Park MGM

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Park MGM
Park MGM logo.svg
Monte Carlo Exterior - Sunset.jpg
Location Paradise, Nevada
Address 3770 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Opening date June 21, 1996; 22 years ago (June 21, 1996)
Theme Nature
No. of rooms 2,700
Total gaming space 102,000 sq ft (9,500 m2)
Signature attractions Park Theater
The Park
Notable restaurants Double Barrel Roadhouse
Eataly
Casino type Land-Based
Owner MGM Resorts International
Previous names Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
Renovated in 2004, 2009, 2016
Coordinates 36°05′56″N 115°10′32″W / 36.09889°N 115.17556°W / 36.09889; -115.17556Coordinates: 36°05′56″N 115°10′32″W / 36.09889°N 115.17556°W / 36.09889; -115.17556
Website parkmgm.com

Park MGM, formerly Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, is a megaresort hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, United States. The hotel, with a height of 360 ft (110 m), has 32 floors, featuring a 102,000-square-foot (9,500 m2) casino floor with 1,400 slot machines, 60 table games, and 15 poker tables.[1][2] It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, the hotel offers 2,992 guest rooms, including 259 luxury suites.[3][4] The Monte Carlo was converted into Park MGM between late 2016 and 2018, with the upper floors being converted into a boutique hotel, NoMad Las Vegas.[5]

The hotel, formerly named to invoke the Place du Casino in Monte Carlo, featured chandelier domes, marble floors, neoclassical arches, ornate fountains, and gas-lit promenades.[6] As of 2010, Monte Carlo had a AAA-Four-Diamond rating.[7]

Facilities and attractions[edit]

The resort includes 22,000 sq ft (2,000 m2) of retail stores, plus convention facilities, a spa, fitness center, a hair salon, a 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) exercise room, a pool area, which includes a wave pool lazy river, and the Street of Dreams shopping area collection of retail stores which includes Optica, Marshall Rousso, Misura, Harley Davidson of Las Vegas and Art of Music.[8][9][10] A 21,000 sq ft (2,000 m2) pool area includes a wave pool with constantly changing wave patterns, and a "Lazy River" feature. The CityCenter Tram offers access to the Bellagio and Crystals retail district in the CityCenter complex, with service every 5 minutes.[11]

On October 7, 2010, the JabbaWockeeZ - described as a "modern dance/hip-hop crew" - began performance of their permanent headline show at Monte Carlo, entitled "MÜS.I.C",[12] this show was originally performed five nights per week at the 1,224-seat Monte Carlo Theater,[13] which under its previous name (Lance Burton Theatre) hosted magician Lance Burton, who performed there between June 21, 1996 and September 4, 2010.[14] In 2012, the JabbaWockeeZ show moved to the 800-seat Monte Carlo Pavilion.

On October 11, 2015, Blue Man Group discontinued their show at the Monte Carlo and moved back to the Luxor to open a new show, which opened on November 18, 2015.

Advertising[edit]

The hotel seeks to provide an "unpretentiously luxurious" experience, as of 2009, the Monte Carlo print advertising campaign featured humorously misspelled French words ("tray sheek") coupled with glamorous images. The campaign's tagline is "Unpretentiously luxurious".[15]

History[edit]

Monte Carlo (1996-2018)[edit]

Construction and opening[edit]

Park MGM is located on part of the former site of the Dunes casino and golf course. Mirage Resorts purchased the Dunes in 1992 and closed it in January 1993.[16] In May 1994, Mirage and Gold Strike Resorts announced a joint venture to build a $250-million casino targeted at budget-conscious visitors, on 43 acres (17 ha) of the Dunes site.[17] Ground was broken for the hotel in March 1995. Circus Circus Enterprises acquired Gold Strike in June 1995 and took over its role of managing the project.[18]

Gold Strike had hoped to name the project as the Grand Victoria, the same name as the casino being developed by the company in Illinois, but that idea was discarded because of potential confusion with the MGM Grand.[19] "Victoria" and "Victoria Bay" were reported as likely names for the property. [20][21] Details about the property were revealed in July 1995, including that it would be named the Monte Carlo and feature Belle Époque architecture, based on the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco.[22][23][24]

The Monte Carlo opened to the public at midnight on June 21, 1996, following an invitation-only pre-opening celebration, including a fireworks show,[25] the project ultimately cost $344 million to build.[26]

2008 fire[edit]

On January 25, 2008, at 10:57 AM, a three-alarm fire was reported on the exterior of the top six floors and roof of the casino.[27] Portions of the hotel facade's Exterior Insulation Finishing System burned with some debris falling off and starting smaller secondary fires on ledges three floors below. The fire was fully contained an hour after it began, it was an exterior fire, although there was water damage to parts of several floors.[28][29][30] The Hotel & Casino reopened to guests on February 15, 2008. MGM Mirage officials put the total losses due to fire damage and loss of business at just under $100 million.[31]

The 5,200-seat Park Theater at the Monte Carlo was built and opened on December 17, 2016.[32][33]

Park MGM (2018-present)[edit]

In June 2016, MGM announced a joint venture with Sydell Group that the Monte Carlo would be renovated and rebranded as the Park MGM, named after the adjacent dining and entertainment district, The Park, that opened in April 2016, and the NoMad Hotel would occupy the top floors, it will feature the new Eataly restaurant. Both hotels began construction at the end of 2016, with completion planned for 2018.[34]

NoMad Hotel[edit]

‘’’Hotel32’’’ was an ultra-luxury, boutique hotel located on Monte Carlo's top floor. The new extension opened on August 10, 2009,[35] the hotel had 50 lofts ranging in size from 850-square-foot (79 m2) studios to 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) penthouses and could only be accessed via a private elevator. All Hotel32 guests had access to a dedicated Suite Assistant, who provides personal butler and concierge services and numerous high-tech touches, including a TV integrated into the bathroom mirror. Guests had access to Lounge32, which overlooks the Las Vegas skyline.[36][37][38][39] Nomad Las Vegas offered its guests a branded iPhone at check-in to promote the use of hotel amenities, the system, running Hotel Evolution software, enabled the hotel to make changes to services easily, because updates were made automatically.[40][41]

In June 2016, MGM announced a joint venture with the Sydell Group that the Hotel 32 would be renovated and rebranded as the 300-room ‘’’NoMad Hotel’’’.[34]

In popular culture[edit]

Monte Carlo Resort and Casino has figured in several feature films and television series. Major release films partially filmed at Monte Carlo include the 2000 film Get Carter[42] and 2008's What Happens in Vegas.[43] In the 2004 film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story, the Average Joes stay at Monte Carlo during the dodgeball championships in Las Vegas. In the Amazing Race 15, teams had to count out $1,000,000 worth of poker chips here in the season finale, to receive their next clue,[44] it was also featured in the season six episode "Three of a Kind" of The X-Files.

Gallery[edit]

Front view of the Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo at night, aerial view
Monte Carlo at night, front view

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