Park MGM

Coordinates: 36°06′17″N 115°10′34″W / 36.1047°N 115.1762°W / 36.1047; -115.1762
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Park MGM
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Park MGM is located in Las Vegas Strip
Park MGM
Park MGM is located in Nevada
Park MGM
Location Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
Address 3770 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Opening dateJune 21, 1996; 26 years ago (June 21, 1996)
No. of rooms2,700
Total gaming space102,000 sq ft (9,500 m2)
Signature attractionsDolby Live
Notable restaurantsBavette's Steakhouse
Casino typeLand-based
OwnerVici Properties
Operating license holderMGM Resorts International
Previous namesMonte Carlo Resort and Casino
Renovated in2004, 2009, 2016
Coordinates36°06′17″N 115°10′34″W / 36.1047°N 115.1762°W / 36.1047; -115.1762

The 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, including 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 by Vici Properties 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]

Facilities and attractions[edit]

The original Monte Carlo included 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.[7][8][9] 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.[10]

On October 7, 2010, the Jabbawockeez began performance of their residency at Monte Carlo, entitled "MÜS.I.C".[11] This show was originally performed five nights per week at the 1,224-seat Monte Carlo Theater.[12] The venue was previously known as the Lance Burton Theatre and hosted magician Lance Burton, who performed there between June 21, 1996, and September 4, 2010.[13] In 2012, the JabbaWockeeZ show moved to the 800-seat Monte Carlo Pavilion. On October 11, 2015, Blue Man Group discontinued its show at the Monte Carlo and returned to the Luxor to open a new show, which premiered on November 18, 2015.

Dolby Live theater (2016-present)[edit]

The 5,200-seat Park Theater opened at the resort on December 17, 2016,[14][15] and was renamed Dolby Live in 2021. The theater has had residencies by Ricky Martin (All In) and Cher (Classic Cher). The theater will be holding a 2 year residency by Lady Gaga from December 28, 2018, until further notice called Enigma as well as the first concert residency by Janet Jackson beginning in May 2019 titled Janet Jackson: Metamorphosis.

On October 18, 2018, Britney Spears announced a new residency show at the Park Theater opening in February 2019 titled Britney: Domination, but it was cancelled.[16]


As of 2009, the Monte Carlo print advertising campaign featured intentionally misspelled French words ("tray sheek") coupled with glamorous images. The campaign's tagline was "Unpretentiously luxurious".[17]


Monte Carlo[edit]

Construction and opening[edit]

Monte Carlo before rebranding into Park MGM
Monte Carlo logo

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.[18] 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.[19] 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.[20]

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.[21] "Victoria" and "Victoria Bay" were reported as likely names for the property.[22][23] 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.[24][25][26]

The Monte Carlo opened to the public at midnight on June 21, 1996, following an invitation-only pre-opening celebration, including a fireworks show.[27] The project ultimately ballooned up to $344 million to build.[28]

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. Portions of the hotel facade's Exterior Insulation Finishing System burned with some debris falling and starting smaller secondary fires on ledges three floors below.[29] 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.[30][31][32] 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.[33] Fire investigators interviewed witnesses and investigated the scene, and determined the likely cause of the fire was the improper cutting and welding operations by contractors who were installing a steel catwalk.[34]

Transition to Park MGM (2016–present)[edit]

Eataly Las Vegas at Park MGM

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 would feature a new Eataly restaurant. Both hotels began construction at the end of 2016, with completion planned for 2018.[35] The property was officially renamed Park MGM on May 9, 2018.[36] The resorts opened a new entertainment venue, the Park Theater, in December 2016.

Ownership of the Monte Carlo, along with many other MGM properties, was transferred in 2016 to MGM Growth Properties (later acquired by Vici Properties in 2022), while MGM Resorts continued to operate it under a lease agreement.[37][38]

Nevada casinos were ordered to close in March 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the state. The state's casinos began reopening a few months later. When Park MGM and NoMad reopened on September 30, 2020, it instituted a non-smoking policy, becoming the only casino resort on the Las Vegas Strip to be smoke-free.[39][40] This was done to attract a non-smoking clientele who dislike the cigarette smoke that is typically associated with casinos.[40][41] The timing for such a decision was considered appropriate, as there was support for smoke-free policies amid the pandemic.[40][42][43] The non-smoking policy had previously been considered two years earlier, until MGM Resorts passed on the idea. Smoking is still permitted in designated outdoor areas.[40]

NoMad Las Vegas[edit]

Hotel32 was an ultra-luxury, boutique hotel located on Monte Carlo's top floor. The new extension opened on August 10, 2009.[44] 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.[45][46][47][48] Hotel32 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.[49][50]

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 Las Vegas.[35]

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[51] and 2008's What Happens in Vegas.[52] 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 million worth of poker chips here in the season finale, to receive their next clue.[53] It was also featured in the season six episode "Three of a Kind" of The X-Files. In the Timon & Pumbaa episode Luck Be A Meerkat, Pumbaa receives a letter that says he and Timon won a trip to Monte Carlo.


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


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