Hey.... My husband and I are going to Vegas for our very first time in September. I have our flights booked which seems to be the easiest part of the planning lol. I'm hoping I can get recommendations from more seasoned travellers. Here's our criteria (however i'll use that term loosely because if I happen to not be thinking of something important my criteria might change). I want to stay in a hotel that has an awe factor when you first walk in and that has updated rooms. My husband wants to stay in a hotel that has a cool pool area (lazy river is what I think he thinks is cool) Our plan is on day one to check in and hang out at the pool and relax for the day and then see a show in the night. Day two will be to wander the strip, going into casinos and seeing the sights. Day three I haven't thought about yet - possibly wander the strip some more if we don't get it all done on day two. In my research I've come across the MGM Grand and Mandalay Bay. They both look like they have nice rooms and fun pools. The only concern I have is that they both are at the end of the strip. Is this a huge negative? I don't think I truly get the concept of how far things are along the strip however if we plan to take a day to just wander around anyways is it that big of a deal? In everyone's overall feel for MGM Grand vs Mandalay Bay is one a true winner? Or should I be looking at another hotel completely.