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TravelNew York New York Las Vegas hotel review

New York New York Las Vegas hotel review

As someone who visits Sin City at least 12 times per year, I know how important where you stay is — and how a hotel can make or break your trip. Las Vegas has many hotels to offer guests, from hyper-themed resorts that mimic famous cities worldwide like The Venetian to ultra-luxury resorts like the shiny new Fontainebleau; there truly is something for everyone.

On my most recent trip to Las Vegas, I wanted to stay at an MGM property to test the benefits of the now-live partnership with Marriott.

If you’re considering a stay at the New York New York Hotel and Casino, here’s what you need to know before booking.

What is the New York New York Hotel and Casino


The New York, New York hotel opened its doors in 1997 and has been a staple of the Las Vegas strip ever since, leaving travelers wondering if they’re in the desert or the middle of Times Square. The resort is just about a seven-minute drive from Harry Reid International Airport (LAS) and tucked on the south side of the Strip.

This hotel is home to a whopping 2,085 guest rooms and suites, as well as 24 restaurants, with 10 being full service; the rest are either food court joints or quick service.

It’s also synonymous with the Big Apple Coaster that runs through the hotel as well as outside around the faux New York City skyline. The roller coaster is inside the Big Apple Arcade, which is a hit for tourists of all ages, making it one of the more family-friendly properties on the Strip.

It’s Las Vegas, so naturally this hotel has a large casino with all the standard table games and slot machines; many of them are New York-themed.

The location

This hotel sits toward the end of the south side of the Strip. It’s connected by land bridges to the world-famous MGM Grand, making it easy to catch a show there or go to the Hakkasan nightclub.

A land bridge also connects it to the Excalibur Hotel & Casino. The south side of the strip is home to most of the MGM properties, so if you want to casino hop and earn Tier Rewards, this hotel is in a great location.

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How to book the New York New York Hotel

There are multiple ways to book a stay at New York New York. With the new partnership between MGM and Marriott, you can book and earn Loyalty Points via either Marriott Bonvoy or MGM Rewards. Guests can also redeem MGM points or Marriott Bonvoy points for free nights.

Rates can start as low as $55 a night up to $450, depending on the time you travel and what events might be going on in the city. The nightly rate was $348 when I stayed, likely due to a NASCAR event happening over the weekend. Weekend rates, on average, tend to be higher than weeknights.

Looking further into the year, this hotel could be booked for as low as 9,000 Marriott Bonvoy points per night.

New York New York also charges a nightly resort of $42 plus tax. This fee is only waived if you have MGM Gold status or higher or are a Marriott Ambassador elite.

MGM and Marriott partnership

MGM and Marriott recently started a new partnership and have been advertising it online; however, there was barely any mention of it inside the New York City-themed resort.

I chose to book through Marriott Bonvoy since I hold Titanium status; based on my experience, you shouldn’t expect much as a Marriott Bonvoy elite member. At check-in, one sign mentioned that Bonvoy Titanium and Ambassador elite members could use the MGM gold check-in area.

When I checked in, I was offered the choice of a welcome gift of 1,000 Bonvoy points or a daily $15 food and beverage credit. I opted for the latter. The agent who checked me in also offered me a late checkout of noon — a far cry from the usual 4 p.m. checkout I am used to at Marriott properties.

Every room has been renovated

Last summer, rooms and suites underwent a full-scale $63 million renovation. The renovations optimized the room’s current dimensions, incorporating moveable work surfaces, installing readily accessible USB/USB-C power outlets and adding extra closet space and shelving.

In my SoHo double queen room, the beds were comfortable and quite plush. A small bedside table between the two beds held a phone, power outlets and USB/USB-C ports.

The rooms featured many elements inspired by New York City, including faux exposed brick, yellow cab-colored accents, and New York City-centric artwork; some parts felt a little contrived and on the kitschy side.

Each room has a 55-inch television with streaming capabilities, a small wardrobe closet, a small table and chair, and a safe; I would have liked the TV and seating area to be bigger, though.

I was also disappointed — but not surprised — that there was no minifridge. This meant that if I wanted cold drinks, I would have to go downstairs and buy them. There was also no coffee maker in the room. I would have had to go downstairs to Starbucks to get my morning caffeine fix. Believe me, those lines can be 20-plus people long in the morning.

The bathroom was small but made great use of the space, featuring a shower and tub combo with great water pressure.

The amenities in the bathroom were sparse and left more to be desired. However, my favorite part of the bathroom was the mirror and great lighting, making it the perfect place to take a selfie before going out.

The room had a decent view of the Big Apple roller coaster, but I was not a fan of the small, narrow windows. I would have preferred one large window to give a better view of the roller coaster and the Las Vegas strip.

New York City inspiration is everywhere


Since this hotel is themed after New York City, you can expect to find resemblances of the city throughout the property and not just in your room.

There are walkways filled with street signs, subway station signs and faux buildings designed to make you feel like you’re really in the Big Apple. Outside, you’ll notice that the building itself is actually made up of replicas of famous New York City buildings and landmarks, so you might even find yourself sleeping in the Empire State Building or the Chrysler Building.


Beyond gaming, eating and pretending to be a New Yorker, this MGM resort has plenty to offer guests.

Sadly, during my stay, the pool was closed for yearly renovations and painting in preparation for the upcoming spring pool party season, so I could not access it.

Las Vegas is known for hosting pool parties during the day with world-famous DJs at clubs like Wet Republic, Tao Beach Club and Encore Beach Club. Even in the colder months or during bad weather, you can head over to Marquee at the nearby Cosmopolitan for its Dome Pool party — the only covered pool party in Vegas.

New York New York does not have a spa, but there is a well-equipped gym that I found pleasantly surprising. I was expecting a small room with a few pieces of equipment, but it was enough for me to get a full workout in.

The gym featured a small free weight section, many cardio machines and a small variety of strength training machines. There were cold towels available for guests and a water bottle refill station.

Authentic New York-style food and bars galore


Being a foodie, I was excited to try the various cuisines the restaurants offered to see how they compared to the real New York’s vibrant dining scene.

My toughest decision during the trip was deciding which restaurants to eat at, and it’s safe to say no one will go hungry here. There were options for every budget, from simple, fast casual food court eateries to full-service sit-down restaurants.

I stopped at Broadway Burger Bar and had a Broadway Signature burger and fries ($17), which was a below-standard burger with bacon, lettuce and tomato. While filling, it lacked flavor or character. At that price, I should’ve just gone to Shake Shack, a staple New York City restaurant; at least the burgers there are consistently good, and I know what to expect.

The next night on the trip, I stopped at II Fornaio, as I was in the mood for Italian. Once again, the food was underwhelming. I went with the calamari ($18) as a starter. It was undercooked, and the sauce was not very good.

Then, I went with the Fradiavola pizza (24). The pizza lacked any real flavor and was undercooked, as well. For the price, I can’t recommend this at all. Save your money and opt for the pizza-by-the-slice restaurant in the food court upstairs or the Sbarro across the street.

I didn’t get a chance to eat at Gallagher’s Steakhouse, but the staff highly recommended it; although, with the previous meals I had on the property, I was hesitant about that. The steaks start at $65, but I decided against it as I wanted to stretch my dollars — and potentially save myself from (expensive) disappointment.

There was also a full room service, but once again, I opted out of trying that to save money.

Outside the hotel is The Park, an outdoor dining area full of food carts and chain restaurants like Shake Shack, Tom’s Watch Bar and Luke’s Lobster.

New York New York’s bar scene offers seemingly endless options. From the Las Vegas outpost of Coyote Ugly to a dueling piano bar and a buzzy Irish pub, there is something for every palette.

At Hersey Chocolate World’s Chocolate Bar, I tried the $16 chocolate raspberry espresso martini, which was outstanding. The bar also had plenty of sweet treats and nonalcoholic drink options. I had to walk by this bar to get to my room every time, and it was always packed to the brim with people.

Attractions for all ages

The New York New York hotel has attractions for all ages, like a world-famous Cirque de Soleil show, as well as the Hershey Chocolate World, synonymous with Times Square. You can also find a large arcade with games for young folks and the young at heart.

The most notable attraction is the Big Apple roller coaster. The red-colored track stands out in the Las Vegas strip skyline; it goes outside, around the building and ends back inside over the casino floor. I got a chance to ride the roller coaster, and it was a rough and painful, yet thrilling, experience. I recommend riding it at least once if you’re a thrill seeker. Tickets for one ride start at $25, and you can get a discount for another ride if you didn’t get enough adrenaline pumping.


Checking out

As a regular in Las Vegas, I have stayed at many hotels up and down the Vegas Strip. If the nightly rate at New York New York exceeds $180 or more than 20,000 Bonvoy points, I recommend checking out other options like its next-door neighbor, the Park MGM. This is one of the strip’s better budget-friendly options with recently renovated rooms. I would also opt for food elsewhere, but if you are in a pinch, there are some serviceable options.

I would have liked to see more signage detailing the partnership between MGM and Marriott, and I hope the benefits will improve in the future. But if the nightly rate is good, I will stay here again because of the location alone.


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