A couple friends and I were going to Vegas to celebrate a friend’s birthday during the MLK Long Weekend. Having stayed at most of the hotels on the Strip, I always wanted to try the Signature at MGM Grand and I thought it would be the perfect opportunity with a group of friends. The reason for that is because the One Bedroom Balcony Suite is 900 square feet has a kitchen and 2 full bathrooms. And to top it all off, it was only $170 a night including the resort fee, which was quite the deal for a suite during the long weekend.
Disclaimer: I stayed at the property in January of this year before the COVID-19 situation worsened.
The Walking Trek from MGM Grand Self Parking to the Signature Tower:
Well this was fun… from self-parking at the MGM Grand (which I had free with my MLife Pearl Card), you have to walk through the shops, the MGM Grand lobby, casino, more shops and then you finally arrive at the Signature section. But wait! Then, you have to take a good amount of moving walkways to arrive at Tower 1 at the Signature. I think it was probably over a mile of walking. You might want to opt for valet, which is included in your stay at the Signature.
The Signature at MGM Grand consists of 3 towers, with Tower 1 being “closest” to the MGM Grand itself. Each tower has its own lobby, reception desk and porte-cochère, with residential style rooms. I enjoy the separation from the main casino hotel as it provides a more relaxing and smoke free experience.
I checked in at Tower 1, and having originally booked a 1 Bedroom Suite with no view, I tried the $20 trick where I put a twenty in between my ID and credit card at check-in and was given a room on the Penthouse level (33rd floor) with a nice view of the strip! As we were there for two nights, I think $10 per night was worth the view!
The room was in Tower 3, so a bit more walking needed as Tower 3 is the furthest from the main MGM Grand.
The room was a corner room, and had great views of the Strip. Located on floor 33, it was designaed as “Penthouse Level” which I found interesting. Apparently, rooms on floors 29-38, 38 being the top, are all designated as being “Penthouse Level”.
Upon entering the room, you have a full kitchen to the side. The Sub Zero fridge is a nice touch, and it’s great to have a full kitchen in Vegas for warming up leftovers or making breakfast.
Unfortunately, all plates, silverware and kitchen essentials must be requested through housekeeping and they will deliver to the room. But, it would have been nicer if at least plates and cups were stocked rather than nothing at all.
A coffee maker with paper cups was provided thankfully. (This is rare in Vegas for casino hotels).
Next, there’s a dining table that seats 4 and a living room with a sofa that converts to a queen sized bed. And the sofa bed is a legit mattress, not like some sofa beds where the pull out is a hard/uncomfortable layer of wires. A guest full bathroom with a shower is right off the hall which is a nice touch! Especially when travelling with friends that take forever to get ready…
The furniture was a bit outdated, and carpeting could use a refresh as well.
The balcony is located off the living room, and it offered a nice view of the center strip!
The bedroom offered one king bed, and a large master bathroom. As it was a corner suite, the bedroom featured windows on two sides of the room. The master bathroom had two large sinks as well as a separate shower and jacuzzi tub.
One improvement could be with the towels, as they were a bit rough and seemed a bit old. Other than that, the room was comfortable and quiet as well. And, an odd thing was that the toilet in the guest bathroom was yellow upon entering the room (not sure if it was urine or cleaning supply, but I sure hope it was the latter).
Service was fine, they came pretty quickly when we requested extra towels and cups.
There is a Starbucks located in Tower 1, so you don’t have to walk all the way back to the main casino to get your morning coffee. Delights serves breakfast and brunch in Tower 2, and fitness centers are located in Tower 1 and 3.
I could see the pools, but the January rain and cold was definitely not the right time to utilize them.
Of course, the array of restaurants and entertainment is available at the MGM Grand just an (indoor) 10 minute walk away.
Resort fee here is $39 + tax, which is the norm for Vegas properties.
The location of the Signature at MGM Grand is decent. Essentially, you’re a block off the center of the strip, but you have direct access to the MGM Grand and everything else is a short Uber ride away. It’s also pretty easy to walk to the Cosmopolitan and City Center from the street (10/15 minute walk).
Overall, I enjoyed my stay at the Signature at MGM Grand. It’s an excellent choice for those who like a smoke free experience as well as having access to a full kitchen. The one bedroom suites are very affordable for the sheer size of the room. If they could do a refresh on the furniture and improve on towel quality, the property would be even better.
Have you stayed at the Signature at MGM Grand before? What were your thoughts? Comment below!