MGM Grand Hotel

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Address: 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, , Las Vegas, 89109, United States

Star rating:
4 star hotel

4.3

A jolly green giant with something for everyone.

A green behemoth of a hotel marking the start of the Strip proper, the MGM Grand is a Vegas landmark, and its size means it has something for everyone - particularly families. While I don't rate the rooms so well (there's only one category I'd say is worth booking - see below) - the facilities here are good, and, apart from the themed resorts, it's probably the hotel where I feel most "Vegassy". 

Location
4.4
90%
Eating/drinking
3.8
90%
Leisure facilities
4
90%
Service
3.9
90%
Value for money
3.9
90%
Bedrooms
4.1
90%
Public areas
4.2
90%

Location

On the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana, at the south end of the Strip. You can walk to Caesars from here in about half an hour, and it's a pleasant walk too.

Bedrooms

My MGM bugbear - for a four star hotel, I don't think the rooms deliver. I stayed in a basic room and was pretty shocked by it - sparse decoration, a boxy TV in a huge wooden cupboard, a view of the airport (luckily it's quite a pretty one, with mountains as a backdrop) and a depressing feel to it. I couldn't wait to get out.

If you want to upgrade, the West Wing rooms are decent with striped carpets and leather chairs - I'd stay in one of them again. I'd pass on the suites, though - they're nice enough, but you can get better value for money elsewhere (the Palazzo, Palms, or even an Augustus Tower room at Caesars).

Public areas

Walking through the casino screams Vegas. The place is huge - slot machines everywhere you look, with clubs, bars, restaurants and theatres surrounding them. Even if you don't stay here, you should go for a stroll through the casino. Best of all, because it's so big, it doesn't feel crowded.

Eating and drinking

If you have the money, you're sorted - MGM Grand is home to one of my favourite restaurants, Craftsteak, as well as Joel Robuchon's eponymous restaurant plus L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, which offers a nine course tasting menu for US$155.

If you can't afford that kind of money, I'd look elsewhere. The "casual dining" restaurants, in my experience, are vastly overpriced and of poor quality.

Leisure facilities

The spa is pretty nice, the pool complex is surrounded by lush palm trees, and it's also home to one of the better pool parties, Wet Republic. You must pay to get in, but there are always celeb hosts and top DJs, and although the place is packed, the pool area's pretty big by private pool standards.

And for the kids, don't forget the Lion Habitat by Studio 54 nightclub. Personally I don't approve of lions being kept for tourists to stare at, but children should like it.

Service

Because it's so huge, I find it quite sloppy. Valet service is appalling - it takes forever to get your car - check-in is more like a factory line than anything else, and there's no one around the casino. Door staff at Tabu and Studio 54 can be snobby, which is odd, because these are clubs with a reputation for an older crowd.

Who stays there

Older couples, first time tourists and families. A lot of Brits here.

Price advice

There's a daily resort fee of $10, which includes WiFi and a $15 drinks credit per day.

Amenities

  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Centre
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Room Service
  • Swimming Pool

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • Mature travellers
  • Nightlife
  • People watching
  • Sightseeing

Pros & Cons

  • Good fine dining
  • Landmark hotel
  • Poor room choice
  • Poor value for money
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