Hecho En Vegas in MGM Grand Hotel (Las Vegas)

After basking in the breathtaking beauty of the Grand Canyon, we headed out of that wilderness into a different kind of wild... the lively Las Vegas strip. After a few hours on the road, we finally arrived at our hotel, the MGM Grand.

The main reason we selected the MGM Grand Hotel? It was listed as having one of the top 10 pools in Vegas!

lazy river in the grand pool at MGM Grand Las Vegas

Presenting the long and winding lazy river in the Grand Pool Complex...

lazy river in the grand pool at MGM Grand Las Vegas

Even without tube rentals, you can easily ride the gentle current while traversing the various areas including the simulated rain droplets or occasional spouting fountains. We would have gone the day we checked in but the one hour wait for check-in starting 3-4pm gave little time for play before it closed at 5pm! The other pools were open longer but we decided to hop in the moving waters first thing the next morning for two hours of relaxation.

deluxe room at MGM Grand Las Vegas

Our room in the east wing was modern and infinitely more comfortable than sleeping bags/tents in frigid weather. We've heard that the west wing is much older and the ~$10 difference seemed worth the upgrade.

That cozy room and blue water paradise wasn't the only perk... we also had a $50 food credit toward any of the restaurants in the hotel.

Hecho En Vegas (MGM Grand Las Vegas)

After casually walking by every hotel restaurant option and peeking at menus, we decided to try out Hecho En Vegas, a cantina & mexican grill.

We asked our waiter about serving size and he suggested "you can handle it" to Dennis and to just "add an appetizer" to me. It turned out the portions were very generous!

Viva las fajitas achiote-marinated shrimp and seasoned skirt steak at Hecho En Vegas (MGM Grand Las Vegas)

Our first choice was the Viva Las Fajitas combo, with our selection of the achiote-marinated shrimp and the seasoned skirt steak meats. The audible sizzling and aroma of fajitas made me so excited to be there! The steak had a noticable char to it but was still tender and juicy despite being cooked "well done." We enjoyed the savory spices on the shirmp combined with the grill characteristics. The peppers were softened but a tad oily.

Our only complaint were the tortillas. These came wrapped in foil but seemed to dry up within 1-2 minutes of removing them from their wrappers! We asked for a 'fresh' batch, and while these lasted a few minutes longer, they still broke apart too rapidly!

side of rice and beans at Hecho En Vegas (MGM Grand Las Vegas)

The side of beans and rice seemed fancy in their cast iron griddle bed. The cojita cheese was a pleasant addition to the otherwise simple beans.

Chimichanga Banderas style at Hecho En Vegas (MGM Grand Las Vegas)

Our other meal selection was the Chimichanga Bandera style. This monstrosity was about a foot long and quite thick. The wrapper was the thickness of a tortilla and lightly fried.  Three different sauces were sectioned out plus topped with queso fresco! The flavors ranged from green tomatillo verde to a more buttery white sauce to the red enchilada sauce. It was beautifully done, visually stimulating as well as darn tasty!

guacamole and salsa at Hecho En Vegas (MGM Grand Las Vegas)

You can order the popular house guacamole which is made fresh in front of you but our items already came with guac, saving us a pretty penny. The complimentary chips seem fresh and the two salsas were impressive for what we'd expect in a casino! The red was downright delightful with a hint of heat while the green was more mild. I believe it was a different green sauce than the sauce on the bandera.

We thought this meal was more than satisfactory (except tortillas) and after the food credit, only paid $10 plus gratuity for our meal. Our stay was for only one night, otherwise we would have splashed around more in the pool. I rarely swim but if I had a pool like this... Stay tuned for our next Vegas post!

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Hecho En Vegas
3799 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas NV 89109
(702) 891-3200

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Mary's picture
Submitted by Mary (not verified) on Thu, 08/13/2015 - 10:01am

Haha, I’m going to be doing Vegas posts VERY SOON (like tomorrow). Geez, now I totally want to stay at the MGM next time. I know a few people who would love that lazy river. It looks so relaxing and inviting.

I love it when things are served in tiny cast iron pots and pans. It looks so adorable! The shrimp looks delicious with that char on it. Hooray Vegas!

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Sat, 08/15/2015 - 10:00pm

yea, rectangular pools are so overrated. gonna read your posts soon!

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Submitted by Jinxi (not verified) on Fri, 08/14/2015 - 12:23pm

I've only ever heard stories about the MGM pool/"river" but never actually been! I am definitely going to try and stay there next time :)

lynn's picture
Submitted by lynn on Sat, 08/15/2015 - 10:01pm

check out the rest of the 'best pools' list and you may find another hotel that tempts you as well! :)

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Submitted by Soo (not verified) on Sun, 08/16/2015 - 8:33am

That was a cool pool and delicious looking meat! You drove back home after only 1 night?

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Submitted by lynn on Sun, 08/16/2015 - 1:21pm

we stayed in the fremont area of vegas the next two nights. more vegas post(s) to come!

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