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MGM Grand; what do you think?

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels' started by Anew, Aug 13, 2015.

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  1. seviay

    seviay High-Roller

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    Location kind of sucks in terms of being pretty far south, but you can grab a $10 cab ride up the strip or ride the monorail way up north ($$). My wife and I almost always stay there b/c the tables have been relatively kind and there's always a ton of food options regardless of your mood. Drunk at 3am? McDonald's and something else should be open in the food court. They almost always have 2-3 different Starbucks open, from what I can tell.
    Craftsteak and Shibuya are solid options.
    If you want to spend quite a bit, Joel Robuchon is supposed to be fantastic.
    We're from Texas, and my wife has cajun blood on one side of her family, so we didn't think Emeril's was anything special. It wasn't bad, but we won't be back.
    I haven't had anything from Wolfgang Puck's that I didn't enjoy -- btw, the mac and cheese is great, but super rich and filling. My wife and I split that as one of our sides, and we still didn't finish it.
    They still have the $5 blackjack machines that pay 3:2, unless they changed those (note: I have no idea why they would change the tables before the machine, but maybe because they don't have to pay a dealer to work the machines?).
    Whiskey Down is one of my favorite places to play video poker, despite the sub-optimal paytables (Tringlo says stick with 9/5 DDB for quarters). Considering what they're willing to comp you, and the amount you would otherwise pay for that liquor, it's worth the investment. Only once have I gotten a surly bartender who didn't seem to want to offer me a refill despite me obviously tipping $5 for a drink. Everyone else there was glad to talk about whiskey, rye, scotch, whatever.
    Nice, big pool, as others have stated.

    This is really rambly, sorry. Daddy needs coffee.
     
  2. VideoPokerNerd

    VideoPokerNerd Low-Roller

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    I like MGM Grand. It's pretty much got everything. However if you have a rental car it can be a little bit of a hike from/to your room to/from the parking garage.

    My only real issue with MGM occurred last year. Got an online offer for a tower spa suite at a real bargain rate so I booked it. Upon arriving to check in I was told that all the tower spa suites were occupied and I ended up getting downgraded. They adjusted my rate accordingly but still was upset I did not get the type of room promised. After my stay I filled out the online survey they send and I of course expressed my great disdain for not getting the room I originally booked. I did receive an apologetic response...Whatever!

    Ya know, I'll bet if I were at least Gold in M-Life this probably would not have happened.
     
  3. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Low-Roller

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    I like the MGM.

    Positives: Great basic room; good location, walking distance to lots of other casino; quick access to the monorail if you want to go farther down the strip; good choices for restaurants plus a food court when you want a quick bite; fantastic pool area. Quick cab and shuttle access from McCarron.

    Negatives: Beware of the West Wing rooms. Tiny with a porthole instead of windows. When there's a big event at the arena it can be a zoo and difficult to walk around. It's a big place, just walking to the strip can be a journey.
     
  4. Anew

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  5. FormallyTD

    FormallyTD Big Time

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    A lot to like about the actual property (casino and dining options).

    I personally won't stay there again as it's just too much of a madhouse. The elevator situation for the West Wing rooms is horrible. Crammed space/way too much traffic.

    You can hear everything in the adjacent rooms and about two rooms down in both directions.

    But again, the property itself is nice. I'd just stay at The Signature instead.

    Have fun!
     
  6. dvandentop

    dvandentop VIP Whale

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    I just don't like it always seems crammed due to so many people in the walkways
     
  7. xman30

    xman30 High-Roller

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    I've always liked it. I've stayed there five times (#6 coming in December). It's can be both good & bad. Good for people watching, restaurant choices, monorail stop. Bad because it can take so long to get out of it. Depending on which exit I'm aiming for, it sometimes feels like it takes 10 minutes to get to it. I've had to change my route so many times because of all the people in the way.

    xman30
     
  8. whiskeyandslots

    whiskeyandslots High-Roller

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    Question: Would you rather stay at MGM Grand or New York New York?
     
  9. USCHawks

    USCHawks High-Roller

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    MGM Grand no question. I've never been a big fan of the NYNY casino.

    As for the original question, I enjoy MGM. It's got a variety of dining options and a large gaming floor. Sure, the crowds can be a bit annoying if you like your own space but it's a solid property. My comp offers from them have also been better than any other property so that certainly doesn't hurt.
     
  10. Motorcat

    Motorcat Low-Roller

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    Nothing agianst NYNY but it pales in comparison. NYNY is great for a low profile visit.
    The amenities are limited but the vibe and atmosphere of the casino is almost always good.

    Our first visit to the MGM was meh...... I think we were just out of our element.

    We usually split our trip into 2 different hotels just to mix it up a bit.
    Monte Carlo had been our our home hotel but we just kept getting better offers from MGM each time we stayed.
    We now call MGM our home hotel - the location is great. We are MLifers so it puts us close to the other MGM properties.
    The pool is one of the best around and I like the fact the monorail is right there - it really opens up the rest of the strip when we feel like exploring.
    The size of the MGM can be overwhelming at first but that is what gives you the great selection of gaming options.

    Be prepared to walk especially if you get a room far from the elevators. We usually try and book an executive suite
    These rooms are closer to the elevator but still far enough away from the noise of the elevator foyer.

    I do miss the lions though.......... I would spend quite a bit of time watching them when they were there.
     
  11. Jake&Avery

    Jake&Avery Planning my next vacation!

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    We're booked for MGM in January and it will be our first stay here...we've eaten there, and enjoyed a few shows and even won some money, but never stayed there so I'm excited to try it!

    I booked a King Executive suite for a pretty good price with a discount code I was emailed (along with discount tickets and a dining credit), and when I spoke with reservations she made a point to mention that "suites are not guaranteed even though you've booked it because (1) we have a limited number of suites, (2) we don't know the condition of the suite when the prior party checks out so we can't say for sure that you'll be assigned what you reserved. However, I AM going to quote you (and add to your reservation so it's guaranteed) what your price would be on a downgraded room...in case there isn't a suite available"...

    sounded a little hooky, but what can you do? :rolleyes2:

    For the record, I'm going to try the $20 trick and hope for something MORE than a King Executive suite! :evillaugh

    My plan is to try Wolfgang Puck for lunch on our check in day - you wouldn't think I'd need lunch reservations, right??

    We've eaten at Emeril's before and that was DELICIOUS! Did the chefs tasting...(in case anyone cares..)

    so flippin' excited about January!! :woohoo:

    come on Christmas! :eek:
     
  12. VideoPokerNerd

    VideoPokerNerd Low-Roller

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    This is what happened to me last year (see my previous posting on this thread). However like I said on my previous posting, I'll bet if I were at least at Gold level in the M-Life this probably might not have happened.
     
  13. 6Mermaids

    6Mermaids Low-Roller

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    MGM easily. And if you want to walk over to NYNY it is just next door. But MGM is so much bigger and has so much more than NYNY.
     
  14. Krh2o

    Krh2o MIA

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    MGM used to be my fav property. I still enjoy it, I just can't stand the stroller/looky lew stampede on the main walk ways. I like the variety of food, the location, monorail, and casino. If you can get past the crowded walk ways then go for it and enjoy.
     
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