If you will be traveling to Las Vegas with your family and can afford luxury accommodations, you can certainly stay at one of the deluxe Las Vegas Strip casino hotels. However, one option you might wish to consider instead is the non-casino hotel the Four Seasons. The Four Seasons is not only immediately adjacent to and connected to the Mandalay Bay Hotel and Casino (one of the closest casino hotels to McCarran International Airport); Four Seasons guests can use the pool and beach facilities of the Mandalay Bay at no additional cost. The advantages of staying at the Four Seasons, however, instead of the Mandalay Bay include avoiding the huge crowds checking in and out at the Mandalay Bay and receiving a lot more personal attention from the staff. In addition, the Four Seasons Hotel has a reputation of catering more to children. Many other families with kids stay there, so during the course of your stay, you might even meet other guests with kids the same age as yours who can hang out with and play with your kids.
There are not many hotels that are willing to go the extra mile to the extent this one does to make your kids feel welcome and at home. All you have to do is let the reservation clerk who books your room know your children's names and ages, and Four Seasons will take care of the rest. As soon you check in, you will be delighted by the spacious accommodations, modern accoutrements, and breathtaking view, but your kids will be equally excited to find all of the following:
- A kids' welcome amenity
- Child-size bathrobes
- Complimentary baby and children's toiletries
- Complimentary welcome milk and cookies
- Popcorn and soda on arrival for teenagers
- Play Station availability on the TV in the room
In addition, upon request, the Four Seasons can have your room childproofed and provide you with various other amenities you might need like these:
- Nonsmoking rooms
- Wheelchair accessible rooms
- Rooms suitable for those who are hearing-impaired
- Crib and/or roll away bed(s) (with a fee for the latter and subject to maximum occupancy).
- Strollers (there may be an additional fee)
- Basket of essentials for infants
- Complimentary high chairs and playpens
- Complimentary on-site activities
- Board games
- DVD and video library
Check-in time is 3 p.m. and check-out time is 12 noon. It appears that this hotel is very strict about these time frames because guests who anticipate an early arrival or late departure are advised to book an extra night. As at most hotels, accommodations vary in terms of size, extra amenities, and cost. However, the Four Seasons Hotel is considered a luxury resort, and all rooms and suites are expressly designed with guests' comfort in mind and include the following special features and amenities:
- Located on 35th to 39th floors with large floor-to-ceiling windows offering magnificent Las Vegas Strip or mountain views
- Marble baths with shower and separate soaking tub
- Down duvet and pillows (or hypoallergenic bedding on request)
- Hi Tech features: Wired and wireless Internet access, multimedia hub on TV credenza and iPod docking station
- Hair dryer
- Thick terry bathrobes
- In-room safe
- Refrigerated private bar
- Coffee and tea making capabilities
- Twice daily housekeeping service
- Daily newspaper
Even the smallest rooms are oversized compared to what you will find at most hotels. "Superior rooms," which can easily accommodate two adults and one infant or child, are 500 square feet and include 1 king-size bed and 1 rollaway bed or crib. "Deluxe rooms," which are large enough for two adults and two kids, are 550 square feet and include 1 king-size bed and both a rollaway bed and crib or two double beds and either a rollaway bed or crib.
Or, if money is no object, you can opt for a suite ranging in size from 810 square feet to 2,225 square feet. The suites feature a separate living room and bedroom area and a 55-inch LED TV in the living room. In addition, the larger suites include a sofa bed, two rollaways, and a crib, so they can easily accommodate a family with three kids. The larger suites also include a separate dining room and large kitchen pantry equipped with kitchen appliances and a full size refrigerator.
Rooms can be booked online as well as by calling the room reservation number shown above. However, this reviewer did not find the website as user-friendly as it could be for making online reservations. Based on the high cost of all of the rooms, in order to minimize errors and make sure the hotel is aware of any special requests, talking to a live person on the phone is strongly recommended. You are also advised to make your reservations as far in advance as possible since the rooms sell out quickly. Keep in mind that, except for the top grade Presidential Suites, a mandatory daily resort fee of $32.48 (including tax) is added to the cost of all rooms and suites. The resort fees includes Wi-Fi access for multiple devices anywhere you want to use them (including by the pool), in-room coffee and tea, shoe shine service, and local and toll-free phone calls.
Clearly, the Four Seasons is a resort where no detail is spared to make sure that all guests are as comfortable as possible. The decision you have to make is first, whether you can afford the price that comes with all of this luxury and second, if you can, whether it is what your family wants and needs. However, the good news is that even the most expensive hotels offer money-saving deals, and the Four Seasons is no exception.
For example, with the Vegas Getaway Package, available between 11/1/15 and 3/31/16, families staying two nights or longer can receive a 25% discount off regular rates plus a hotel credit of $50 or $100 per stay depending on the type of accommodations. However, an important stipulation is that the reservation must be made by 10/15/15, at which time the entire amount, which is nonrefundable, must be paid in full.
Another money-saving option is the "Stay Longer Third Night Free" offer. For every two nights (Sundays through Wednesdays only) you stay in a one bedroom suite or higher level accommodations, you receive a third night free! Applicable taxes, service charges, and resort fees are extra.
Child Friendly Activities
Other than watch TV or videos in the room, there is little for your children to do at the Four Seasons Hotel itself, but with its exceptionally convenient location, with lots of child-friendly activities nearby, that should not pose a problem. The Four Seasons Hotel is within easy walking distance, not only of the Mandalay Bay Hotel Casino, but a cluster of other hotel casinos which also provide lots of fun filled activities for children.
Mandalay Bay Activities
During the day your kids can go swimming at the Mandalay Bay, taking their pick of that facility's multiple pools, wave pool beach, and lazy river. Another must-do activity at the Mandalay Bay is Shark Reef Aquarium. This must-see Las Vegas attraction, which is suitable for kids of all ages, is one of the largest aquariums in the world. Shark Reef is home to more than 2,000 creatures of the sea, including 15 species of sharks, along with other dangerous aquatic predators. The exhibits are open Sunday-Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. (till 10 p.m. in the summer) and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $12 for children ages 5-12. Children age 4 and under are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased online to save having to wait to buy them when you get there. Optional guided tours are offered for an additional fee, where guests can enjoy close-up encounters with sharks, sea turtles, or sting rays and have an opportunity to feed the animals.
Other Nearby Activities
Alternatively, for a quick and easy change of scenery, and add variety to your Vegas vacation, the family can ride the free tram that leaves from Mandalay Bay that stops at both the Luxor and Excalibur Casino Hotels. However, keep in mind that on the way back to the Mandalay Bay, the tram goes straight from the Excalibur to the Mandalay Bay, bypassing the Luxor.
The Luxor, which seems to have strayed from its original ancient Egypt theme, houses two fascinating exhibits, BODIES: the Exhibition and Titanic: the Artifact Exhibition. The Excalibur, a hotel with a more casual vibe, will keep kids of all ages (and you, too) happily entertained at an arcade called "Fun Dungeon" filled with more than 150 games. Immediately North of the Excalibur is New York - New York, where your kids can marvel at the replicas of the Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty, take a ride on the Big Apple Roller Coaster, and savor Hershey's Chocolate World. Adjacent to the MGM Hotel Casino across the street, you will find another chocolate emporium, M&Ms World, and the Dryers Ice Cream Showcase Mall. The CSI Exhibit at the MGM Grand itself will appeal to older children and teenagers.
The nearby casino hotels also offer multiple options for family-friendly evening entertainment. Any of the following would make a good choice:
- Mandalay Bay
- Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil
- Blue Man Group
- CHRIS ANGEL Believe
- Tournament of Kings
- New York-New York
- Zumanity by Cirque du Soleil
- The New ILLUSIONS
The concierge at the Four Seasons Hotel will be happy to assist you with your dining and show reservations and, if your schedule permits, suggest a suitable day trip for the family as well. Another important service that the concierge can provide for you is to arrange a babysitting or nanny service for your children for those occasions when you would like some private alone time. The Four Seasons does not provide its own in-house childcare facilities, but will contact a superior licensed nanny or babysitting service on your behalf and arrange for a qualified individual to attend to your children's needs. This saves you the trouble of having to look for a suitable childcare service on your own. You also don't have to travel out of your way to drop off and pick up your kids at another location since they will remain at the hotel while you are free to leave the premises and go anywhere you wish. Your only responsibilities are to provide the necessary information about each child and a means of contacting you in case of emergency, and to return at the agreed upon time. Considering the excellent reputation of Four Seasons Hotel in every other respect, you can be reasonably certain that the childcare services it arranges will be more than satisfactory. The only real drawback is that this type of childcare is expensive. But so is everything else associated with a stay at the Four Seasons.
There are only two restaurants at the Four Seasons Hotel, one of which is Veranda, located on the lobby level. Veranda offers a choice of indoor or outdoor seating. It is basically an upscale coffee shop.
There is no separate children's menu. However, in the morning, standard breakfast items are available like eggs with bacon, ham, or sausage or buttermilk pancakes, along with some more adventurous items like chicken and waffles and Huevos Rancheros. A gluten free breakfast special is available, too, for children who have a gluten intolerance. There are also many items on the menu that will appeal to the health conscious (but probably not so much to children) like quinoa muesli, steel cut oatmeal, and organic juices, and even an "antioxidant healthy start" breakfast.
Aside from the fact that this restaurant is very expensive, another place would probably offer a wider range of options for young children, not only for breakfast, but also for your other meals. If you go for lunch, you probably won't go wrong ordering for your kids the Pizza Margherita or Rustica (the latter is made with Italian sausage, ricotta, bell peppers, mozzarella cheese, and onions) or a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich. The 8-oz beef burgers and veggie burgers are too much food for a young child.
The only other dining option in the hotel is Charlie Palmer's Steakhouse. Again, you would be spending a lot of money for a leisurely gourmet meal that is far more suited for an adult couple than for a family with young kids. Fortunately, if you go next door to the Mandalay Bay, your choice of restaurants is much greater. Not every restaurant at the Mandalay Bay is child-friendly, but all of the following are.
Raffles Café, open 7 a.m. to 2: 30 p.m., is a relaxing place for a family breakfast or lunch. However, it will cost about as much as the Veranda since everything is la carte and there is no special menu for kids. Figure on spending about $25 per person, even for breakfast. Items on the lunch menu your kids might like include cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, and sandwiches.
Citizens Kitchen Bar
This 24/7 eatery offers a nice choice of kid-friendly breakfast items. For example, your kids can have Bacon, Egg, and Cheese on a Kaiser Roll ($14.50), Belgian Waffles ($15), or Red Velvet Pancakes ($17). The lunch and dinner menu includes various sandwiches or a hamburger or cheeseburger ($16-$19) with a choice of shoestring fries, potato salad, pasta salad, or coleslaw.
While the Bayside Buffet is not cheap either, unlike the above-mentioned restaurants, children do receive a special price. The buffet is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and for brunch Friday through Sunday. The hours and prices for adults and for children ages 5-12 are shown below. Children under age 5 eat free!
Crossroads at House of Blues
This popular restaurant can be found at several locations throughout the country, one of which is the Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas. Crossroads at House of Blues is open Sunday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 12 a.m. In other words, you can go for breakfast, lunch or dinner. In fact, for a breakfast that is not only kid-friendly, but also wallet-friendly, of all the places in walking distance of the Four Seasons, this seems like your best bet by far.
In addition to the sizeable regular menu, there is a special Kids Menu for children ages 12 and under. Instead of paying $25 or more for each child's breakfast and probably winding up with a lot of uneaten food, their breakfast can be just as good or better for a fraction of the cost. The choices here include bargain-priced Kids Pancakes for $4.99, Kids French Toast, Cheese Omelet, or "Mini Waffles of Love" for $5.99, or a combo of pancakes, scrambled eggs, and bacon, or sausage for $6.99.
In addition, if you are in town on a Sunday, be sure to take your kids to the world-famous House of Blues Gospel Brunch. The cost is a hefty $40 per person, but it includes both an all you can eat Southern style buffet and the gospel entertainment. Show times are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The food is not just breakfast fare, but other hearty traditional Southern cuisine favorites like fried chicken, biscuits and country gravy, macaroni and cheese, and jambalaya. Desserts include bread pudding, brownies, and cookies.
Slice of Vegas
This pizza place at the Shoppes at Mandalay Place is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The pizza, which is N.Y. style with a thin crust, costs $14.95 for the 12-inch size or $22.95 for the 18-inch size. Toppings are extra.
The Burger Bar, also located at the Shoppes at Mandalay Place, is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. The simplest and probably most child-friendly of the tasty but pricey burgers is the American Classic (Angus beef with American cheese, bacon, tomato, and onion) on a sesame bun, for $15.40. Or you can customize your burger however you like it, choosing any type of meat, bun, toppings, and sides you want. Chefs milkshakes in vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry, or in specialty flavors like Nutella and Pink Monkey, cost $8.75.
Sea Breeze Ice Cream and Juices
Located on the Mandalay beach level, this place is perfect if you are spending a day on the beach or at the pool. Hours of operation (seasonal) are limited to Friday-Sunday 7 a.m.-5 p.m. You and your kids can enjoy a quick salad or sandwich and a cool refreshing drink or some ice cream.
Beach Bar and Grill
The Beach Bar and Grill, open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., is another seasonal eatery you can take advantage of while spending the day on the beach. There are lots of kid friendly items on the menu like hot dogs (with or without cheese and onions), cheeseburgers, and chicken tenders, or a BLT or grilled cheese sandwich, and even a "Beach PB&J." All are served with fries, fruit salad, or green salad. Sandwiches cost an average of $15, and for an additional $4, your kids can have an ice cream bar or sandwich.
The Noodle Shop
The Noodle Shop, open Sunday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., is not just for noodles. It is a full service traditional Chinese restaurant serving authentic Cantonese and Mandarin cuisine. But what comes as even more of a surprise is that it has a kids menu! Children ages 12 and under can order any of the following dishes for just $8.99:
- Orange Chicken
- Chicken Chow Mein
- Pork/Chicken Fried Rice
- Chicken Satay
All children's meals come with a small soft drink, an egg roll, and fried sesame balls.
Summing Up: Is the Four Seasons Hotel Child-Friendly?
The Four Seasons Hotel is probably more child-friendly than most of the hotels on the Las Vegas Strip, simply because the management really cares about making every guest, from the oldest to the youngest, feel as comfortable as possible. The hotel not only goes out of its way to provide every child with a comfortable place to sleep, but treats your youngsters to special goodies on arrival that make them feel welcome and special. In addition, the concierge is at every guest's beck and call to make sure all special needs are addressed.
Of course, the Four Seasons is not for everyone. The following are the main considerations that would make this hotel not a good choice for some families.
- It is extremely expensive and well beyond the budget of many families.
- This is a very fancy 5-star hotel catering to families with sophisticated tastes and people who expect and like to be pampered. If you and your kids are not comfortable in this type of environment, you may feel out of your element.
- Even if luxury style accommodations are not a priority for you and your kids, you are still paying for them.
- Other than the time you spend in your room, most of your family's activities, including meals, swimming, and Las Vegas attractions and entertainment will of necessity take place outside of this hotel. Even though Mandalay Bay and other casino hotels are close by, getting to these other locations will still necessitate more walking than some people can comfortably manage. If anyone in your family has a health problem or is physically handicapped, it is certainly something to consider.
On the other hand, if you don't mind the extra walking and you are accustomed to and can afford the most luxurious accommodations money can buy, the Four Seasons may be an excellent choice. The services and amenities within the hotel are outstanding, and with the close proximity to multiple South Strip casino hotels with activities your kids would enjoy, what more could you want?
Are kids allowed in the Four Seasons?
Yes, children are indeed allowed in Four Seasons. This is a non-gaming hotel.
Do kids stay free at the Four Seasons?
Up to two children under 18 years stay free of charge when using existing beds.
Is there childcare or baby sitting at the Four Seasons?
Child care is available upon 24-hour notice.
Does Four Seasons have a good swimming pool for Kids?
The private outdoor pool and whirlpool at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas are open daily with seasonal closures during the cooler months. The newly refreshed, lushly landscaped pool deck includes chaise longues, available on a first come, first served basis. Private cabanas are available for full day rentals. Light meals and smoothies are served poolside, with attendants offering complimentary Evian spritz, fresh fruit and chilled water.