Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand Receives Mobil Five-Star Rating From Mobil Travel Guide

November 09, 2006
One of Only Two Las Vegas Restaurants to Receive Recognition
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LAS VEGAS

Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand was honored with a Mobil Five-Star Award by Mobil Travel Guide, originators of the prestigious Five-Star rating system and providers of one of the most comprehensive evaluation systems of hotels, restaurants and spas. This rating recognizes Joel Robuchon as among the top restaurants in the United States and Canada for 2007.

"We are thrilled to receive this recognition from the Mobil Travel Guide," said MGM Grand President & COO Gamal Aziz. "Joel Robuchon was designed to be a special and extraordinary experience. The Five Stars tell us we are delivering on that promise."

Mobil Travel Guide rates restaurants using a proprietary ratings process that is based on more than 250 rigorous and standardized criteria that are evaluated and updated annually. The process begins with a facility inspection which considers every aspect of the property, from its overall cleanliness and condition to its location. To achieve Mobil Five-Star status, properties must then meet or exceed Mobil's bar-setting service standards, which are determined through an unannounced, undercover service evaluation conducted by Mobil Travel Guide's expert inspectors. For a detailed explanation of Mobil Travel Guide's industry-leading ratings process, visit www.mobiltravelguide.com. Joel Robuchon's comprehensive review by Mobil Travel Guide's incognito experts can be found online at www.mobiltravelguide.com.

Shane O'Flaherty, VP of Quality Assurance for Mobil Travel Guide, said, "While most travelers may be familiar with the concept of star ratings, many are surprised when they discover how few restaurants actually achieve Mobil Five-Star status. Our standards are undeniably the most stringent in the industry, meaning that Joel Robuchon's Mobil Five-Star award places them at the pinnacle of service and luxury."

Culinary history was made in Las Vegas in September 2005 when legendary Chef Joel Robuchon opened his first fine dining restaurant in the United States at MGM Grand. Named "Chef of the Century" along with scores of other accolades and honors, Chef Joel Robuchon presents unparalleled cuisine in a stunning setting. Only 16 restaurants in North America received the Mobil Five Stars for 2007; only two of those are in Las Vegas. Last month, Joel Robuchon received another tremendous distinction when it was recognized by AAA as a Five Diamond restaurant.

ABOUT MGM GRAND:

MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resort with 5,044 elegant rooms and suites, provides a "Maximum Vegas" experience. Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand, luxurious two-story lofts located on the top two floors of the resort; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located on the grounds of MGM Grand. MGM Grand features Cirque du Soleil's astonishing performance of KA, the beautiful women of La Femme, direct from the Crazy Horse in Paris and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theater. The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs and restaurateurs including "Chef of the Century" Joel Robuchon, an elaborate 380,000-square-foot non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, a pool complex, dynamic nightclubs, a poker room, the Race & Sports Book and the Lion Habitat. MGM Grand is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGE™ (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit the web site at www.mgmgrand.com, or call toll free at (800) 929-1111.

ABOUT MOBIL TRAVEL GUIDE:

Mobil Travel Guide, originator of the prestigious Mobil Star ratings and certifications, has been providing the most comprehensive ratings and reviews of hotels, restaurants, and spas in the United States and Canada since 1958. Mobil Travel Guide's team of anonymous, expert inspectors evaluates properties against rigorous and objective proprietary standards, giving consumers the insight to make better-informed travel and leisure decisions. Mobil Travel Guide is published by Publications International, Ltd. under license from Exxon Mobil Corporation. Mobil Travel Guide is headquartered in Lincolnwood, Illinois. For more information, visit www.mobiltravelguide.com.

SOURCE: MGM MIRAGE

CONTACT: Erin McCleskey, Public Relations Manager of MGM MIRAGE,
+1-702-891-7517, emccleskey@mgmmirage.com

Web site: http://www.mgmgrand.com/
http://www.mobiltravelguide.com/