Isn’t She Grand? A Look Inside One of Vegas’ Most Popular Hotel.
You could enjoy a week's vacation in Sin City without ever leaving the MGM Grand Las Vegas. This mega hotel is one of the largest hotel resorts in the world and an actual city within a city. If you are looking for a Las Vegas destination that is a one stop sensation, then you can stop right here.
The History: The MGM Grand has a rich history. The first hotel, built in 1973, stood where Bally’s is today. Even then it was largest in the world, with over 2,000 rooms and a Hollywood theme that mirrored the famous name. A 1980 fire caused the owner, Hollywood producer Kirk Kerkorian, to sell the property 3 years later.
Fast forward 10 years and the new MGM Grand opened its doors on the site of the old Marina Hotel with over 5,000 rooms. That emerald green glass that we all love to hate set the stage for a Wizard of Oz theme, complete with Dorothy and the Tin Man wandering around the Oz Casino.
Since then it has undergone some changes, including changing the entrance from a giant lion's mouth to a more traditional one, and ditching the whole Dorothy thing for a more up-scale adult design. All good things considering that even now, this supersized resort is still one of the most popular destinations on the strip.
The Rooms: You can find luxurious rooms and suites at the MGM to fit every budget. Depending on the day, you can book an average sized standard for under $100. Or kick it up a notch with 8 choices of suites that include such amenities as whirlpool spas and private bar areas. One of the more unique aspects of the accommodations at the MGM is the STAY WELL experience. These rooms are tailored to your complete well being and include health related amenities like a vitamin C shower, blackout shades and an aromatherapy diffuser, making your hotel stay feel like a spa.
The Food: With over 20 restaurants to choose from, you are not going hungry at the MGM. Not just any restaurants, we are talking elite food world chefs like Emeril, Wolfgang and Top Chef’s Tom Colicchio. Besides the fine dining there are also many casual spots to pick from, including of course a world renowned buffet that features palate pleasers like blackened salmon and NY strip steaks.
The Nightlife: The MGM is also home to one of the most popular clubs on the strip. Hakkasan, which opened in2014, is a 5 story wonder. The first two levels are dining areas overseen by chef Boon, who is serving up modern Cantonese cuisine. The 3rd level is the low'ish key Ling Ling Club, or the club before the CLUB, which takes up the entire 4th and 5th levels. You can enjoy the party from a large VIP booth on the outskirt of the dance floor, or go up a level and enjoy a semi-private room.
The Casino: Believe it or not, yes there is still room for one of the largest casinos on the strip. The gaming floor is close to 200,000 square feet with 139 table games. This is the slot machine lover’s dream come true. There are more than 2,500 to choose from, which included the legendary Lion’s Share. This progressive machine has been a fixture at the MGM for over 20 years, and finally broke. Paying out over 2.4 Million Dollars August 2014. Being the only one left from the grand opening, this machine was known worldwide and has a continuous stream of enthusiasts waiting in line to try their luck at the immense jackpot...until it finally did!
The Pool: Calling it a pool does not give it justice. Just like everything else, the MGM has made their poolside area grand. 5 pools grace this 6.5 acre palm tree paradise which also includes a lazy river, waterfalls and 3 whirlpools. You can relax the day away in a poolside daybed or treat yourself and your friends to a private cabana. During the summer months the area becomes one big pool party with Wet Republic, a daylight nightclub type of event in bikinis.
Shows and Stuff: No Vegas hotel is complete without its own in-house entertainment. The MGM is host to KÁ, a mind blowing production by Cirque du Soleil, and the only one that has a plot to follow. The magnificent Hollywood theatre is home to world-wide illusionist sensation David Copperfield and if you want a hands-on entertainment experience you can play crime scene investigator at CSI: The Experience.
Other Cool Amenities: There really is no reason to leave the hotel. Everything you can need or want is right inside. Wanna get hitched? There is the Forever Grand Wedding Chapel. Time for a haircut? Hairstylist to the stars, Christophe, has his own salon located inside. Need a dress for the new do? Scattered throughout the hotel are dozens of unique and stylish stores. Of course, there is also the spa where you can get a workout or relax in a sauna. But if all this isn’t enough, the MGM Grand has its own stop on the Las Vegas monorail, making getting around the strip a cakewalk.
The MGM Grand is the epitome of what you expect from a Las Vegas Hotel. Building on the philosophy of the bigger the better, this hotel succeeds in spades.