A Grand way to sign off from single life

There's plenty to see and do in vibrant Las Vegas
There's plenty to see and do in vibrant Las Vegas
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You can say goodbye to singledom a million ways – but doing it Las Vegas-style stands apart.

So where better to, erm, celebrate the onset of domestic bliss than the world’s party capital itself?

And where better to base my stay for my very own re-enactment of that blockbuster comedy The Hangover than that symbol of modern Vegas, the MGM Grand?

The MGM Grand remains a monolithic 6,000-room, four-storey, 280ft bastion of the very best kind of excess that Sin City has to offer.

Built in 1993 as the world’s biggest hotel, the Grand maintains its position as a leading place to base yourself for a Vegas ‘break’.

There may be other venues popping up all over the place in this city of dreams, but in terms of value, quality, variety and sheer scale the MGM Grand remains a top pick.

Perfectly located centrally on Las Vegas strip, it’s an ideal starting point for you to get to the vast array of attractions this crazy town has to offer.

Quite frankly, though, you could spend the five nights me and my hardy group of revellers did here and have more than enough to keep you busy, without even stepping past the 100,000lb bronze statue lion which guards the hotel’s entrance.

The MGM Grand throws at you everything you want for whatever kind of visit you choose.

Being a stay of the more rambunctious kind, the bars and clubs were going to have to step up to the plate.

Going upscale? Tabu Ultra Lounge was the place to visit for a chic night on the booze.

Throwing some shapes (badly)? Then Studio54 would be the destination for the MGM Grand’s take on the famous New York party centre of the 1970s.

Looking for a tipple at many of the ungodly hours you are likely to be keeping? Don’t worry, Zuri’s 24 hours and always has a friendly welcome.

Eating is on another level. Boasting more AAA Diamond award-winning restaurants under one roof than any other hotel in the world, it delivers on the culinary front – and them some.

The full gambit of world cuisine is on offer, but a highlight proved to be the renowned chef Michael Mina’s Nobhill Tavern.

This place rates as former tennis star (and Vegas-ite) Andre Agassi’s favourite place to eat in town, so who were we to argue?

I sipped on the restaurant’s signature cablecar cocktail before feasting on some seared dayboat scallops with butternut squash puree, Brussels sprouts, pear, pecans and brown butter. It was a fine-dining delight.

You can’t do Vegas without taking in one of the town’s shows, and illusionist David Copperfield’s offering is very much in keeping with the air of surrealness which washes over you in this place.

Making a Lincoln car appear six foot from your nose and 13 people disappear before instantly turning up at the back the theatre is all part of the offering.

It’s pure Vegas, and it’s brilliantly entertaining.

Similarly enthralling for the lads is the scenery at Wet Republic, the 53,000 square foot complex which hosts the hotel’s pool party.

Oh, and seeing as this is the world’s gambling capital it’d be rude not to throw a dollar or two around the 170,000sq ft gaming area.

The MGM doesn’t do that by half measures. Blackjack, craps, roulette, pai-gow, poker is just the start.

So thanks Jimmy, Stu, Robbo and John for joining me for my stag celebrations.

And thanks to the MGM Grand for making my Vegas send-off everything I could have asked for.


Rooms at the MGM Grand start from £42 per night.Suites are available ranging from £58 to £488 per night.

For details visit the MGM Grand website at mgmgrand.com

You can contact the MGM Grand to book rooms by calling 001 (800) 929-1111 or 001 (702) 891-7777

Virgin Atlantic fly directly to Las Vegas from London Gatwick daily. British Airways fly direct to Las Vegas from London Heathrow daily.

You can find further details on the MGM Grand via Twitter, Facebook, YouTube or download the iPhone app.