by Tom Isler | January 01, 2008

MGM Grand DetroitOne of the first major events held at the new 400-room MGM Grand Detroit, which opened this past October, was a 600-person annual charity dinner for locally based THAW, The Heat And Warmth Fund, in early November.

“The food was excellent and the service was very well done,” reports Robert Buckler, president and COO of Detroit Edison, who co-chaired the dinner. He says the hotel’s entertainment options allowed the event to transition into a larger shared experience when attendees migrated to the casino or nightclub after their meals. The group wants to rebook for next year, he says.

Buckler also recently moved an all-day staff meeting for 50 to the hotel, and he’s held business meetings in the on-site restaurants (two by Michael Mina, one by Wolfgang Puck). He says the most striking thing about the property is its design, especially the restaurants, which were created by Tony Chi and noted Japanese firm Super Potato. “This is on par with anything I’ve seen around the country,” he says. “It’s absolutely gorgeous.”