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If I had to describe the MGM Grand Hotel in one word, it would simply be: heaven. Ironically, however, it's located slap bang in the middle of the City of Sin, so there's no better way to describe it than with the seven deadly but oh-so-tempting sins it offers its guests.
Pride- guests of the MGM Grand should be beaming with pride as soon as they check in as they marvel at the sheer vastness of the lobby and its surrounding casino areas. The hotel boasts a mind-boggling 6,852 rooms and is the largest hotel complex in the United States- definitely something to brag to your mates about! As visually stunning as it is vast, with aesthetic attractions including the 45 ft high bronze lion outside, the only thing that isn't huge about the place is the price of a room, with double rooms going for as little as $80 a night.
Lust after the scantily-clad cabaret ladies of the Crazy Horse Paris show. If a show is a little too expensive for your taste, there are many easy-on-the-eye waitresses touring the casino who will happily bring you drinks if you tip them a dollar or two throughout the evening.
Wrath- the MGM Grand is likely to instil its guests with many an emotion, but the wrath of paying the resort fees cannot be ignored. At $25 a day they're a little steep, but this does entitle the guest to use of the ultra-modern cardio room, high-speed wireless internet access and the masterpiece that is the MGM Grand's pool.
Envy- the aforementioned pool can indeed be the envy of any mere mortal female guest, as it very much resembles a Wham! Club Tropicana-esque music video with its hoards of tanned, toned and bikini clad women parading about the place. Bikini babes aside, the MGM Grand pool can really not be ignored, as it boasts five movie-themed pools and the famous 'Lazy River', a river-rapids style man-made river circling the pools and bars in which guests can swim, ride rubber rings or simply float to their hearts' content. All this combined with a poolside bar on almost every corner (allowing you to enjoy a bucket of Bud Lights in the water itself!) and the opportunity to hire your own 'cabana,' (private booth to you and me) and you really do have yourself your own tropical paradise. Just don't be tempted into hiring a rubber ring for a steep $16, more often than not people abandon theirs- finders keepers!
Sloth- if the long walk to the pool is just too much after a long night of free drinks and gambling, guests can bask in the security of their king size beds, with unrivalled comfort in the form of more pillows than you'll ever need and a toasty duvet to match. The beds aren't the only luxury amenity on offer though- boasting everything from a huge flat-screen television to breathtaking views of the strip through tinted windows, you may think twice about ever leaving your room.
Gluttony- you may leave Vegas with an empty wallet but you certainly won't leave with an empty stomach. The hotel is laden with restaurants from front to back, ranging from the simplicity of McDonalds to the sophistication of Wolfgang Puck restaurants. A particular favourite amongst most guests however is the MGM Grand Buffet, which, at $29.99 per person ($35 at weekends) is worth every cent. An all-you-can-eat buffet featuring foods from every corner of the globe, from crabs' legs to fajitas, to fried chicken and sushi and a mouth-watering selection of desserts, there's enough to satisfy every palate- just be prepared to leave in pain!
Greed- last but by no means least, and indeed the pure attraction of the hotel is of course its casino. With everything on offer to satisfy the cheapest and most expensive of tastes, this whirlwind of lights and dollar signs will truly mesmerise every guest. Players can try their luck at blackjack, craps, roulette and poker tables, or play on a more modest budget at the abundance of games machines, ranging from standard themed-slots to poker and blackjack. All this surrounded by a plethora of bars and restaurants and a distinct lack of clocks and windows, it's no wonder punters are known to leave at all hours of the morning.
There really is something for everyone at the MGM Grand, from arena shows, to pools, restaurants and casinos, and truly, it would require an infinite amount of time to write about everything it has to offer. Rest assured however, whatever your age, the MGM Grand will not disappoint, and you can enjoy everything Vegas has to offer without ever leaving the hotel- no matter how sinful.