According to Tripadvisor’s rankings, The Mandarin Oriental is the best place to stay, followed closely by The Four Seasons. Both massively luxurious, both massively elegant and both massively pricey. And they’re not the only ones. Las Vegas hotels are expensive. In fact, everything in Las Vegas is expensive!
I enjoy checking in somewhere high-end but at prices starting from $225-$325+ minimum per night, on a short trip such as this, we were never going to spend much time in one room. However, if, like me, you’re not prepared to blow the budget on just one hotel room, there are other alternatives…
Which is why I finally opted for The Signature at MGM Grand. Rooms start from a very reasonable $135* per night, and if you book early, you’ll bag yourself a steal!
The MGM Signature’s three towers
On the way to the hotel, Dave our cab driver told us an interesting story. When the recession hit the USA a few years back, Vegas was a major casualty. The three tower blocks which now make up The Signature were being built as luxurious condos marketed at uber-rich clients who wanted a slice of Vegas real estate.
It never happened…
The building company had valued the properties way too high and overnight their prices plummeted. They couldn’t give them away.
Cue takeover from the MGM Grand… Who took the towers, transformed them into hotel rooms and built an air-conditioned walkway which connects each tower to the main MGM hotel. We stayed in Tower One on the top floor – 38. I deliberately chose this as it was the closest to the strip, although it was furthest from the Grand. Not that it mattered, a leisurely walk from our room to the main hotel only took about 15 minutes at the most.
You have a choice of suites from The Signature Deluxe to a One-bedroom balcony suite. We were impressed with the size of our Deluxe suite and the bathroom had a huge jacuzzi tub and walk-in shower, as well as coming equipped with a small kitchenette with microwave, fridge and tea/coffee-making facilities. I wasn’t quite sure why a kitchenette was necessary, but it was there!
The Signature only has one lounge bar, a small delicatessen and a Starbucks. But you can order room service, and of course, use all that is on offer by the MGM, including their Wet Republic Ultra Pool, casino and dozens of bars and restaurants.
There are three swimming pools attached to each tower, all available to use by guests with bar/food service and complimentary towels. It was a great cooling off in the pool when temperatures were hitting over 45 degrees! However, my one complaint would be that parasols should be provided to all sun-loungers, and not chargeable! But apparently, this is common practice in a lot of the hotels.
There is also a concierge service, porters, daily room cleaning and a bell boy who will order a cab to come straight to the door.
The Signature offers Vegas visitors the best of both worlds. It’s a peaceful getaway amidst the madness of the strip. It’s also only one of the few hotels that doesn’t have a casino. This makes the hotel’s ambience much more tranquil compared to The Signature’s louder and busier neighbours. However, you are never far from the action. A 10-minute stroll and you’re in the second largest hotel in the world – or a short walk/cab ride away and you’re on the main strip.
Would I stay here again? Most definitely.*Daily 12% taxes and a $25 resort fee will be added to the final bill.