A regal, bronze rendering of the roaring MGM lion mascot fronts the four emerald-green, fortress-like towers of the MGM Grand, one of the largest hotels in the world. The self-proclaimed "City of Entertainment" is loosely based on Oz, though it comes off as having a bit of an identity crisis because it tries just a little too hard to be something for everyone. Rooms in the five 30-story towers that comprise this property come in nine different varieties. Standard accommodations are masculine and modern; all were updated in 2012. Further up the line, the various types of suites are more stylish and striking, and offer many fun perks. The best of the bunch include the 650-square-foot Bungalow suites, which are fitted with black-and-white Italian-marble bathrooms; the corner Premiere suites, which come with four-person dining areas and two TVs; and the two-story Terrace suites, which have 14-foot vaulted ceilings. At the very high end, the super-posh Skylofts at MGM Grand occupy
the hotel's top two floors, and include airport transfers via Mercedes limos, separate check-in, butler service, Bang & Olufsen stereos, Sony HDTVs, and preferred seating at top restaurants and KÀ (the Cirque du Soleil show). There also are 29 villas located within the Mansion at MGM Grand, the resort's high-roller palace. Overall, few resorts in the world have a bigger pool and sunbathing area—a maze of pedestrian bridges, fountains, river courses, and waterfalls lends a tropical air to these popular grounds.
Hakkasan: The complex is home to the local outpost of Hakkasan, an upscale restaurant and nightclub that has amassed a following in London and New York. The Vegas venue opened in the spring of 2013.
The "City of Entertainment:" MGM delivers on their self-proclamation with the impressive MGM Grand Garden Arena—which hosts big-name concerts and championship boxing matches, and "CSI: The Experience," an attraction based on the popular television show.
Family fun: Younger kids enjoy the Rainforest Cafe with its talking robot-animals; older kids love providing feedback on television pilots at CBS Television City.
Funny man : Brad Garrett, he of "Everybody Loves Raymond" fame, performs regularly at his eponymous comedy club, which opened in early 2012.
MGM has one of the largest pools in the world. Dubbed the Grand Pool Complex, the area features five separate pools, three separate whirlpools, and a lazy river for meandering in giant inner tubes. There's even a waterfall, and a European-style (read: topless) sunbathing area called the "Wet Republic Ultra Pool."
Airport check-in from 9 am to 11 pm
The MGM Grand Spa & Health Club has a bevy of treatment rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness center.
Rooms in the hotel's "Stay Well" program include air purification systems, as well as vitamin-C showers and dawn simulator alarm clocks.
In-room "entertainment hubs" allow guests to connect to the Internet, project presentations on the flat-screen television, charge multiple Smartphones at a time and play MP3 players.