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MGM Grand questions

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by Urkman, Aug 23, 2019.

  1. Urkman

    Urkman Tourist

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    Hallo,

    this is our first trip to Vegas since 2007. As there changed a lot, we have some questions :)

    1.) In the report fee is an "internet access" included. What does this mean? Because they offer a separate "in-room internet access".

    2.) In 2007 parking for Hotel guest was free. How there seems to be a 15$ charge for parking. Ist this right?

    3.) Do you have some other tips for us about the MGM and Las Vegas?

    Thanks,
    Urkman
     
  2. UKFanatic

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    1. The resort fee is mandatory and interact access is included in it

    2. Yep. Welcome back to Vegas. Since your last visit, most of the resorts have started charging for parking

    3. Question is a bit broad. if you let us know what you're interested in, tons of people on here will have suggestions for you
     
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  3. Urkman

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    Thanks for your answer :)

    If the Internet (in-room) is included, what is the separate "in-room internet access" offer for 42$ per day?

    About the Hotel:
    - How is the buffet?
    - Is it worth book the "breakfast fee"?
    - What is the best way to go from Airport to the hotel? Is there Uber available?

    Thanks again :)
     
  4. Eleven99isFine

    Eleven99isFine High-Roller

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    Uber or lyft - take your pick
     
  5. Chuck2009x

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    It's not separate, they just haven't kept the descriptions in sync.

    You pay the resort fee, you get wifi in the room. When you go online, there's an access screen that'll ask for your name and room number or something like that. A lot of places will have a little card in the room that tells you how to connect for various/multiple devices and they have IT staff that will help if you can't get it to work.

    I think MGM's rooms also still have connectivity panels build into the TV fixtures, and they have an ethernet port, but it may no longer be hooked up. Most strip hotels still have an ethernet port somewhere; when I'm using a laptop, I always check to see if it works cause I'd rather use that instead of wifi. But a lot of times, they're just not hooked up anymore.
     
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    I had dinner at the MGM buffet just last week. For a mid-range buffet it was good. (Some formerly great mid-range buffets like Paris and Planet Hollywood aren't so good anymore.) There was not a huge variety or fancy selections like Caesars or Aria. But there was ample selection. The food was well prepared and relatively fresh, if a touch bland. Nothing was memorable -either as outstanding or horrible. I tend to eat vegetarian and pescatarian and therefore cannot comment on the carving station. One plus is that it included unlimited beer and wine. So no need to add on a drink package. This might change though as sister property Mirage just dropped the free drinks. I would go again.

    Do not book a West Wing room. Although convenient for the strip, they are small, cramped, dark with a bathroom that does not allow privacy. A Grand King/Queen is a better choice. Larger, less aged, better bathroom and better location within the property.
     
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    Uber/Lyft is the way to go. MGM is the closest strip hotel to the airport, so it's a quick, easy an relatively inexpensive fare. As I only bring 1 carryon bag, I've done the $2 city bus (WAX) before, but it only runs once an hour.
     
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    If you apply for and receive the M-Life MasterCard (no annual fee!) you automatically get upgraded to Pearl level on the M-Life player's club which includes complementary parking (that is if you're driving in to LV or renting a car, of course). Also, it allows you to use the priority check in line when you arrive at the hotel.





    Also, the rooms facing north on the lower floors have crappy views.

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    The extra charge for internet is probably for higher bandwith. For example if you want to stream HD movies.

    This happened many years ago but two of my close friends got horrible food poisoning from the MGM buffet. They were sick for two weeks.

    The best way to get from the airport to the MGM is by the Mansion or Skylofts house car which would be either a Bentely or Rolls Royce.
    The cheapest way is to take a bus. The most reasonable way is to take a taxi. No way am I giving Uber or Lyft my personal info as well as the ability to track me. Uber especially, terrible company. Just tell the taxi driver to take Swenson to Tropicana please.

    I also advise you to not book a West Wing room. They are horrible.

    Note, MGM is in the midst of major cost cutting. Don't expect service, amenities, or quality to be anything like you remembered in 2007.
     
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    My tip would be don't stay at MGM.

    It's way too big and spread out. Service is lacking.

    If you must stay at an MGM property, look into Mirage. Better location.

    I'd take a CET property over an MGM property. Any of the CET properties from Harrah's to Bally's will have great locations and, in my experience, better service.
     
  11. Urkman

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    So, we booked a West Wing room, as it was the only available...
    Do you recommend an upgrade? And how much should it be?
     
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    It was the only room available??? That seems remarkable considering the size of the hotel. Which dates are you visiting?

    You can search "west wing" on this site and get a a lot of information. Those rooms are small and pretty bad. I describe them as a college dorm room. I would definitely upgrade or, if that's not possible, stay somewhere else. You haven't been to vegas in 12 years. You really don't want your return experience to be the west wing
     
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    Upgrade? Yes.
    Did you go through a travel agent and/or buy a package deal? Those "deals" are almost always West Wing. Ask the agency if they can upgrade it for you. Some can. Some can't. The cost of the upgrade depends on alot of factors (weekday, weekend, conventions, holodays, etc.) but for a weekday it's usually around $20-30/night.
     
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    Chiming in with the others - I would do my best to avoid staying in a West Wing room. They are terrible. Somewhat modernized but there's only so much they can do with the existing infrastructure - the rooms are very tiny and blah.
     
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    MGM Grand is my 'home' hotel. I enjoy the size. It does take some time to get used to the layout, but once you do it is pretty simple.
     
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    West Wing is fine if you're rolling solo, and frankly they're great for getting out to the strip quickly, but if you're a couple or more you'd want to get a Grand room of some sort.

    Resort-wise, as long as you're ready and able to walk a lot, it's one of the better places on strip IMO. It's spread out and even the hallways from room to elevator can be endless, but has tons of good food/bev options from food court fare to highest end, good location for branching out to the rest of the strip and one of the best pool complexes on strip.

    I love the place, it's still one of the best resorts in the mid-range.
     
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    The next step up from a West Wing room would be a Grand Tower room. If you are stuck with the West Wing room and unable to upgrade then ask for a room on the highest floor possible and that has a south view. West Wing rooms only go up 14 floors if I remember correctly.
     
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    Only been in MGM once for comedy club

    Walking/riding from Cromwell in a few weeks to eat at at Emerils and see the Eagles - any helpful hints from you MGM veterans??

    Last time we walked seemed like it took forever to get inside from the strip
     
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    The quickest way in walking coming south from center strip is to pass the American Eagle retail shop building then take a sharp left - you'll see an entrance about 20 yards back that leads into the West Wing/Sportsbook/Hakkasan area. Way faster than going all the way around to the main entrance.
     
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