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
- 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.