An Art Lover's Oasis in Las Vegas

by  Anne Roderique-Jones | Jan 7, 2020
Main lobby - Park MGM
Main lobby - Park MGM / Courtesy of the property/Patrick Michael Chin

Serving as MGM Resorts' newest property since 2018, the Park MGM opened to offer guests a new experience in Las Vegas accommodations. The hotel once stood as the space formerly known as the Monte Carlo. Today, the building still maintains the original chandeliers and ceilings, inspired by the famed Monaco casino. The new iteration from a partnership with MGM and the Sydell Group (the brand behind the NoMad hotels) has resulted in a one-of-a-kind Vegas property. Here, you’ll find sleek but homey rooms, a curated art collection, and a lively ambiance — plus some of the best dining options in Sin City. 

What’s Inside

Hotel Type: A sophisticated Las Vegas mega-property with fine dining and drinking. 

Number of Rooms:  2,700 guest rooms and suites

Bars and Restaurants: Like all mega-hotel in Las Vegas, there are loads of dining and drinking options here. They’re all fantastic. The NoMad Restaurant and The NoMad Bar are among the most buzzy (try both in one evening and don’t miss the roast chicken for two); Best Friend is the super-hit Korean joint from Roy Choi; Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar has a French vibe; Primrose feels like you’re brunching at a posh garden party; and there’s even an Eataly. Juniper Cocktail Lounge is a handsome, all-gin bar and On the Record is a speakeasy inside of a nightclub.  

Primrose / Courtesy of the property

Hotel Trivia: Park MGM is actually a hotel-within-a-hotel.The top floors house the NoMad Las Vegas, a luxury property with 293 guest rooms and suites. 

What It Looks Like

The Design: The property bucks typical notions of what a Vegas hotel should look like. You won’t find a building that feels like a club. The Park MGM actually feels calming, with fresh flowers everywhere and design based on nature (the “park” in Park MGM is not lost). The art collection, which features commissioned works and contemporary pieces — including iPad drawings by David Hockney and a multimedia dreamscape by Iranian artists Shoja Azari and Shahram Karimi — is especially lovely. 

The Rooms: Rooms and suites are stylish and sophisticated. Alcoved beds sit against a striking forest green wall. Each room is complete with beautiful artwork and a seating area, which the property calls an “entertainment nook" (think velvet window seating, leather chairs, and large cocktail tables). 

Entertainment nook in Park MGM guest room / Courtesy of the property

The Public Spaces: Like any casino hotel, the floor is where you’ll find the action. What we love about this property is that all of the restaurants and bars surround the casino, which makes popping in and out a breeze: when it’s time for a meal, there are loads of options just steps away. Additionally, if you’re looking to place a sports bet, Moneyline Sports Bar and Book, the on-site sports book, makes for an easy place to bet, watch a game, or grab a burger and fries. Here, you'll also find The Park Theater, the property's 5,200 seat venue. Lady Gaga, Cher, Britney Spears, and Aerosmith have all held residencies here. 

Park MGM has three outdoor swimming pools as part of its “pool oasis.” Here, you’ll find the most Instagrammable furnishings with mint-striped umbrellas and leafy murals. The area is complete with a hot tub, two bars, plenty of loungers, and spacious cabanas. 

Accessibility: Elevators, accessible rooms, and a mostly step-free lobby mean access for guests with mobility challenges. 

What It Feels Like

The Mood: The atmosphere here feels a lot more sophisticated than neighboring properties. And while the hotel pays homage to the historic nod, the vibe is decidedly contemporary.  

Who Stays Here: Those who want a respite from the chaos of The Strip. You’ll find everyone really, from couples, friends, and families — all have the common thread of art, food, and design appreciation.  

You’ll Love It If: If you want a more chill version of a mega-casino hotel (and have an affinity for great design, art, or find dining), you’ll want to stay here. 

Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You: The lobby is often very busy and a bit chaotic. There’s a self-check in process, which is ultra-efficient, but not super personal. 

What You’ll Get 

"Pool oasis" at Park MGM / Courtesy of the property

Fitness: The property's "pool oasis" features three pools, an oversized spa, 12 cabanas, lounge areas, and multiple bars. A 24-hour fitness center has free weights, ellipticals, bikes, treadmills and a host of other machines. There’s a separate room for yoga and self-led fitness. The spa is sophisticated and relaxing with scents of lavender and eucalyptus and a lounge with a jacuzzi, sauna, and steam room that are included with a treatment (or $30 for hotel guests). 

Four-Legged Guests: Park MGM is dog-friendly. Bring up to two dogs (they must be under 100 pounds each) for $100 per night, per dog (plus tax) for rooms, and $150 per night, per dog (plus tax) for suites, respectively. 

What You’ll Pay

Average Rates: Expect to find  rates from $99 per night on weekdays and $149 per night on weekends (depending on the season). 

When to Stay for Less: While temperatures soar in summer, it's often then when rates are at their lowest. Check the property's "offers" tab for for the best deals. 

Resort and Other Fees: There is a resort fee of $41.95 per night. This includes fitness center access, internet access, and other amenities.

Know Your Neighborhood

Area History: The property was previously known as Monte Carlo Hotel, which opened in 1996. The updated building still exudes the posh European flair inspired by urban parks and gardens. The former Lance Burton Theatre is now the 5,200-seat Park Theater, where Bruno Mars, Cher, and Ricky Martin have performed. Lady Gaga currently has a residency here. 

The centrally located property feels walkable yet almost secluded. Park MGM has its own neighborhood that includes T-Mobile Arena, Toshiba Plaza, and The Park. Just outside, you’ll find The Strip. Allegiant Stadium, the new home for the Raiders, is also nearby. 

Important Local Attractions: It’s Vegas, so whether you want to gamble, eat, drink, or see shows, everything is nearby. We highly recommend a reservation at Spago by Wolfgang Puck, the chef’s legendary flagship fine dining establishment in the Bellagio Hotel and Casino. Reserve a table on the patio or inside near the floor-to-ceiling floating glass windows that offer views of the property's famed lake and fountains. Order handmade pasta, wood-oven pizzas, fresh seafood, or a bottle of vino from the fine wine list. 

Getting There and Getting Around: The Park MGM is about a 10-minute ride share (about $12) from McCarran Airport. A variety of shuttle services are available at McCarran, and is located on the west side of baggage claim, outside door exits 7-13. Shuttles cost $7 per person and will generally take up to 25 to 40 minutes due to multiple stops at other hotels prior to stopping at Park MGM. Once you get there, the easiest way to explore Sin City is on foot. 

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