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The Signature At MGM Grand 4.5

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Pros

  • Spacious, elegant suites with kitchens
  • Quiet, non-gaming environment
  • Relaxing pools
  • Attentive service
  • Resort fee covers Wi-Fi, gym, and pools -- sometimes an extra fee in Vegas

Cons

  • Dining, gambling and diversions all off-site
  • No full-service restaurant
  • Fitness center has no locker room

Bottom Line

These elegant condominium towers behind the MGM Grand give guests easy access to great restaurants and shows, the biggest casino in town, and a huge, fun pool complex -- plus the option to chill out away from the fray. The luxurious rooms, all suites, are among the best Vegas has to offer.

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Scene

This all-suites condominium is quieter and more relaxing than most Vegas hotels, yet close to the fun.

Guests relaxing by the Main Pool

Just as the massive Mandalay Bay has the elegant, upscale THEhotel tucked into the hotel for guests who want to stay out of the fray, the massive MGM Grand offers a quiet refuge within the grounds as well. In this case, it's three luxury condominium towers located behind the casino, five pools, lion habitat, celebrity restaurants, Cirque du Soleil theater, and shopping center.

While there isn't much to do around the condos -- three small pools and one sleepy bar, but not even a full-service restaurant -- that's the idea. Guests seek out the Signature for a quiet and relaxed atmosphere that's a five-minute walk from everything that the MGM Grand has to offer. These are opulent apartment buildings next door to pure Vegas spectacle. In exchange for distance from the main hotel, you get far superior service and larger, more comfortable suites that are on par with what you find at Encore or THEhotel.

Location

Set back from the Strip behind the larger MGM Grand complex, it's near the action without being in the middle of it.

Map of The Signature At MGM Grand

The three Signature towers are behind the larger MGM Grand complex. An enclosed walkway with moving sidewalks takes guests from the towers to the casino, restaurants, shops and sites at the main hotel -- about a five minute trip. Once you reach the MGM Grand, though, you still face a long walk past the shops, casino and lion habitat to get to the lobby and out the front door. (If you're cabbing it to another casino, have the doorman at the Signature hail one.)

The MGM Grand is located at about the midpoint of the southern half of the 3½-mile-long stretch of hotel-casinos known as the Las Vegas Strip, across from New York, New York and just north of the Tropicana.

Most Las Vegas visitors want to explore all of the big properties along the Strip. Cabs are easy to find at virtually any time of day or night. A generally less expensive option is the Deuce, a double-decker bus that runs up and down the strip 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and costs $3. There's also a monorail system, which stops at MGM Grand, Bally's/Paris, Flamingo/Caesars Palace, Harrah's/Imperial Palace, the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Hilton, and the Sahara. A single ride ticket is $5; a one-day pass is $13. If you're traveling along the Strip with at least one other person, a cab is often the least expensive option.

Virtually every hotel on the Las Vegas Strip is a 10- to 15-minute cab ride from McCarran International Airport; the ride typically costs about $15.

Rooms

Spacious and sumptuous suites, with modern fixtures and highly comfortable beds.

Kitchenette in the Junior Suite

The rooms, among the most luxurious Vegas, are reason enough to book a room at the Signature. All suites, all modern, and all elegant. The kitchens are fitted with high-end appliances from Sub-Zero, Bosch and Miele.

  • Flat-screen TVs, including a small one in the bathroom. The TV gets about 50 channels, some in HD.
  • CD/DVD players
  • iHome clock-radio/iPod docks
  • Bathrooms are large too, with a tub, shower and a TV on the marble vanity (fairly typical for Las Vegas luxury hotels)
  • June Jacobs citrus shampoo and other toiletries are provided
  • All rooms have Wi-Fi, the cost of which is included in the resort fee
  • Pillow-top mattress, soft Egyptian cotton sheets, incredibly soft duvet cover, and padded-leather headboard.
  • Added bonus: Electric curtain switches are in reach of the bed, so no need to get up to let in the sunlight when you wake up.

Features

A private pool at each tower and two fitness centers, but no locker rooms or spa on the property. The $20 resort fee is mandatory.

The Fitness Center

Among the best features of the Signature at MGM are the three quiet pools, one for each tower. At these small, serene pools, the only sound seems to be the occasional whoosh of the nearby monorail. Hot tubs sit to the side. The small crowd consists mainly of adults sunbathing and reading. While some kids spash around in the shallow ledge on the edge, children may be more interested in the lively 6.6-acre pool complex at the MGM Grand, which is open to all Signature guests. Poolside food and drink service is available, and service is fast.

  • Two fitness centers in the three-tower complex are similar, with about ten cardio machines, exercise balls, and free weights. Bottled water is free.
  • There's no spa at the Signature, but guests can use the spa at the MGM Grand, which is located close to the Signature towers.
  • Resort fee covers the gyms and pools -- as well as in-room Wi-Fi (usually an extra), a daily newspaper, coffee and tea, and two bottles of water a day.
  • As with all MGM resorts, guests have access to the private Shadow Creek Golf Course, about a 20-minute drive from the hotel

Family

Thanks to the large rooms, calm pools, and quick walk to the fun at the MGM Grand, families can find a home here.

Pull-out sofa in the Junior Suite

For families tempted by the MGM's massive pools, lion habitat and kid-friendly restaurants like the Rainforest Cafe -- but turned off by the hectic scene at that 5,000-room hotel -- the Signature is a good compromise. The MGM is a short walk away via an enclosed walkway, and the pool complex is close to the towers. But parents don't have to march kids past a casino to get to the room, and the three small pools on the property are a nice respite from the crowded MGM Grand pools.

The suites, all with kitchens, are well-suited to families. In the junior suite, the couch opens up to a queen-size bed. Cribs are free. Rollaway beds aren't available. Larger families, or anyone who wants to a separate bedroom, can upgrade to the very roomy one- or two-bedroom suites.

Cleanliness

The hotel was super clean all around, with the odd exception of the stuffed trash cans in the hall.

My room was so spotless when I checked in that I felt like I was the first person to sleep there. I could see vacuum cleaner stripes on the living room chair and the rug.

The common areas were clean too, with one exception: The trash can near the elevator was jammed with trash all the time. Perhaps guests didn't want to throw away garbage in their own rooms. Pool attendants picked up towels minutes after they were abandoned, and I saw no empty glasses or trash in other public areas.

Food

Only one casual restaurant on the grounds, but some of the best restaurants in Las Vegas are in the MGM Grand.

Lunch from Delights

The only restaurant at the Signaure is Delight, a casual spot for breakfast and lunch.

Guests looking to eat out can quickly get to any one of the amazing restaurants in the attached MGM Grand complex. You will not go hungry, or be dissapointed.

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Address

145 East Harmon Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109-4504, United States

Phone

(702) 797-6000

Also Known As

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Room Types

  • Junior Suite
  • One Bedroom Suite
  • Two Bedroom Suite

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