Luxury on a budget
The Signature at MGM (Las Vegas)
Member Name: carlz2001uk
The Signature at MGM (Las Vegas)
Advantages: Beautiful hotel, excellent prices, no casino meaning you can get away from it, suites
Disadvantages: Extra charge on arrival is frustrating
Deciding to book Vegas last year for my 30th birthday last week was an easy decision, choosing the right hotel afterwards was quite a challenge. The choice is overwhelming and difficult to figure where abouts you want to be on the Strip when you haven't been before. The Signature at MGM was a hotel we kept coming back to though. One of the only hotels that doesn't have a casino, we figured it would be nice to get away from the hustle and bustle if we wanted to. The main reason however was the luxury accommodation on offer at the Signature with each room being a Suite. A 4 night break inclusive of flights on a room only basis cost us £1400 which was middle of the road prices for Vegas but seemed a more luxurious option than any other accommodation available within the same price bracket.
Located just behind the Strip you don't feel like you aren't actually on the Strip, as the main exit out of the hotels is through one of the walkways which connects you straight with the MGM Grand. Walking is a necessity in Vegas and we reckon that over the four days we were there we easily clocked up 20 miles on foot, so the 4/5 minute walk through the covered walkway to the MGM can only be expected.
The Signature is a hotel made up of three towers and upon your arrival at the gatehouse by taxi you will have to give your name before you are allowed to enter, making it feel quite exclusive but extremely safe too. It is at this point you are given your tower number (ours was 3). The taxi will drop you off at the impressive front entrance of the hotel where the hotel staff will take your luggage to your room for a small tip. Check in is swift and easy although don't be surprised when you are asked to pay an extra $25 per night. This covers your housekeeping, use of the gym and swimming pool. We found this quite frustrating as we knew we most likely wouldn't have time for the gym or the pool given our long 'to do' list, and so essentially we paid $100 for housekeeping. Because of this we didn't leave a tip for the housekeeper.
Walking into our suite for the first time was amazing. We both wowed and ahhed for a good five minutes as we explored our opulent and elegant new home for the next four days. The suite is packed full of state of the art technology and the full size kitchenette housed some impressive looking kitchen gadgets with Miele and Bosch appliances. The fridge is stocked with complimentary bottled water daily, as is the supply of coffee and tea. An ice machine near the lift means you can have ice cold water whenever you want. I bought a big bottle of coke from the Coke store (which isn't far from the hotel), left it in the fridge and went and got ice whenever I needed it, meaning I had my favourite ice cold drink on tap whenever I wanted it. The separate dining and living area is stunning and feels extremely spacious. Both my husband and I commented how we could easily give up our 3 storey home and live in one of these suites despite having two children (I'm sure once we actually did this we'd be pulling our hair out but we certainly adored it on our short stay!). The massive TV was a highlight for my husband which he used to watch lots of sport while I was reading my kindle, I'm not always entirely convinced by TVs on holiday but the option is there should you want it. The TV also has an inbuilt DVD player should you have the forethought to bring a DVD with you.
The king size bed seems much much bigger than a king and had our children been with us I still don't think we'd have touched each other, it was so big! The 300 thread cotton sheets and amazingly soft linens make going to bed something you look forward to all day, and even though my body clock was all over the place (review writing at 3am happened a few times!), it was still a pleasure to be able to relax in the comfortable bed. The bathroom, well what can I say, I literally could have moved into the bathroom alone. The marble and granite work tops feature his and hers sinks with plenty of room for all of the lotions and potions that I'd brought. The whirlpool spa tub was just a tad smaller than a hot tub and was the perfect way to relax my aching calves and feet first thing on a morning ready for the gruelling day of walking ahead. I got a little carried away with the complimentary bubble bath and added to the spa jets, I soon had bubbles everywhere, but the ginormous glass enclosed shower is easy to hop into at the end of the bath and so you can have the best of both worlds. Don't bother taking shower gel, shampoo or conditioner (unless you really really favour one particular brand) as these are replenished daily and are complimentary. As with most things in the hotel, these seemed high end and smelled divine, so I've come home with all of these toiletries that I had bought and taken with me as I just didn't use them. Body lotion is also provided and that too is gorgeous. The suites also have a top of the range clock radio which houses and charges iPhones.
Before we left for America, I checked with my provider who assured me I was set up for use in the USA. This was especially important to me, as I needed to be able to ring my girls daily, however upon landing at Mccarron airport I soon realised that my phone wouldn't be working as I couldn't connect to a carrier no matter what I tried. I soon realised that this wasn't a major issue though as free wifi is available in the hotel and so I was able to Skype home at no cost to me whatsoever. I would thoroughly recommend this option as wifi is literally available for free up and down the strip as you are always so close to so many of the hotels. If you can cope with just having access to your emails and having to Skype rather than make proper calls, then you will save yourself an absolute fortune. I am with Orange and I checked the cost of calls and texts before setting off. Texts I believe were 40p each and you'd also be charged to receive them and calls were around £1.40 a minute. I reckon I've saved myself around £40 by using the fee wifi. To get in touch with friends and family instead of text I simply sent them messages on Facebook.
With hundreds of options to eat out on the strip, we didn't eat in the hotel as we were always so eager to see what was out there but the Delights gourmet deli looked a good option, and popular too. Open from 7am till 9pm it offers breakfast and snacks throughout the day and seemed averagely priced. Delights is situated in Tower 2. Tower 3 is home to a large Starbucks, however these are literally everywhere, I bet we passed 30 or 40 in various parts of the strip, so I would recommend just waiting till you pass one rather than making your way specifically to Tower 3.
As a small tip, I would avoid the all you can eat buffets in the MGM (and almost every other hotel), instead head to Mon Ami Gabi (the terrace at the Paris hotel) for the most spectacular breakfast you'll ever have. Overlooking the Bellagio fountains in a classy and romantic setting, you'll pay half of what you would at the buffets. For my 30th we decided we wanted a nice meal but didn't want to eat in one of the high end restaurants which offered caviar etc and was eye wateringly expensive. Instead we waited 20 minutes for a table at Gordon Ramseys Burg-r at PlanetHollywood. The best burger I've ever had in my life and the whole meal including Prosecco was $60. Back to the Signature (!), you can order indulgent room service for non indulgent prices. Again these sounded scrummy, but we had always eaten so well by the time we returned to our rooms that we didn't try any of these offerings.
Pool and gym:
Each of the 3 towers offers a private heated pool and cocktail service. You also have access to the MGM pool which has 5 pools, 3 whirlpools and a lazy river. The gym is open 24 hours a day.
I can't write a review of the Signature and not include some information on the MGM, which you feel like you are a part of. The MGM was one of my favourite hotels (after The Signature of course). If its gaming you want, you'll most definitely find it here. The gaming floor is absolutely massive and as with most of the casinos you'll have to walk through this area before you can get out. As we were at the south end of the MGM, we would have to walk through the whole of the gaming floor which would take a good 3 or 4 minutes, giving you some idea of the sheer size of the place. We were lucky enough to experience the hype of the Mayweather fight which was taking place in the MGM on our last night. Unfortunately the $600 cheapest tickets meant we didn't see the fight but boy did it add to the atmosphere. The place was buzzing! Exploit the MGM for all you can, and visit the ticketing booth where you can pick up 3 tickets to the top attractions in Vegas for $57. This saves you a fortune. Food options are aplenty in the MGM catering to literally every budget (one restaurant cost $600 a head, and believe it or not was fully booked on fight night!). The MGM is also home to David Copperfield and one of the many Cirque du Soleil shows, as well as Hakisan nightclub which I was gutted to realise Calvin Harris would be playing at when we would be on our flight home. I would recommend getting to grips with the MGM before exploring the others as it really does have so much to offer. Unfortunately the famous lions were removed from the hotel in 2012. The wedding chapel looked gorgeous and offers renewal of views as well as wedding ceremonies.
145 East Harmon Avenue
Las Vegas, Nevada
A taxi ride should cost between $13 and $17 from the airport dependent on traffic.
If you want luxurious and sumptuous surrounding and want to be in the heart of the strip then The Signature is the option for you. Budget for the $25 extra per night on arrival and enjoy this amazing city. The most amazing and eccentric place on earth.
Summary: 4 stars