You cannot walk far on the Strip without encountering a hotel owned by MGM Resorts International. This corporation is among the largest casino companies in the world, and possesses some of the most iconic properties in Las Vegas. MGM hotels run the gamut from value to luxury priced for travelers of all economic considerations.
Properties and Locations
All hotels owned by MGM Resorts International can be found on Las Vegas Boulevard, better known as the Strip. In fact, MGM owns most of the major resorts on the Strip south of Flamingo Road. Starting in the south closest to the airport is Mandalay Bay, THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Luxor, Excalibur, New York-New York, MGM Grand, Monte Carlo, Aria and Bellagio. The Mirage is located in an area considered to be mid-Strip, while Circus Circus is on the northern fringes of the Strip.
Accommodations and Rates
Travel guides such as Frommer's and Fodor's peg Bellagio, The Mirage, Aria and THEhotel at Mandalay Bay as among the best of Las Vegas resorts, with spacious sleeping quarters and marble-laden bathrooms. Expect your nightly bill to exceed triple digits. Mandalay Bay, New York-New York, MGM Grand and Monte Carlo offer four-star caliber accommodations with reasonable rates. Luxor, Excalibur and Circus Circus are priced more for the budget-minded traveler, but still offer decent rooms and comfort.
Mandalay Bay is famous for its pool area, which includes a beach, wave pool and lazy river. If traveling with kids, consider Circus Circus, which caters heavily to families. This hotel includes a theme park in the back and plenty of carnival games and circus acts to entertain the little ones. Bellagio, Aria, MGM Grand, The Mirage and New York-New York host shows performed by the acrobats and dancers of Cirque du Soleil.
All MGM properties also contain casinos offering games such as slot machines, blackjack, craps, roulette and other table games. Most of these casinos also feature poker rooms, and Bellagio's is among the most heavily trafficked in the world. If you sign for a players club card at any MGM property, you can use that card at all of the other properties. Insert your card in a slot when you play to potentially earn comps including free food and lodging.
- "Frommer's Las Vegas 2009"; Mary Herczog; 2008
- "Fodor's Las Vegas 2010"; Andrew Collins et al; 2009
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