Location – You can’t miss the golden green glow of the MGM Grand at its majestic corner spot of the strip across from the New York New York Hotel and Casino.

The Theme – Even though Dorothy and Toto officially left the building back in 2000, the OZ feeling cannot be disguised with the hotel’s bright green towers looming skywards. Today’s theme is more understated however, upscale and artsy with subtle nods to their link to Hollywood. What is not subtle is the super-size, and the immense number of attractions, restaurants and stores within.

Rooms – The resort may be huge but the prices certainly aren’t, with many options that fall below the hundred buck rate for a night. With 2 queen sized beds inside of one room, you can bunk with your friends without breaking your bank.

Restaurants – From celebrity chefs to old-style Mexican, there is a restaurant inside of the MGM to suit every tongue and wallet:

  • Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak – From the chef who makes chefs is a modern steakhouse that uses local fresh ingredients in every dish.

  • Hecho En Vegas Mexican Grill & Cantina – Brings the rich flavors of Northern Mexico to your table complete with the Tequila to wash it down.

  • Joel Robuchon – On the higher end of upscale dining, dinner in this quaint French restaurant will be one of the best experiences of your life.

  • Shibuya – Taking a cue from the heralded Shibuya district in Tokyo, diners feast on an endless menu of fresh sushi and sake.

  • Fiamma Trattoria & Bar – Your favorite traditional Italian cuisine in a warm and cozy environment.

  • Michael Mina Pub 1842 – Burgers and beer have never tasted better at Michael Mina’s casual take on the classic British pub.

  • Crush – Romantic and elegant, Chef William DeMarco’s Crush provides the ideal setting to kick back and get intimate with friends.

  • L’Atelier De Joel Robuchon – For dinner with a twist try Joel Robuchon’s other Grand achievement, where each plate is prepared right before your eyes.

  • MGM Grand Buffet – Arguably the biggest buffet in town, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to throngs of visitors every day.

  • Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House – With one of the oldest running celebrity chefs at the helm you know you can’t go wrong with this brand of comfort food.

  • Tap Sports Bar – A favorite for sports fan who want a great glimpse of the big game while munching on lunch or dinner.

  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – Classy yet casual, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill is an upbeat restaurant with a vibe that makes you want to stay inside.

  • The Grand Wok and Sushi Bar – Each unique flavor of the Orient is featured in the expansive menu of the Grand Wok and Sushi Bar.

  • Project Pie – Where you get to “make” your own pizza from scratch before getting to taste it.

  • Stage Deli – A perfect little spot for lunch before heading out to explore outside Vegas.

  • Hakkasan Restaurant – The base of the famed nightclub is an acclaimed Cantonese restaurant where you can get your fill of fantastic food before hitting the dance floor.

In addition to the large number of dine-in restaurants, the MGM Grand also has a food court with an assortment of fast food and cafes, or you can just stay in your robe and order from the world class room service menu.

Gambling – The casino is – well grand, with every game imaginable under one roof. Sports fans are covered too, getting to bet on their favorite team or horse inside the 104 seat race and sports book.

Shows – The entertainment at the MGM is diverse, ranging from comedy acts inside of Brad Garrett’s club to magic with David Copperfield. Then there is the Cirque Du Soleil production KA, or engage in a different type of magic and book your stay for when your favorite star is playing inside the enormous MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Clubs and Bars – You can grab drinks and small talk inside the trendy Centrifuge Lounge or the MGM’s signature Lobby Bar. When you are craving something more intense, than it has to be Hakkasan. The famed nightclub located on the hotel’s strip side is a once in a lifetime experience you can’t afford to miss out on.

The Day Club – Pool season gives way to Wet Republic, one of the biggest and brashest day clubs running rampant in Vegas.

Shopping – The MGM Grand has its own District where you can spend your shopping money on everything from hand rolled cigars to fine jewelry and art.

Other Cool Stuff – The list of things to do inside the MGM Grand is extensive. Try your detective skills at the interactive CSI: The Experience, or get your golf on in the newly added TopGolf sports center. And when you feel like putting your feet up for a day, do it in one of the 30 treatment rooms inside the Grand Spa and Fitness Center.

Worth the Stay? – You may never get to see the wizard, but there is enough real magic all around to make up for that. And if you feel like a following the rainbow to somewhere else, its central location makes it as easy as clicking your heels to get around town.