MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Rating: 4.0 Pearls

The MGM Grand is the largest hotel (by room count) in Las Vegas, and its party pool, Wet Republic, can get pretty hopping. The hotel also has the biggest casino in town, many of the best restaurants, and an enormous and, as you can see here, fun pool complex.

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 The MGM Grand is the largest hotel (by room count) in Las Vegas, and its party pool, Wet Republic, can get pretty hopping. The hotel also has the biggest casino in town, many of the best restaurants, and an enormous and, as you can see here, fun pool complex.
The MGM Grand is the largest hotel (by room count) in Las Vegas, and its party pool, Wet Republic, can get pretty hopping. The hotel also has the biggest casino in town, many of the best restaurants, and an enormous and, as you can see here, fun pool complex. There's usually a crowd, partly because Wet Republic has lower cover charges than many other adults-only pools in Vegas. Typically, women get into the pool party for free, and men pay $20 (although you have to get in before 2 p.m for the discount). Despite the crowds, the cocktail waitresses are attentive and speedy. During our reporter's visit, there was a bikini contest and a live performance by electro-hop duo LMFAO. The MGM's huge range of on-site entertainment options means that everyone -- yes, everyone -- can find what they want. The Moorea Beach Club at THEhotel -- part of the Mandalay Bay hotel complex -- has a rowdy pool party, exclusive to guests over 21. THEhotel, quieter but hipper than Mandalay Bay, attracts a younger crowd that prefers urban chic to ornate luxury. Huge suites, solid service, and fine art on the walls make THEhotel a sophisticated haven from the Vegas circus; but access to Mandalay's amenities -- including its pools -- means you can have a foot in each world. Plan to get to the pool early if you want to snag a cushioned lounge chair. (Otherwise, you'll have to splurge on the "opium beds," daybeds, or pavilions.) Poolside massage services are available, and "European" sunbathing (read: topless sunbathing) is permitted. The entrance fee is $10 for women, $50 for men. In addition to the adult pool, THEhotel has an elaborate, kid-friendly pool complex that includes a lazy river and a wave pool. Like the Paris and New York-New York hotels, the 5,030-room Venetian is an enormous and extravagant tribute to a place far from the desert, complete with gondola rides and a replica of Saint Mark's Square. The Venetian's rollicking Tao Beach adult pool, on top of Tao Asian Bistro and Nightclub, is one of the best places to see-and-be-seen in Vegas. Celebrities spotted at Tao Beach include Heidi Klum, Jessica Simpson, Jay-Z, and Michael Jordan. Seven poolside cabanas each come with HD plasma-screen TVs and stocked mini-fridges. Preprogrammed iPods and daybeds are available for rent, while lounge chairs are first-come, first-served. On Saturday nights the pool gets lit up with a light show and 14-foot-tall fire columns. The Venetian has six pools, including Tao Beach, and guests are also welcome to use any of the seven pools at the Palazzo next door, which are connected via a pedestrian walkway to the Venetian pool decks. Topless sunbathing is allowed on weekdays. If you want to tone your bikini body during your stay, the hotel’s fitness facility has a huge range of cardio and strength equipment (all with video monitors), an indoor climbing wall, and spinning and yoga classes. Managed by the swank Morgans hotel group, the Hard Rock is off the Strip, but it knows how to throw a party -- Rehab is Vegas' best pool party. The grotto pool has two beaches (with actual sand, in the pool itself!), a waterslide, scantily clad waitresses, and plenty of cabanas hooked up with TVs and refrigerators. On Sundays, the hotel hosts the Rehab pool party, one of Las Vegas' most notorious parades of tanned and toned bare skin -- it's so popular, non-hotel guests have been known to line up early in the morning and fork over $100 (for guys) or $50 (for ladies) just to get inside. Fortunately, hotel guests get free access (via wristbands) to the party, but this doesn't mean they don't have to wait in line. Hard Rock's Rehab pool party isn't a chic, classy affair -- a Hard Rock party means oiled abs, neon plastic beer cups, and thumping, club-banger tunes. If you're looking for something a little more tame, stick to checking out the hotel's museum's worth of rock 'n' roll memorabilia or dining at Nobu or Ago. The 3,044-room Mirage has comfortable, well-designed rooms, an enormous pool, diverse dining options, and attentive service. The adults-only pool, Bare, is true to its name, and topless sunbathing is very much allowed. Drinks are served by buxom, bikini-clad servers and live DJs play the latest in pop and hip-hop. The price of admission into Bare isn't as steep as at other party pools -- $20 for men, $10 for women -- but be wary of the food and drink minimums for daybeds and cabanas. There's a $50 drink minimum to sit in a daybed, and cabana rentals require a $500 to $1,500 food-and-beverage minimum, depending on the day of the week. This off-the-Strip hotel is known for its crazy parties and celebrity stopovers. The three-tower, 425-room resort has modern rooms and numerous popular clubs. So the pool at the Palms comes with a de facto party scene. Popular (and sometimes celebrity) DJs spin at the weekly pool party, Ditch Fridays, which opens for the season every May. The main pool complex at the Palms includes four pools and three poolside bars. Cabanas don't have daily rental fees, and are instead available to guests who meet food-and-drink minimums of $500 on weekdays, or $1,000 on weekends. Since 1966, the 2,419-room Caesars Palace has defined excess on the Strip, with its elaborate classical architecture, and one of the biggest casinos in Vegas. Topless sunbathing is allowed at the adults-only Venus Pool Club, which is attached to some of the parties at the Pure nightclub, but is typically a bit more laid back than some of the other pool parties in Vegas.
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