I've stayed at MGM almost every year for the past 15 years, always a Vegas favorite.
-Great pool area and big enough that no matter how crowded it is, you can always find some empty chairs. I like to relax in the lazy river. It's a bit of a party scene, but no one is overly obnoxious. I tried the "VIP" pool area once (had a coupon for free entry), wouldn't be worth paying for. At least when I was there, it was pretty empty.
-I like the rooms and have upgraded to junior suites a few times for reasonable rates. The ones I've stayed in have a living room and bedroom (though not separate...one big room) and a jacuzzi tub. Not a big fan of the "West Wing" that was renovated. The bathrooms in that area are too small for my taste.
-Great restaurants. Recently tried the Michael Mina Pub...loved the Lobster Corn Dogs and the burger was great. Shibuya, Wolfgang Pucks and Emeril's are all very good. If you haven't been to MGM in awhile, they have changed some of the restaurants
-I like the sports book at MGM, good though maybe not the best in Vegas, and when the poker room is right behind it, I love playing there (for some reason, they periodically move the poker room to a different part of the casino. When it's not behind the sports book, it's not as good...feels over crowded)
-The rates are usually fair...more expensive than an Excalibur, Tropicana, Monte Carlo, etc....but worth the extra cost. At the same time, it's usually cheaper than Mandalay Bay, Bellagio, Wynn, etc.
-I like the location, as I prefer that end of the strip
-As part of the "resort fee" (which I don't believe is quoted in the nightly rate), you get Internet and access to a fitness center with cardio equipment that is nice, clean and modern. For an extra fee (I think it's $20 day), you can get access to a much larger fitness center and spa area. If you like to workout and then relax in a spa, it's worth it
-The lobby is huge and I've never experienced a long wait to check-in...I think they realize the longer you wait, the shorter the time you have to spend in the casino
-If you golf, you can get on Rio Secco (around $200) or even Shadow Creek ($500).
I don't really have a long list of cons. It's a good property. If I can get it for a nightly average of under $200 on weekends, and close to $100 or less on weeknights, it's automatic for me. Bellagio, Mandalay Bay, Wynn, Venetian, etc. are nicer and more modern, but not worth paying more than $30 more a night for in my opinion (but if I could get them for the same rate as MGM, yeah, I'd book them).
I'm not a fan of the west wing. The rooms feel smaller, and the bathrooms are too small. If yo...
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