Arizona & Las Vegas
The Signature at MGM Grand
MGM Studios – originally the largest and most glamorous film studio in the world – followed suit by building this knockout hotel, once the largest on the planet.
Though now pushed into second place by its Las Vegas neighbour The Venetian and The Palazzo the MGM Grand is still an icon of the Vegas Skyline. With its striking emerald green towers – to celebrate the famous MGM production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ – the hotel now pays homage to the art deco era of classic Hollywood and sells itself as The City of Entertainment due to the vast amount of activities on offer. The 45ft bronze lion presiding over the hotel entrance – a nod to MGM’s famous logo – gives an insight to the size, scale and glamour of what’s inside. This hotel is truly a destination in itself.
Facilities & Activities
Aptly titled The City of Entertainment, the sheer number and variety of activities here are mind-boggling. Options for a night out include the MGM Grand Garden Arena known for its headlining concerts and premier sporting events, the spectacular Cirque de Soleil show – KA – to in-house magician David Copperfield. Numerous shops, nightclubs and the largest casino in Clark County complete the picture – no wonder Danny Ocean of Ocean’s 11 fame picked this particular casino for a drop!
When you need to put your feet up head to the Grand Pool Complex, an astonishing 6.6 acres of 5 pools, 3 whirlpools, bungalows and private cabanas, all of which feature room for 8 people, private patio, TVs and private dining options. Alternatively float along in the tranquil meandering river under bridges and waterfalls enjoying the island oasis and scenery.
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The extraordinary range of dining options here rivals a large town. There are more than 20 restaurants to choose from – several with world class reputations. Joel Robuchon’s eponymous French restaurant, with its 1930’s Parisian vibe, has won accolades including 3 Michelin stars, 5 AAA diamonds and 5 stars from Forbes. Alternatively choose from modern Cantonese at the famous Hakkasan – a top tier Chinese restaurant with its own nightclub. Seafood enthusiasts will enjoy Emeril’s – famous for its fresh seafood and signature New Orleans style of cooking.
Casual dining options include The Grand Wok and Sushi Bar that satisfy every possible taste for Asian style cooking. Try the Avenue café for breakfast serving scrumptious pancakes with diced bacon. If you have children in your party head to the Blizz Frozen Yogurt & Desserts, a fun and delicious frozen treat experience.
There are also all the usual quick bite options found on a High Street – including Starbucks, grills, frozen yogurt or the food court – offering an incredible array of fast food.
If you’ve really had enough of the bright lights, big city in-room dining is available 24 hours a day.
The hotel impressively boasts more than 5,000 rooms plus 751 increasingly plush suites within the main hotel. With this much variety, there is an option to suit every taste. All rooms are art deco style with jewel hued tones designed to evoke Hollywood of a bygone age and contain sleek modern furnishings, comfortably plush beds, 40 inch HD TVs, media hub and mini bar, sitting area and marble bathrooms. Slightly more sophisticated rooms can be found in the West Wing with DVD players, abstract artworks and unusual mirrors.
For real Vegas luxury, head to the boutique experience of the hotel’s Skylofts. These AAA Five diamond, Forbes Five Star lofts occupy the two floors at top of the building and are amongst the town’s more fashionable temporary addresses. One, two or three bedroomed options are available.
Alternatively try the Condo hotel The Signature. Connected via walkways from MGM this offers 576 luxurious suites housed within 3 enormous towers. Complete with kitchenettes, seating areas and balconies with views of The Strip or surrounding mountains guests can enjoy lavish bathrooms, pillow top mattresses and flat screen TVs. Although each tower has a private pool with cabanas, access to MGM Grand pools is also free. Dining options include Delights – a deli open for breakfast and lunch – and Starbucks. The Lounge bar is the perfect spot for a cocktail or refreshing glass of wine.
If you’ve sampled too much Vegas nightlife the MGM Grand also offers the option of the brand new ‘Stay Well” rooms – complete with vitamin C showers. Extras here include healthy bedding and mattresses, air purification, spa treatments, free access to the fitness centre and Stay Well lounge. You’ll be ready to get back out there in no time.
If you’ve been really lucky at the tables there is always the option of The Mansion – 29 villas reserved for VIPs and casino-invited guests. Centered around a heady Tuscany theme inspired by 18th century villas in the Italian countryside, this accommodation is lavishly decorated and with every imaginable comfort – a unique and unforgettable experience.
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Once they’ve marveled at the 45ft gold lion at the entrance and the fascinating film memorabilia scattered around the hotel, children will be bombarded with entertainment here, morning, noon and night. In true MGM style, everything is big and spectacular and over the top. Whilst the Lion habitat for which MGM was once famous has now gone (try a Bushbaby safari if you’d like to meet Simba in the wild!), the hotel still hosts a dazzling array of mega concerts, headliners in the Hollywood Theatre, games and shops. We think youngsters will also particularly love the huge pools and lazy river offering a variety of backdrops and swimming options for any age.
The hotel has links with an award-winning agency – Nannies & Housekeepers USA – a local licensed, organization. All nannies come equipped with games and age-appropriate activities to entertain youngsters.
With a vast array different dining options, the only difficulty will be deciding where to eat. All restaurants have high chairs available but only the Rainforest café offers a children’s menu. The cafés and fast food court are an alternative choice for tricky eaters.
Cots and rollaway beds are available free of charge. Although one child is allowed in the King rooms, up to three are allowed in the Queen rooms – making these a more suitable choice for bigger families.
Since 2007 MGM have been committed to running in a sustainable way and have many long term projects running to make sure it stays that way, these include:
- Designing all new builds and renovation constructions with sustainability as one of the key priorities.
- Using their voice to advocate for government environmental policy change.
- Reducing carbon levels of existing buildings.
- Increasing water efficiency of landscapes.
They have also created a set of goals for 2025 which include:
- Reducing carbon emissions by 45% per square foot
- Reducing energy by 25% per square foot
- Reducing water by 30% per square foot
- Achieve 60% materials diversion rate
MGM have a large and in-depth sustainability plan that you can read in full on their website.
Five minutes from the south end of the famous Las Vegas Strip and towering over the corner of the Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard, the hotel is easily accessible from the McCarran International Airport and Interstate 15. Free self or valet parking is available in the main parking garage. Pedestrians are not allowed to cross the road at street level, instead the hotel is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to its neighbouring casinos, to the south across Tropicana Avenue and to the west across The Strip.
With its own monorail station on the famous Vegas monorail, venturing anywhere along the strip from the MGM Grand is simple. Costing just $5 dollars for a one ride ticket (children are free) this sleek service covers the 4 mile strip in as little as 14 minutes, leaving you to soak up the sights as you glide above them.
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