do it right. Our daughter has been twice in her short life. She loves the scene, attractions, food and especially our family-friendly accommodations at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. The non-gaming luxury hotel is definitely an oasis amid the city’s vibrant energy and recently completed a stunning refresh that we absolutely loved.
How to Get to Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas occupies floors 35-39 of Mandalay Bay on the quieter south end of the strip. A tram connects both hotels to the Luxor and Excalibur. Taxis are easy to come by, but there’s a house car that can shuffle guests within a short radius of the hotel, based on availability.
A taxi from McCarran International Airport takes about 15 minutes and is easy to snag in the relatively-efficient taxi line outside of baggage claim. However, if you’re arriving on a Friday evening (like we did), I would highly recommend arranging transportation with the hotel in advance because the taxi line can be excruciatingly long.
Note that Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas has an entirely different (quieter and more luxurious) entrance than Mandalay Bay even though they are in the same building.
Art Deco-Inspired Rooms and Suites
The hotel recently upgraded rooms and suites to an Art Deco-inspired look that I wish was in my own house. The chic furnishings and color palette are absolutely stunning with no detail overlooked from the various wallpapers to vibrant artwork.
We stayed in a Strip View Suite with an entirely separate living area, an arrangement that suits our family’s different sleeping habits (translation: my husband wakes up much earlier than our daughter does). Sleep, frankly, can make or break a trip–the more well-rested we are, the more fun we have!
The living room sofa folded out into a large bed that could sleep two kids, easily. Between plenty of storage space, 1.5 bathrooms, comfortable master bed, view of the Strip and then some, we could have easily moved in.
My daughter received a welcome cookie at check-in though there were also a few yummy treats waiting in our room. She had her own detangler, shampoo and conditioner while we luxuriated in Etro.
Also, there were plenty of nooks and crannies for the various Monster High dolls to hang out in, not to mention, in-room coffee and bottled water.
Guess what? Speedy WiFi is included in your room rate. Plenty of plugs also power your devices.
We, literally, ate our way through the hotel and did such a good job of it that our meals have earned their own post (stay tuned). I love the homemade mini donuts on weekends at Veranda, the kid-friendly signature Italian restaurant. I think about them far too often than I care to admit. My daughter and I ate at least four… each. They’re warm, with toppings of your choice added by request.
The renovation added a cool gathering spot to the lobby area called PRESS which offers fresh-pressed juice, gourmet coffee and pastries to-go in the mornings. With hungry kids in tow, immediate food is always welcome.
In addition to a cozy bar area, the PRESS outdoor patio offers a comfortable place for families to unwind at the end of a long day over craft cocktails, mocktails and delicious appetizers.
My daughter chose the huge kids’ burger at PRESS two nights in a row. We opted for the charcuterie plate and fresh pretzels though roasting s’mores after dinner was definitely a highlight.
For the times when PRESS isn’t offering to-go eats, find snacks and cold drinks in the hotel gift shop which also probably houses necessities you forgot to pack. The hotel elevator stops on the casino floor of Mandalay Bay where other convenience food awaits.
But, if your daughter is exhausted from a day of touring Las Vegas attractions and only really, really wants a green apple and you’re too tired to source one on your own, in-room dining will send one up in a jiffy through the 15-minute in-room dining menu.
Of course, it arrived on a tray with perfectly-placed cutlery. My husband laughed. We also ordered breakfast through in-room dining three times and it was fantastic.
Go Out! A Nanny Service Can Be Arranged!
In addition to bottomless mini donuts, my daughter has a love affair with luxury hotel rooms made even better by devoted attention from a nanny. Maybe it’s because we have so much family around at home that she doesn’t have nannies very often, but she would not stop talking about what they were going to play and so on. The entire reason we were in Las Vegas to begin with was for a friend’s party so I had liased with the concierge desk in advance to book a nanny while we were out.
The concierge arranged for a nanny from Nannies and Housekeepers U.S.A. to come to our room after forwarding us a resume to approve in advance. We knew exactly who was coming, what her qualifications were and handled payment directly with the agency.
I’m guessing the nanny was probably used to this, but we texted her to see if we could come home a bit later than previously agreed, which wound up being fine (she adjusted the payment). My daughter said the nanny brought some things to play with, too, and that they had a great time. We, ahem, also had a great time and were grateful for the Bloody Mary bar at Veranda the following morning.
Full-Service Swimming Pool
While Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas has its own private and heated pool, guests may also take advantage of Mandalay Beach. In fact, there’s a gate leading to it from the Four Seasons pool area. Note that the pool closes usually between mid-November and mid-March. You wouldn’t want to go in it anyway–Las Vegas gets cold during the winter. However, the pool area is being refreshed during the current closure and I can’t wait to see what they do with it.
Forbes Five-Star Spa
Do take advantage of the luxury hotel spa. Remember that late night out I mentioned? The hotel arranged a spa appointment for me at 8:00 a.m. the following morning. Though the time wasn’t very Vegas-like, I requested it because I knew my daughter would be up early and that a nice facial and sit in the steam room would help right the ship.
Highly recommend this strategy if you’re ever in the same boat. My Vitality C Facial was performed using ultra high-end Natura Bisse products–one of my favorite skincare lines. I looked like a totally new person and felt miles better. Downing loads of flavored water in the relaxation area helped, too.
But if a facial isn’t your speed, perhaps a couples massage or a Desert Oasis Stone Massage will do.
Plenty of Things to Do Within Walking Distance
While catching a taxi isn’t a big deal, you don’t have to set foot in daylight to see kid-friendly attractions like Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, Bodies: The Exhibition and Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition. Other fun things to do in Las Vegas with kids are within walking distance, tram distance or a quick taxi ride from Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas.
Scattered in between all of it are restaurants representing a wide range of cuisines led by world-renowned chefs. Maybe it’s because we’re older and wiser, but I feel that Las Vegas has become more of a culinary scene over the last decade than it used to be. There’s Charlie Palmer, Wolfgang Puck, Guy Savoy, Gordon Ramsay and more in Las Vegas now. Leave the diet behind, definitely.
Bring the kids to Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas. Or, don’t. You’ll love the experience either way.
(Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas is one of the luxury hotels I can book for you with agent-exclusive amenities that will enhance and add value to your stay. Please send me your dates and I’ll tell you what’s on offer.)
Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
3960 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89119
Katie Dillon is the managing editor of La Jolla Mom. She helps readers plan San Diego vacations through her hotel expertise (that stems from living in a Four Seasons hotel) and local connections. Readers have access to exclusive discounts on theme park tickets (like Disneyland and San Diego Zoo) and perks at luxury hotels worldwide through her. She also shares insider tips for visiting major cities worldwide like Hong Kong, London, Paris, and Shanghai that her family has either lived in or visits regularly (or both).
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