The Signature at MGM Grand
August 5th– August 9th
We weren’t planning to go to Vegas this summer as my wife’s sensitivity to the heat and sun seems to have gotten worse. However, she said that my “Vegas depression” had grown too severe so she surprised me with a trip. She chose The Signature at MGM Grand because she found a great deal and read some great reviews. She made a great choice!
The MGM Signature is a smoke-free, non-gaming property consisting of three towers connected to the MGM Grand via a walkway that leads to the MGM Grand pool. Getting to the pool is about a quick five-minute walk and a few more minutes through The District shopping area and you’re in the MGM Grand casino.
Check-in was very easy as we were able to get right into our room at noon when we arrived. All rooms are suites with kitchenettes and spacious bathrooms. The rooms aren’t anything spectacular but they are quite spacious with a small dining table, pull out sofa bed and coffee table. Similar to other Vegas bathrooms, the facility had a separate water closet, a television by the double-sinks, standing shower and lovely whirlpool spa tub (which we didn’t use). It was nice to have a fridge to keep some cold drinks in the room and a microwave to warm up leftovers if we wanted. Other than a few minor cleanliness issues (which were remedied immediately and accompanied by a $25 beverage credit), the room was outstanding. While I still prefer the luxury of the Aria rooms, the Signature was a nice and clean alternative that I would recommend to families traveling.
The amenities on The Signature property are limited. We didn’t visit their café’ but our tower had a Starbucks which was never busy (as opposed to most property Starbucks) a small gift shop with drinks and snacks that closed late in the evening and a small but elegant lounge that closed at midnight. With the MGM Grand so close, it didn’t really affect our experience but it would have been nice to be able to purchase a water or snack when returning to the room as opposed to carrying it from the MGM Grand. This was only a minor inconvenience.
The pools are very small but incredibly quiet and the pool amenities are affordable ($150 for a cabana and $75 for a day bed). For those that want a full Vegas pool experience, you can access the MGM pool. However, the MGM pool was crazy busy even for mid-week and littered with kids. The Tower One pool was 18 and over which was so peaceful.
The MGM casino didn’t pay at first but I had a nice comeback on the black jack table and on the last night, the slots gave me all my money back. The MGM Grand does a terrible job with their air quality. As opposed to many other properties, the casino was one of the smokiest on the strip. The drink service was very good, the dealers were nice and the overall gaming experience was enjoyable.
Additionally, having access to the monorail was convenient and saved us a great deal of cab fare. We only used the cab to and from the airport which was much different that we are accustomed to.
Lastly, a very nice woman named Iris was working at the MLife desk and recommended that I stop in prior to checking out which I did and I received $85 in compos towards our meals and they didn’t use my express compos!
I’ll happily stay at The Signature again.