Formerly the world’s largest hotel, the MGM Grand still packs a punch. The football field-sized casino has a hot poker room and a race & sports book with VIP skyboxes. A roster of gourmand restaurants includes venues by “Chef of the Century” Joël Robuchon, Craftsteak by Tom Colicchio (of Top Chef TV fame), and Michael Mina Pub 1842 (lobster pot pie, oh my!). Shibuya holds high standards for sushi and Japanese teppanyaki grill meals, while the nouveau Chinese restaurant and nightclub Hakkasan pulls in a trendy crowd. For drinks with no cover charge, check out the buzzing Centrifuge bar or sip a finely aged scotch at the Whiskey Down lounge.
Wet Republic Ultra Pool lets you shake your booty by a red-hot cabana all summer long. Headliner touring acts book the MGM Grand Arena, while Cirque du Soleil‘s martial arts-inspired Kà is another top ticket. TV sit-com star Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club is lots of laughs. (But give the dull CSI: The Experience attraction a miss.) For kids, the MGM’s Grand’s gargantuan pool complex has waterfalls and a lazy river ride.
The MGM Grand is the monorail’s southern terminus. It’s also a northbound SDX Express and Deuce bus stop.