Where to go for one night in Vegas? I searched for a place to stay at the two main hotel groups here. Ceasars Total Rewards and MGM M-life. I am a member of both programs and both give me different benefits. I like that stays at M-life properties count towards your elite qualification for the World of Hyatt program. The cheapest rate I could find was at the MGM Grand for some reason. I booked the one night stay and started my drive to Las Vegas.
The MGM Grand is located at the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, exactly the opposite spot of where I am coming from. The drive to get to the hotel was easy on a late Sunday afternoon.
Once there I looked for the parking garage and followed the signs for self-parking. Because I am a Gold member of the M-life rewards program, I don’t have to pay for self or valet parking. Once I got to the gate of the parking garage, I swiped my M-life rewards card and was able to get in.
I headed to the lobby to check-in. It’s quite a walk from the parking garage to the check in counter. It’s even more interesting if you have bags and need to use an elevator. It took me a second to find the best way to the lobby from the “Underground”. That’s how the hotel calls this area between the parking garage and hotel lobby.
I lined myself up in the elite check-in line. Lucky for me again that I have status with M-life. The regular check-in line was long and was only slowly moving. At the counter, I received my room keys and headed up to my room. The elevators for my tower were just passed the lobby and the first right once inside the casino.
Grand Queen Strip View Room
I booked a room with two queen beds. The room was a couple of dollars cheaper than the Grand King with the strip view. Once I got out of the elevator I had to orientate myself and see which of the many hallways would lead to my room. I was the first one to the left and almost all the way down to the end.
The room itself had a lot of open space to move around freely. The two beds had also quite some space in between them. The beds on the one side of the room and right across in the center the TV and minibar. Be careful using any of the items in or on top of the minibar. They are expensive and you are better off grabbing your own supplies at a store outside of the hotel. However, if you use the minibar to cool your own beverages and empty it out, they charge you a $50 restocking fee. I don’t know if they will notice if you put everything back in as you found it. If you try to go that route, be sure to deny housekeeping. I didn’t even touch the minibar. First of all, I planned on having dinner anyway and second the items are way to expensive.
The TV will greet you with your name after you turned it on. They had a decent amount of channels to watch and lucky you don’t have to pay for any of that. It is included in the $30 resort fee. That’s why you pay it, to watch free tv for free and use the pool or gym. That’s why Vegas need a resort fee.
The bathroom had a regular size and was spacious enough to not feel trapped.
The room offered a decent view of the strip and the New York New York right across. From the elevator lobby, you are able to see the Las Vegas airport.
This hotel has definitely a lot to offer. It was too much for me to explore everything in one night. They have the T-Mobile Arena, a huge casino, pool area, lots of shops and boutiques, entertainment places, the Cirque Du Soleil, nightclub, tons of restaurants and a food court.
The pool area is pretty nice but you have to show your room key to enter the area. Behind the pools are the signature towers, a more private part of the hotel.
If you want to buy anything at the small shops, like something to drink, don’t forget to bring your ID with you. They won’t allow room charge without ID. Which is weird, because I had no problems at the Mirage and they also belong to M-life. Because of that rule, the hotel lost some revenue from me. I just wanted to buy a couple bottles of soda but I only had my room key with me. So no chance for me or otherwise I had to go back upstairs, grab my wallet and either pay cash/card or bring my ID.
I am sure no matter what you like, there is something for you to do at the MGM Grand. I didn’t have a chance to check out the Grand Garden Area or Topgolf, the newest and hottest way to celebrate and “play” golf.
The MGM is directly connected to the Las Vegas Monorail. This makes accessing the rest of Las Vegas a breeze. Leave your car in the parking garage and head out by foot or monorail.
The MGM offers food for every taste in every size and shape. Besides the food court, there are numerous restaurants and bars throughout the property. Really, there is something for everyone here. From exclusive fine dining all the way down to fast food chains. For dinner, I decided to try Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill and one of their burgers. The burger was great, there was no waiting time to get a seat at the restaurant compared to other places. Service was good and quick and the burger tasted great. Nothing special but it was a good burger.
For breakfast, I went to AVENUE CAFÉ. They open early and are right next to Starbucks. While everyone was waiting in line to get food from Starbucks, I was seated immediately and my order only took a few minutes to prepare. The coffee was good as well and it was overall a great breakfast. Probably a little bit more expensive than Starbucks but it was something different and it tasted really good. I love freshly prepared breakfast, I guess who doesn’t.
Check out this link for a list of all the restaurants and dining options at the MGM Grand.
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