MGM Grand Las Vegas

MGM Grand opened in 1993 and is now the largest hotel in America with just over 5,000 rooms. MGM Grand was originally opened using the Marina Hotel structure that has been renovated to become the “West Wing.” This is just one of the many hotel towers at MGM Grand.

Other hotel options at MGM Grand include the Signature Tower and the Mansion. This casino-resort has one of the largest footprints in Las Vegas. It can take upwards of 20 minutes to walk from the Vegas Strip entrance of MGM Grand all the way to the Signature Tower.

MGM Grand occupies over a mile of real estate and includes everything you could imagine in a Las Vegas casino. The gaming floor is one of the largest in Las Vegas. The floor is over 150,000 square feet and includes over 2,500 slot machines, multiple table game areas a poker room and a sports book. There is a breadth of restaurants ranging from a 5-Star Forbes chefs to a food court and everything in between.

If partying is your thing then MGM Grand has you covered. Hakkasan is one of the largest nightclubs in the world. Wet Republic is one of the most popular dayclubs in Las Vegas. You can party all day and night. The entertainment at MGM Grand continues with multiple shows and the MGM Grand Garden Arena which is home to concerts and major sports events.

There are many fabulous casinos in Las Vegas. However, few come close to matching what you can find under one roof at MGM Grand. The massive property towards the south end of the Vegas Strip is a must-see, even if you’re only stopping by for a visit.

Hotel rooms

MGM Grand has undergone many expansions and renovations over the years. The 5,000 hotel rooms are spread out over multiple hotel towers. Rooms come in a variety of styles including traditional hotel rooms, high-end suites, and exclusive villas.

While there are a large variety of rooms at MGM Grands, none are subpar. All of the rooms look and feel new since they were renovated between 2011 and 2012. In fact, much of the casino and resort were renovated from 2011 through 2012. You’ll find that MGM Grand falls into the high end of mid-range casinos in Las Vegas.

Main Tower

The bulk of the rooms at MGM Grand are in the Main Tower. You’ll find traditional hotel rooms here with different decor, suites, and Stay Well rooms. The Stay Well rooms are a unique hotel room in Las Vegas that was designed with wellness in mind. Vitamin C showers, special lighting, and videos from Deepak Chopra highlight the amenities.

West Wing

The West Wing is located near Hakkasan and is a renovation of the original Marina Hotel rooms. The rooms are only 350 square feet and the smallest you’ll find at MGM Grand. However, the renovations make up for the lack of size. These are an excellent option if you need a place to crash after a night of partying at the club(s).

Skylofts

The Skylofts offer a unique boutique hotel atmosphere inside MGM Grand. These lofts occupy up to two floors and have up to three bedrooms. The largest of these Forbes 5-Star and AAA 5-Diamond-rated lofts make for a great home base for any large group like a bachelor or bachelorette party.

The Signature at MGM Grand

The Signature at MGM Grand is made up of 3 towers to the east of the main MGM Grand casino. This was originally designed to be a condo/hotel and it feels like that. There’s a separate entrance, separate parking, and all of the rooms at The Signature are premium suites. While the hotel is beautiful it’s about a 10-15 minute hike to the main casino floor at MGM Grand. This can be a huge selling point or huge bummer but it’s important to know before booking a room.

The Mansion

The Mansion at MGM Grand is actually more than just a large house. It’s comprised of 29 private villas. Twenty-one of those villas surround a courtyard and atrium. The architecture at The Mansion was inspired by 18th-century villas in the countryside of Tuscany. Villas range in size from 2,400 to 12,000 square feet with 1-4 bedrooms. These are exclusive and only available to certain qualified guests.

Pools at the MGM Grand

The Grand Pool Complex is fit for a hotel that has over 5,000 rooms. The 6.5-acre pool complex has four swimming pools, three whirlpools, and cascading waterfalls. There’s something for everyone at this massive pool area. You can take a dip in a pool, but that’s something that isn’t unique to Las Vegas.

The family might prefer grabbing a few tubes and heading down the lazy river. This experience can be as relaxing or not relaxing as you want and something you won’t find at every hotel around the country.

If just being outside is what you’re looking for you can rent a cabana and simply relax. The cabanas are set up to provide any food and bottle service you’d like while you hang out in the shade overlooking the pool complex.

Wet Republic isn’t part of the pool complex but offers one of the best outside parties in Las Vegas. The dayclub is located near The Signature. Enjoy all the fun of a nightclub outside by this pool.

Topgolf

This is the flagship location of the golf and entertainment complex. Topgolf combines the competition of golf games and your favorite local all-ages hangout. Topgolf might be the best place to open in Las Vegas for sports fans in the past five years.

That said, the combination of golf games, bars, dining, bar games (shuffleboard, corn hole, etc.), gambling, and performance stages make Topgolf something everyone can enjoy. In a city of unique entertainment, Topgolf is one of the best and something you won’t find anywhere else in Las Vegas.

Dining

MGM Grand is so big that there’s room for every kind of restaurant that you can think of. You’ll find everything from a food court for a quick meal to a Three Michelin Star restaurant that will provide one of the best meals of your life. The dining options are so vast that you never need to leave the property no matter what you’re craving.

Restaurants

  • Joel Robuchon – Fine French dining at a restaurant Three Michelin Star chef of the same name
  • Craftsteak – Tom Colicchio’s first steakhouse in Las Vegas
  • Pub 1842 – Michael Mina’s gastropub is a twist on classic pub fare
  • Tap Sports Bar – Craft beer and high quality traditional bar food
  • Crush – New American social dining and craft cocktails
  • FiAMMA – Fine Italian dining
  • Morimoto – New Japanese restaurant from Chef Masaharu Morimoto
  • Hecho – Sonoran-style Mexican Grill and Cantina
  • The Grand Wok – Variety of Asian cuisines
  • Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House – Comfort food with a modern twist from Emeril Lagasse
  • Hakkasan – Cantonese dishes prepared with a contemporary twist
  • Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill – Casual comfort food from Wolfgang Puck
  • MGM Grand Buffet – One of the largest buffets in Las Vegas
  • Avenue Cafe – Traditional casino cafe
  • Cabana Grill – Poolside dining
  • Stage Deli – New York style deli
  • Project Pie – Quick serve pizzeria
  • Blizz – Frozen Yogurt
  • Food Court – Johnny Rockets, Pan Asian Express, Bonanno’s Pizza, Nathan’s, Haagan Daz, Original Chicken Tender and Tacos n ‘Ritas
  • Corner Cakes – Cupcakes and desserts

Casino

MGM Grand has one of the largest casino floors in Las Vegas. The 171,500 square feet of gaming space includes a sports book, poker room and multiple table game areas. Like the rest of the property, the casino at MGM Grand is large and not so easy to navigate. The sheer size and configuration can make it difficult to find people or specific games.

Having said that, if there’s a casino game in Las Vegas you’ll probably find it somewhere on the casino floor at MGM Grand. You’ll even find one of the two remaining Sigma Derby games in Las Vegas here. Unfortunately, due to the age of this game, it’s sometimes closed for repair.

Since the casino has so much floor space you can often find the newest slot machines and electronic table games here. The contrast in the age of the games available in today’s casinos makes the floor look like a hodgepodge of ideas and concepts between the newest games and traditional casino games.

Shows and Nightlife

MGM Grand has an impressive variety of shows and nightlife. Again, MGM Grand offers something for everyone looking for entertainment. Ka by Cirque Du Soleil provides the large spectacle of a show that you’ve come to expect in Las Vegas over the past 20 years. At the same time, Hakkasan brings current artists entertainment to one of the best nightclubs in the world.

Entertainment

  • Ka by Cirque Du Soleil
  • David Copperfield
  • Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club
  • Jabbawockeez
  • Mike Tyson’s “Undisputed Truth”
  • MGM Grand Garden Arena events

Nightlife

  • Hakkasan Nightclub
  • Wet Republic
  • Whiskey Down
  • Centrifuge
  • Lobby Bar

Must-sees

  1. Snap a Picture With the Grand Lion – The lion is the mascot of MGM Grand. The hotel once had an actual lion habitat but it was removed a couple of years ago. There’s still a gold lion resides in the lobby who resides in different locations and decorations. This makes for a great photo opp.
  2. Have the best meal of your life – Joël Robuchon has been rated 3 stars by the Michelin Guide and 5-stars by Forbes Travel Guide. There aren’t many chefs like him in the world, let alone Las Vegas.
  3. Choose a Stay Well room – These rooms were built with wellness in mind. Vitamin C showers, special lighting, and programming provided from Deepak Chopra highlight these rooms.
  4. Play Sigma Derby – There are only two of these coin-operated mechanical horse racing machines still operating in Las Vegas. The game won’t be around forever, play while you can.
  5. Visit Topgolf – The combination of driving range, bar, restaurant and music venue is unique in Las Vegas. Topgolf is located at the far end of the property so a free shuttle is provided if you don’t want to walk.

MGM Grand Loyalty Club

MGM Resorts International owns and operates MGM Grand. Their loyalty club, M Life Rewards, is one of the largest casino loyalty clubs in Las Vegas. M Life Rewards is also accepted at MGM Grand Detroit, Beau Rivage (MS), Gold Strike (MS) and MGM National Harbor (MD). The club will expand to Borgata (NJ) soon and MGM Springfield (MA) when it opens.

These casinos outside of Las Vegas make M Life Rewards one of the biggest casino loyalty clubs in the country. You can earn points and credits at any M Life Rewards casino to use at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. M Life Rewards has an array of partnerships that allow you to both earn and use rewards outside of the casino.

M Life Rewards can be slightly confusing since you earn different types points at two different rates. Tier credits are earned and allow you to climb status to earn specific benefits. Points accumulate for Express Credits that can be redeemed for shopping, dining, etc., Free Play that can be used in slot machines and gift shopping points.

Tier Levels

Here’s a look at the different Tier levels and how many credits you’ll need to achieve the coinciding benefits for Las Vegas:

  • Sapphire – Entry Level, everyone starts here
  • Pearl – Earn 25,000 Tier Credits
  • Gold – Earn 75,000 Tier Credits
  • Platinum – Earn 200,000 Tier Credits
  • Noir – Invitation only

In addition to gaming, you can earn Tier credits, express comps, free play, and holiday gift shop points from spending money on gaming, dining, entertainment, hotel rooms, shopping, spa treatments and golf at any MGM Resorts property. Tier credits are awared in the following ways:

  • Slot Machines – 1 point and 10 Tier Credits for every $3 you play (You also earn 1 cent in Express Comps and 1 cent in FreePlay.)
  • Video Poker – 1 point and 10 Tier Credits for every $10 you play (You also earn 1 cent in Express Comps and 1 cent in FreePlay.)
  • Table Games (blackjack, three card poker, etc.) – Varies on the type of table game you are playing, your average bet and how long you play
  • Non-gaming – 25 Tier Credits for every $1 you spend

Different tier levels earn points at a different rate:

Sapphire – No bonus
Pearl – 10% bonus
Gold – 20% bonus
Platinum – 30% bonus
Noir – 40% bonus

Tier Credits earned from October 1 to September 30 qualify you for your tier beginning each October 1. If you advance to a higher tier at any time, you’ll enjoy those benefits for at least one full year.

Benefits

Each tier you reach with M Life Rewards brings greater benefits. The benefits are only incrementally better since you have 5 tiers. M Life Rewards offers discounts and presale ticketing opportunities for all levels. Being a member has benefits even if you’re just visiting to see a concert and staying elsewhere.

MGM Resorts is the first casino operator to charge for parking on the Las Vegas Strip. Those fees are waived for self-park if you’re a Pearl member or greater with M Life Rewards. Valet fees are waived for Gold members and above. These daily parking fees range anywhere from $8 to $18 per day depending on the property and type of parking. The parking discount is one of the best benefits, along with Tier bonuses and increasing retail discounts. Here’s a look at the benefits for each Tier:

Sapphire

Dedicated reservation line
Access to M Life Moments
Personalized offers at MLife.com
Earn Express Comps
Special offers from partners
Earn Points and Convert to Free Play or Express Comps
5% discount at participating retail shops
Earn Holiday Gift Shoppe Points
Pre-Sale Ticket Access to Select Events, Concerts, and Fights
M life Flat Rate Pricing for select MGM Resort shows
Avis Rental Car Discount (at on-property rental counters)

Pearl

Same as Sapphire plus the following
Invitations to Members-Only Events and Tournaments
Extended Expiration For Points and Express Comps
10% Tier Multiplier Bonus on Points Earned at all M life Resorts
10% Tier Multiplier Bonus on Express Comps Earned at M life Resorts
Exclusive Room Discounts or Comps
10% discount at participating retail shops
Buffet Line Pass
Exclusive Seating at Arena Events

Gold

Same as Pearl plus the following
20% Tier Multiplier Bonus on Points Earned at all M life Resorts
20% Tier Multiplier Bonus on Express Comps Earned at M life Resorts
Room Upgrades (view, corner or suite subject to availability)
Priority Hotel Check-in Line (this is especially important for MGM Grand)
10% discount at participating retail shops
Cafe Line Pass
Fine Dining Priority Reservations
VIP Line Access to Nightclubs and Pool Day Clubs for You and a Guest

Platinum

Same as Gold plus the following
30% Tier Multiplier Bonus on Points Earned at all M life Resorts
30% Tier Multiplier Bonus on Express Comps Earned at M life Resorts
Priority Access to Pool Cabanas and Bungalows
Spa / Salon Priority Reservations
Platinum Experience upon Check-in
15% discount at participating retail shops
Priority Valet Service
Priority Taxi Service

Noir

Same as Platinum plus the following
VIP Lounge Check-in
Guaranteed Hotel Reservations
15% discount at participating retail shops
Guaranteed Dining Reservations
Guaranteed Show Reservations
Complimentary Limousine Service To / From Airport

M Life Rewards Partners

M Life Rewards offers members many benefits that extend beyond MGM Resorts hotels and casinos. There is a large group of preferred partners where you can earn or use rewards for both loyalty clubs.

Current partners include Hyatt, Southwest, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, Avis, Pinnacle Entertainment (casinos), Cirque Du Soleil, Thunder Valley Casino, Reflection Bay, and Morgans Hotel Group. You can find more information at the bottom of this M Life Rewards overview.

The Hyatt-M Life Rewards partnership is one of the best non-casino partnerships in Las Vegas. You can you earn Tier Credits at over 600 hotels and resorts worldwide. Even better is that there is a Hyatt Gold Passport matched tier status available for M Life Rewards members. This is a great way to climb status without even being in Las Vegas.

M Life Rewards connects 12 casinos around the country including these Las Vegas casinos:

M Life Rewards Online

They have recently rebuilt the M Life Rewards website to look and feel similar to the rest of the MGM Resorts’ websites. This is a welcome change from previous versions of the website frequently had bugs. The new website looks great and is easy to use.

The current version of the M Life app looks similar to the individual MGM Resorts casino websites but offers information for every property. The app is quick, smooth, easy to read and intuitive. You can sort information in the app by each casino or by the category of information you’re looking for (shows, restaurants, etc.).

This app doesn’t assume the user is an M Life Rewards member and offers all the information you could want. In addition, the app links to all related apps such as MyVegas, PlayMGM and easyPLAY. This is probably the best looking and most functional Las Vegas casino app around.

M Life Rewards Best Bets

  • Sign up – You receive discounts on hotel rooms and pre-sale ticket purchasing opportunities just for signing up.
  • Go Pearl or Gold and skip parking fees – The $8 to $18 self-park and valet fees add up every stay. This is one of the benefits you can put a dollar figure on.
  • Get Bonus Points – Each Tier level you climb offers greater point multipliers. The rich get richer with M Life Rewards so you might as well enjoy it.
  • Priority Check-In – MGM Resorts casino are among the busiest in Las Vegas. Since the majority of customers are entry level tier status the check-in lines can be massive. Skip the huge lines when you’re Gold or better.