MGM Grand

With the address 3700 Las Vegas Boulevard South, MGM Grand is one of the famous casinos located on The Strip. You’ll find this establishment where Las Vegas Boulevard South intersects with Tropicana Avenue. The MGM Grand is linked by overhead pedestrian bridges to Tropicana Casino and New York-New York Casino.

MGM Grand

Casino

The MGM Grand Casino has over 170,000 sq ft of gambling space. The casino includes approximately 140 tables for poker and other table games, in addition to over 2,500 gambling machines (slots and video poker). There are slots available for all budgets; from “penny slots” where they minimum bet is $0.01 per round to slot machines where you can bet a thousand bucks on a single round.

Race & Sports aficionados have been given a special area within the MGM Grand, with three dozens of 60 inch TV:s and two dozens of 42 inch TV:s. Lot’s of betting opportunities here of course, as well as special SkyBoxes with food and drink service for those who crave a more private atmosphere.

Accommodation

The hotel rooms and suites at the MGM Grand are spread out over several buildings. It is one of the largest hotels in the world based on the number of hotel rooms and suites.

The 30 floor main building has over 5,000 rooms and approximately 750 suites. This is where you can find the most affordable accommodation at the MGM Grand, but high-price options are also available. The two top floors contains 51 luxury skylofts costing up to $10,000 per night.

Each of the three MGM Grand Towers has 576 suites.

For high-stakes gamblers and other VIP:s, MGM has 29 villas.

Entertainment (non-gambling)

  • Solve three complicated murder cases at the interactive CSI Experience.
  • One of the permanent shows at MGM Grand is Ká by Cirque du Soleil.
  • The magician David Copperfield can be seen at the Hollywood Theatre.
  • The MGM Aqualand consists of five pools, plus waterfalls and artificial rivers. The whole areas encompasses more than 2.7 hectares.
  • The MGM Garden Arean sits 16,800 spectators and is famous for its concerts and boxing matches.
  • Brad Garrett Comedy Club is a permanent show at the MGM Grand.

Examples of restaurants at the MGM Grand

  • Joël RobuchonMGM Grand 2
  • L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon
  • Hakkasan
  • Emeril’s
  • Michael Mina’s Pub 1842
  • Craftsteak
  • Wolfgang Puck
  • Fiamma
  • Pearl
  • Shibuya

History

The land that is now home to the MGM Grand was once upon a time used by The Marina Hotel and the Tropicana Country Club. In 1989, Kirk Kerkorian purchased these two establishments. (The Marina Hotel is now a part of the western end of the MGM Grand Main Building.)

When MGM Grand opened in 1993, it was marketed as a family-friendly destination hotel and included a Casino and a Grand Adventures Theme Park. The theme for the MGM Grand was the Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz, and a lot of Wizard of Oz memorabilia was used as decoration. To enter the building from The Strip, you would go through a giant version of MGM’s logo Leo the Lion.Once you entered the building, you would soon be face to face with Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion. There was a yellow brick road walk-through that ran across the Emerald City attraction and plenty of audio-animatronic features to keep visitors enthralled.

In the mid-1990s, MGM Grand went through major renovations and the Oz-theme was drastically reduced. The Emerald City Gift Shop remained until 2003, but was moved to a newly established shopping section of MGM Grand. Leo the Lion was removed and the MGM Grand nowadays has a more conventional entrance, but visitors are greeted by a 50 ton bronze statue of Leo the Lion.

The Grand Adventures Theme Park was closed in 2000 to give room for a luxury condominium and hotel complex. That same year, MGM broke new ground by opening a satellite registration/hotel check-in desk at McCarran International Airport.

The most recent renovation of MGM Grand took place in 2011-2012, when all the rooms and suites in the main tower was fully refurbished, along with several public areas, including the casino floor. Today, the MGM bills itself as “The City of Entertainment” and sports an Art Deco-theme.