AAA Editor Notes
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is at 3799 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (just n. of Tropicana Ave.). A gargantuan 45-foot-tall bronze statue of Leo the MGM lion guards the front of this ridiculously huge complex, among the largest hotels on the planet. The massive, emerald-green hotel tower has four wings and soars 30 stories into the Vegas sky. The casino is so big (the size of four football fields) you may need a GPS to find your way back to the Strip.
Entering the impressive lobby, its ornate ceiling studded with gilded gold stars, you're greeted by a golden statue of the MGM lion perched atop a dais of flowers. Sometimes you'll see the big cat sitting inside a boxing ring or MMA cage if there's a big fight going down at MGM Grand Garden Arena; the venue also hosts major concert tours.
Most casino table minimums are in the $15-$25 range (par for the Strip), and the wide variety of slots (more than 2,500 mechanical bandits) will make your head spin. Curiously, the always-jumpin' sports book, though loaded with big-screen HDTVs, seems a tad small for a casino this huge.
For cocktails and booty-shakin' to the beats of big-name resident DJs like Tiesto, head to Hakkasan, MGM's massive, five-level, over-the-top nightclub and dining venue. You'll find it in the entry rotunda near the Strip-front doors; prepare to shell out a fortune for the cover charge and drinks.
At CBS Television City Research Center you can give a thumbs-up or down to the latest program offerings from CBS, MTV, The CW and other Viacom networks—your effort usually rewarded with coupons for casino eateries and shops. To register for the screenings, follow the signs to The District shopping/dining promenade, which also is home to CSI: The Experience.
A major player on the Vegas pool party scene, Wet Republic has saltwater pools and VIP bungalows, plus a sundeck stage where party guys and gals guzzle $18 daiquiris and groove to DJs and live bands.
Food is available.