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I was originally sorta bummed when we landed in Las Vegas. I had my eyes set on a Mandalay Bay vacation due to their epic wave pool, but there was a huge convention going on. This convention was so large they managed to sell out the whole freaking place!
I’m too boujee for the kid capital of Las Vegas, Circus Circus. So sorry if that’s your favorite, I just love high end amenities!!!! So after an internet search and asking good ole Facebook for recommendations, I was told Mandalay Bay was over rated and the best place to stay is actually MGM Grand. So I figured if the internet says it’s true, let’s book it as my second choice.
From the second we arrived, I was like damn! This really is the place for families. We will definitely be back if we have Haylie with on us on another Vegas adventure.
Here are my 13 Reasons Why MGM Is The Best Hotel For Families!
6.5 Acers Of Pool!
Welcome to Paradise!!!!! This pool may actually be my favorite resort pool in the USA, not counting indoor water parks. 6.5 acres of fun featuring four refreshing swimming pools, three whirlpools, cascading waterfalls and top-notch amenities. Grabbing a tube and float down the famous Lazy River was literally my daughters favorite activity! She just couldn’t get enough!!!! Stretch out on a comfy daybed & enjoy a variety of food and drink options with waitress service so you don’t have to cart your kids around. For those families looking to dial it up a notch, the MGM Grand has spacious cabanas that include flat screen televisions, personalized bottle and food service, and amazing views that overlook the pools!!! Definitely something I would love to take advantage of once I hit the jackpot since those cabanas are definitely not cheap.
Best way to keep those kiddo occupied!!!!! Seriously, this lazy river will have us coming back over and over again. I know several other casinos have Lazy Rivers, but they honestly do not compare to the MGM Grand. This is a legit lazy river with waterfalls and all. Not some dinky 1 minute ride in a circle thing you find in other family hotspots like Daytona & Myrtle Beach. It’s been a week since our Vegas adventure & my daughter still can’t stop talking about the waterfalls and lazy river!!!
Easy To Find Lyft/Uber Area
This is actually huge!!! If you haven’t been to Vegas lately, then you wouldn’t know that most casinos and hotels hide the Uber’s/Lyft pickup locations. Cabs are the preferred way to travel. But if you’re someone like me who is all about using credit cards, their beloved PayPal or even Uber/Lyft promotional codes/coupons, you are all about Uber/Lyft!!! Thankfully, MGM won’t make you hunt to find these pickup spots. Signs leading you all the way to the hotel parking lot where you and your family can sit on one of the many benching while you wait for your ride to arrive. When you have little ones in tow, this is such a sigh of relief.
Location To Airport
This might sound really minor, but the fact that the MGM is literally the first major casino when leaving the airport, awesome!!!!! Great for sleepy kids when you arrive and even better for when its time to leave and your kids are driving you bonkers since you have been killing time wandering all day!! You are literally 5 minutes away.
Decent Sized Room For CHEAP!
This was actually another huge selling point. We reserved the second cheapest room the MGM Grand has to offer. The cheapest rooms are two people max rooms in the west wing. We already knew that with kids, you want to be close to the pool and restaurants. Who wants to do extra walking with little ones in tow?
Our room was the next level up and located in the Grand Tower. Huge bathroom with plenty of space for everyone in the family. Nice bathtub for little ones who love their bath time. And an ice machine located in the hall so you have plenty of ice. Each mini bar was also loaded with drinks. Perfect for when you run out of something and your kid needs that juice NOW. Only downside, no refrigerator. You really do need to use that ice machine to keep your kids drinks cold since you will be charged if you remove drinks from the mini bar.
Frozen Drinks For Mom
This really isn’t a kiddo perk, but all you mamas that love your frozen drinks, there are plenty of them throughout the MGM Grand. Buy a souvenir cup and refill it for a discounted price your whole trip!!! Frozé was my personal drink of choice and boy was it yummy!!!
Awesome Pool Security!
This is one of those things I thought I would never be grateful for, but here I am!! Tiesto was preforming at the night club located inside the MGM Grand one evening. I literally made jokes the night before about all the hung over Tiesto folks wandering down to the pool the next day. Not exactly a site you want super little ones to see. We woke up the next day and dogs galore. Pretty much every security guard had a dog walking with them. You would have never known the MGM was Party central the night before thanks to the awesome security making sure the pool stayed a family-friendly place!
Food Court For Pickey Eaters!
Pizza, tacos, hot dogs, Johnny Rockets!!!! The MGM Grand is literally every parent of a picky eaters paradise!!! My biggest worry on every trip is what will my daughter eat?! She’s so picky that she won’t even eat a chicken nugget!!! Thanks to the awesome food court, my daughter had all the pizza & hot dogs she could ever eat while mama got to indulge in other yumminess elsewhere guilt free!
I honestly never even thought about using the Monorail pre-kiddo days! I just wandered the strip and enjoyed every last second of it. Not exactly easy when you have little legs joining you on your adventure. After day one of walking, you will be so thankful that the monorail stops at the MGM Grand!! Where does the monorail stop?!? Even better!!! You can take a ride to Paris, Caesar’s Palace, Linq, Bally’s, Flamingo, Harras & Weatgate!!!
24Hr Starbucks That Sells Milk!
My daughter is a milk addict! Having a 24hr Starbucks was a lifesaver since they had milk for sale!!!!! Perfect for when we arrived at 10pm straight from the airport and needed drinks ASAP once we arrived for bedtime. Gave us a chance to have that milk before wandering to a convenient store the next day.
They Sell Bags Of Chips At The Pool!
Need snacks?!?! Bags of chips at the pool!!!! Most pools in Vegas do not allow outside food and drink, so this was legit AWESOME!!!!! No need to spend crazy money on a second lunch because you can just buy a bag of chips to hold your kiddo over until dinner time.
Every kids favorite restaurant!!!! As most of you know, we are huge fans of the Rainforest Cafe located at Disney Springs, so to be able to dine at one at our very own hotel?!? Score!!!! You will have to make a trek to get there, but boy is it worth it!!!!
What kid doesn’t love M&M’s?!? In just 2 minutes, guests can create their very own one-of-a-kind M&M'S® with the Personal Printer, combining customized messages, a variety of images, and 16 different colors of M&M'S Brand Milk Chocolate Candies. There are 14 iconic Las Vegas images available for the Personalized Printer, including the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign!!! The best part?!? The location is right outside the MGM Grands doors!!!!
Have you stayed at the MGM Grand?
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5/3/2019 08:58:22 pm
Your vacation sounds wonderful. Thank you for the info. We will be taking your advice and staying at MGM Grand next trip to Vegas
5/4/2019 12:06:27 am
2 years ago, when I took my older daughter to Las Vegas for her 21st birthday , we stayed at the MGM and we had an awesome time. We really enjoyed our stay.
5/4/2019 12:18:17 pm
This hotel looks great and cool. It will be great place to stay to relax and unwind. Love your honest review it really help.
5/4/2019 09:59:48 pm
I feel like so many people don't think about how much fun you can have in Vegas with kids. I think the greatest part about the MGM is it's location. Definitely on the strip without being in the dead middle. I also can't stand Circus, Circus.
5/5/2019 07:55:11 am
When we were in Vegas we walked through this hotel twice and it was pretty fantastic, there is a ton of pool! I love all the reasons you shared and it's definitely something I'd love to take my nephews too.
5/5/2019 08:19:27 am
I love the MGM grand! I have only stayed as an adult sans kids but I def think its kid friendly!
5/6/2019 02:27:49 am
The MGM is such a great hotel - I actually got married there! So glad you enjoyed your trip to Vegas.
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