Any trip to Vegas should be fun, no matter where you stay. This MGM Grand review will go over the basics and cover a good stay for a fun family weekend.
MGM Grand Review:
As Ben mentioned in his review of the Westin Las Vegas Hotel, Casino, & Spa, we were recently on a family trip to Las Vegas for our cousin’s 21st birthday. Much of our family was staying at the Paris right in the middle of the Strip. Since no points opportunities exist any longer with the demise of the SPG Total Rewards partnership I decided to stay at the MGM Grand for a few reasons:
- The lucrative partnership between Mlife and Hyatt (discussed here and here). So this means earning Hyatt points for our stay and every $ of eligible spend at any Mlife resort.
- The ridiculous rate we got – $65 for Friday night, Saturday night FREE. With resort fees and taxes we paid $142 but also had a $50 food and beverage credit. We had no issue using that so considered it a net out of pocket of $92 which is a phenomenal deal for a weekend in Vegas
- Location was perfect for a family trip when we didn’t really know where we would or would not be going on the Strip
- The Paris is kind of a dump
To be honest, the Wynn/Encore is BY FAR my favorite property on the Strip. The rooms are gorgeous, the dealers are friendly, it’s a little quieter than other Strip hotels, and the free drinks in the casino include high end booze 😉
However, with family staying more in the middle of the Strip, and Wynn rates being about $200/night, an MGM Grand review it is.
Through being Mlife Gold you get access to the priority check-in line. If you missed my past post I am Mlife Gold due to being Hyatt Platinum. I am Hyatt Platinum due to having the Hyatt credit card (yeah, I know the points game isn’t always simple to explain!).
Priority check-in in Vegas can be a huge advantage. When my husband and I arrived after encountering a shockingly short Friday night taxi line at McCarran the regular check-in line was about 30 people deep. The priority check-in line had one person waiting. Check-in was smooth with the associate thanking us for our loyalty, giving us an “upgrade” to a Strip view room, and quickly sending us on our way. It’s important to note that at check-in you should confirm your Hyatt number is on your reservation. Hyatt and MGM’s systems do not talk well to each other unfortunately.
Upon arriving on the 14th floor I was pleasantly surprised by how fresh a room at the 3rd largest hotel in the world was. Vegas hotels can often be very beat down and worn even quickly after renovations.
The room was generously sized with a full size desk, flat screen, full length mirror, and a very comfortable king sized bed. The outlets were conveniently located which is something hotels so often get wrong. The minibar was outrageously priced of course. As was the gift shop downstairs. I’ll spare you the $30 receipt from late at night for bottles of water, gatorade, and snacks.
The bathroom was decent sized, nothing hugely luxurious but certainly nice and clean. No moldy grout or any of my other complaints about Vegas hotels that can be grimy. My biggest complaint was the toiletries. I forgot to snag a picture of the toiletries but the shampoo and conditioner caused my hair to smell like men’s Axe body spray. Not the most pleasant scent.
Also, that upgraded view? Yes, due to being Mlife Gold technically I did get this view of the Tropicana, Excalibur, and Mandalay Bay. So I guess if I’d never been to Vegas before it might still be nice, but I’m not one who cares too much about this. Better than just a parking garage though.
- +1 to Uber and Lyft for coming to Vegas. A great option without the gouging of a $3 credit card transaction fee like the Vegas taxi mafia.
- +1 Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill where we had a surprisingly tasty late night meal with great service and a nice pasta.
- -1 for Top Golf Las Vegas being advertised as being part of the MGM Grand. It’s gotta be close to a mile to actually walk there. Oh, and a 3 hour wait to get a bay. That being said, it was a whole lot of fun once we actually started; just take the shuttle there unless you’re up for getting a lot of steps in!
This isn’t the only MGM Grand review out there and I think I agree with most. It is a perfectly good stay. If you want to be right in the middle of everything it’s a great option. There are countless restaurants, it is easily walkable to many other Strip hotels, and is clean and nicely updated. But ultimately don’t come here and expect a special unique experience from the 3rd largest hotel in the world.