Just over a year ago MGM Resorts International announced that Monte Carlo would become Park MGM and NoMad Hotel. The entire property will be renovated and the casino-resort will be rebranded. Monte Carlo as a whole has remained open throughout the transformation. That might be a good business move but it’s not the best experience for visitors.
Restaurant closings are announced almost weekly. The casino floor shifts almost weekly as construction on the property moves to different areas. There was even a period where the lobby was closed and a makeshift check-in area was created. This work will continue until late 2018 when the conversion to Park MGM should be complete.
Monte Carlo Casino Floor Update
The closures at the casino-resort started modestly in 2016 with The Pub, pool, and Street of Dreams closing. The good news for this section of the casino is that the work here is nearly complete. The first new restaurant just opened its doors. Primrose is a modern take on a country kitchen from France. You can read more about the restaurant and see the menus here.
The lobby has received a facelift but construction continues in the pool area. Part of the space where from the pool complex will be sacrificed for a new conference center at Park MGM.
Restaurants and parts of the casino have been closing throughout the year starting with the poker room and Brand Steakhouse shortly after the calendar turned to 2016. Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar will replace Brand as the steakhouse but will occupy approximately twice the space. The restaurant is scheduled to open before the year is over.
During the year a slew of restaurants have either closed or have announced that they’ll be closing. Restaurant closures include 800 Degrees Pizza, Andre’s, BLVD Creamery, D.vino, Dragon Noodle Co., Hit Lounge, Yusho, and the buffet. As of the writing of this article Diablo’s, Double Barrel Roadhouse, Sambalatte, and the food court remain open.
Monte Carlo & Park MGM Hotel Room Update
Monte Carlo hotel rooms are being renovated one floor at a time. You can now book a Park MGM preview room for almost the same price you’d pay for an older room at Monte Carlo. You can find Park MGM preview rooms during weekdays for below $50 before resort fees and taxes. Of course, you’ll be staying in a construction zone but the lower prices reflect this inconvenience. Hotel room prices should be higher when the Park MGM renovations are complete.
Dealing with a hotel that’s a construction zone can be difficult and annoying. Monte Carlo might be set up to handle this. Since much of the construction near the hotel lobby is complete you can exit the property pretty quickly. Walking out the valet entrance gives you access to The Park and New York-New York which, combined, have plenty of dining options.
Construction at Monte Carlo will continue throughout this year and much of next year until the transformation to Park MGM is complete. This might not be the optimal situation but the construction might make a hotel room in this part of the Vegas Strip more affordable than other nearby properties.