MGM Grand, Las Vegas, USA
THE HOTEL: One of the best-known hotels on the Las Vegas strip and one of the largest hotel complexes in the world, the MGM Grand is conveniently located close to McCarran International Airport with easy access to all of Las Vegas. The 5,044-room hotel is home to a huge conference centre, a number of theatres, bars and restaurants, and one of Vegas' largest casinos.
THE CHECK-IN: The main check-in desk appeared to have a constantly long queue, but I was staying in one of the property's Stay Well suites which benefits from a private check-in area, avoiding the wait. I was offered a drink at check-in and there was a comfortable seating area. A credit card may be required as part of the check-in process.
THE ROOM: I had a Stay Well Grand King room, which was tastefully decorated and included over 20 health and wellness features, several of which assist in reducing the effects of jetlag. The room featured a comfortable king size bed, HD TV, free high-speed wifi, a desk and seating area and a separate bathroom. Additionally, the room was equipped with an air purifier, dawn simulator alarm clock and aromatherapy diffuser. It also had numerous lighting options and black-out shades. In the bathroom there is energising lighting and a Vitamin C infused shower, which promotes healthy hair and skin. All Stay Well rooms are non-smoking.
THE FACILITIES: There is a huge gaming area in the hotel and five outdoor pools. The hotel has over 23 casual and fine dining restaurants and 24-hour in-room dining as well as a number of bars and nightclubs. There's also a 380,000ft2 conference centre featuring indoor and outdoor meeting spaces with two ballrooms. Nearly 60 meeting rooms are available for 20 to 10,000 people. The 92,000ft2 Marquee Ballroom suits trade shows or events of up to 6,000 guests.
THE VERDICT: The fabulous hotel is the ultimate destination for conferences in the city and offers a great opportunity for bleisure travel. It's a distinctive complex with a unique personality.
THE DETAILS: MGM Grand, 3799, S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109. Rooms are available from around £80 per night but rates vary substantially. There is an additional $35 resort fee plus applicable tax. Stay Well rooms are available for a $30 upgrade. For more information see: mgmgrand.com.
Reviewed by Benjamin Coren (2017)