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A Grand stay at MGM!

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by smackyD, Jun 4, 2003.

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  1. We arrived at 8:00am from Minneapolis. Found our luggage and rental car with no proplems. We got a car from Budget for $14 a day!!! Made our way to the MGM Huge... I mean Grand and didn't have to wait in line at all to check in. Our room wasn't available yet (it was only 8:30). I had heard bad things about the MGM, but I loved it. I will agree that the casino is just way to big. I don't know if this will make sense or not, but, I spent so much time every day walking through the casino to get to and/or leave my room that the casino just felt like a long annoying hallway. The last thing I wanted to do was spend more time in it. OK, that being said we stayed in the Grand Tower. We asked for something with a view if they had it. We ended up on the 28th floor with a nice view of Excalibur/ luxor/ manalay and trop. Not bad. Our room was VERY nice and clean, comfy bed, nice couch and coffee table, and the staff was incredibly nice. I would stay there again in a heatbeat.

    In the interest of keeping it short, I will skip to the highlights and lowlights.

    As far as meals the top pick is the Bellagio Buffet. Excellent. Just loved it.

    Something else that I would highly recommend if you have a car is GARDUNO'S in the Fiesta Rancho. On Sunday they have a Margarita brunch that is fan-freakin-tastic.

    For the best sanwich you've ever had go to The Stage Deli in the Forum shops at Ceasar's. I had the most in incedible ruben there. Apparently there is one at MGM also but ,go figure, I never saw it.

    I had very high hopes for the Alladin Buffet but they were crushed by simply the worst service I have ever had. I've never seen a group of people less interested in working in my life! We weren't served. Period. We asked other servers for beverages because we never talked to our waiter. We bussed our own tables because the tiny table that we had could only hold 2 plates. Not to mention that our table was only about 6 inches from the party next to us, and right in the middle of an isle. I could give them a break if it was busy, but it wasn't. The food was good but the experience was ruined. I told the manager as we left about our poor service and she was semi-apoligetic and offered us a free meal but it had to be when she was working!? We had to work around her schedule! [​IMG] Well, we didn't go back and we won't ever!!!

    As for shows. BLUE MAN GROUP was absolutly awesome. One of the most entertaining shows I have ever seen. If you have seen it you know. If you havn't, there is no way to describe it. If you have the means, see it.

    I said that Blue Man Group was ONE of the most entertaining shows. Well the greatest spectical that I have ever seen is Mystere at Treasure Island. Truly amazing. I have since heard that it is going to close. How sad.

    Casinos... we tried 'em all. We really liked NYNY, Hard Rock and Treasure Island. Good drink service and a more lively vibe. Louder music and more of a party feel. The Hard Rock was a nice change of pace. Thier casino is suprising small which was a breath of fresh in a week of being overwhelmed with bigger is better glitz.We're both around 30 and still like some music when we're having fun rather than ding-ding-ding-ding all night. ;)

    We drove out to Hoover Damn one day. That is a beutiful drive and a great destination. We were a little dissapointed that since 9/11 the tour dosen't go thru the damn itself anymore. Of course we unerstand why, but it's still a let down. One more thing they took from us.

    On another day we drove out to Red Rock Canyon. I hadn't heard about this place before we arrived, but on the advice of some people we met we went to take a look. I'm glad we did. It's not to far out of the city and it is beutiful. Great hiking and a nice scenic drive. We had fun watching a group of rock climers.

    We stayed for 6 nights which was a nice getaway for us but maybe a bit long for some people in Vegas. We were very glad that we had a car so we could get away from the strip and recharge our batteries. Without a car, I would think 4 nights would be about as long as I'd stay.

    I just want to thank all of the people who give so much great info on this site. It's a very useful tool.

    I can't wait to get back. Cheers! [​IMG]

    [ June 04, 2003, 11:23 PM: Message edited by: smackyD ]
  2. Heathcat

    Heathcat Tourist

    Apr 9, 2003
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    thanks for the trip report! I'm especially interested in the Sunday Brunch at Garduno's. Can you tell me why you liked it so much? Also, did you do any gambling at the Fiesta Rancho? Since we're staying for 9 days this summer, I'm interested in checking out some of the "locals" casinos.
    I agree about the car- my husband and I went to Red Rocks for a sunrise last summer and it was beautiful. It's nice to be able to check out the landscape as well as the casinos!
  3. smackyD

    smackyD Guest

    Gagduno's is a nice little place. I live in western Wisconsin. Not exactly the place to find an authentic mexican dinner. Having lived in San Diego for a while and quite a few trips into Mexico, I can tell you this is as good as it gets outside of the real thing.

    All you can drink margaritas certainly doesn't hurt. And,by the way, they do keep 'em coming!

    The fiesta is on Ranchero which joins the strip towards downtown. It's not that far of a drive.

    We sat and played some vid poker while we waited for our heads to clear a bit. The place was pretty quiet, but keep in mind, it was early on a sunday. I did see $2 craps. I didn't see that anywhere else.
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