With an instantly recognizable emerald green facade and dazzling architecture, the MGM Grand Las Vegas has been an essential landmark of the Las Vegas Strip for multiple decades. Its cinematic appearance—combined with its record-breaking room count—make this resort one of the most recognizable resorts in America, if not the world.
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Table of Contents
- The Resort
- The Future of MGM Grand
- Frequently Asked Questions About MGM Grand Las Vegas
Since December 1993, this casino has bookended the Strip at its Tropicana intersection. At the time of its launch, it was the largest hotel complex in the world, and remains the largest single hotel in the United States to this day. The MGM Grand is a fixture in Hollywood films, and even with the competition of T-Mobile arena just across the Las Vegas Strip, A-list talent is a constant presence at the MGM Garden arena.
Before the MGM Grand existed in its current form, it was a smaller hotel named the MGM Marina, a stone’s throw from McCarran International Airport, now the Harry Reid International Airport. This hotel closed in 1990, but its bones remain part of the MGM Grand today. The MGM Grand was initially conceived as a more family-friendly resort in the ’90s with a Wizard of Oz theme. Now operated by Blackstone and MGM Resorts International, with subsidiaries like Diaoyutai MGM in China, this massive hotel casino has since evolved.
Today, it is a luxurious complex that often hosts the world’s biggest stars at the MGM arena, invites flurries of nightclub-goers and A-list talent to the Hakkasan club every year, and allows for leisure and decadence in equal measure.
Calvin Harris and Tiësto have semi-permanent residencies at the Hakkasan club, and the famous illusionist David Copperfield calls this resort home as well. Family-friendly Jabbawockeez, the incredible Kà by Cirque Du Soleil and even a Hunger Games exhibition make a stay at MGM an immersive experience, and this is all before we even get to the amenities, which MGM Grand has many. This includes five outdoor pools, outdoor fun in the form of TopGolf and an impressive spa and fitness center.
Rooms and Suites
If you think 6,852 rooms sounds like a world record, it is. Though it has been edged out by just two resorts in Asia, the MGM Grand continues to hold the record domestically as one of the largest single hotels in the country. Your standard fare hotel rooms feel anything but standard, with luxurious views and plush bedding. MGM’s suites contain spacious sections with 180-degree views of the Las Vegas Strip.
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Ultra exclusive, ultra glamorous and an overall feast for the senses, the Mansion at MGM Grand is a legendary series of 29 residences boasting Tuscan touches and bedrooms that go up to four. Atrium villas have balcony views of the lush Mediterranean gardens below, and the best in dining is front and center at The Mansion. For qualified guests only.
Fresh by StayWell
Sometimes the flashing lights of the Vegas Strip can overwhelm the senses, and the Fresh rooms at MGM have everything you need to recharge and regroup.
Thanks to the employment of practices by Deepak Chopra and the Mayo Clinic, you can detoxify with air purification, circadian lighting and de-chlorification of your water.
MGM Grand Conference Center
This conference hall boasts 850,000 square feet of space for affairs big and small, equipped with award winning customer service and three floors of space. The center features luxe ballrooms like the Grand and Vista ballrooms.
90,000 square feet of wide open space makes the Marquee ballroom ideal for any style of big gathering, like banquets, trade shows and receptions. The Marquee ballroom comes equipped with access to the latest technological and catering services.
Located in the heart of the MGM Grand, the Studio ballroom gives you 10,000 square feet of space conveniently located near the MGM’s shopping and retail area. With a 900 person capacity, the Studio ballroom is perfect for private receptions and corporate events.
MGM Garden Arena
Madonna, Lana Del Rey and Garth Brooks are just some of the stars who have played at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. This stunning space holds a capacity of 17,000 people. It can serve as an exhibition space or a site for elegant ceremonies and dinners.
The MGM Grand has significant bragging rights when it comes to their pool complex, at a stunning 6.5 acres of four separate sites of shimmering waters, whirlpool, and even a lazy river. Eat, drink, lounge and take a few selfies at the cabana rentals, and be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen for the intense UV rays of the Las Vegas summer sun.
The MGM Grand pools are a staple of any summer time stay at the MGM Grand, and with heat waves reaching the triple digits, you will want some TLC time underneath the waterfalls, with maybe a cocktail or two.
Cabanas and Daybeds
Make the MGM pool experience a personal, comfortable one, with a daybed or cabana rental. You can expect towel service, snacks, a generous beverage credit, personalized bottle service, views of the pool complex and flat screen TVs. These cabanas fit groups of up to eight.
Wet Republic Pool Parties
An experience for the serious daytime partygoer, the Wet Republic Pool Parties at the MGM Grand are a memory making immersion, with the hottest DJs, decorated bungalows, signature cocktails and VIP bottle service. When in season, it is one of the hottest spots to be in town. DJs like Tiësto, Zedd, and Steve Aoki are just some of the Wet Republic names you could catch for a summertime celebration unlike any other.
The MGM Grand has several theaters, each home base for an assortment of dazzling shows that attract thousands of guests every week. Among these are the David Copperfield Theater, with an intimate seating arrangement of just about 740 guests.
Kà by Cirque Du Soleil theater is an impressive, innovative theater that will blow your mind, should you be lucky enough to attend the show. This colorful ensemble is fortified with a theatrical, unique stage setup.
Parking for MGM Grand guests is part of the 24 hour parking fee and provides in and out privileges, which can be charged to your room.
Self parking and valet apply to this fee, and it can be used at MGM resorts throughout Las Vegas, allowing you the convenience to park wherever you choose at any MGM resort. For short term parking, the first hour is free, with a $12 charge for one to four hours, and $15 for four to 24 hours after that. There is an $18 fee for any parking over 24 hours. Nevada residents received complimentary parking for the first 3 hours and then are subject to the above rates.
Valet rates are as follows:
Zero to Two hours: $18 Monday through Thursday, $20 from Friday to Sunday.
Two to Four hours: $20 Monday through Thursday, $22 Friday to Sunday
Four to 24 hours: $26 Monday through Thursday, $30 Friday through Sunday
Over 24 hours daily rate: $26 Monday through Thursday, $30 Friday through Sunday
Executive Transportation is an MGM Grand partner, and they provide limousine service through the concierge for your convenience, right from the MGM Grand entrance. Avis Rental has a spot inside the MGM Grand, and Taxi assistance is available from the MGM Grand entrance as well. Don’t forget about the Las Vegas Monorail as well.
The Grand Salon
The Grand Salon at MGM Grand is available for anyone’s glam-squad needs. With mobile hair and makeup artists in the comfort of your room, as well as styling, updos, blow dry, keratin treatments and nail services.
Grand Spa and Fitness Center
This beautiful spa has eight treatment rooms, with saunas, facial therapies, whirlpools and a selection of massage treatments for those achy muscles and joints. Be sure to make a reservation, or even take advantage of in-room services.
If you are looking for a wide open selection of dining options, the MGM Grand continues its theme of bigger is better. Check out the following delectable restaurants you can enjoy at MGM Grand. With so many, you may have to come back for multiple trips to hit them all.
Tom Colicchio’s Craft Steak
This steakhouse is backed by Top Chef powerhouse Tom Colicchio, with award winning dishes sure to make your mouth water. Ingredients are sourced from family farms all around the country. In addition to delectable steak, you can also enjoy salmon, lobster, monkey bread dessert and delicious bourbon from the drink menu.
The famous Morton family created this American cuisine restaurant in a lively setting, boasting delectable dishes like an eight-ounce filet Mignon, Ahi Tuna and delicious flatbreads. Located at the heart of the MGM Grand, this one is a hard one to miss.
Morimoto Las Vegas
This is a contemporary Japanese restaurant with a commitment to elegance and presentation. The sushi here is top-notch, as is the Buri Bop, which is yellowtail cooked to perfection on rice.
Nellie’s Southern Kitchen
Southern dining is at its best at Nellie’s, which gives you classics from the American heartland like fresh biscuits, pulled pork and chicken and waffles. You can find Nellie’s right in front of the MGM Grand Garden Arena entrance.
MGM Grand Buffet
For casual, simplified experiences for those of us with a bottomless appetite, MGM has a classic Vegas buffet that runs the gamut from fresh pizza to fresh vegetables, honoring everyone’s cravings.
Cabana Grill – Poolside Dining
Fresh dishes for the summer are available poolside at the MGM Grand, with sampler plates, tacos and sugar-conscious cocktails.
French cuisine is always a treat, and Joël Robuchon’s award winning menu means you are getting some of the best dining on the Strip. For the most educated taste palettes out there, Robuchon’s Five-Diamond taste. We are talking caviar, crispy frog legs and sauteed veal for the most refined foodies out there.
L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
Here, the aforementioned luxe dishes are prepared right in front of you for an immersive, unforgettable and glamorous experience. Simply put, this is one of the best dinners on the Strip.
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Grand Wok Noodle Bar
This easy going-restaurant provides you with traditional Asian cuisine like wok-tossed noodles, various tofu dishes and black pepper beef.
Ayesha Curry and Chef Michael Mina are powerhouse BBQ aficionados, with restaurants in Northern and Southern California, and now at the MGM Grand as well. Enjoy smoky meats and craft cocktails at this ultra-trendy eatery.
TAP Sports Bar
Grab a burger and a beer the American way at this casual, decked-out sports bar, perfect for football nights and special sporting events in town. Enjoy 60 flat-screen TVs playing every sporting event you can imagine, as well as the most savory beers on tap.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
Wolfgang Puck is a ubiquitous presence in the culinary world—and for good reason. He adds his signature touch at this casual bar and grill, with delectable pizzas, flat iron steak and tart linguini.
Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House
Emeril LaGasse brings Creole cuisine to Las Vegas and the Strip is richer for it. This fish house brings you amazing shellfish dishes, pork, steak and chicken options, as well as classics like gumbo and jumbo shrimp.
For quick, on-the-go dining, the Avenue Cafe brings you retro style, sandwiches, burgers, fries and mimosas.
Take control of your pizza pie by building your own dish here at Pieology.
Healthy and savory dishes courtesy of Chef William DeMarco means you are getting the best gyros and baklava on the Strip, as well as native spirits and cocktails.
Grab some live music and incredible craft cocktails at this upscale Italian joint located in MGM Grand, complete with a funky, swirling orange bar that appears to be made of liquid.
You will find over four dozen different bourbons, scotches and whiskeys at Whiskey Down, whether they be Irish, American or Canadian.
Enjoy live country music and the best beers on tap at the Losers Bar, located in The District, where you can bump elbows with country fans and musicians alike.
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There’s no bad time for a slushie in Las Vegas—especially during the summer months. Stop by 32° for “a taste of summer all year round.”
You may have been living under a rock if you are unfamiliar with Fat Tuesday, but it’s never too late to enjoy their delicious daiquiris and other delicious frozen drinks straight from the Mardi Gras parade.
This hip bar is located in the casino and shaped like a circle for a 180° unique experience right in the heart of the MGM grand. Bumping the coolest beats and boasting an alluring art installation, it is the best place to enjoy a drink on the casino floor.
If you are ready to hit the bar as soon as you walk into the MGM Grand, you can’t do much better than the Lobby Bar with its casual atmosphere and a lengthy list of cocktail options and specialty drinks.
Las Vegas thrives on luck, merriness and above all, A-grade talent.
Vegas is notorious for having a rotation of shows that always delight. Here is the current roaster of shows.
Shows at MGM Grand
David Copperfield — See the household name of magicians, only at MGM Grand.
Jabbawockeez — Experience dancing with sharpness and perfection like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Kà by Cirque Du Soleil — Cirque du Soleil presents a definitive story through stunning acrobatics and theatrics.
Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club — See the man himself—along with hordes of other talent—at Brad Garrett’s self-named comedy club
Activities and Exhibits
The Hunger Games Exhibit
The Hollywood Franchise gets a front and center exhibit at the MGM Grand, complete with an exploratory experience that includes stunning artistic recreations, top-of-the-line technology and highlighting of the famous costuming and set recreations from the film.
Virtual Reality at Level Up
Once you put on your goggles, you are transported into a mesmerizing interactive world of gaming that will blow your mind. Fight zombies, head off outbreaks and battle killer drones as you lose yourself in this immersive simulation.
Work on your swing and show off for your friends at Topgolf, but don’t forget you can enjoy a beer while you do so.
MGM Resorts M Rewards card gives you points for every dollar spent, and the more you play, the more you are likely to reap massive benefits from being a member. The formerly-named M Life program is an essential part of your wallet, so we highly encourage you to sign up and begin accruing perks. Be sure to get all the information about the M Rewards program by reading more about the MGM Grand casino.
Whether you find the Las Vegas Strip to be a vital part of American history or not, there is no denying that history is constantly made on the Strip. Enjoy American memorabilia and unique gifts at this treasure trove shop of souvenirs.
CBS Television City
Get awesome, unique apparel from classic CBS TV shows here.
Sundries, snacks and last-minute needs are what you’ll find here.
Front Page Newsstand
Conveniently located next to guest elevators, this shop has tobacco, newspapers, sundries, sodas and toiletries to keep you covered.
Grand and Company
Souvenirs, sundries and daily essentials are what you will find here at the Main Lobby.
Get the coolest apparel for Vegas’s iconic sports teams like the Vegas Golden Knights and the Las Vegas Raiders.
After seeing this phenomenal show, bring home some memorabilia and souvenirs from the Jabbawockeez store.
You will find a vast selection of Cirque Du Soleil memorabilia and souvenirs at this store.
Bikers, welcome to your oasis. Get all the hottest Harley Davidson branded gear here at the Harley Davidson Store, whether it be leather, shoes, belts and other assorted gifts.
This luxury store is essential for the elegant, traveling male. Macceo boasts a selection of the finest suits, athleisure and fragrances—you can even make your own—along with dinner jackets, blazers and personalized tailors.
At Misura, you can find luxe menswear courtesy of renowned brands like Fossil, Under Armour, Tommy Bahama and Hugo Boss.
Nectar Bath Treats
You will find hand-crafted, artful bath and soap products to keep your skin in great condition during your stay at MGM—all with a cruelty free touch.
Discover gorgeous, handcrafted jewelry at Pandora, perfectly suited for the innovative, elegant people in your life.
Find luxe designs by Ray Ban and Betsey Johnson at Paradiso, a trendy store that seamlessly does great business casual to swimwear all in one store.
Before you hit the pool, check out Quiksilver’s swimwear and summer attire.
Long night? Fun night? Reviv is here to replenish your vitamins and minerals with hydrating IV infusions and energizing vitamin drinks to keep you in fighting shape.
Rocks The Jewelers
Find a beautiful, classic selection of jewelry and watches at Rocks.
The Beauty Shop
For the most essential beauty and skincare needs, check out the Beauty Shop for a quick rejuvenation and restoration.
Welcome to Las Vegas
Find the coolest, kitschiest souvenirs at Welcome To Las Vegas, with novelty items, apparel and decorative art.
The Future of MGM Grand
2022 stands to be a huge year for the MGM Grand as the world slowly emerges from what has been an intense two years of restrictions and readjustments. Nick Cannon will bring his Wild ‘N Out Tour to the MGM Grand in June to kick off the summer, and the 2022 Grammys may even be bringing their ceremony to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in the spring after a postponement. This crown jewel of the Las Vegas Strip is not going anywhere anytime soon and travelers and locals alike are grateful for it.
Frequently Asked Questions About MGM Grand Las Vegas
When does the MGM Grand pool open?
The pool at MGM Grand is open year-round, as one of the premier pools on the Strip. The lazy river is open seasonally.
How big is MGM Grand Las Vegas?
With over 6,000 rooms and over two dozen restaurants, MGM Grand is one of the largest resorts on the Strip.