MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
What We Love
- The sheer ostentatiousness of it all: dozens of bars and restaurants, five swimming pools, even its own sports arena
- Stay Well rooms, which come with HEPA filters, hypoallergenic linens, and a vitamin C infuser in the shower, as well as a dedicated TV channel with a message from Deepak Chopra
- The Hollywood movie memorabilia, a nod to the hotel’s historical association with MGM Studios
- The lazy river ride that’s part of the massive pools complex
What To Know
- A resort fee per night will be collected at the property upon check-in
- This is one of the world’s three biggest hotels
- Joël Robuchon has two restaurants here: the eponymous Joël Robuchon has three Michelin stars, but the Atelier is more affordable
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
It would be possible to spend full weeks at the MGM Grand without ever stepping off the grounds. The complex has its own comedy club, its own arena, a retro-style barbershop, and even hosts regular performances by Cirque du Soleil and Madonna. There’s everything you could want to eat or drink, from Starbucks to Hakkasan. A 2012 refresh renovated the casino floor and 3,500 of the rooms, which now feature tech-y touches like remote-control window shades. It also brought in better signage for the hotel’s “neighborhoods” – yes, it’s that big – which makes it easier to navigate your way around the many restaurants, night clubs, slot machines, and swimming pools. The experience is noisy, glittery, and all-encompassing – much like Vegas herself.
In the Area
The MGM is right on The Strip, Las Vegas’ hotel-and-casino thronged main street. From here, it’s an easy walk to the Luxor, New York-New York, the Bellagio, or any of the other casinos. Designer shops are also within a few minutes of the MGM – try the Shoppes at the Palazzo, the upscale collection at the Venetian, for brands like Prada, Jimmy Choo, and an enormous Barney’s. In search for a little culture (and a break from the tables)? Head to the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, which hosts a series of temporary exhibits coordinated with some of the best museums in the world. Kitschy, charming Fremont Street, home to retro casinos like the Golden Nugget, is a 15-minute cab ride away.
How to Get There
I love the MGM it is close to everything and has great restaurants. Casino is fun and well layed out. I even won a couple of jackpots. I do think the rooms need an upgrade . The carpet in the hallways is awful and the blackout curtains need to be raised up and down with a chain. We were on the 18 floor and the maids worked their butts off but you would see room service trays in the hallways for a couple of days before they were picked up. I always stay at the MGM and this time our room was just really old and the bathtub drain continually made noise. Like the pipe was really loud. The service is stellar and the restaurants excellent.
Our stay at MGM has always been amazing. The staff is so nice and helpful. Rooms are always clean. The pool area is the best in town to me. Three pools and a lazy river, lots of space. Losers Lounge has good entertainment all night long.
No hot water second day, no room service at all... Finally broke down.and cried to poor Megan, who finally helped me on our last day. 😥 Had room service second day and was told by kitchen staff that if house keeping didn't show up to take the huge cart, to call the kitchen again and they'd send someone up to get it. It didn't get taken care of til the last day I was there when our hot water was out and we had to pack up and move to another room. New room was so nice and so much closer to everything! We were away from everything and it was hard for my six year old daughter.
We stayed at the MGM April 15 to the 19th and we had a good time. There was one rainy day with wind and chilly conditions reminiscent of Seattle weather but it was only for a day and a half. We were glad we packed rain jackets just in case. We saw KA Cirque de Solei and David Copperfield both located in the MGM complex. They were very entertaining shows and worth the price of admission. The lazy river was not as crowded as it was during our last visit one particular summer so I recommend spring or fall season to avoid the crush at the hotel or anywhere in Las Vegas.
We rented four rooms for our family vacation for the week and it was one of the worst experiences ever. Running water was not even available for three or so days during our stay, and no staff made mention of this issue and when asked, only stated that they were addressing the issue. All of our rooms were located on the same floor and we were all affected by the lack of water in the hotel rooms. The staff kept this issue mum, and made no attempt to inform guests nor relocate affected guests.
I also incurred harassment by the security staff. Rather than calling me directly or knocking on our door, three hotel security guards barged into my suite and forced their way into the room while my family and I were sleeping. They incorrectly stated that we had to check out even though we had requested a late check out the day before. This did not seem like any normal hotel protocol, and was shockingly rude and unprofessional in any business environment.
I would be cautious before ever considering mgm as an option for my family again.