So, you want the best possible Las Vegas experience for your money, and the MGM Grand and the Park MGM have got your attention. In terms of price and location, there’s not much difference between them, so how do you decide between the Park MGM and MGM Grand?
You will want to choose the MGM Grand if you’re looking for a large resort with high energy and plenty of excitement available right on the property. Otherwise, choose the Park MGM if you’d like a quieter, more refined property with slightly bigger rooms.
Compare some of the highlights between the MGM Grand and Park MGM in the table below:
|Category||MGM Grand||Park MGM|
|Room Price||From $53 average/night||From $53 average/night|
|Resort Fees||$39 per day||$39 per day|
|Location||Great location in the middle of the busy mid-Strip area||On The Strip, located in the bustling mid-Strip area|
|Major Shows||– KÀ by Cirque du Soleil|
– Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club
– Variety of other live events
|The Park Theater, a 5,200-seat venue, hosts various live events throughout the year, including residencies by Lady Gaga, Aerosmith and Cher|
|Pools||4 pools, 3 whirlpools, lazy river, waterfalls in the 6.5 acre Grand Pool Complex||3 pools, 1 hot tub|
|Nearby Attractions||– The CSI Experience|
– Grand Spar & Fitness Centre
– MGM Grand Monorail station
|– The Spa at Park MGM|
– Art Program (Park MGM Collection)
– Haus of Gaga
– T-Mobile Arena
– The Park
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- Name: MGM Grand
- Address: 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd
- Year Built: 1973
- Number of Rooms: 6,852
- Check Current Room Rates
- Name: Park MGM
- Address: 3770 S Las Vegas Blvd
- Year Built: 1996
- Number of Rooms: 2,992
- Check Current Room Rates
However, you know the devil’s in the details, and you’ll definitely want more details before deciding which hotel to choose. So, keep reading for additional information that will help you pick the right hotel for you.
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MGM Grand vs. Park MGM – How Do They Compare?
The MGM Grand’s 6,852 guest rooms underscore it’s objective of appealing to the masses. With a mere 2,992 rooms, the Park MGM, is small by comparison, probably signaling its intent to attract a more discerning crowd.
With room rates and location providing no distinction between them, let’s delve a little deeper.
Standard Rooms: MGM Grand & Park MGM
For the starting standard room rates, here’s what you’ll get:
|MGM Grand||Park MGM|
|West Wing King:|
– 350ft² (32.5 m²)
– King bed
– 40’’ (140cm) Flatscreen HDTV
– In-room wifi – Seating area with one chair
– Max guests, 2
|Park MGM King:|
– 406ft² (38m²)
– King bed
– 50’’(127cm) LED TV, plus IPTV with premium cable and movies
– Spacious shower
– Luxury linens and towels
– Window seating for 4, plus a table
– In-room wifi
– Blackout shades
– Max guests, 2
– Self check-in, mobile check-out
So, you can see that the Park MGM offers a lot more in terms of space and in-room amenities for the same price. I especially like the black out curtains!
Also, be aware that the West Wing King at the MGM Grand has an odd layout; the bathroom area has no door. Although the shower and the toilet do have frosted glass screens, this arrangement may not appeal to everyone.
If you want a door on the bathroom at the MGM Grand, you’d need to move up one room level to the Grand King. You’ll get more space, 446ft² (41.4m²), and higher specs, like plush linens, a marble-adorned bathroom, and a media hub. However, it’s nearly double the price.
On this basis, you’d probably conclude that the Park MGM’s standard room appears to be of better value.
Dining: Park MGM or MGM Grand
Both resorts provide an array of dining options to suit all tastes.
The MGM Grand lists twenty-two restaurants, providing American, Italian, Chinese, Japanese, Mediterranean, French, and Creole. Primarily targeted at the smart-casual end of the market, the range includes some famous names, like Joël Robuchon, Tom Colicchio, and Wolfgang Puck.
Park MGM’s offering is less extensive, with a dozen or so restaurants and bars providing gourmet to casual American, French, Italian and Asian cuisine. The Italian offering is extended with Eataly Las Vegas. As well as several Itlalian style eateries, there’s also live cooking demonstrations and Italian kitchen and homeware products to buy. You can even go on a walking tour to learn more about, and taste, the food, and wine.
Venturing outside the Park MGM’s confines, just across the road, is the outdoor dining and entertainment green space called The Park. Even though there are plenty of eating choices within the resort, the proximity of The Park makes its dining options easily accessible to Park MGM guests.
Shopping at MGM Grand and Park MGM
If it’s international designer labels you’re after, you won’t find them on-site at either resort.
The MGM Grand’s shops focus more on jewelry, health and beauty, and souvenirs than serious fashion.
At Park MGM, it’s even more limited. The Shoppe stocks travel essentials and health and beauty products, while the Corner Store, provides a selection of clothing, leather goods, and watches.
So, if you’re a shopaholic looking for a fix, you’ll need to go off-resort, whichever one you choose.
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How The Casinos at MGM Grand and Park MGM Compare
The MGM Grand’s mammoth 171,500ft² (15,933m²) casino is no less than you’d expect from this megaresort. It accommodates 2,650 slots and table games, plus a separate poker room. In the large sportsbook, the 60 LCD and plasma screens mean there’s no chance of missing the action.
Park MGM’s 102,000ft² (9.500m²) casino is dwarfed by comparison. However, it still manages a respectable 900 slots, plus table games. There’s no separate poker room, but there is a sportsbook. Well, probably more a bar than a sportsbook, as the BetMGM Sportsbook & Bar also has pool tables and bowling lanes. Still, it gets the job done.
But if you take your gambling seriously, the MGM Grand is probably your best bet.
Park MGM vs. MGM Grand Entertainment
The MGM Grand’s stunning Cirque du Soleil show, KÀ, is the type of magnificent spectacle you’d expect in Vegas. The dynamic set and amazing acrobatic performances add up to a breathtaking and captivating experience.
The MGM Grand is also home to the David Copperfield Theater with mesmerizing nightly magic performances conjured up by, you guessed it, David Copperfield.
Additionally, there’s a virtual reality gaming arena where you can fight to save the Universe. While you’ve seen and heard of virtual reality, you haven’t seen it like this.
If it’s live music and sport that grabs you, there’s plenty of that at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, with big-name acts scheduled throughout the year.
The Park MGM’s entertainment offering may be considered a little more subdued by comparison.
However, the live music front is well covered with residencies by Lady Gaga, Cher, and Aerosmith. Not enough? Well, there’s a full schedule of concerts at the T-Mobile Arena, only 0.4 miles (0.64km) away, so live music lovers won’t be disappointed.
For something more relaxing, there’s the Art Program, a weekly guided tour through the hotel’s art collection. It’s an extensive collection featuring a variety of artists, including David Hockney.
And don’t forget The Park across the road. This green space on The Strip provides a welcome chance to get some fresh air and to enjoy the gorgeous weather.
So, less glitz and glamour, maybe, but the Park MGM isn’t short of things to keep you entertained.
So, if you’re after a lively, energetic atmosphere that captures the classic spirit and extravagance of Las Vegas, the MGM Grand provides all of that in abundance. You probably wouldn’t even have to leave the resort.
However, if you’re looking for something a little different, quieter, and, perhaps, a bit more refined, consider the newer Park MGM. If it doesn’t entirely break the mold of everybody’s idea of a Las Vegas megaresort, it at least puts a noteworthy crack in it.
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