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MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas has been nicknamed "The City of Entertainment" for good reason. Atop a 25-foot pedestal framed by LED screens advertising the goings-on inside, the 100,000-pound MGM lion roars above the Las Vegas Strip. And, as expected, entertainment choices abound.

The Lion Habitat, home to six adult lions, includes the direct descendants of the MGM Studio's marquee lion. The latest creation from Cirque du Soleil, "Kà", combines acrobatic performances, martial arts and pyrotechnics. The 17,157-seat Grand Garden Arena hosts performances by Madonna, the Rolling Stones and Bette Midler, championship boxing and nationally-televised awards shows; Tom Jones, David Copperfield headline the more intimate Hollywood Theatre. The three-story Studio 54, located in the heart of the hotel's casino, pulsates with pop and cutting-edge house music. (The gallery of vintage black-and-white photographs harkening back to the heyday of the original "54" in NYC is a must-see.) And, finally, CBS Television City, the station's first research center, screens television pilots.

The excitement spills out onto the casino floor with such gaming classics as blackjack, baccarat, roulette and craps, the latest slots and a state-of-the-art race and sports book. If you have time to sleep, four 30-story towers house 5,304 art-deco guest rooms, including 751 suites and 29 private villas in The Mansion at MGM Grand.

The newly expanded restaurant offerings include sushi and teppan specialties in Shibuya, also home to Vegas' first sake cellar; Chef Michael Mina's "jet fresh" seafood at Seablue; a stylish outpost of restaurateur Stephan Hanson's Fiamma Trattoria; and Craftsteak by Chef Tom Colicchio; which join a remodeled Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill and Emeril Lagasse's New Orleans Fish House. More casual dining options include The Rainforest Café, Stage Deli and the MGM Grand Buffet.

The Grand Pool complex is just that - 6.6 acres of grand swimming pools, whirlpools and a lazy river. The Grand Spa Salon & Fitness Center features more than 30 treatment rooms, saunas and steam rooms, the steady hands of celebrity stylist Cristophe, and high-tech virtual-reality climbers and bikes. The Forever Grand Wedding Chapel has two full-service, non-denominational chapels that can accommodate up to 60 guests. Plus, the $100 million MGM Grand Conference Center offers meeting space in excess of 500,000 square feet, accommodating up to 10,000 people.

Such conveniences as the monorail station, which connects nine major resorts along its four-mile route, and satellite hotel check-in at McCarran International Airport make getting around even easier.

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