MGM Grand Review: An Iconic Resort For Everyone

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Jeremy Koering

• Chief Editor

Last updated on August 16, 2022

MGM Grand Las Vegas Review: There’s Something For Everyone

MGM Grand is one of the largest and most famous hotels in Las Vegas. With so much to offer, MGM Grand is one of the best Vegas hotels for its incredible list of amenities and activities.

My MGM Grand review will give an in-depth look at this massive property! Whether you’re looking for gambling, shows, fine dining, or something else, there’s something for everyone at MGM Grand.

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MGM Grand Review

Rating: 4/5

Room Rates: $69-$349 (view available rooms)

Best: Overall, The Strip, Pools, Families

Overview: MGM Grand is a top destination in Las Vegas. MGM Grand has a large variety of restaurants, bars, live entertainment, and things to do. It’s a popular hotel and casino, but it’s expensive and crowded. It’s an excellent resort for visitors who don’t want to leave the hotel while on vacation.

Pros

Cons

  • It’s Expensive: Not only are hotel rooms high at MGM Grand, but every meal, beer, and drink will cost extra.
  • It’s Crowded: If you visit MGM Grand on the weekend, prepare for large crowds. It’s one of the busiest resorts in Vegas.
  • Parking Garage: I hate the MGM Grand parking garage! It’s unsafe for drivers and pedestrians.

My Experiences At MGM Grand

I have not stayed at MGM Grand, but it’s a resort I frequently visit for shows or to visit with friends from out of town. As a local, I don’t often find myself at MGM Grand for various reasons.

From the standpoint of a hotel guest, MGM Grand has everything you would want! Live shows, great bars, a fun casino experience, and lots of restaurants to choose from. Plus, if you’re into clubbing, they have a great nightclub and dayclub.

My favorite things at MGM Grand are Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club, Top Golf, and Losers Bar.

Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club is one of the best venues for comedy in Las Vegas. They have a great lounge right out front and lots of laughs inside.

Top Golf is a popular golf range chain that has created a modern golfing experience for all ages. The one at MGM Grand has three stories, pools, and more.

Losers Bar is a honky tonk from Nashville that offers a great country atmosphere and impressive live music.

My least favorite things are the parking garage, the lackluster complimentary drink options, and the overwhelming weekend crowds.

The parking garage at MGM Grand is a nightmare. While driving through it, you’re worried you’ll hit someone or be hit. You’re afraid someone will run you over when you walk from your car to the casino.

Drink service has declined over the past couple of years, and MGM Grand is no exception. The service overall is below average. My drink of choice is whiskey, and they only comp Jim Beam. So if you plan on drinking and gambling, MGM Grand is pretty tight.

I generally don’t mind large crowds. But when I saw The Black Keys perform at the Garden Arena, the pre-show crowds at MGM Grand were unsettling. Drunk people were sleeping on machines, and the restaurants were packed and uncomfortable.

A Quick Tour of MGM Grand

The MGM Grand is one of those hotels in Las Vegas where you never have to leave the property for food or entertainment. The hotel offers incredible on-site amenities, restaurants, bars, and shows.

Hotel

MGM Grand is located on the south end of The Strip, right next to Tropicana, Excalibur, and New York New York. Rooms start at $69/night during the weekdays and off-season, but during the peak season, a room can cost over $349/night!

Rooms & Suites

At MGM Grand you get more than just a place to rest your head. The rooms at the MGM Grand Las Vegas are always comfortable and worth the price, no matter the room or suite you book. Upgrade standard rooms to a Stay Well room, which offers wellness technology like air purification, aromatherapy, Vitamin C shower head infusers, memory foam mattresses and more. 

A suite at the MGM Grand Las Vegas is an iconic way to stay in Las Vegas. There is plenty of room in the suites to entertain groups of friends, get some work done, relax, or party the night away. Splurge on the Tower Spa Suite to enjoy your very own private oasis during your stay. Go for the SKYLOFTs if you’re craving the comforts of home right in your hotel room. 

Pool

Guests staying at the MGM Grand Las Vegas get to enjoy the 6.5-acre pool complex – truly earning the name Grand Pool Complex. It’s one of the best pools in Las Vegas. This pool complex features four large pools, three whirlpools, waterfalls, and poolside amenities guaranteed to impress. Relax in the MGM Grand’s iconic Lazy River or order a refreshing cocktail to enjoy by one of the many pools on-site. 

The cabanas are the MGM Grand’s pool complex are some of the best on The Strip. Cabanas can comfortably fit 8 people and come equipped with complimentary towel service, a flat-screen TV, and plenty of comfortable seating and lounge chairs. 

Spa

MGM Grand has one of the largest spas on The Strip. The Grand Spa houses 30 treatment rooms where guests can customize massages, facials, and more to suit their needs and physical wellness goals. Sweat the stress of travel in the sauna or lets the jets of the whirlpool whisk you away into a state of total relaxation.

Food & Drink

There are so many restaurants and bars inside MGM Grand that’s hard to keep track of them all. The resort has celebrity chefs, fine dining, casual restaurants, fast food, and more.

Fine Dining

If you’re craving a formal night out for dinner and designer cocktails, make a reservation at Joël Robuchon. This three Michelin star restaurant specializes in French cuisine, design, and décor, as it’s set in a townhouse of Art Deco style color palettes and textiles. French cuisine embraces the simplicity of a dish to highlight the freshest ingredients. For a luxurious meal that tastes expensive, this is the place to be. 

Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak is truly a cut above your traditional steakhouse. The fresh ingredients used at Tom Colicchio’s are all thanks to small family farms and day-boat fishermen that produce quality produce, meats, and seafood. Try their specialties like fresh salmon and veal with an expertly paired wine or bourbon.

Meet up with friends for warm Italian comfort foods and award-winning cocktails at Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar. This bar and restaurant are incredibly inviting with its honey-colored bar that glows into the evening. Enjoy a handcrafted cocktail while listening to live jazz in Ambra’s lounge area. Ambra is a great option for a laid-back, sophisticated night out. 

Created by the Iron Chef himself, Morimoto Las Vegas is known for its cutting-edge take on Japanese cuisine and style. Modernity and style meet tradition and history to create a truly unique dining experience the way Chef Morimoto intended. Enjoy tableside preparation of traditional dishes like Buri Bop, watch sushi come together before your eyes, and share the huge 54oz Tomahawk Ribeye steak. Experience Las Vegas in a new way at Morimoto.

L’Aterlier de Joël Robuchon and Hakkasan Restaurant are two more fine dining options with exquisite menus and decor.

Casual Restaurants

There are tons of casual restaurants inside MGM Grand that will satisfy your cravings without breaking the bank.

Emeril Lagasse is back at it again with authentic New Orleans-style cooking at Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House. If you didn’t know, Emeril made a name for himself with his flavorful Creole-style specialties and his Fish House packs nothing but the flavor and innovative menu items. The gumbo and Creole seafood boil are to die for, not to mention the boozy Bread and Butter Bread Pudding for dessert.

Wolfgang Puck has reimagined the American bar and grill menu and repackaged it into something truly fantastic at Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. The California-inspired menu inspires a casual and vibrant atmosphere, with colorful wood-fired pizzas and small bites to satisfy the table. You’ll also find fresh pasta and sirloin steaks sizzled to perfection. Needless to say, there’s something for everyone on the menu!

Crush is a social destination for elevated American cuisine. International Smoke is a restaurant chain founded by Ayesha Curry and Chef Michael Mina that serves fresh takes on world cuisine. At Nellie’s, guests can enjoy comfort food and Southern charm. Greek Sneek is a restaurant in the Morton family that serves Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.

Other options at MGM Grand include TAP Sports Bar, Avenue Cafe, Pieology, Cabana Grill, and Bonanno’s New York Pizzeria. The resort is also home to a Starbucks, Subway, and Food Court.

Bars

There are a couple of great bars at MGM Grand! If I’m not at the casino bar playing video poker, I’m probably at Centrifuge right outside of Hakasaan. The circular bar is a great spot to kick off your night. A few steps away is Level Up, a really fun sports bar with arcade games, beer pong, and live music on weekends.

Another place I enjoy is Losers Bar, it’s a great country bar with good live music in a laid-back atmosphere. Over in the district, you can hang out at Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club Lounge. You don’t need a ticket to the show to enjoy cocktails and it’s a really neat spot.

I’m a whiskey drinker and Whiskey Down is a really cool spot with over 50 types of whiskey to choose from, plus great specialty cocktails. Finally, the Lobby Bar is a great spot to play some video poker or just lounge around.

Things To Do

There are many reasons to stay at MGM Grand, but one of my favorites is the number of things to do. Whether you want to see a show, go to a club, or spend the day at the pool, there’s something for everyone.

Shows

There are four permanent shows at MGM Grand and the MGM Grand Garden Arena which hosts big sporting events, concerts, and more.

KA is a popular, adrenaline-pumping Cirque du Soleil show that tells the story of twin brothers on a journey to fulfill their destiny. The visually stunning acrobatics and fight scenes will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time. It’s one of the best shows in Las Vegas. Read our KA review for more details.

The Jabbawockeez are a world-famous dance crew known for their white masks. Enjoy a set of pulse-pounding music and innovative choreography as the crew the stage at the MGM Grand Las Vegas! The family-friendly show is a cutting-edge experience. See our Jabbawockeez review for more details on the show.

David Copperfield is a world-renowned illusionist. His residency at MGM Grand has been one of Las Vegas’ landmark magic shows for many, many years. Copperfield’s illusions are bold and have wowed audiences for decades. Check out our David Copperfield review for more information about the show.

If you want a night of laughs, head to Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club. No matter what performance you decide to stop in, the comedians gracing the stage at Brad Garrett’s are masters of their crafts, whether they be established celebrities or up-and-coming comedians on the up and up. Read our Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club review for more information on the club.

Check the schedule for the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Chances are the 16,000-seat arena is hosting an event. The venue is known for hosting championship fights, sporting events, concerts, and events. I’ve seen Joe Rogan and The Black Keys at the Garden Arena and both were great experiences.

Clubs

Wet Public Ultra Pool is one of the hottest venues in Las Vegas for daytime clubbing. The 54,500 square foot venue features multiple pools in intimate and social settings where guests have access to exclusive bungalows and cabanas, as well as daybeds and banquets. For multiple years, Wet Republic Ultra Pool was voted best pool party in America and best DJ lineup. To this day, the hottest headliners head to Wet Republic to throw the party of the century. 

What was once simply a restaurant experience, the London-based Asian fusion brand branched out into creating one of Las Vegas’ premier nightclubs, Hakkasan. Guests can witness music from across all genres at Hakkasan, from the world’s hottest DJs to pop stars to rappers and rock bands. Grab a drink and let the good times roll in all night long!

Attractions

The Top Golf experience at the MGM Grand Las Vegas goes well beyond putting a few holes. Top Golf at the MGM Grand Las Vegas features multiple levels of entertainment: level one and two are family-friendly while levels three and four are a 21+ section with two pools, swim-up bars, a rooftop bar, and the hitting bays. It’s guaranteed that you’ve never experienced Top Golf quite like this before. 

May the odds be ever in your favor as you work your way through The Hunger Games: The Exhibition! Based on the best-selling books and critically acclaimed movie adaptations, guests can interact with the exhibition to learn more about the world of Panem and its hero, Katniss Everdeen. Play trivia, practice your archery, and create your own Mockingjay song. See iconic costumes, set pieces, and more from the movies in this special exhibition only at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

Casino

I really enjoy gambling at MGM Grand. It’s a place where you can let loose and have fun in a high-energy atmosphere. There are endless ways to gamble here, from slots and video poker to table games and sports betting. You’ll find thousands of slot machines, a wide variety of table games, and a large poker room. MGM Grand also has a sportsbook, but it’s relatively small compared to its counterparts on The Strip.

Pricing: Is MGM Grand Worth It?

It depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for an all-in-one resort experience with a casino, nightclubs, restaurants, shows, and more, then MGM Grand is a great option.

The MGM Grand is generally not budget-friendly. Average room rates fall between $69-$349 per night for a standard room. If you’re on a tight budget, your money doesn’t go far at MGM Grand. I would recommend considering Planet Hollywood or New York New York.

MGM Grand is a great resort for those who want to be in the action. With world-class dining, entertainment, and nightlife, there’s something for everyone at this massive property. It’s a high-energy resort with a lot to offer.

However, if you’re looking to slow down and have a luxury experience, there are better options. If that’s you, I would recommend looking into Aria or Wynn.

Should I stay at MGM Grand?

The MGM Grand is one of the most iconic hotels on the Las Vegas Strip. With its luxurious amenities and world-class casino, it’s no wonder that it’s a popular choice for visitors to Sin City.

However, there are a lot of great hotels in Las Vegas to choose from. MGM Grand is unique because of the number of amenities they offer. The resort has everything–restaurants, shows, nightlife, dayclubs, pools, and more!

If you’re struggling to pick a hotel in Vegas, here are some hotels to compare with MGM Grand:

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Caesars Palace Las Vegas

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MGM Grand vs. Mandalay Bay: These two properties offer the most amenities on the south end of The Strip. Mandalay Bay offers large variety of restaurants and bars, nightlife, clubs, and a variety of live entertainment including Michael Jackson ONE. Mandalay Bay has a better pool area, is generally less crowded, and is a slightly more luxurious experience.

MGM Grand vs. Aria: Aria is a luxury destination and is quite a bit nicer than MGM Grand. They have great restaurants, a decent pool, and good nightlife. The biggest drawback for Aria is the lack of live entertainment. T-Mobile Arena is a short walk, but there are no shows on-site. If you want more luxury choose Aria, if you want more amenities stick with MGM Grand.

MGM Grand vs. Caesars Palace: If you want to be in the heart of the action, Caesars Palace is the most like MGM Grand in the middle of The Strip. Caesars Palace offers guests great restaurants, bars, and nightlife are topped off with top-tier shows, including the best show in Vegas. I wouldn’t classify one as better than the other, but they both have an abundance of amenities and offer world-class experiences.

MGM Grand vs. New York New York: Finally, if you’re on a budget, New York New York is more affordable than MGM Grand is right across the street. On its own, New York New York is a great casino with good restaurants and great shows like Mad Apple and Terry Fator. It doesn’t have much nightlife, but it’s close enough to MGM Grand to enjoy amenities like Hakkasan.

Conclusion

Ready to experience the best that Las Vegas has to offer?

The MGM Grand is one of the most iconic hotels on The Strip. With its world-class casino, amazing amenities, and prime location, you’re sure to have a great time when you stay there.

You can enjoy a drink at one of the hotel’s many bars, take a dip in the pool, or relax in the spa. And if you feel like gambling, the casino has everything you could want – from slot machines to table games. Plus, there are always plenty of shows and concerts happening at the MGM Grand. So what are you waiting for? Book your room today!

MGM Grand FAQ

Here are the most common questions we get about MGM Grand:

What time is check-in and check-out at MGM Grand?

Check-in time at MGM Grand is 3:00 PM, and check-out time is 11:00 AM. The resort does offer early check-in and late check-out for an additional fee.

How much is the resort fee at MGM Grand?

The resort fee at MGM Grand is $39 per night. The fee includes access to the fitness center, pool, and in-room wifi, and the resort fee does not include parking.

How much is parking at MGM Grand?

The MGM Grand charges all hotel guests and visitors for parking. The resort offers valet and self-parking. For hotel guests, valet parking is $30/night, and self-parking is $15/night. For casino visitors, valet parking is $18-$30, and self-parking is $12-$15.

Where is the MGM Grand?

The MGM Grand is located on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip at 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109.