MGM Grand Hotel Exterior
The MGM Grand, more or less in its current guise, has been a fixture of Las Vegas Boulevard, on the southerm end of the section known as the Strip, since December, 1993, although the iconic 45-foot-tall bronze lion statue outside the main entrance and lobby was not created until 1997. Befitting its name, the 30-storey MGM Grand offers 4,996 guest rooms and suites, ranging in size from 350 square feet to an eye-watering 9,000 square feet for a three-bedroom loft, which sleeps a maximum of nine people.
Aside from being the largest single hotel in the United States, the MGM Grand features a casino floor which, at 171,500 square feet, is the largest on the Strip. The gaming floor is home to 175 gaming tables, offering baccarat, blackjack, craps, pai gow and roulette, including the single zero version, and many more, not to mention over 2,000 slot and video poker machines, for those who prefer to gamble electronically. Poker players are catered for with a dedicated, non-smoking poker room, a popular destination for proponents of Texas Hold’em, while sports bettors can take advantage of a state-of-the-art sportsbook venue.
Elsewhere, the Grand Pool Complex, which covers 6.5 acres, features four outdoor swimming pools and three whirlpools, while other recreational amenities the Grand Spa, Hakkasan nightclub and the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Major music and sporting events, including championship boxing matches, are staged on a regular basis. Like everything else at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, the selection of dining options is not small. In fact, patrons can choose from a plethora of eateries, ranging from upscale restaurants to cafes and snack bars, including the Grand Buffet, which offers an enormous array of cuisine, at various price points.