Park MGM and NoMad hotel redesign the Las Vegas experience
They have interior motives.
- Written byEliza Krpoyan
Imagine walking into a Las Vegas hotel room and wondering who designed the furniture and where you could get the sconces. If you’ve ever stayed on The Strip, you know this has been an unlikely sentiment … until now. MGM Resorts commissioned Sydell Group (behind hotels like the LINE and Freehand) to transform the former Monte Carlo Resort into Park MGM and NoMad Las Vegas. The result is a lifestyle-inspired experience.
The lobby of Park MGM is designed to feel like a luxury residential building in New York City. It features kiosks for self check-in so guests can avoid standing in line. Guests can also skip the kiosks and check in on their phone, which doubles as their room key and amplifies the feeling of a private dwelling.
Paris-based designers Studio Be-poles curated a collection of original artwork. Suspended from the ceiling of the lobby is a commissioned piece by Brazilian artist Henrique Oliveira. The focal point is made with weathered reclaimed wood and resembles the roots of a tree. Other works include a commissioned series of iPad drawings by David Hockney and landscape murals throughout the casino by French artist Claire Basler.
While you don’t have to walk through the casino to get to your room, the main entrance to Park MGM is off The Strip through Eataly. The 40,000-square-foot authentic Italian marketplace opened at the end of December 2018. It’s an attribute to the sense of metropolitan high-rise living.
Imaginative artwork extends into the resort’s restaurants including Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar and Primrose, which features photographs by Harry Gruyaert and original linocut prints from Pablo Picasso. Inside Bavette’s, illustrator David Plunkert (whose work has appeared in countless publications including Time, The New Yorker and The New York Times) was enlisted to create a series of murals. The colorful, contemporary pieces are a collection of block cows created using acrylic and digital mixed media.
Each guestroom at Park MGM is adorned with a gallery of artwork including photographs, collages and paintings in a variety of frames and sizes. The rooms—designed by British designer Martin Brudnizki—are decorated in a palette of red or green inspired by cacti and succulents. Picture a rich red feature wall contrasted against stark white bedding. The space also includes antique-inspired furniture like a brown leather tufted armchair and a single-column, walnut oval table.
On the top four floors of Park MGM is 293-room NoMad Las Vegas—a “hotel within a resort.” Designed by French architect and designer Jacques Garcia, every room features custom furniture and—like the rest of the property—carefully selected artwork. As you’d expect to find in a Parisian flat, the suites feature freestanding pedestal bathtubs.
The NoMad commands its own entrance from the street as well as its own casino, restaurant and bar inspired by the iconic Library bar of NoMad New York. The American fare dining destination is the brainchild of Chef Daniel Humm and restaurateur Will Guidara of Eleven Madison Park.
Park MGM also highlights the performing arts with Park Theater. The intimate, 5,200-seat venue features engagements with artists including Bruno Mars, Cher, Ricky Martin and Lady Gaga.
It’s easy to forget that the joint venture is nearly 3,000 rooms. The accommodations are boutique and incredibly stylish. You’ll muse whether you’re in Manhattan or Paris. Because the partnership has created a millennial lifestyle hub, guests have little desire to leave the property. However, a visit to Spago overlooking the Fountains of Bellagio, the recently opened Catch at Aria and the consistently amazing Nobu Restaurant at Caesars Palace may prompt a longer stay.
Southbay Magazine was a proud sponsor of this year’s Palos Verdes Concours D’Elegance, which showcased more than 200 classic automobiles influenced by California design and style. Held at Trump National Golf Club, our VIP media tent featured Widmer Brothers brews, Katarina Wines by Field Vineyards, and tasty appetizers courtesy of partner Terranea Resort. Photography by Tracy Breshears.