The MGM Grand at Foxwoods is next door to its sister casinos, but getting from one property to the other without a car can be a bit of a pain. There is a shuttle that runs about every 15 minutes from certain parts of each casino, but Foxwoods does a great job of keeping this a secret so that you'll take the scenic indoor walking route through a variety of shops and restaurants. As a rule, you'll need to budget 20-30 minutes to get from MGM to the main property and back, which makes it a bit of a trek.
It's a shame, too, because the MGM is a huge upgrade in style and comfort upon the regular rooms at Foxwoods. i've stayed there several times, but the last time I splurged for the Director's Suite, which had a huge jacuzzi and great views of the forest and pool. I checked in at 3:30, a half hour before the listed time, and was told that the room wasn't ready, but the hotel took down my number and called me when my room was ready, left my keys at the VIP checkin so that I didn't have to wait on line, and then automatically arranged to send my bags up to my room. They did a great job on something hotels usually turn into a nightmare.
The room itself wasn't a huge upgrade on their standard rooms, but that's because their standard rooms are usually pretty nice to begin with -- it was essentially their standard room with a jacuzzi and a living area that wasn't really all that comfortable, a futon with a footrest. The standard rooms have nicer showers and enough of a living space that it wasn't really a noticeable difference. It's all dark decor, blacks and reds, with some of the entertainment amenities you'd hope for in nicer hotels (iPod docks, HDTV with a surprisingly large number of channels) The resort fee is $10 and included free wi-fi that worked effectively.
The problem is that it's really difficult to justify spending a ton of time in the MGM outside of your room. The casino pit is small, with only a handful of tables to go with a reasonably-sized slot area. It's smaller than any of the individual gambling spaces carved out at Foxwoods, so unless you really want to wait for a particular table, it's probably better to hop over to one of the other casinos. One nice touch was small TVs showing sports in the corner of the blackjack tables.
And the restaurant options aren't really that inspiring; as good as the service was in the hotel area, I've experienced service just as bad while trying to eat at MGM. Junior's is a branch of the Brooklyn cheesecake restaurant; my waiter actually forgot I was eating there before having me flag him down to give me the check. In the cafeteria-style Food Market, I waited literally three minutes for a dude who was grilling endless chickens to ask me what I wanted. (I wanted chicken.) Maybe i'm just forgettable. Even at Craftsteak, the signature steakhouse at MGM from Tom Colicchio, I was disappointed -- after two really nice meals there, I asked for a particular brand of steak sauce with my dinner and didn't get the requested sauce for about 15 minutes, at which point my steak was done. And the cup with the sauce in it had bubbles at the top. Steak sauce doesn't normally have bubbles. C'mon.
The hotel now has its own pool, but it's really not anything exciting -- just a hole in the ground with water without any features or accoutrements. It was heated when I went in the early evening, which was nice, and free bottles of water were available. It's just a really big above-ground pool -- if that's enough to interest you, go ahead. The gym is actually really nice, with TVs hooked up to the expansive in-house cable system in just about every machine, and it's almost always empty. I don't recall there ever being more than three people in the gym at once. The one nuisance is that you can't use the showering facilities here unless you're getting a spa treatment, so after working out and getting gross, you have to get back in the elevator and go shower in your room.
Absolutely, it's worth staying at the MGM versus any of the tired Foxwoods hotels; it's about the same price, but it's a significant upgrade in room quality and style. But when you're outside of your room, expect to spend most of your time in those tired Foxwoods hotel casinos.
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