Video: MGM Grand Detroit, $800-Million Luxury Hotel and Entertainment Destination, Opens in Downtown Detroit

October 03, 2007
MGM Grand Detroit, First-Ever Las Vegas-Style Destination to Open in a Major Metropolitan Core

Luxury business travel has a new address in Detroit. The $800-million MGM Grand Detroit debuted last night raising the city's hospitality offerings to unparalleled heights. Developed by MGM MIRAGE (NYSE: MGM), one of the world's most respected hotel and gaming companies, MGM Grand Detroit is the first-ever Las Vegas-style destination to open in a major metropolitan core. Delivering unrivaled rooms and suites, celebrity chef restaurants, the only resort-style spa in southeast Michigan and 30,000-square-feet of meeting and convention space, MGM Grand Detroit is now the premier hotel and entertainment destination in the state. The opening adds an additional 1,000 jobs to the company's employee base, totaling approximately 3,000, making MGM Grand Detroit one of the top employers in the area.

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"We've opened the doors to MGM Grand Detroit and are proud to introduce a new level of amenities and offerings to the Midwest. MGM Grand Detroit will be a draw for many audiences from the business traveler and international visitor, to regional guests and our community with a location that is convenient during the week, and both exciting and accessible for weekend getaways," said George Boyer, President and COO for MGM Grand Detroit. "We've taken the chic of Manhattan and combined it with the sizzle of Las Vegas to create this one-of-a-kind experience for our guests."

The opening was celebrated with a VIP black-tie affair attended by Grammy-nominee Kid Rock and Grammy-Award -winners Ashanti and Anita Baker, along with celebrity chefs Wolfgang Puck and Michael Mina and many other Detroit dignitaries. The official opening of the doors was commemorated with a visually stunning celebratory moment that lit up the neighborhood and the skyline. As the property's spectacular Grand Garden was illuminated for the first time, fireworks signaled a new era for downtown Detroit with matchless amenities and accommodations never before available in the Midwest.

Of Detroit's three original casinos, MGM Grand Detroit is the only hotel and entertainment destination created as an entirely new venue -- built from the ground up -- to deliver an unequaled guest experience. Room reservations are available via or (888) 646-3387.

  Among MGM Grand Detroit's key elements:

  --  GRAND GARDEN: Designed by the imaginative artists renowned for holiday
      creations in Rockefeller Center and the Bellagio Conservatory and
      Botanical Gardens in Las Vegas, this botanical display anchors the
      property. The garden is a distinctive environment with dynamic
      lighting and flourishing plants and serves as a seasonal attraction
      for guests and the community. For its debut, autumn bursts into
      resplendent color featuring giant glass-fabricated leaves and 50-foot
      Canadian white birch trees. Colossal Michigan-grown pumpkins weighing
      up to 1,200 pounds commemorate the seasonal holidays and complete the
      picturesque autumnal scene.

  --  LOBBY: The lobby envelops patrons in a modern yet tranquil atmosphere
      with grandiose 20-foot ceilings and a handcrafted alabaster wall. The
      adjacent guest-only "Living Room" features a wall-length fireplace,
      plush oversized ottomans and contemporary artwork from Michigan artist
      Herb Babcock, where hotel guests can relax or make reservations via
      the dedicated concierge. Floral artistry by Detroit-based Terry's
      Enchanted Garden begins in the lobby and extends throughout the

  --  GUEST ROOMS AND SUITES: MGM Grand Detroit features 400 chic and
      stylish guest rooms, including 65 opulent suites accented with modern,
      colorful prints by Detroit artist Gilda Snowden. Guests enjoy 24-hour
      in-room dining by the original celebrity chef, Wolfgang Puck. Luxury
      guest rooms start at 510 square feet and feature oversized bathrooms;
      showers featuring a "peek a boo" panel of opaque tangerine glass
      offering a glimpse of a showering silhouette from the bedroom;
      telephones that serve as a "Butler" with color touch-screen technology
      that enables guests to access property information, schedule wake-up
      calls, order room service and connect to the Internet without picking
      up the phone; a 42-inch wall-mounted plasma television and an IPOD
      docking station. Ranging from 1,000 to 2,225 square feet, each suite
      features a marble foyer, living room sitting area with wet bar and
      floor-to-ceiling wraparound windows for stunning 90-degree cityscape
      views. On the top floor of the resort, the spectacular VIP Penthouse
      Suites also provide entertainment rooms with 54-inch plasma TVs,
      formal dining rooms and a private kitchen where hotel chefs can
      prepare meals for guests.

  --  IMMERSE SPA AND SALON: A 20,000-square-foot modern-day urban loft,
      IMMERSE is the first U.S.-based spa for internationally acclaimed
      architecture firm tonychi and associates and is inspired by nature's
      most calming element: water. Design elements are complemented by
      black-and-white photography of serene and natural landscapes by
      Detroit photographer Bill Schwab. The lavish, two-level space includes
      a full-service spa; six treatment bungalows; wet room with Vichy
      shower; first-class salon; state-of-the-art exercise room; relaxation
      lounges; separate vanity areas for men and women featuring a whirlpool
      and steam room; an infinity-edge pool; a spa boutique. The opening
      also marks the Detroit debut for Sonya Dakar -- the "first lady" of
      celebrity skin care -- who brings her signature treatments to IMMERSE.

  --  BOURBON STEAK: Designed by international firm SUPERPOTATO, BOURBON
      STEAK is a new steakhouse concept from two-time James Beard
      Award-winner Michael Mina, featuring creative variations of classic
      steakhouse fare with signature dishes including slow-poached, all
      natural Angus Beef, Duck Fat Fries, Spinach Souffle and Truffle Mac &

  --  SALTWATER: Michael Mina's SALTWATER features contemporary seafood and
      refined American cuisine set in an elegant Tony Chi design that
      celebrates the richness of the sea. SALTWATER showcases Mina's classic
      dishes including Lobster Pot Pie, Caviar Parfait, Tartare of Ahi Tuna
      and Mussel Souffle.

  --  WOLFGANG PUCK GRILLE: For the first time, the famous chef brings his
      innovative cuisine to Michigan. A contemporary version of the classic
      "bar and grill," WOLFGANG PUCK GRILLE features casual as well as
      sophisticated fine dining that can be enjoyed either as a relaxed,
      leisurely dining experience or as a comfortable, quick-bite for
      breakfast, lunch, dinner and late-night meals. Created by New
      York-based designer Tony Chi, the restaurant is a celebration of the
      Midwest -- with fields and expansive skies -- combined with the
      bustling and energetic city culture.

  --  NIGHTLIFE: MGM Grand Detroit goes beyond the threshold of excitement
      and delivers the hottest nightlife in the city. The signature lounge,
      V, features celebrity DJs, exotic cocktails and extraordinary special
      effects. Giant plasma screens convert real-time images of club-goers
      into a sexy and captivating pixel patchwork in hues of blue and red
      that reveals the energy inside the lounge to passersby. From its
      intimate fire pit to its chic decor, IGNITE sizzles with an energy
      that sets the soul ablaze. At its focal point, a 14-foot frosted glass
      display shifts from a massive wall of ice to a blazing inferno
      celebrating the dramatic tango between the forces of nature.
      U-ME-DRINK, AGUA and INT ICE offer guests stylish spots to sip a
      signature cocktail and listen to their favorite Jazz, Latin or Top 40

  --  MEETING AND EVENTS CENTER: MGM Grand Detroit offers 30,000 square feet
      of luxury business and reception space including a pillarless
      14,000-square-foot Grand Ballroom. The Meeting and Events Center is
      conveniently located on the third floor making events easily
      accessible but strategically distinguished from other hotel

  --  SHOPPING: Guests will discover the latest styles and renowned brands
      including John Hardy, Judith Leiber, BVLGARI, Juicy Couture and Dolce
      & Gabbana.

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