The part of Las Vegas where most visitors on vacation, including those traveling with their families, wind up staying, is the Las Vegas Strip. In addition to the superior accommodations, casinos and nightlife, this is the area where the vast majority of the popular tourist attractions are concentrated and where some of the biggest names in entertainment perform. The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is the southernmost major casino hotel on the Strip. This location offers the major advantage of being much closer to the airport than most of the Strip hotels. So regardless of whether your mode of transportation is shuttle bus, limo, or taxi, your ride will be faster and cheaper. The disadvantage is that with the exception of the two adjoining hotels, Luxor and the Excalibur, and a few others that are in walking distance, you are somewhat cut off from another hubbub of activity in the center of the Strip. While access is certainly feasible, it is not as convenient as it would be from a hotel that is more centrally located.
On the other hand, Mandalay Bay is no ordinary hotel. Its outstanding amenities more than make up for any inconvenience you might experience due to its location. As a luxury resort, it is certainly not one of the least expensive places to stay on the Strip. But it is not the most expensive either, and particularly during the off season, you can get special deals for a lot less money than you would expect. Mandalay Bay is also surprisingly family-friendly.