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“Expensive, but beats the other casino properties in the area” 4 of 5 stars
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The Fox Tower
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   29 Norwich-Westerly Road, Mashantucket, CT 06338 (Formerly MGM Grand at Foxwoods)   |  
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Ranked #2 of 4 hotels in Mashantucket
New York, NY
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“Expensive, but beats the other casino properties in the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

I've now stayed here and down the road at the Mohegan Sun. (Never stayed at the 'original' Foxwoods or any of the other properties.) MGM rooms were roughly equivalent to Mohegan Sun, and more expensive. Where they win out, however, was the hotel seems better run. For instance, we had a reservation for 3 rooms and they were easily able to give us 3 rooms right next to each other. Had an ordeal down the road a few months back trying to achieve the identical thing. Maybe it was a slow week-end, who knows...?

Crowd here was also somewhat more well-heeled than down the road (which actually made the casino LESS fun IMHO.) Dining choices are OK, but also more limited here. There are 3 steakhouses on the property, but not ONE seafood place. They must realize this, and it's something they should fix.

The biggest drawback is one of the rooms reeked badly of smoke. The other 2 were fine. (I thought they had great sprays/technologies to deodorize rooms these days...definitely not the case here...)

Is it worth the premium price? Probably only if you plan on getting drunk (which is a valid enough reason.) Otherwise there are plenty of good options (national chains, etc.) 10-15 minutes away.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

So it was our second stay here to attend a concert. Valet parking available but if you choose the self parking option (park at the opposite end that you came in to use the stairs that drop you to the immediate front desk area, as the elevators are at the opposite end, but drop you into a corridor that empty's to the casino and shops making you walk that much further to get to the front desk). In the grand lobby you'll find the concierge, bellman and front desk. The line appears long for check-in, but moves quickly. We were given a room on the 22nd floor, facing west (even side). This appears to be the better view, as it overlooks the rolling hills and forests/reservation. The east side (odd rooms) face the roofs, parking garage and route 2. The room reserved was a king bed (which we look forward to as it is very comfortable) with a moderate sized flat screen tv (with excellent channel selection with pay channel options). A desk and upright chair was nearby. A keypad combo lock is installed in a nightstand drawer. HVAC is easy to use and set. The bathroom is inviting with a large sliding barn style door separating the bathroom from the rest of the room. Well lit mirrored sink area and large tiled shower with fancy glass door. A toilet nearby with a telephone, but no door or even a pocket door separating the toilet from the rest of the bathroom. Room service available. A hairdryer is offered.

There aren't many choices for dining on the ground floor of the MGM Grand, as you'd have to walk over to the Grand Pequot Tower or Great Cedar area for more choices for any meal.

In the warmer months, MGM Grand does have a nice outdoor pool (see other reviews), but this being the winter months, our only choice was the indoor pool located on the 3rd floor in the spa (as told to by Maria when I phoned the resort). The pool/spa is open from 630 AM to 1000 PM, but as I attempted to use the pool in the morning, I was told by the Spa staff at their desk that I need to provide a photo ID & $25 for spa usage. Now this didn't include any spa services (massage, pedicure), just what ever is on the Spa floor, what a crock. Don't intend on staying here with your family in the winter months hoping for a little get away with indoor pool usage. Maybe try the Grand Pequot for their indoor pool on the rooftop level that was free the last time we stayed there.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

My cousin and I went for the weekend. There were a few good restaruants and the spa was decent. However, we don't smoke and therefore spent very little time in the casinos.
The hotel was very clean and the employees very friendly. The rooms were nicely sized.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

The hotel is very comfortable, bathrooms are very roomy and i appreciate the fact that they have handicapped accessible double rooms. However I will never understand why hotels insist on putting the physically challenged and elderly on the roof, we were in a room on the 26th floor. Do these people realize that the challenged and elderly get extremely nervous when they stay that far from the ground? With that being said i'll move along. I usually have an awful time sleeping when I stay at any hotel but the bed was so comfortable that I slept very well, the room was clean, the bathroom was large and easily accessable. The only fault that I found wit the hotel is that there wasn't very much of a choice of places to eat unless you ventured to other properties. We ended up eating all of our meals in Juniors, which was fine but bear in mind it's a deli. Shopping was extremely limited also. We went to a concert and i wasn't all that impressed with the security staff as where we were sitting we had to endure every incident that security had to deal with. In all the hotel was fine for what we needed it for overnight.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Just returned from a 3-night stay. We did a road trip from Toronto and stayed over night night just outside Albany. Drove straight home on the way back which was an easy 8 hour drive until we hit the crazy traffic outside Toronto!

Loved this whole complex which is enormous. Kind of like one of the mega cruise ships -- minus the ocean! There were quite a few families staying at Foxwoods though I'm not sure what the little kids did other than play some of the video games in the arcade. It's really not a place for lkids in my opinion. Even in the summer, the pool area isn't wonderful but for my husband and I, the resort was wonderful. Yes, the MGM is a bit of a trek to the other parts of the Foxwoods property but with a giant escalator and moving sidewalk it really wasn't too bad. It took us about 10 minutes to get from the MGM to the other hotels.

Casinos were big but not enormous but we stayed most of the time in the MGM casino which was nice enough and not "tiny" by any stretch of the imagination even though some other TA critics have said that. I was even lucky enough to win my money back (plus some) on the last night which was very nice. Great comps, too. If you use the player's card, they will double the amount of credits that you have to pay for your hotel room. Ended up a very cheap trip for us :-)

Restaurants -- we only ate in Juniors (good food any time of the day) and the Scorpion Bar. All the meals were big enough to share.

Loved the little town of Mystic and took a road trip to Providence, RI. Had never been there before and it's a gorgeous city. Would like to spend more time there maybe in the spring or summer.

The double room at the MGM was quite small but for the amount of time we spent in there it was fine.

Would definitely stay here again next time my husband feels like doing another road trip.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Boston, Massachusetts
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

My wife and I recently got a night away from the kids and met up with a few other couples for dinner, concert and some gambling at MGM Grand at Foxwoods. MGM is cool...tiny and quaint compared with the Foxwoods side. We had dinner at Shrine, which was "respectable". Nice ambiance, they easily accommodated 8 on a busy Saturday night and the food was good (not spectacular)...but a little on the pricey side. MGM theatre was really nice...it's right at the edge of the casino so it's extremely convenient and there is not a bad seat in the house. Our room was "functional". It was just straightforward...a little dull really...nothing eye catching which is what you typically see with casinos. Last time we stayed there we had a corner room which was much much better. I went with 3 circles but it's probably somewhere between 3 and 4.

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

If you have some spare time and just want a nice weekend get-a-way PLEASE enjoy your stay at Foxwood Hotel! The drive in was amazing, beautiful scenery, lots of green trees, which we don't see much of in Las Vegas.

Perfect hotel staff overall. Concierge will treat you like royalty!

There are a few different choice rooms at Foxwood. The Grand Pequot Tower are The Villas at Foxwood's, these rooms are only on the 22nd and 23rd floors. If you can swing it...GET IT! the views are spectacular. It's like your room is sitting on top of a perfect giant forest. Loved it!

I love the decor....the room was super equip with everything we needed and wanted, including sound proof walls, so being in the shower and pumping up the surround sound jazz instrumentals was not a problem.

The dining is wonderful and I can't wait to visit again and again....

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 29 Norwich-Westerly Road, Mashantucket, CT 06338 (Formerly MGM Grand at Foxwoods)
Location: United States > Connecticut > Mystic Country > Mashantucket
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Casino and Gambling Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #2 of 4 hotels in Mashantucket
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — The Fox Tower 4*
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