I set Las Vegas as a stop over point along my drive to Salt Lake City. One reason was because there are plenty of nice hotels in Las Vegas for a reasonable price, and second was that there was a Shake Shack in town! Since I departed Los Angeles quite late and with the traffic out of the city, I made a detour to Ontario/Chino Hills for a break before continuing the drive towards Las Vegas. The drive was pleasant albeit a bit boring though it is a common drive for many Angelenos. As is always the case with Sin City, arriving close to 11pm, the Strip still seems heavy with excitement and the porch of the MGM Grand was busier than it looked when I checked out!
The huge front porch felt more like a car rental return service desk in LAX Airport and I left my car to the hands of the free valet service as I proceed to check-in. Everything in Las Vegas is kind of super-sized even the check-in desks. Fortunately arriving late at night meant there was near to no queues and I was attended to immediately. The reason I chose the MGM Grand was because Hyatt Gold Passport members earn GP points on MGM properties and the MGM Grand was reasonably priced at just $67.50++ per night which comes down to about $100 with resort fees and all the additional expenses. Though I would also get stay credits, but no upgrade seems to be mentioned for my case even though I have enrolled in the reciprocal benefits accorded in MGM’s M-Life program. Maybe they are full but since it was late and I was tired, I just let it pass.
I guess the check-in experience would be another reason I dislike Las Vegas. The experience was even worse off than checking in at a Hyatt Place. There was minimal interaction and no mention of check-out time and I even had to ask on how to get to my room.
Room No: 27119 Category: Grand King Premier View Room
Eventually I got to know I was assigned a room at one of the higher floors, per to my preferences at Hyatt. Once inside, the room actually felt comfortable and luxurious. There is large king bed in the middle of the room with a TV cabinet and work desk on the other end. Beside the bed, there was 2 comfortable armchair.
Spacious as the room may be, they were lacking in some amenities like free bottled water. Apparently free water is available at the casino floor for guests. In addition, the minibar was packed to the brim and has an automatic sensor whereby any movement results in an automatic charge. While the room was luxurious, the concept was like a low cost carrier, where everything else is charge-able.
Another disappointment was the bathroom as it was standard with a bathtub and no walk-in shower compartment. The good thing was they did at least partition the toilet a bit. So the whole bathroom was adequately spacious, but not luxurious in any sense.
Amenities in the room are standard in-house MGM brand so nothing special to see there. Though it was acceptable to use for a one night stay.
Since I have been to Vegas a couple of times before and have been to see the shows, this was more a stopover point to sleep and refresh myself for the next day of driving. Though since I was in Vegas, I did chance on my luck a little bit at some table games and left all the poorer for it. Being located at the end of the strip, the MGM Grand is not exactly at the epicentre of the action but its huge gaming floor and the numerous attractions inside the hotel makes up for it. Not to mention there is the Shake Shack at the opposite New York New York hotel and casino.
There was also another minor issue with my room as it was supposed to be a ‘Premier View’ room and while I had a view, it was partially blocked by the decals on the window so it was not the best view at all. But there was really not much to see either so in actual effect there is no ‘Premier View’ to speak of. Just do not be fooled by MGM.
The check-out was express and with minimal interaction as well and I made sure to point out I would like points for the Hyatt Gold Passport. Just for information purposes, I did get both the stay and points credit for this stay. Looking back at this stay, I paid a rate that was cheaper than many Hyatt Hotels I have stayed before but the experience was also one of the lowest (if not the worst) and trust me when I say I am not looking to get back to the hotel any time soon. Though on a side note, I might try out the other MGM properties like the Bellagio, Aria and Vdara properties next time I am in Vegas.