Today is the opening of the NoMad pool which is located on the third floor of the new Park MGM with the Pool Restaurant serving a special all day brunch based on items at the NoMad restaurant downstairs. Apart from another new option for a resort on the Strip with a pool starting this Friday April 12th you also have a new day club option with this one called Jemaa which is the name of the main market square in Marrakech, Morocco which is a creative name for a day club. For the debut of Jemaa their will be three different Dj’s hosting for each of the first three days and good news for locals you can get in before noon for free with showing a Nevada ID.
Tip: If you are staying at the property and you like to take an afternoon nap like i do yes i’m old, then ask for a room away from the pool as live Dj’s and people partying doesn’t make for a restful nap.
Ground has been broken for a new pedestrian bridge that will span the Strip with the location between the Park MGM and the Showcase Mall. The new bridge will be the 17th over the Strip and will cost approximately $17 million with a scheduled completion date of next July.
The new bridge will partially obstruct the Strip during construction although when its down it will help especially people that want to cross the Strip for events at the T Mobile Arena or Park Theater. Before the bridges were built, crowds of people crossing the street would often slow traffic and they have made it easier for pedestrians to get around.
The Fall Brew Celebration returns today and tomorrow to the Park next to Park MGM and the T Mobile Arena. The event which is a celebration of beer runs both days between noon and 5 pm with this weeks event focuses on local Las Vegas breweries. Tomorrows event leads up to the 7 pm start of the Vegas Golden Knights versus the Anaheim Mighty Ducks so if you were at the Park for the Fall Brew Celebration it would be just a short walk to the T Mobile Arena for the game.
Tickets can also be purchased for this weekend for $25 plus tax and grant guests 10 samples from a variety of different breweries.
The transformation from the former Monte Carlo to the Park MGM and boutique NoMad hotel is nearly over but one thing many are waiting for is today’s opening of the NoMad Bar. The original NoMad bar in New York is considered by many to be the best bar in the United States.
The Las Vegas edition of the NoMad bar is a bright airy space that also has patio seating for all day dining as well as a small stage with a piano at night for live music. In the morning the bar will serve coffee, pastries and egg dishes, the lunch menu will include salads as well as things such as a chicken and black truffle French dip.
The dinner menu will include dishes such as an aged rib eye for two as and in a nod to Las Vegas a great shrimp cocktail. The space has a mix of seating which is designed to make it feel like the resorts lounge area. The concept sounds really good and as its from coming from the owners of an amazing bar in New York it will be interesting to check out their Las Vegas outpost.
The Park the outdoor area between the new Park MGM and the New York New York resorts often has events to draw you to the area and check it out Right now on weekends they are having the “The Fall Brew Celebration” an event that celebrates the art of beer.
This weekends event celebrates Irish beer as well as international beers from around the world that will be available throughout the Park, if you are interested in attending the event runs from noon to 5 pm tomorrow and Saturday.
The luxury boutique hotel on the top floors of the Park MGM called NoMad is now taking room reservations for its planned soft opening of October 12th. The NoMad name is a reference to its New York location which is North of Madison Square. In my case my i don’t know if i would book a hotel during a soft opening which is a time they work on getting their staff up to speed and working out the problems: Some people however like to the the first guests in a hotel just like being on the maiden voyage of a ship.
If you plan at staying at the NoMad floors of the Park MGM the property has a high limit casino, separate pool area restaurant as well as bar. If you are interested in booking a room at the NoMad the room rates per night are $299 for a classic room with a king bed to $479 for a grand suite with two queens as well as other room options the daily resort fee is $37 plus the usual taxes.
A new nightclub called On the Record by newcomers to Las Vegas from a Los Angeles based company called Houston Hospitality. The 11,000 square foot speakeasy style club is set to open on New Years Eve at the former Monte Carlo now renamed as the Park MGM, a much larger club is also planned for the newly renamed resort.
As you can see from the casino entrance picture above the Monte Carlo may have recently been renamed the Park MGM but construction at the property is far from over. If you plan on staying at the property soon you might want to take that in to account, that being said the noisy construction seems to be mainly around the front of the property Strip side. The main casino entrance from the Strip is closed but the casino itself is open as is the buffet and, it will be interesting to see after construction is done how the revamped property will look.
The one thing always constant in Las Vegas resorts is that they are always changing, one such change is today as the twenty two year old Monte Carlo resort will be no more as its officially rebranded as the Park MGM. The owners of the Monte Carlo, MGM Resorts have made the change to rebrand the resort which is undergoing a $550 million dollar remodel in order to appeal to higher end customers.
Marquee showing longtime Monte Carlo magician Lance Burton
The remodel is far from over and due to open by the end of the year is the 292 room boutique hotel inside the Park MGM called the NoMad Hotel as well as planned new restaurants. I myself was never a huge fan of the Monte Carlo I was fine with it, but it was never on my must visit list when i visited Las Vegas but i know many people were fans of the Monte Carlo and will miss it. One thing that the Monte Carlo did have was European style rules on roulette because of its theme where there was only zero and, no double zero although this is unlikely to continue.
Rock legends Queen have announced they will have a mini residency in Las Vegas for ten dates between September 1st and 22nd at the Park Theater in the former Monte Carlo resort which is being renamed Park MGM. Queens legendary front man Freddie Mercury passed away in 1991 so for the Las Vegas mini residency former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert will perform with the band as he has in the past.
Tickets for the shows range from $79 to $350 plus the usual pesky taxes and fees and go on sale to the general public starting this Friday May 11th at 10 am PST. If you are a member of either Queens or Adam Lamberts’s fan clubs you will be able to buy pre-sale tickets starting today at 10 am PST which is a good deal for fan club members as once the tickets are available on Friday to the general public the tickets should sell quickly with such a limited residency.