MGM Grand – Las Vegas, Nevada

Travel Buddies, for Fourth of July weekend I went to Las Vegas and stayed at the MGM Grand with a newfound friend! How was it? Well wouldn’t you like to know!

🛎️ – Completely Unsatisfied

🛎️ 🛎️ – Needs More Work

🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️  – Not Bad Could Be Better

🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ – Satisfied and Enjoyable

🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ – The Best AKA YASSSSS !!!!

Location🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 

The MGM Grand is located directly on the Strip so it was super convenient to walk to other hotels, sight see and to get food. Another thing you should know about Las Vegas is that Uber and Lyft do not pick you up directly on the street, you have to go to a hotel’s rideshare location usually located in the parking lot, in order to get your Uber/Lyft. Because we were on the strip, we could easily go to any hotel parking lot and catch our car to any location.

Aesthetics🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️🛎️ 

Both the outside and inside of the hotel was amazing. One thing about Las Vegas hotels is that they’re not hotels, they’re resorts, so they’re HUGE! The casinos, the pools, the restaurants, some of them even have clubs so it’s really a lot to take in. However, everything is amazing, bright, and loud (in both color and sound) so it’s great for vlogging and photo-ops. Being that our room was on the sixteenth floor, it had a huge window with an amazing view so the lighting was perfect for selfies.

Cleanliness:🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️🛎️

The resort was spotless from the lobby to our double room. The pool had a lot of people which is why it was rimmed with cups and bottles which wasn’t an issue because it felt like a party.

Service:🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️🛎️

The service was great. We didn’t really call the front desk except to have more towels sent up but whenever we passed housekeeping, they always said good morning and good afternoon and was sure to ask if we needed anything. We ended up locking ourselves out and the guest services was happy to provide us with a new room key and directions to the club we were going to. We ate twice at the brunch buffet they had downstairs which was AMAZING and the staff was courteous, conversational, and can COOK!

Affordability:🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️🛎️

A lot of people tend to think that Las Vegas is expensive, but our room was very affordable for the space that they provided. If you look on any travel site or directly on the hotel’s website, you can find great deals and because Las Vegas can reach a high of 115 degrees and is pretty much party day and night, you don’t need a long stay anyway. Three or four days is more than enough.

OVERALL SCORE:🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️🛎️

This hotel averaged to five bells as I have no complaints! I had a great time and the stay was definitely memorable as I had an amazing partner to experience with! We did our best to beat the heat but the MGM Grand definitely made it worth it. I would love to stay at other hotels, just to see what it’s like but for a first time goer, I would strongly recommend the MGM Grand!

Sonesta Philadelphia Rittenhouse Square

Recently, I visited the Sonesta hotel in Philadelphia located in the Center City area. It was a solo travel adventure and I felt like I needed to get away as all the things that were going on in my life were piling up. As a go-hard wanderluster, I decided to document my travels in which I would give my honest opinion about the accommodations in hopes that it would inspire my readers to seek out an adventure on their own.

I have developed a legend for my travels:

🛎️ – Completely Unsatisfied

🛎️ 🛎️ – Needs More Work

🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️  – Not Bad Could Be Better

🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ – Satisfied and Enjoyable

🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ – The Best AKA YASSSSS !!!!

Location: 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 

The Sonesta Philadelphia in Rittenhouse is conveniently located at 1800 Market Street in Philadelphia, PA which makes it one of the best places for someone who is traveling, especially on a solo trip. Everything that you would need such as banks, late night food, shopping, etc is a quick two to eight-minute walk away which was a huge weight on my limbs and my pockets.

Aesthetics: 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️

As far as the outside and inside of the hotel and the room, I really enjoyed it. I had a double bed with a couch and since it was only me, and it was considered a standard guest room, I believe that it was a nice setup. However, I am a huge fan of bathrooms and lighting and I feel that the tub was a little too small and the lighting was fairly dim and weirdly placed. Now, I may be a little biased due to me being an avid selfie lover and growing blogger; however, I believe that a lot of individuals would come on business ventures and for people who do blog/vlog, lighting is super important for photo/video purposes.

Cleanliness: 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️  

The hotel was spotless inside and out for the most part inside and out. The only issue that I had was there must’ve been a not so romantic evening as their was a huge red wine stain on the shower curtain in the bathroom.

Service: 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️  

The service was pretty good. When I checked in, I got a handwritten thank you note from the front desk staff and they always was sure to say good morning and good night as I was coming and going. As far as the housekeeping, I called to have the beds changed and made and clean towels and they came and dropped off towels and graciously cleaned the bathroom but my beds remained untended. Another thing that bugged me is that you cannot ride past the eighth floor in the elevator without your key card, therefore, if you are staying on a higher floor and you have a friend/family dropping buy, you have to go all the way downstairs to get them. Huge annoyance.

Affordability: 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️  

For the most part, Sonesta is a great place to stay but I would definitely considering booking this place during sale time on their website or through a third-party like Booking.com or Expedia. Prices can range from 250+ a night and although it’s in a great spot, that still is a bit steep for my liking.

OVERALL SCORE: 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 🛎️ 

This hotel averaged to four bells as it was a great stay and since I caught a great deal, it was pretty amazing. The overall pros were definitely the room layout and the location and the only cons I would say were the lighting placement and the key card/elevator hassle. Other than that, I’d recommend staying with this chain and I look forward to staying here again!