Situated in the very heart of the Strip and boasting over 6,800 rooms, it's easy to see why the MGM Grand lives up to its billing as the 'Maximum Vegas' experience. Deliberately lacking the more glitzy, flashy themes of many Las Vegas resorts, the MGM Grand instead offers an unmatched class and sophistication.
The hotel is an iconic Vegas landmark in every sense - from the spellbinding casino and grand pool area to the unmistakable figure of Leo the MGM Lion at the front of the site. It is the epitome of classic Las Vegas.
As the second largest hotel in the world, the MGM Grand certainly offers no shortage of booking options when deciding upon the best room for you. Every guest enjoys the benefit of sleek, modern furnishings and luxurious marble-adorned bathrooms, as well as a range of convenient amenities.
As well as its staggering 6,852 guest rooms and suites, the MGM Grand offers a range of exciting features to ensure that your Las Vegas stay is as entertaining and convenient as possible. Take a dip in one of four large pools, three whirlpools, or float serenely down the hotel's famous lazy river; enjoy a wide variety of shops in one of the resort's two retail districts; and perhaps most notably, experience the MGM Grand's legendary casino - including a poker room regarded as the best location for Texas Hold 'Em on the entire Strip.
Food, drink & entertainment
The hotel provides an extensive range of speciality restaurants offering menus from a number of destinations, from the famous CraftSteak steakhouse to Hakkasan's delectable approach to modern Cantonese cuisine. More casual (but no less delicious) restaurants include the jungle-themed Rainforest Cafe and high-energy TAP Sports Bar. The MGM Grand nightlife is no less extensive; party into the early hours at one of eight lounges, bars, and nightclubs. On the entertainment front, the resort is the permanent home of Cirque du Soleil's ground-breaking Kà performance, as well as a prime venue for top comedy performances, variety shows, and boxing events.
Sport, games & activities
As expected for one of Las Vegas' most renowned resorts, the prime attraction of the MGM Grand is most likely its gaming facilities - just under 16,000 dazzling square metres of table games, slots, sports betting, and an acclaimed poker room. Away from the casino floor lie the slightly more tranquil attractions of the spa, featuring specialist treatments and luxurious facilities in which to unwind - including luxurious saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools. The resort also enjoys links with many of Las Vegas' beautiful, challenging golf courses, including Shadow Creek, Bali Hai, and Royal Links. There is absolutely no shortage of activities, whatever your preferences.
Although everybody knows that there is far more to Las Vegas than the inside of your hotel room, that is certainly no excuse to deprive guests of any home comforts when they eventually decide to retire for the night - a fact the MGM Grand clearly recognises. Each room comes equipped with an opulent marble-adorned bathroom, 40-inch HDTV, and of course a mini bar.
With its roulette wheels, dazzling shows and little white chapels, Las Vegas doesn't really need an introduction. Cruise along the iconic strip and you'll feel like you're on the set of a hundred Hollywood films as you pass the gleaming arcades and show-stopping hotels.
But there's more to this desert city than neon lights and late nights; head into the wilderness on a drive to Death Valley or take a trip to the breathtaking Grand Canyon. Best viewed by helicopter, this jaw-dropping wonder has to be seen in real life to be believed. Back on the glittering Strip, there's non-stop shopping, spectacular entertainment, white knuckle rides and gargantuan all-you-can-eat buffets to enjoy. With their amazing themes and landmark features, hotels in Las Vegas are destinations in themselves.
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Las Vegas' desert climate means temperatures vary from cool on winter nights to absolutely scorching on summer days. Generally, daytime highs rarely dip below the teens, making Las Vegas a popular holiday destination at every time of year. Visit in spring and autumn for warm, pleasant days.
The casinos and clubs in Las Vegas are open 24/7, so you could be forgiven for wanting some serious downtime during the day. Chill out by a cool pool and recharge your batteries ready for another night of fun. If you do want to keep going in the day, there are a plethora of museums, white knuckle rides and attractions at your disposal. The shopping's phenomenal, with some of the biggest malls on the planet and excellent discount outlets. Out of the city, the Nevada Desert and the mesmerising Grand Canyon are real must-see sights.
You can eat food from just about anywhere in the world in Las Vegas. Along the Strip and in the hotels, you'll find cuisine from Japan, China, Italy, the Caribbean and beyond. Dining in Las Vegas brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘all you can eat' with eye-popping buffets open all over the city. Head downtown for even bigger portions and cheaper prices. If you're looking for a fast fix of burger, pizza or fries, you've come to the right place.
Las Vegas rocks at night time – and there are literally hundreds of things to do. Of course there are the casinos (the highest concentration of them on the planet, as it happens) but you'll also find concerts from big name artists, circus shows, awesome theatre productions, stylish cocktail lounges, late bars and nightclubs. Take a trip along the Strip in the evening to capture the electric atmosphere and twinkling lights.
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