Marina / MGM Morph
The 714 room Marina Hotel and Casino opened in
1975 on Las Vegas blvd at Tropicana (top).
In 1989, MGM bought the Marina hotel and
demolished all but the rooms building, which is seen here getting a
new emerald skin (middle).
The rooms were gutted and all new fixtures and air
circulating systems were installed. The old Marina rooms are smaller
newer standard rooms.
In 1993, the MGM Grand opened with 5005 rooms as
the worlds largest hotel. Few realize that the old Marina hotel is still
The length of the hallway from the front of the
old building to the back of the new
building is just short of 1/4 mile
long. See why I like smaller hotels.