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Looking for the best and most exclusive suites in Las Vegas for a getaway, honeymoon or weekend bash — the SkyLofts just might be the place. While they’re pricey, they can often be had for a good deal less than a large suite at Wynn or Caesars, and while you might think that Wynn / Encore’s Tower Suites, hotel within a hotel, is exclusive — the 51 lofts that make up the MGM Grand SkyLofts are the definition of luxury at the south end of the strip.
I’ve stayed at the SkyLofts a few times, and overall — they really don’t disappoint. Occupying the top floor of the MGM Grand, every loft in this Forbes 5-Star boutique hotel within a hotel, is a two-story oasis. The scale of the suites are virtually unmatched by other attainable accommodations on the strip. The high ceilings, large floorpans (1,400 sqft — 6,000 sqft) with huge floor to ceiling windows and expansive bathrooms are major selling points. Adding to the allure, the service is top notch.
Each loft includes round-trip transportation from the airport, a private entrance for check-in, hidden in plain sight, just to the right of the main entrance. But even before you step inside the small exclusive check-in area, you’ll be contacted by a pre-arrival concierge to make sure that they have your arrival information and other preferences — like billiards table or foosball table, preferred butler (if you’re a return guest) and if there is a special occasion in your party. If you’re not contacted for some reason, which can happen when booking through third parties and not directly with MGM Resorts, be sure to contact the concierge ahead of your travel to make sure they have your details and preferences — [email protected] — and be sure to include your full name, confirmation numbers and reservation info.
The check-in process is completely separate from the regular MGM Grand check-in experience (which takes place in an enormous lobby area – frequently including long lines). At SkyLofts you’re escorted up the dedicated elevators (there are two that service only the 29th floor and require key access) — you’ll likely make a quick stop at the concierge desk before being escorted to your loft for where you’ll be shown around and acquainted with the various features.
Be sure to ask questions about specific things you plan on using like the sound system, remote controlled lighting, shades etc. Some of the in-room technology can be tricky – so this is the time to ensure everything is functioning well. You’ll also be able to request dining reservations, etc at this time, and you should definitely check out the restaurant in The Mansion, if you’ve not dined there before.
The, even more exclusive, Mansion at MGM is comprised of 29 Tuscan themed villas ranging from 2,400 sqft to 12,000 sqft. The restaurant has indoor and “somewhat” outdoor seating on a fully enclosed atrium that’s more of a bio-dome like structure — so the weather is always beautiful inside or out. It’s rarely busy in there, since it’s only open to guests of The Mansion and SkyLofts, but the service is impeccable and the food is generally outstanding due to its high-end clientele.
The butler service at SkyLofts is generally what you make of it. It’s great to have readily available personal assistance when you need it, but if you don’t take advantage of it, you’ll hardly notice they’re around. I’ve asked them in the past to assist with transportation, reservations, and arranging laundry service. They will also set up dining in your suite from any of the on property restaurants (except Joël Robuchon). So, if you don’t feel like schlepping down to Morimoto or Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, you can have your entire meal served in your loft. Click here to see all MGM Grand property restaurants.
The lofts themselves are large. The are all two-story and have the same amenities and service, but range in size from 1400 square feet to 6000 square feet. There are also two lofts that have a terrace with a plunge pool / hot tub — so those are harder to come by, as are the few three bedroom 6000 sqft lofts.
The one bedroom is 1,400 square feet with a six seat dining room, living room and work area on the first level. Upstairs is the bedroom, closet and master bath. The bedroom is a bit on the small side in this layout, but the bathroom is great – featuring a large walk-in shower that doubles as a steam room, large infinity style, jetted bath, and walk-in closet.
The two bedroom is listed at 3,000 square feet — more than double the size of the one bedroom, and it’s noticeable. The addition of a foosball or billiards table is a nice touch, and there is significantly more lounging / entertaining space with two living areas along the window side of the room, and a smaller TV viewing den next to the game room and a half bath just off the game room. That interior TV room can also serve as a third bedroom as you can close off the game room, half bath, and TV room using interior double doors you’ll notice if you look closely at the video below.
The upstairs of the two-bedroom holds a two-queen guest room with walk in closets and full bathroom that’s almost as large as the master bath. It too has the infinity edge bath, large walk-in shower and Bvlgari bath products you’ll find in all the SkyLofts.
On the other side of the top floor you’ll find the master suite. It’s the size of a large Las Vegas suite, all by itself. Nevermind the dining rooms and living and gaming space downstairs, it’s very comfortable. I’m a sucker for the infinity edge bath, the huge shower / steam-room and all the extra space to spread out in the bath and closet area.
I’ve found the beds in the SkyLofts to be just right for me. I prefer a firmer mattress, and often wake up with a sore lower back when forced to sleep on one that’s too soft. I haven’t found that to be the case here, the mattress, while not as firm as my own at home, has been in that middle ground where it doesn’t do any damage and it probably helps that I’m likely going to bed pretty tired when if Vegas.
The SkyLofts at MGM Grand are not inexpensive, but they do offer a luxurious experience with access to things you’ll not see elsewhere on the strip. So, for a special occasion, life event, or luxury getaway – they may be just right despite the high price tag.
I especially like the included transportation, extra room to lounge, personalized service provided by the concierge staff and butlers, and the amazing bathroom setup. Additionally, you’re at MGM Grand which boasts some of the widest selection of restaurants and entertainment.
While it seems as though MGM Resorts will no longer be a part of the popular AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts program, which provided even more value when booking SkyLofts, MGM is poised to become partnered with Marriott Bonvoy in the new year. Hopefully that’ll mean something special for those of us who are loyal Bonvoy Elite members, or at least some bonus points or amenities when checking into these amazing Las Vegas Suites.
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