MGM Grand introduces health-conscious hotel rooms in Vegas

Here’s to your health! Soon Las Vegas visitors will be able to treat their minds and bodies to a new experience at MGM Grand. Hoping to tap into the growing market of wellness-oriented travelers, the megaresort is in the process of launching Stay Well rooms.

One of the Stay Well rooms at MGM Grand

Rooms similar to this one are being kitted out with health and wellness amenities at MGM Grand.

“These rooms will be similar in size and look to our standard rooms, but the difference is lifestyle,” said Tim Kelly, the vice president of hotel operations at MGM Grand. “I think of it as taking the comforts of your healthy way of life on the road.”

In order to do this, MGM Grand has partnered with Delos, a company renowned for incorporating scientifically based health features into living spaces. Forty-two rooms are currently being outfitted as Stay Well rooms – becoming the first of their kind on the Las Vegas Strip.

“We are thrilled to introduce Delos’ innovative wellness designs at MGM Grand,” said Morad Fareed, the co-founder of Delos.

There will be more than 15 health-oriented amenities in the new Stay Well rooms. For example, an air purification system built to meet HEPA (High-Efficiency Particulate Air) standards will feel like a lifesaver after an evening spent in a smoke-filled casino. Got jet lag from traveling across the country? An energizing light system in the bathroom will help reset your wake/sleep cycle naturally, while soft LED lighting throughout the room will create an ambiance better aligned to your body’s circadian rhythms. EMF panels, which block electrical currents, are also noted for preventing sleep loss.

“The alarm clock is amazing,” said Kelly of the dawn simulator, which gently coaxes you to rise by gradually increasing light levels and peaceful sounds beginning 30 minutes before a set time. “It slowly illuminates and then activates – and that is so much better than suddenly being woken up.”

A vitamin C-infused showerhead

A vitamin C-infused showerhead is among the featured amenities in the Stay Well rooms.

When it comes to your skin, you are sure to enjoy features like hypoallergenic linens, soaps and body washes, along with an activated carbon water filter in the sink and a vitamin C infuser in the shower. In addition to sleeping better and rejuvenating your body – especially after a late night spent out partying – you can start the day off with fruit and freshly squeezed vegetable juice or other items found on a special in-room menu designed by nutritionists from the Cleveland Clinic.

“The minibars aren’t going to have the typical offerings either. We’ll stock healthier choices that are better for you,” added Kelly. “And we’ll be using different cleaning methods in the Stay Well rooms, like the black wand and other ultraviolet-based devices.”

Thus, when the rooms are sanitized, harmful microorganisms and allergens will be removed safely and without harsh chemicals. This is great news for asthma and allergy sufferers.

And that’s not all! To familiarize guests with the experience, there will be a dedicated Stay Well room channel. Deepak Chopra is filming an introduction segment for it. The famed mind and body healer will outline all of the amenities and even guide you on a brief meditative journey.

The Stay Well rooms comprise just one component of what’s been dubbed “The Grand Renovation.” The massive refurbishment project has been underway for nearly a year. It’s scheduled to wrap up in spring of 2013 with the opening of the highly anticipated Hakkasan Restaurant and Nightclub, which will span five levels and more than 75,000 square feet at MGM Grand’s front entrance. Last week, the resort announced the completion of a $160 million overhaul of 4,212 rooms and suites.

The Stay Well rooms will be finished by mid October 2012. They are guaranteed to provide the amenities and services you need to have more control over and feel better about your Vegas travel experience. Expect to pay about $30 more per night above the prevailing room rates.


I’m a Las Vegas native. By profession, I write at Mostly about the city’s hotels, but on other topics – gaming and transportation – too. I really love staying at hotels. And the ones here are among the biggest and best in the world. Some key things I’ve learned: Resort fees are inescapable (frustrating but true), a friendly attitude at the front desk may score you a great view and over-the-top room amenities – bath butlers, Japanese tea service, menus with “intimate” items – do exist. What else should you know about me? Well, I’m comfortable at a blackjack table. And I like eating late-night pancakes in hotel coffee shops. A lot. Follow Renee on Google+.