MGM Grand is a big green monster. When you combine this megaresort with its two auxiliary accommodation towers, Signature Suites and Skylofts, it’s the second largest hotel in the world and the largest hotel on the Strip. You might think a property this enormous would feel like it’s too big for its own britches, treating visitors like they’re numbers rather than guests. But MGM Grand has a surprisingly high standard for customer service on all levels.
Rooms feature pleasantly contrasting geometric patterns on everything from the padded headboards to carpets, while jewel tones on the accessories add nice pops of color. With the exception of the West Wing, rooms tend to be oversized; standard king and queen rooms are even large enough to have a couch in a seating area, plus a writing desk and chair. Modern touches include 40-inch flatscreens and media hubs brimming with electrical outlets. If you want to start getting into real space, there are the residential spots at the Signature, the tall white buildings behind the MGM. If you’ve got the money to burn and need a palace, there’s always the Skylofts, the mind-blowing, multi-bedroom villas that feature their own Strip-view balconies with hot tubs, 24-hour butler service, and other spiffy amenities. A final room category are the “Stay Well” rooms dedicated to the health-conscious Vegas visitor (yes, there is such a thing), and designed in conjunction with Cleveland Clinic and Deepak Chopra. Set on one entire floor, they feature vitamin C-infused showers, specialized lighting to suppress melatonin and fight jetlag, and welcome HEPA air filtration to rid your atmosphere of the very Vegas toxins of smoke, allergens, and pollen.
Getting from your room to most anywhere else in the hotel is relatively easy, unless you’re headed to megaclub and restaurant Hakkasan. Then, you have to navigate most of the maze-like 170,000 square feet of casino—but follow the path (and the crowds) and you will be at one of the biggest nightlife hot spots in town. The club has a day party at the pool known as Wet Republic, where you get to hear the DJs you usually see at night in broad daylight.
If being crammed into the club isn’t your scene, resident Cirque du Soleil show KÀ is one of the most breathtaking on the Strip, and the other non-party pools have a lazy river running through them.
MGM boasts one of the more exciting restaurant lineups on the Strip, including two restaurants from highly acclaimed French chef Joël Robuchon, Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, and the new Iron Chef-helmed Morimoto.
And as if all that weren’t enough, there is shopping, attractions, a full-service spa, a fitness center, and more than 6 acres of pools and sunbathing areas.
- Grace Bascos