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Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Gailp215, Feb 11, 2013.

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  1. Gailp215

    Gailp215 Newbie

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    Hi all,
    We're headed to the MGM Grand on Wed. for Valentine's Day and my birthday. This will be our first time staying there. We're a middle-aged couple who travel to Vegas once or twice a year.
    We like blackjack and slots, seafood restaurants, live music and fun/unique shows.

    I'd love to hear your insights, must do's, what to avoid, etc. What should I request when we check-in? All I know is we're reserved in a King room.
     
  2. dw2121

    dw2121 Low-Roller

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    We stayed there over Super Bowl weekend. We payed the $50.00 for the upgrade to the Spa Suite. It was worth the extra money for the extra space in the bathroom and the tub. We also ate at Emeril's. We had the surf and turf and the steak was one of the best I have ever had. The Banana Creme pie is to die for. Hope this helps.
     
  3. RPMCanes

    RPMCanes High-Roller

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    Bring a map. Place is frickin' enormous.
     
  4. mike_m235

    mike_m235 Tourist

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    The Studio Cafe is very underrated for breakfast
     
  5. Nittany1

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    If you can upgrade to a spa suite for $50 like dw2121 it is well worth it.
    SeaBlue the Michael Mina seafood restaurant is closed.
    I've had a couple excellent seafood dinners at Emerils.
    Fiamma is a very good Italian restaurant.
    One of my favorite lunch places is wichcraft.Great sandwiches!
    You won't find much in the way of live music at the MGM.
    Off the top of my head there are several places I can think of for live lounge music.I can't remember the lounge names but I can tell you where to go.
    Ballys--- Lounge near the back of the casino near walkway to Paris
    Venetian---In the casino near sportsbook
    Caesars---Cleopatra's Barge
    MBay---Near the back of the casino on the other side from Mandalay Place.
    Aria- Bar Moderno has live music weekends
    I'm sure there are others but I can't remember.Other posters may remember the names of the lounges.
    There are also several dueling Piano lounges.NYNY,Harrahs,and I think Napolean Lounge at Paris.
     
  6. VegasKing

    VegasKing Low-Roller

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    Studio Cafe is horrible. Everything else is at least pretty good
     
  7. mike_m235

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    I agree with this for any meal other than breakfast.
     
  8. heatherlovesvegas

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    Yea skip Studio Cafe.

    A nice quick breakfast at Wichcraft. I enjoyed that. I'm sure it'd also be a good lunch place.

    Also I really enjoyed my meal at Wolfgang Puck. Truffle chips with blue cheese are to die for.

    I haven't eaten at Craftsteak but my best friend told me it was the best meal he's ever had.

    Also yea as posted, it's REALLY a big place. If you are driving I'd self park, it's far away, but it's faster than their slow valet.

    This weekend I went to a show at Hard Rock Cafe (which is right next to MGM) it was really a sweet place! If anything is going on there I'd check it out.
     
  9. mike_m235

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    My wife said the same thing about craftsteak after her first meal there. She didn't say it after her second. But it's really good. We did drop $275 for two of us on the last trip, though.
     
  10. gpenguins67

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    1. NO NO NO on Studio Cafe for breakfast. I recently posted something in the restaurant section about this. Overpriced and not good.
    2. Wolfgang Pucks is a must for late night dining. I love their brick oven pizza--- especially the meatball one.\---especially when I am so drunk that I cant feel my face anymore.... lol
    3. Yes MGM is Big and some people get lost there. That being said... find a couple landmarks right off the get go and use those. I like to use the sportsbook (which is near the enterance that goes out to the corner of tropicana and the strip)--- then the cashiers cage--- then the hotel lobby. Havent gotten lost in there since I used this strategy.
    4. If you need to make a stop for water /booze /supplies for the room. there is an enterance near the sportsbook-- just past the West Wing bar -- go out this door and it will put you at the back door of the Store that has alcohol, water, food, and souveniers.
    5. Do upgrade to a suite if you can for a small fee. Room is bigger and bathroom is bigger and nicer.-- regular suite doesnt have a jacuzzi tub, just a regular tub and seperate shower-- you need to get the spa suite for that.
    6. if you like comedy shows--- check out brad garretts comedy club. Usually some really good up and comers... sometimes headliners--- Small venue so there isnt really any bad seats in the house- I've seen the $20 trick to the attendant work to get you a seat up close. They usually have half price tickets at the ticket booths too.
    7. If you feel like being frugal. Go across tropicana to Hooters. Cheap tables and me and my friends have fun there everytime. (just don't expect the Wynn or Venetian)... Its small ... everything is cheap.... and far cleaner than Casino Royal in my opinion.
    8. If you go to the bar in the middle of the casino drinks very expensive. Throw some money in a VP machine if there is one available so you can get a comped drink.
     
  11. 2smooth

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    Sigma Derby and Lion's Share
     
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    THIS. Couple trips ago me and my buddies played that for a good 2 hours and had a blast. Drink service was very good, only lost like $20 and we still talk about it.
     
  13. VegasKing

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    Totally agree with this. The steak and egg breakfast sandwich is amazing. Lunch sandwiches are also great here. It doesn't open til 10am, so keep that in mind as well.
     
  14. blizzard96

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    If you into live comedy the Brad Garrett club is there and when I went had some very funny comedians and was a nice evening...Cool spot past check-in towards the valet area.
     
  15. Gailp215

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    Great tips, thanks everyone. Keep 'em coming! :nworthy:
     
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    I second or third or whatever the Sigma Derby, machine is a blast to play! So glad they put one downtown as well, tons of fun for a little bit of spending money! The place is gigantic, that is true, but if you take your time and use landmarks like the above poster said it isnt that bad.

    In the far back of the property there is monorail station, I like to use this from time to time to get down to places like Harrahs/Venetian/TI/Wynn. Also has stops at ballys and all the way down to the old Sahara, which will get you across the street from the Stratosphere . They have auto ticket machines back there that take debit cards or cash, easy way to get around the strip if you are tired of walking or if its hot or cold out.
     
  17. vegas_or_bust

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    This was mentioned earlier, but I think its worth repeating. If you walk into the West Wing and exit the MGM through that side door it is literally only 3 steps to get inside the rear entrance of an independent convenience store. I stayed at MGM 5+ times and didn't know the West Wing had this exit.

    That store is very convenient for snacks/paper/beer etc., and a fraction of the price that you will pay for the same items in the MGM sundries store. It also has a Subway in there if you are looking for a cheaper and healthy meal.

    The MGM is great, it has a food court for cheap eats (i.e. McDonalds) in addition to some of the best restaurants on the strip. If you like Mexican, I recommend Diego (get the tableside guac). If you like Italian, I recommend Fiamma. If you are a high roller, eat at Joel Robuchon (widely considered one of the top 3 restaurants in Vegas).

    The Grand Wok is very good for Asian/Thai food that is more reasonably priced.
     
  18. KnotGillty

    KnotGillty Low-Roller

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    If you have a smartphone, get the following App: Las Vegas City Guide (Trip Advisor). You can pull up virtually anything that is located in any Vegas casino, get reviews, make reservations, hour of operation, etc.. The feature I find most useful is the Point Me There feature. Walk into any casino, search the program for what your are looking for, say a restuarant you've never been to, click the Point Me There icon, and you get a giant arrow on your phone that points you towards the destination including how many feet until arrival. It works via GPS inside the casino's, so you don't have to be connected to the internet when using it (no data requirement). It's real time data that updates with each step you take. I've used it before in several casino's and it's spot on.

    Since MGM Grand is such a LARGE property, having a virtual assistant to point the way is of great value.

    Best of all, the app is free

    :beer:
     
  19. tuck78

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    bring comfy shoes

    I stayed at the MGM last July 4th week. It was in the New Queen room. I thought it was pretty nice. I have been getting emails from MGM regularly and have seen some good deals that appear only via email. I am considering one right now for a New Executive King suite for $75/nt...

    ..that being said. The MGM is huge! I was still getting lost after two days. But don't be discouraged, just find a few key landmarks like someone else mentioned and you'll be fine. When I was staying there they were remodeling the front of the place so we had to use other exits which was a pain in the butt. I don't know if they are still remodeling it or not.

    If your looking for something different to do, you might want to check out the CSI exibit. I thought it was going to be cheesy but it turned out to be kinda cool. I forget how much it was but we got a package deal with the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay and the dolphin exhibit at the Mirage. Well worth the money in my opinion.

    Have fun and win lots of money! :wave:
     
  20. Gailp215

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    Wow, thanks. I'll get that app for my IPhone tonight. I am directionally challenged as it is so this sounds great! :beer:
     
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