Paris Las Vegas vs. MGM Grand: Which Is Better?

The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is a staple for major, star-studded headlining concerts and events, which makes it a natural choice for many Las Vegas visitors. Paris Las Vegas offers an elegant and wholly-unique French atmosphere, including a replica of the Eiffel Tower nearly half-the size of the real thing. Both hotels are spectacular, but which of the two resorts is better?

If you are looking for European styled elegance with a great location on the Strip, Paris Las Vegas is your best choice. If, however, you want a bigger resort with more activities, food, shows and a much bigger pool area you’ll want to choose the MGM Grand.

Paris Las Vegas or the MGM Grand

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Here is a chart comparing the highlights of Paris Las Vegas and MGM Grand:

CategoryParis Las VegasMGM Grand
Room PriceFrom $115 per nightFrom $53 per night
Resort Fees$41.95 per day$44.22 per day
Parking Fees$15 per day$15 per day
LocationOn the StripOn the Strip
ShowsAnthony Cools – The Uncensored Hypnotist
FRIENDS The Musical Parody
KA by Cirque du Soleil,
Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club,
Jabbawockeez,
frequent headliner concerts at the MGM Grand Garden Arena
Pools1 full-size pool4 medium-sized pools, 3 jacuzzis
Resort AttractionsThe Eiffel Tower Viewing DeckCSI: The Experience
  • Name: Paris Las Vegas
  • Address: 3655 S Las Vegas Blvd
  • Gaming Floor: 95,263 sq ft.
  • Year Built: 1999
  • Number of Rooms: 2,916
  • Check Current Room Rates
  • Name: MGM Grand
  • Address: 3799 S Las Vegas Blvd
  • Gaming Floor: 171,500 sq ft.
  • Year Built: 1973
  • Number of Rooms: 6,852
  • Check Current Room Rates

The MGM Grand is the largest resort on the Las Vegas Strip with over 6,000 rooms. Because of this, there are many attractions and entertainment choices to be experienced at this resort.

Paris Las Vegas, while not as large as the MGM Grand, offers a healthy dose of European flavor, charm, and elegance. It’s a little bit of Paris, France without the long flight.

This can make choosing between the two hotels very difficult.

By the time you’re done reading this guide, however, you’ll have a good idea of which hotel will be the right one for your Las Vegas visit.

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Paris Las Vegas & MGM Grand Room Rates Compared

The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is a major destination for headlining music stars all throughout the year. This makes this resort a highly popular destination for vacationers or visitors in town to see their favorite band or performer. In addition, the MGM Grand is a huge resort, which means they have many room types and are able to accommodate every traveler’s budget and personal style.

Check out the West Wing King room at the MGM Grand

Less than half the size, Paris Las Vegas is a themed-resort, which will appeal to guests looking for a more elegant vacation experience. You’ll feel like you’ve been transported to Europe as every room in the resort has a certain Parisian style and charm.

A standard room at MGM Grand generally starts at roughly $53 per night, with more expensive rooms running between $200 and $300 per night. This is an amazing rate considering all of the premium experiences that can be had within the MGM Grand, such as dining options from famous chefs and a riveting nightclub experience at Hakkasan–a premiere Las Vegas nightime destination.  

View the Burgundy King room Paris Las Vegas

Paris Las Vegas is to royalty what MGM Grand is to celebrity culture; room rates at Paris Las Vegas start around $115 and travel upwards of $500 per night. There isn’t anywhere near as much entertainment as what can be seen at MGM Grand, yet a stay at Paris Las Vegas is a guaranteed experience in elegance and refined atmosphere. 

So the starting room rates at either Paris or MGM Grand are quite a bit different. Being more of a boutique hotel, Paris Las Vegas is definitely more expensive. The standard rooms at Paris have a more exclusive feel and atmosphere when compared to the standard rooms at the MGM Grand.  

Paris vs MGM Grand Resort Fees

Resort fees for both Paris Las Vegas ($42 per day) and MGM Grand ($44 per day) are about the same. Both resorts state that high-speed internet access, phone calls, and use of the fitness center are included in the respective resort fees.

Walk through the MGM Grand Hotel

With the exception of the pool, you can expect no additional perks for this lofty fee. Unfortunately, resort fees are the standard of nearly all resorts on the Las Vegas Strip these days. MGM Grand has slightly higher resort fees but the rooms are generally a few dollars cheaper so as far as the daily resort fee goes it’s pretty much a wash when comparing the two. 

MGM Grand & Paris Las Vegas Parking Fees

UPDATE: As of May 23, 2020 Both MGM Grand and Paris Las Vegas are offering free self-parking. Valet parking is currently unavailable.

Parking fees for both resorts are also the same price for premium and valet options. The rate is $15 per day for both Paris Las Vegas and MGM Grand. There is plenty of parking at both resorts so space is not an issue. The daily parking fee is also good for any of the resorts up and down the Strip that are run by each resorts management company; Caesars Entertainment for Paris Las Vegas and MGM Resorts for MGM Grand. 

Paris and MGM Grand Both Have Excellent Locations On The Strip

Walk through the Paris Las Vegas Hotel

Both resorts are located in the prime mid-Strip area of Las Vegas Boulevard. Paris Las Vegas is located right across the street from the famous Bellagio Fountain, while the MGM Grand is a couple of blocks south across from the New York-New York Hotel & Casino. As such, there is a lot to do and see in this area, up and down both sides of the Strip.

It takes about 20 minutes to walk from one resort to the other without stopping but trust me when I say there is a lot you’ll want to stop at along the way. This section of Las Vegas Blvd. (between these two resorts) is the best walking area on the Strip. This is where you want to be!

Paris Las Vegas vs MGM Grand Shows & Entertainment

KÀ by Cirque du Soleil playing at the MGM Grand

As far as entertainment goes the MGM Grand has one of the best musical and sporting arenas in Las Vegas. The Grand Garden Arena plays host to dozens of big-name concerts, championship fights and sporting events throughout the year. This spacious arena is one of the most energetic and popular attractions in Las Vegas.

In addition to this venue, the MGM Grand is home to one of the hottest shows in town. KA by Cirque du Soleil is an amazing show that blends acrobatics with a mystical storyline and broadway quality production values! For comic relief, the hotel even has its own comedy club. Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club has some of the best-known comedians in the world performing on its stage nightly.  

While Paris Las Vegas does not offer nearly as much as the MGM Grand in terms of shows and overall entertainment options it does offer a couple of shows of interest. Anthony Cools – The Uncensored Hypnotist and FRIENDS! The Musical Parody. You can catch both highly rated shows most nights at Paris.

It’s a bit unfair to even attempt to do a comparison of these two resorts when it comes to entertainment. MGM Grand is one of the premier resorts in Las Vegas for major shows from big stars in the entire city. Therefore, MGM Grand is certainly the better choice when it comes to nearby entertainment.

Paris & MGM Grand Pools

Soleil pool at Paris Las Vegas
Soleil pool at Paris Las Vegas with the Bellagio Lake on the right

Both resorts feature an impressive pool area, yet both pool complexes couldn’t be more different. The Soleil Las Vegas Pool at Paris is a single Parisian-themed pool that sits right next to the giant replica of the Eiffel Tower. Laying by the pool while looking up at the Eiffel Tower is a quintessential Las Vegas experience and one you won’t soon forget!

In this way, the Soleil is much more visually-impressive than the Grand Pool Complex at MGM Grand, which is not to say that MGM’s pool area isn’t impressive in its own right.

Aerial view of the MGM Grand Pool Complex
Aerial view of the 6.5 acre MGM Grand Pool Complex

While the Paris Soleil pool is a great experience for those that want to relax in refined elegance, it is, in fact, a very small pool area when compared to the 6.5 acres of fun and relaxation that can be found at the MGM Grand Pool Complex. The complex features four medium-sized pools, three jacuzzis, and a large lazy river.

If we are basing the decision on looks and elegance, Paris Las Vegas is the better choice in this category. If you’d like to have a bit more activity in your pool day, the MGM Grand pool area takes the nod.

Nearby Attractions

As I mentioned before, both resorts are in an excellent location on the Strip and are surrounded by many things to do and see within a short walking distance.

Attractions Near Paris Las Vegas

Looking down on the Bellagio Fountains
The Bellagio Fountains are just across the street from the Paris Hotel & Casino

These are just a few of the things to check out within walking distance of Paris LV (I’ve included the approximate walking time to each):

  • Bellagio Fountains (8 min)
  • Grand Bazaar Shops (4 min)
  • Planet Hollywood (8 min)
  • The Shops at Crystals (15 min)
  • Bally’s Las Vegas (6 min)
  • Miracle Mile Shops (5 min)

And of course, the Eiffel Tower Viewing Deck at Paris Las Vegas is far too much of a Las Vegas icon to pass up in terms of attractions. From the viewing deck, you will get to see an incredible view of the Las Vegas Strip day or night.

Attractions Near MGM Grand Las Vegas

New York New York is just a few minutes walk from the MGM Grand
New York New York is just a few minutes walk from the MGM Grand

Here are just some of the attractions you’ll find within a short walk of the MGM Grand:

  • Statue of Liberty Replica (4 min)
  • New York – New York Casino (3 min)
  • Hershey’s Chocolate World (3 min)

  • T-Mobile Arena (9 min)
  • Excalibur Casino (6 min)
  • Tropicana Las Vegas (1 min)

One of my favorite attractions close to the MGM Grand is the Big Apple Roller Coaster on top of the New York-New York casino. You can ride the coaster day or night for spectacular views of Las Vegas Blvd! For a completely different experience, they even have an option to wear virtual reality goggles while riding the coaster!

Paris Las Vegas – Check room rates

MGM Grand – Check room rates

Conclusion

So, you can’t go wrong by choosing either of these resorts. The final verdict between these two fine hotels is going to come down to personal preference. Do you prefer the European elegance of Paris Las Vegas or the great entertainment available at the MGM Grand?

Both Paris Las Vegas and MGM Grand are beautiful, massive resorts that guarantee an amazing experience, MGM Grand has more to offer on the premises due to its sheer size. The MGM Grand Garden Arena alone is worth the price of this resort since you get to stay in a resort that frequently has celebrity guests as their patrons. 

Of course, that isn’t the main reason that MGM Grand is better, yet it is an exciting prospect to consider!

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Wendy Mullennix

My name is Wendy Mullennix. I love travel & travel, in that order :) I'm also a Las Vegas local. I enjoy exploring this crazy city with my hubby and riding fat tire bikes in the desert.

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