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MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

At a Glance

    Pros

  • something for everyone
  • great concerts and fights
  • fantastic restaurants

    Cons

  • easy to get lost
  • schlep to parking

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MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Review

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 (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.

HIGHLIGHTS

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: Kids enjoy the Rainforest Cafe with its talking robot-animals; there's also a complete day-care facility.

Funny man: Brad Garrett, he of "Everybody Loves Raymond" fame, performs regularly at his eponymous comedy club, which opened in early 2012.

Amenities

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.

Cristophe Salon is one of the most renowned salons on the Strip, and is located adjacent to the spa.

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.

    Hotel Details

  • 4,293 rooms, 751 suites.
Updated: 04-01-2013

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    Great place to stay for an event held at the MGM Grand Las Vegas

    MGM Grand LAS VEGAS

    We stayed 3 nights at The MGM Grand Las Vegas to attend an event held at the MGM Grand.
    The MGM Grand Las Vegas, is a huge hotel casino located on the south end of the Vegas strip, close to the airport but, not so close to other features of the strip, especially those on the northern end. However, the Las Vegas Monorail originates, at the MGM Grand, making it easier to use the Monorail which covers stops starting at the MGM Grand station at the south and ends at the Sahara Station at the north.
    The room size was adequate, the room was acceptably clean and comfortable but, nothing overly spectacular. There was a light bulb in the bathroom in need of replacement when we checked in and it was still like that when we checked out.
    A great feature was that the event we were in Vegas to see, was at the MGM Grand so, there was no commuting necessary.
    The MGM Grand’s pool, was very nice.
    MGM Grand has several great restaurants but Wolfgang Puck's Bar & Grill at MGM Grand, quickly became one of my favorites…the food was both simple and excellent and promptly served…great sandwiches and awesome pizza.
    The live Lion display area is quite unique and interesting and draws quite a crowd.
    A nice feature of the MGM Grand was a bank of free kiosks available that were exclusively for confirming your flight and printing boarding passes at no charge…a great free feature for visitors of the MGM but, not available for free at some other hotel casinos I’ve stayed at, such as Bally’s, Paris Las Vegas or The Flamingo.
    Our stay at The MGM Grand was adequate, the room was acceptably clean and comfortable, and the event we were there to see was conveniently located at the same complex.
    I would not hesitate to repeat a stay at The MGM Grand Las Vegas in the future, but, probably only if in Vegas for an event at The MGM Grand. However, if not staying at The MGM Grand for an event being held there, I’d be more likely to stay in the center strip area to have easier access to strip locations and features while walking and getting around.

    by simbajean, 9/9/12
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    MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Review

    I stayed here when I was younger and it was my family's second trip to Vegas. Favorite attraction was the theme park. I love the FX show staring David Casidy. The Rainforest I still love their breakfast whenever my family goes back. The only thing I didn't like is we had a red-eye flight back and we had to wait around the hotel to meet our transportation. We couldn't leave early due to our schedule

    by sunny515, 6/19/10
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    MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Review

    Our check-in, around 11pm, took forever.This was the only real negative at the MGM but there was a large boxing match that weekend so it may or may not be that way for you.
    We stayed in the West Wing. The space had a fun, very modern ambiance. No bathtub, just a shower.
    It takes a long time to walk anywhere, but that's the nature of Vegas.
    Funds were tight this trip- McDonald's and the Chinese place in the food court offered cheap eats. If you've never had fresh, hot Krispy Kreme donuts, they have them across the street inside Excalibur- just be aware that like everywhere on the strip "Across the street" is farther than it sounds.
    I had a spa credit which I almost didn't use.Even if you don't have one, you should go! The spa is a beautiful soothing atmosphere.

    by Littlemissrandom, 11/5/09
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    Horrible

    I received the worst service of my life. The front desk people were obnoxiously rude, and tried to make us leave two nights before we were supposed to; when the trip was already paid for! I will never stay here again.

    by el1980, 12/25/07
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    First class treatment

    I had checked in early at around 10 am. I had a very nice clerk who offered me a free upgrade to a celebrity spa suite. I had booked online and had a $90 rate, so this was a definite bonus. So nice to have the jacuzzi after lots of walking around the strip hotels. I was also given a dining credit and two free drinks in the West Wing bar. I loved the pool assortemnt and the mai tais are EXCELLENT! I enjoyed Emeril's and the upscale 'wichcraft for light meals. I had a fabulous panini there. I was alone on this trip, and felt very safe as a solo female. Nice selection of slots and vp machines. I used the monorail and walked up the strip one morning for excercise. Go early to beat the heat. Enjoy!

    by jetset1, 5/23/07
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    Overpriced but Underserved

    We stayed 3 nights here in a "Spa Suite" for $450/night. View overlooking airport. The room was large, but stark. No amenities. Not even an extra towel or bottle of water. Certainly no robe, coffee pot, etc. Both sinks backed up on first morning. A few light bulbs were out. Just a large "economy-type" room. On last day, large wet spot on carpet from shower on other side of the wall. Casino is quite smokey, at all hours day and night, unlike most other casinos. Crowds there were totally overwhelming. We spent our time in the other casinos and restaurants in central strip. This trip was not planned well in advance so it was one of the only hotels with rooms avail at end of October. Really good for college trips with friends, 4 to a room, lots of hoopla in the casino, etc. For those who would like a quality experience for the money, and can afford to spend this much per night, plus nice dinners and wine, I totally recommend hotels at central strip. We will be staying at the Wynn next time. Nothing Grand about the MGM Grand but the prices.

    by GolfTourist, 11/20/06

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