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MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay....or neither....

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by Beth1976, Jul 6, 2016.

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  1. joehypnosis

    joehypnosis Low-Roller

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    I also might suggest the Mirage for your first trip. I love MGM and we are staying at Bellagio and Four Seasons at Mandalay Bay in a couple weeks, but I think Mirage might be a better first trip choice. I feel MGM and MB are towards the end of the strip, and frankly I think you would have more fun being right in the middle of all the action. Mirage's central location, and the resort/pool can't be beat. Sorry to muddy the waters.

    If you think of this as an exploratory trip and a chance to scout out other places you'd like to stay for future trips, it will take some of the pressure off of you! Have a blast!!!
     
  2. UKFanatic

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    I will add my two cents:

    MB has the much better pool area. MGM pools are fine, but they are a very long walk from the rooms and I prefer the wave pool and beach at MB.

    As for the wow factor when you walk in, I give a slight edge to MB. I don't think either hotel has a tremendous wow factor, but the gold of MB combined with the displays in front feels a bit more themed and exciting to me.

    MGM has better restaurants and casino. Neither is close to the center of the Strip and the OP is right to be concerned about the distance between things. But I have always felt that no matter where you stay on the Strip, there are places nearby to walk and see stuff.

    Both are very nice resorts, so you really cannot go wrong either way
     
  3. Beth1976

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    Wow! I didn't expect so many helpful replies! First of all, thanks for the advice. I am now leaning towards the Mirage. There are a few different room options. Are any better than the others? This is what's available for my dates: Resort King, Resort Tower King or rooms that have view of the volcano or pool (but those two say bed is assigned at check in and i'd rather know i'm getting a king bed). The difference in price between the Resort King and Resort Tower King is about $20/night.
     
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    I've stayed at Mirage quite a few times and love the pool, but where is a lazy river there? I've not seen one?
     
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    I was wondering that as well. Great pool area, but I do not remember a lazy river there. And, this google view does not see one. Then again, a first timer in Vegas has so much to see and do that pool time may be very limited. Newbies are so busy taking in the sites and all.
     
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    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    There isn't one.
     
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    Keeping in mind this is a first trip,location is more important than it would be for many others on this board.
    As UK and Nostress said,MB has a more striking first impression and the best pool.
    Having easier access to the other properties trumps the pool for a newbie.
    MGM or as other suggested Mirage would be better choices.
     
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    Mandalay Bay. I feel like its a slight step up from MGM and Mirage. I despise the small bathrooms in Mirage. I stayed at Mandalay Bay my first trip to Vegas and loved it. The walking wasnt any problem. I actually preferred walking one end to the other.
     
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  9. TXCajuns

    TXCajuns Low-Roller

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    We've stayed at MGM several times in the Staywell rooms. We love the hotel and the rooms!! MB is just too far away from everything. We made reservations last night for Nov, at MGM in a Staywell room again. We find the rooms very convenient to the elevators. At least the rooms we've always had are.
     
  10. Geogran

    Geogran Whooo. Whooo.

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    If you decide on the Mirage - definitely get a 'Resort Tower King' - bathroom is larger and has a separate walk in shower and for sure it is a king bed! (regular resort kings do have smaller bathrooms compared to other strip hotels). Also resort tower kings are on higher floors (24/25 ) I believe. Not sure you will get volcano/pool view unless you pay extra or try the $20 trick. But guessing you won't be in the room.
    No lazy river at Mirage - but a great pool! Plus 'LOVE' is at Mirage - a great show!

    Hope you have a memorable stay!
     
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