Detroit's entertainment epicenter

400 Rooms / 56 Suites

You’ll feel like you’re in Vegas when you step inside MGM Grand Detroit. The city’s first luxury casino resort is all that its Sin City brethren has famously come to embody, and then some. Located in the downtown district, the mega-resort is a city unto itself offering Vegas-style gaming, posh accommodations, a luxury spa experience, fine dining and an array of exciting options for nightlife.

The Neighborhood

MGM Grand Detroit’s downtown location puts it close to many of the city’s most esteemed entertainment venues, including the Fox Theatre, Masonic Temple and Saint Andrews Hall. Sports enthusiasts will be pleased to know Comerica Park, Joe Louis Arena and Ford Field are also within walking distance. A short cab ride from the hotel can land you on the Detroit Riverfront, at the Detroit Institute of Arts or in Eastern Market, where food, art and culture collide.

The Accommodations

The Tony Chi design of the 17-story hotel offers a serene escape from the everyday. The décor reflects elements of the Earth. Nods to the abundance of water surrounding the Great Lakes state can be observed in subtle design cues. For example, in the guests-only first-floor lounge along the east wall, five similar yet unique sculptures sit atop pedestals — each represents one of the Great Lakes.

The Detroit hotel’s 400 guest rooms of varying size offer picturesque views of the city. Some even provide a vista of Canada and the awe-inspiring Ambassador Bridge connecting the two nations. Oversized marble showers with dual rainheads are fixtures of each guest room’s bath, and 42-inch plasma screen TVs adorn every living area. Turndown service comes complete with a Detroit classic — Sanders fine chocolate.

The Food

Three of the Motor City’s most popular eateries are located under one roof at MGM Grand Detroit. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck brings his culinary prowess to Wolfgang Puck Steak, where a full menu of grilled cuts, shellfish and whole fresh fish keeps you well sated. Puck lends his savvy to another MGM Grand Detroit dining hot spot, the Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina. Open daily for dinner, it is known for its wood-oven-baked pizzas.

Across the gaming floor, enjoy a casual setting at Tap, Detroit’s newest old sports pub where comfort food is the stock-in-trade. Take in a college or professional game on one of the restaurant’s 40-plus HD flat-screens. Then imbibe on one of Tap’s 50 draught and bottled beers while sampling the popular housemade pickles made onsite 24 hours a day to keep up with demand. A tried-and-true Tap crowd pleaser is the TV dinner tray on Throwback Thursdays. Instead of frozen, tasteless Hungry Man meals in cardboard trays, expect fresh, upscale takes on classics like Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, green beans and peach cobbler in a retro ceramic tray replica.

The Casino

No shortage of entertainment exists at MGM Grand Detroit’s casino, where 4,000 slot and video poker machines encircle classics like roulette and specialty table games like Texas Hold ’Em and Mississippi Stud. After a visit to the craps table, go hear the live music performed nightly by local musicians in the new Axis Lounge, an open bar at the center of the gaming floor, with a Detroit Sour (Canadian Club whiskey, Disaronno amaretto, red wine and fresh lemon juice). Another plan: Stop off at Ignite Sushi Bar & Lounge for an MGM Grand Roll (crab salad, shrimp tempura, avocado, tempura crunch, tobiko and eel sauce) or some cognac and follow it up with a night of dancing at the luxury hotel’s V Nightclub.