Twenty years after it opened, the Monte Carlo is reaching its final days. No, they are not going to implode it and start over, but instead are going to do a complete top to bottom remodel to turn it into a new hotel called Park MGM and a boutique hotel within the hotel, NoMad Las Vegas, a sister to the popular New York NoMad and The Line in Los Angeles.
The $450 million renovation will touch every single corner of the hotel including the casino, lobby, shopping, pool area, and all of the guest rooms. Most (if not all) of the restaurants will be replaced as will the nightlife options, which may include a new nightclub.
The centerpiece of the property is the Park Theater, a 5,000 seat entertainment venue that hosts a series of high-profile headliners including Cher, Ricky Martin, and Bruno Mars.
The main hotel will be the Park MGM, aligned with the neighboring The Park dining and entertainment plaza and T-Mobile Arena. The new look is being described as European and "residential" with clean lines, elegant furnishings, and a "robust art program." It will bring with it a new restaurant, Eataly, the popular marketplace concept that has dozens of outlets worldwide and features to-go counters, sit down restaurants, cafes, and more.
NoMad Las Vegas will take over 292 guest rooms and suites and feature its own porte corchere, lobby, and pool. It will be patterned after the award-winning New York NoMad run by the same company that does The Line in Los Angeles and Freehand hotels in Chicago and Miami. Design is TBD but expect it to be swank and expensive. This part of the hotel will also get a Las Vegas version of NoMad restaurant, which wins raves and stars at its New York outlet.
The remodel is well underway with lots of construction, restaurants closing, and general havoc expected to be going well into 2018. The hotel will remain open while construction is happening - they will close off areas and floors as they go. So if you choose to stay here before it is all done you should be willing to put up with construction inconveniences and noise.
I don't want to spend too much time on the existing Monte Carlo version of the hotel since it all going away, but to boil it all down its a nice but pretty boring hotel with a vaguely European/French Riviera theme. Tehre are several restaurants, a big (but bland) casino, a small shopping gallery, a recreation area with a wave pool and a lazy river ride, and easy access to more interesting hotels like Aria via a walkway and Crystals shopping mall at CityCenter and Bellagio via a tram.
The standard accommodations as they stand are pleasant but not all that memorable. Done in muted gold and tan accents, they include one king or two queen beds, a writing desk, a couple of chairs, televisions with pay-per-view movies, irons and boards, high speed Internet (for a fee), and data ports on the phones. The furnishings are well tended but not exactly new so expect a little wear and tear here and there.
The bathrooms are a bit on the small side but that's really only if you've gotten used to some of the newer places that threw a few extra square feet in that direction. They're typically marbled and tiled and include a hair dryer among the amenities.
Prices can be a lure here. You can often get a midweek room here for less than $100 per night with weekends usually in the mid-to-upper $100 range. As usual, special events and conventions will drive those prices sky high but on the flipside, they often advertise specials that can go as low as $49 per night (although note that is before the mandatory $33.60 per night resort fee).
And don't forget about the fees for parking that were instituted in 2016. It costs $10 per day for self parking and $15 per day for valet for hotel guests and non-guests alike. The only way to get out of it is if you have a players' club card at the Pearl or above level, which gets you free self-parking and the Gold or above level, which gets you free valet.
If price is a consideration for you, jump on those low rates now. The new Park MGM and NoMad will undoubtedly be much more expensive.