I arrived very late at the MGM Grand, the first of my four stays at MGM resorts in a week. The front desk was not busy, but each person seemed to be having an argument with the check-in agent or simply pushed in front of me. I was pretty knackered having flown Dublin to London to New York to Los Angeles to Las Vegas in a single day. About 26 hours by the time I got in line at the MGM.
I just wanted to get to my room.
The agent was lovely, offering a 2pm check-out so I could catch up with sleep which was a nice gesture. The room, the room I had reserved (i.e. no upgrade), was comfortable and well appointed. It was on the 19th floor.
The room had two distinct areas – sitting and sleeping. The TV was located between the two areas and swivelled. I slept well, although there was a good deal of noise from the next door room. I slept because I was so tired and work when the sun shone through the blinds.
The bathroom was marbled and had a large tub in the corner as well as a separate shower.
The toilet is behind the little wall on the right of the picture above. When I got up the morning, the toilet has been leaking and there was a pool of freezing cold water around the bowl. It was a nasty shock.
I had used my MyVEGAS points to secure a voucher free buffet breakfast. If you haven’t signed up for this on Facebook I would recommend that you do. With it you can earn real world rewards for playing an online game. You select the rewards from the web, and then load them on to your MLife card at each hotel where you want to redeem them (visit the MLife desk to do this). The vouchers are capacity controlled and expire after about 60 days so don’t redeem too early in advance. You can only have 4 active at any time but once you redeem one you can add one. I cashed in two for breakfast buffets and two for lunch buffets – saving about $100 in total.
The late checkout worked perfectly and I was soon on my way to my next property, which you can read about later in the week. All MGM properties offer multiple ways to check-out, text, phone, online, in person and using machines in the lobby.
Once I checked out I summoned a Lyft and found that the car was actually already in line at the hotel, at the pickup point on the left as you leave the main entrance (a 2 minute walk).