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MGM Grand trip

Discussion in 'Vegas Trip Reports' started by rhapsodyrcks, Jun 6, 2010.

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  1. rhapsodyrcks

    rhapsodyrcks Tourist

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    My Trip Report

    1st time staying at MGM Grand, been to Vegas over a dozen times. Stayed here because I had a 4 day comp.


    Flew to Vegas from NC on US Airways. Always seem to fly them it seems hence I have a billion frequent flyer points with them :) :) means no luggage fees..well I would not get them anyhow since I am a Armed Services Member (USMC) but nice to know. I hate the flight to Vegas from NC because I always have to make a connecting flight because the airport that services me only has commuters. Oh well.

    Got to Vegas about 11am was about 6 hours before my buddies would be arriving. Caught a taxi to MGM from the airport..cheap only 10 bucks. I noticed the taxis now take credit cards...but tack on a 3 dollar fee..no thanks I will pay cash.

    Check in was pretty fast..no many people in line at all. I asked about using the Prima thing that MGM has but found out I could not get it since I was on a comp..oh well. My room was not ready yet as it was to early so I poked around the place checking out the restaurants, bars etc.

    About 2pm my room was ready so I headed up to it. I stayed in the "Grand Tower" in a regular room. I am glad I did not pay for this room. I checked the price before I came and playing 100-200 bucks + a night for this room would of upset me. I would think that the Casino/Resort that has the name of the company all over it would be more updated.

    The room was alright sized I guess. TV was a Tube TV in a armoire that looked like it was from the 90's. It had no refrigerator/mini bar in the room. The bathroom was fairly large for a older place but had a tiny tub. I am 6'1 so no soaking for me. The shower head was cool though! Said MGM on it. There is a desk, and a chaise sofa to sit on. The size of the bathroom would allow a soaking tub and separate shower.

    The bed was very comfortable, probably one of the most comfortable beds I have slept in. I believe its the same bed system that is at The Mirage, and before they sold it Treasure Island.

    Some other complaints about the room... I do not know what the door was made of but I could literally hear anyone walking down the hallway. It was like they were in the room with me. Every morning I woke up to the maids across the hallway and if I was asleep at night would wake up from loud people in the hallways...poor poor design.

    If you sleep during the night keep your curtains closed as well, MGM shines very bright Green lights at the whole place and your room will glow green. Kinda nutty.

    On the plus side MGM did have great room service food. Nothing I ordered was bad.

    I only complain as I have stayed at virtually all the MGM properties and Treasure Island before the sold it. The Mirage has substantially better rooms that are modern day equipped i.e USB ports on the TV Center so you can charge your phone/ipod/ipad/iphone. Treasure Island charges considerably lower prices but the rooms are vastly superior. MGM had before they sold it off refurbed all the rooms. Once again strange that the resort with there name on it still has Tube TV yet 2 years ago they redid Treasure Island and it has 42inch HD LCDs, modern fixtures etc.

    After I got settled in my room took a nap woke up and went to check out the Casino. Most of the table games on a Monday were 5-10 dollar minimum hands. The Casino area is pretty vast. Its kinda dark though and cramped feeling to me. Got raped at some Black Jack. Went to the roulette wheel and won back my cash and a little more. By then my buddies had shown up.

    We decided to try there buffet. MGM Buffet was a let down. It costs nearly as much as any main line strip resort but lacks alot of selection like some line stations for pasta, chinese food etc. Def won't eat there again. Do yourself a favor go to Planet Hollywood's or Mandalay Bay's buffet. You will like it immensely more.

    Night time most of the tables all turn to 10 dollar ones. We ventured out of MGM and spent the night in a drunken stupor at some of the fun dives on the strip...Bills, OShea's etc.

    Finally got back to the hotel and slept. Slept like a bay in there comfy beds! Woke up the next day went and hit MGM's pool area. Pretty Nice pool area for a older place. After that we hit MGM's Sea Blue absolutely fantastic place! If you have a chance to eat there do it. You won't regret it.

    Headed off to the Mirage to see there show Love. Probably one of the best shows I ever have seen. Def recommended.

    The rest of my trip is very similar..lol. Get tanked, eat like gods, gamble, pool rinse and repeat.

    As for MGM Grand I would not recommend staying there. If your paying well you could pay just about the same and stay at The Mirage. You can usually pay less and stay at Treasure Island. Both are much better places in my opinion. If your offered a comp to stay at MGM well I would imagine your game play would also comp you at one of there many other resorts.
     
  2. jgates8

    jgates8 VIP Whale

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    My complaint at MGM was very similar. Room walls were PAPER thin. Kids in the next room that I could hear all the time (little). Made it one night & switched to a different room. Took a DQ Mini-Suite which backed up on one side to a large (unoccupied) suite & quieter people on the other. So that one was considerably quieter.

    But we could hear every time the toilet flushed in the room next door, etc. And one night we were directly above the grease vents or something (and we were quite high up) when they were cleaning them. The smell actually woke us from a dead sleep.

    So they reminded me of an average Holiday Inn or something along those lines. Fine but nothing 4 or 5 star.
     
  3. rhapsodyrcks

    rhapsodyrcks Tourist

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    I agree it was more then just a little noise. It was wierd because it like sounded like they were in the room at the door. I could hear all there conversations very clearly and I dont have the best ears.

    The holiday innish is what I relate the place to. Thats why I dont like Harrah's very much. Only stayed once years ago but it seemed like a giant Holiday Inn with a casino on the bottom.
     
  4. thebucket

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    Interesting that you might draw that particular comparison, given the fact that the modern day Harrah's hotel was in fact the Holiday Casino/Hotel in years past.

    :nworthy:
     
  5. garyz100

    garyz100 Low-Roller

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    and dont forget the slamming doors, I quit going there because of the lound mouth maids in the hallway
     
  6. rhapsodyrcks

    rhapsodyrcks Tourist

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    Ah my instincts where right!
     
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