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Scouting Trip Reviews Part 3: MGM Grand (SkyLofts & Terrace Suite Tour)

I was so worried about booking at MGM Grand! I've been working with Mari at the Forever Grand Wedding Chapel, asking questions about their packages, in suite and out of suite, and asking questions about hosting a meet & greet in the suites in advance. We were told we couldn't get a booking until the day of, and Mari was on vacation right before we left, so I was really worried we wouldn't get in.

I opened up my e-mail on Monday morning (our first full day in Vegas), and Mari had sent an e-mail - on her day off - saying that her boss had managed to lock in and score viewings for us at both the SkyLofts AND the Terrace Suites for Wednesday at 11 am! Yesssssssssssssss!



Part 3A: The SkyLofts
We were told to head to the SkyLofts first, and then go to the chapel to see the Terrace Suites. To get in to the SkyLofts, you have to go to the hotel lobby way the hell at the back of the property and go in these fancy glass doors to go in to SkyLofts VIP Concierge, who then check your ID and escort you to an exclusive elevator that uses a key card to get you up to SkyLofts.

Once you're there, you open up in to a grand, fancy little entry way. Five concierge desks with big squishy chairs and attendants who are on you like that to get you checked in. We said we had a tour and a younger rep, Darren (I think), took us on a tour of the rooms. We only saw the one and two bedrooms. They look similar to what you see on the web site, but also pretty different. No checkerboard floors (which I was disappointed about), and very spa-chic; it felt like being at a 5 star resort in Mexico.

Darren, or so I'm going to name him, was really knowledgeable on the suites. They're in the process of upgrading from a system called Centurion over to an iPad based control system. The control system controls EVERYTHING - lights, blinds, heat, air conditioning, music, everything. The whole suites are Bluetooth enabled, so you don't need to plug in anything, anywhere.

The SkyLofts bathrooms are MASSIVE (powder room on the main floor and giant bathroom like the size of my living room in my condo), and have BIG counters for lots of makeup, which is a big sell for me after seeing the Cosmo. Rain shower and steam sauna in one that is the size of a regular one bedroom's bathroom.

I didn't get many pictures of the SkyLofts, as I didn't feel comfortable snapping away, but I did grab a shot of their view, which is a little lack lustre compared to the Terrace Suites (to follow).

They are much more of an upscale experience, that is for SURE. There is a butler door, turndown service, twice daily maid service, and the butler will even pack and unpack your bags for you.

The one bedroom fits up to 40 guests, but I think 20 to 25 would be comfortable. There's a large table with 6 dining chairs, which would be great for the food presentation for a buffet or the like. There's only 2 large seats and a 3 person couch in the living area, and a small desk area, with no patio. A small desk area is off to one side that could probably be used for cake or guestbook or something like that.

The two bedroom has a much larger living space. The downstairs features 3 separate couch sitting areas, the same dining area, and a pool table or fooseball table area as well (you can reserve one or the other). There's also two small little desk areas. It fits either 60 or 70 people (can't remember the exact number, but it's much larger than what we're planning our wedding).
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Re: Scouting Trip Reviews Part 3: MGM Grand (SkyLofts & Terrace Suite Tour)

  • xoedenxoeden member
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    edited May 2015
    Other things to note about SkyLofts! For parties, they require a guest list to make sure your guests are supposed to be there, and would then be escorted to the hotel room itself. There's a limited number of rooms, so if you're interested, we were recommended to reserve ASAP (up to 14 months in advance).

    According to Darren, they have only had 3 guests in 5 years get bumped (or as they say it, "downgraded": one was the Mayweather/Pacqueau fight earlier this month, one was New Years Eve, and one was another holiday weekend (I think he said Memorial Day). There's a chance, but it's unlikely -- or, at least, I got the feeling that it would be less unlikely than the Cosmopolitan.
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  • xoedenxoeden member
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    Part 3B: The Skyline Terrace Suite
    Oh, I KNOW there's some other brides that were desperately waiting for more information on this (ahem, @adverb). I was so excited to get a guarantee to go check out the Terrace suites!

    After our visit to the SkyLofts, we wandered for forever to find the Forever Grand Wedding Chapel. If I thought that the hotel lobby was at the back of the property, it was absolutely nothing compared to the walk to the Forever Grand. I think we took a couple wrong turns, and after we finally found our way, Mari took us pretty much all the way back to the same bank of elevators and up we went to the Terrace suites.

    All of the Terrace suites are at the end of each hallway, so at least you can tell your guests that it's the "last door on the ______". It fits up to 40 guests, but again, 25 is probably comfortable.

    The view is tied for the Cosmo in terms of how beautiful it is. It has a view of the MGM Grand Mansion, which was news to me (Mari explained it like this: If you were Justin Bieber, you'd stay at the SkyLofts. If you were the Queen, you'd stay at the Mansion. Invite only, super exclusive.)

    Mari, being a wedding rep, couldn't give too much information in terms of getting bumped, when to book, or anything of the like, but did hint that getting catering and other things in is relatively easy to the Terrace suites.

    The room itself looks just like the photos. Small living area inside, big living area outside. It's so much younger feeling than the SkyLofts. SkyLofts are like a 40-something, and the Terrace suite is definitely like a 25 year old (haaaaaaay!).

    The patio seating areas are split in to three (four if you want to be generous). There's a couch area with a built in flat screen TV, a 6 person dining table, and those weird orange couches (definitely a little faded, but otherwise in good condition) in the middle of the deck. There's also a built in bar on one of the railings.

    Just like the Mirage and the Cosmo, you have the option of plugging stuff in direct to the TV with an audio cable, or there's an iPod dock with a 30 pin, so if you're iPhone 5 or newer, bring an adaptor.
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  • adverbadverb member
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    Yaaay!! This is all so awesome! Thanks so much

    Bummer about the ipod connection, but good to know. Was there ONLY an ipod connector there, or a regular AUX cable too?

    Do you have the contact info for the lady you were able to book the showing with? I was told we just had to show up the day of and hope for the best. Then again, I'm NOT having a wedding at the MGM Chapel...
  • xoedenxoeden member
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    Only an iPod connector for the bedroom, but the TV's all have that weird little wall mount thing. You'd have to provide a AUX cable by the looks of it.

    I originally tried to email guest services, but got redirected to the wedding chapel to book a viewing of the hotel rooms (weird...). I've been communicating with Mari, who's been awesome:

    Mari Cruz Gomez
    Professional Wedding Coordinator
    MGM Grand Hotel & Casino

    800.646.5530

    702.891.3495

    [email protected]

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  • adverbadverb member
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    Thanks for the info! I'll shoot her a message. Does she know you are planning to have a wedding there and NOT at the chapel? Can I be honest with that info? I don't want to get a hit for not using their catering services.
  • xoedenxoeden member
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    I said we were looking for the wedding night, possibly the meet & greet, and possibly the wedding, and left it all very, very vague.

    She sent me all of the in-suite wedding package information anyway, as well as the in-suite catering options ($50 for a bowl of tortilla chips. Just sayin'.) During the tour, she pretty much said in not so many words that just don't let security see you with lots of professional looking food and you'll be fine because 'they can't police everyone.'
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  • xoedenxoeden member
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    If you want, @adverb, send me your e-mail address and I'll send you our whole wall of e-mails so you can see what I said!
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  • adverbadverb member
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    Awesome! Thanks. I sent you a PM :)
  • xoedenxoeden member
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    Sent back. If anyone else is curious, just let me know!
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