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MGM Grand secrets

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by kinkette, May 30, 2018.

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  1. kinkette

    kinkette Low-Roller

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    Just booked a free night through MyVegas in July. We're pretty excited to check it out. I know it's huge so does anyone have a favorite restaurant (casual) or hidden treasure they want to share?

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  2. WelshBlonde

    WelshBlonde Wishing I was in Vegas

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    I've booked the MGM for October and done LOADS of research on it due to it not being my first choice....still hoping for Mirage lol.

    Anywhos

    I found the American Casino guide has some great vouchers available that are useful in the MGM food court.

    Joel Robuchon looks outstanding. Not budget food but has to be the best resturant in MGM.

    Obviously theres the Wolfgang Myvegas reward that you can get that also isnt classed as one of your MGM rewards.

    The cabanas at the pool have food and beverage included and start from $100 for a day bed.

    I have yet to go to the MGM but I'm sure other will have more info for you :)
     
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  3. DaiLun

    DaiLun R.C., L.C., and A.A.N.G.

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    Palazzo - break before 2nd HGS weekend
    HGS Weekend #2!!!!
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    ABQJeff Low-Roller

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    Pucks makes for a great late breakfast / early dinner spot. The pizza downstairs makes for a great lunch as well.
     
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    I just got back from the MGM a couple weeks ago and liked it so much that I booked it for my next trip in August. I have no hidden secrets but here are a few things I noticed:

    - As noted above, cabanas and daybeds are F&B and not a rental fee. Pretty good value and makes it "affordable" for people looking to stick to a budget. We had a cabana by the lazy river and will probably get a daybed this next trip (smaller group).
    - Pool complex is huge and had no issues finding seats
    - Very short walk across the pedestrian bridge to NYNY if you're looking for other gaming and dining options. Seems like it was only a 5-10 minute walk to Beerhaus
    - Good craps tables. Seemed like there were always 4-5 tables open with most being $10 minimums. Dealers were good too.
    - 3 Starbucks which makes the wait at any of them tolerable. There's one on the way to the pool.
    - Uber pickup in the parking garage. Take the escalators to the basement near the entrance and bell desk.
    - Craftsteak is good. Is it any better than any other high end steakhouse? Probably not. Saw David Copperfield eating dinner there.
    - Wolfgang Puck seems like a good place for people watching with a casual lunch or dinner. We didn't eat there, but are planning on it next trip. There's also a burger joint and taco shop for casual. Not as good for people watching.
    - There's some fast food restaurants, if that's your thing. I think most of it was burger, hot dogs and the like. Didn't seem like there were many options for "healthy" fast food.
    - Place is huge but seems to have quite the variety of gaming and dining and really no reason to leave the place.
     
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  6. UKFanatic

    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Robuchon is the best fine dining in vegas, but its not casual. I don't really think any of the more casual spots at MGM are anything special. There are some decent ones, but nothing i would go out of my way for.
     
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    I am staying at the MGM right now.

    Here is my tip: DO NOT STAY ON FLOORS 21 AND ABOVE.

    They've got two of the elevators in this bank solely in use for the suites on the top floor (29), so there are two less elevators than there should be to go to floors 21-28.

    It has been a complete clusterf*** all week. Multiple times when I'm trying to go down from my floor to the casino I've had to wait as elevator after elevator came completely packed with people and there was no room for me to get in.
     
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    UKFanatic The Arbiter of Taste Caviar Kid

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    Well, the OP is only asking about dining secrets, so you may want to put this comment in a different thread. But, FWIW (and Skyloft guests will hate me for revealing this), you can use those two lifts behind the doors. They go to floors 21-28 as well. You just need a key card to get to the skyloft floor on top.
     
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    For the monorail head downstairs by the check-in area. It is faster than the usual way going inside the casino and shops.
     
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    I learned to work around this at the old IP by taking the UP elevator.
     
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  11. luck.ofthe.draw

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    I've eaten at Wolfgang Pucks for years and really enjoy the blue cheese truffle chips, the pasta dishes and last year they had a yummy summer corn dish that was excellent!

    It is my dream to dine at one of Joel Robuchon restaurants is a dream of mine.
     
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    Although I liked my suite at MGM last time I was there, the hotel is wayyy too big, the gaming is just ok, and the hotel location stinks being that far south on the strip.

    I honestly like Monte Carlo better or if you don't mind spending a couple bucks, stepping up to the Mirage.
     
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    Yep, we learned this when a woman was cleaning one of the regular elevators and she told us to go use one of the other two.

    The issue was more with going down than up though.
     
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    Here are some MGM Grand secrets if you are a VP bar player (was there last month)

    1) Avoid the Lobby Bar near the elevators. $0.25 7/5 DDB, the oldest VP machines on the Strip and they have the drink ticket system and they don't comp your first drink, It seemed to take a long amount of play to get one (much longer than at Cosmo VP bars).
    2) Best VP bar is Whiskey Down. 8/5 DDB, new machines (although very few of them). They comp a decent selection of drinks (I got Glenlivet 12 and Glenfiiddich 12 comped while playing) and IMHO the best music in Vegas if you like 70s/80s rock tunes.

    Chris
     
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    I am surprised that no one has mentioned Hakkasan. The restaurant (not the night club) is really beautiful, and the food and cocktails are very nice. Try the Green Destiny (kiwi, cucumber, green apple juice and vodka) and the steamed dumpling sampler. Very nice bar area, too.
     
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    Chrisnewton High-Roller

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    What Vouchers are in the casino Guide for MGM? im tempted to buy this book myself if they post to the UK
     
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    They do indeed, got mine on amazon for like £14. Theres a few for mgm food places. Best check out the american casino guide website as it has a full list of vouchers so you can work out if you will use many :)
     
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    Thanks for £14 I will order it. :)
     
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    Hecho en Vegas is a good, well priced Mexican restaurant out the back towards the monorail. Great handmade Guacamole at the table, spiced to taste.
    Crush is a casual dining options, very good food at a reasonable price. The Brussels were lovely.
    Fiama (Italian) was a little more pricey but worth it - the roast potatoes with onion, salt and bacon were amazing. Nice for a romantic meal by the open fire in the evening.
     
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    @Tatertot mentioned that he doesn't like the size or location and he's not the first person to say that, but I'm the complete opposite. It's my favorite casino to gamble in. It's a big property, but I don't find it's size to be a detriment that others do. That corner is my favorite location on the strip. I'll usually stay at NYNY to save a few bucks on room, and go across to MGM to gamble. Many people hate on the buffet, but it was fine for me. If you're looking for "fine dining" at a buffet, then don't do MGM but I was happy with the selection and quality of food there. In my experiences, the drink service has been the best for me at MGM Grand.
     
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