MGM Grand Dazzles the Travel Industry With the Most 2007 AAA Diamond Awards

January 15, 2007
MGM Grand Earns 14 Diamond Designations for Exceptional Level of Hospitality and Service

AAA has awarded MGM Grand more 2007 AAA Diamonds under one roof than any other hotel in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Mexico. These highly prestigious honors follow a multi-year evolution that has redefined MGM Grand as the ultimate Las Vegas experience.

  MGM Grand's coveted AAA Diamond accolades include:

  * Five Diamond Award Winners:

    - SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand
      ** Sleek and elegant two-story accommodations atop MGM Grand

    - Joel Robuchon
      ** Sumptuous French cuisine by legendary Chef Joel Robuchon with two
         distinct tasting menus and an a la carte menu

  * Four Diamond Award Winners:

    - MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
      ** World's largest hotel to hold the AAA Four Diamond distinction

    - L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon
      ** The chef's celebrated cuisine in an accessible, informal style

    - Fiamma Trattoria and Bar
      ** A stylish outpost of the highly successful Manhattan restaurant
         featuring regional Italian specialties

      ** A Michael Mina restaurant inspired by the traditional neighborhood
         restaurants throughout San Francisco and offers fresh products from
         the Bay Area

      ** Adam Tihany-designed restaurant with Michael Mina's fun and
         innovative menu built around "jet fresh" seafood dishes and fresh
         seasonal produce

    - Craftsteak
      ** Five-time James Beard award-winning Chef Tom Colicchio elevates the
         definition of a steakhouse

    - Shibuya
      ** A Japanese dining experience using traditional ingredients with
         modern techniques and an unrivaled sake cellar

    - Pearl
      ** Authentic Chinese specialties, live seafood and a product-driven
         menu along with a tea trolley -- unique to Chinese restaurants in
         the U.S.

  * Three Diamond Award Winners:

    - Diego
      ** Bold vibrancy of traditional Mexican cuisine combined with
         sophisticated sensibility for a thoroughly modern dining experience

    - Grand Wok and Sushi Bar
      ** A wide array of Asian cuisine created by chefs who specialize in
         authentic Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean and Vietnamese dishes

    - Emeril Lagasse's New Orleans Fish House
      ** A welcoming atmosphere and 'new' New Orleans Seafood that Emeril
         Lagasse has become synonymous with

    - Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill
      ** Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck's restaurant that modernizes the
         traditional "bar and grill" concept with fun and approachable

Today's MGM Grand provides the best of everything visitors come to Las Vegas to find. Featuring star chefs and restaurants, exhilarating nightlife, top-name entertainment and luxurious accommodations, MGM Grand truly embodies "Maximum Vegas." With 5,044 guest rooms and suites, MGM Grand is the world's largest hotel to hold the AAA Four Diamond designation.

"To be recognized as the U.S. property with the most AAA Diamond designations is a testament to the resort's quality of service and amenities and our commitment to delivering an unforgettable Las Vegas experience," said MGM Grand President & COO Gamal Aziz.

MGM Grand has been transformed in recent years. The evolution of MGM Grand began in 2001 with the opening of Michael Mina's NOBHILL. In 2002, MGM Grand continued on the path to delivering exceptional culinary offerings with the introduction of Pearl, a contemporary Chinese dining experience, and Tom Colicchio's Craftsteak. MGM Grand set the Las Vegas nightlife scene on fire in 2003 with the February introduction of Tabu -- a chic, cosmopolitan ultra lounge designed by the renowned Jeffrey Beers.

The outstanding restaurant introductions continued in 2003 with the opening of Stephen Hanson's Fiamma Trattoria and Michael Mina's SEABLUE. Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill and Emeril Lagasse's New Orleans Fish House were redesigned offering fun and approachable dining. Diego -- Las Vegas' only AAA Three Diamond Mexican restaurant -- combines the bold vibrancy of traditional Mexican cuisine with sophisticated sensibility for a thoroughly modern dining experience. With the opening of Shibuya, MGM Grand brought together the finest culinary, beverage and design talent available to deliver the most creative Japanese dining experience in Las Vegas.

In January 2005, MGM Grand unveiled SKYLOFTS -- a rare and private sanctuary of 51 two-story accommodations with expansive views of the Las Vegas skyline. SKYLOFTS provides the quintessential Loft environment and the height of personalized attention including Dream, Spa and Music Butlers, 24-hour concierge service, luggage packing and unpacking services, pre-engraved stationery and much more.

In 2005 MGM Grand premiered Cirque du Soleil's KA, an awe-inspiring theatrical production that combines acrobatic performances, martial arts, puppetry, multimedia and pyrotechnics to illustrate the nature of duality.

In March 2005, MGM Grand brought new gusto to the gaming world with the openings of its Race & Sports Book, a smoke-free poker room and Centrifuge, a 77-seat bar on the casino floor featuring live entertainment and an innovative drink menu. In the same month, West Wing, a 700-room, boutique-style wing of the resort, opened offering both style and comfort. The West Wing lobby features separate elevator access and a boutique as well as the West Wing Bar, a great place to hang out before or after a night out.

Culinary history was made in Las Vegas with the opening of Joel Robuchon and L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon at MGM Grand in September 2005. These exceptional restaurants are the legendary chef's first dining ventures in the United States.

Michael Geeser, AAA Nevada spokesperson, said, "MGM Grand is truly setting new marks in Las Vegas for style and service. The Strip property is absolutely raising the bar in its attention to detail while providing its customers with a fabulous experience."

MGM Grand continues to evolve and meet the needs of the world's most discerning travelers. In June 2006, The Signature at MGM Grand opened as a luxurious all-suite hotel offering guests a serene retreat in a smoke-free, non-gaming environment where the focus is on personalized service. The Signature's Tower 2 debuted last month and Tower 3's anticipated opening is May 2007.

Award-winning restaurants, world-class entertainment and a celebrated spa and salon combined with superior service, luxurious accommodations and a grand pool complex provide MGM Grand's "Maximum Vegas" experience and is the reason why the resort has received more AAA Diamonds than any other hotel in the U.S.

AAA Diamond Awards

AAA evaluates more than 57,000 hotels and restaurants across the United States, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean each year. To receive a AAA Diamond award, hotels and restaurants must meet a list of strict criteria as determined by AAA tourism editors and trained professionals.

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