In the concrete jungle of Las Vegas there exists a lush new oasis inspired by nature, the comforts of home, an eclectic sense of artistry and plenty
of innovation: Park MGM. The property, formerly
Monte Carlo, was officially reflagged April 30 and
Meetings Today LIVE! West, which was held from
April 29 to May 2, had the pleasure of being the
first group to partake in its new offerings.
Park MGM is a partnership between MGM Resorts and New York-based Sydell Group, known
for its reinvention of existing buildings. The Park
MGM transformation included the investment of
more than $500 million to go from one hotel to
two hotels (with the upcoming NoMad to open
next to Park MGM this fall), increase meeting
space from 30,000 square feet to more than
70,000 square feet, add signature restaurants
such as Bavette’s steakhouse and Koreatown-in-spired Roy Choi’s restaurant, go from a theater
hosting 1,000 to one hosting 5,000, unveil the
first major food market concept with the opening
this fall of Eataly, and debut some of the most
innovative meeting concepts around.
“The launch of Park MGM is really about
the transformation of this property and the
‘neighborhood,’” said Peter Miller, president
and CEO of Park MGM, pointing to the adjacent
Aria, Vdara and T-Mobile Arena, which opened
last year. “Park MGM is at the epicenter, the
capstone of the neighborhood, and it’s a special
place in Vegas.”
Indeed it is. From the moment you walk into
the lobby and adjacent Primrose restaurant, the
green space and fresh air is immediately pres-
ent, with tree roots coming from the ceiling in a
unique art piece and the wonderful garden-like
setting of the restaurant’s outdoor patio.
The intimate sense of place is also readily apparent, particularly in the service aspect, which
Miller says truly sets the property apart.
“Park MGM has a very genuine personal way
in which it delivers service—there’s intimacy at
scale,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for groups to
connect with one another and the property at a
much different level than at a big grand property.”
The guest rooms are another welcoming aspect
of the property, designed to give a residential feel
that makes you feel as if you’re in a cozy yet slick
New York apartment. Retro leather chairs, velvet
sofas, plush throw pillows and eclectic, curated
art “zones” with photographs and paintings of
different eras and styles are some of the unique
features. Meanwhile, rooms either have a calming
green or a rich red color scheme.
The residential feel and the intriguing use of
art carries over into the public spaces, and the
meeting venues are truly a highlight of the hotel,
with plenty of natural light and a fresh-air feeling.
Like MGM Grand, Park MGM offers the Stay
Well Meetings experience, with air purification
not to mention circadian lighting and nutritious
food and beverage choices to create a healthy
environment for productive gatherings.
We kicked off our event with an opening reception in one of the ballrooms, and Park MGM
showcased its innovative use of alternative seating, including leather
sofas and chairs with
throw pillows to create
a lounge-like ambience
and food stations that
from hand-cut New
York strip loin to a fresh
shrimp cocktail and
Meanwhile, Park MGM is breaking new meetings ground with its new Madison Meeting Center,
opening this month, and Ideation Studio, debuting
The Madison Meeting Center is the first CMP
and DMP program in Las Vegas, according to
Amanda Voss, Park MGM’s vice president of hotel
sales, who gave us a tour of the facility, an ideal
setup for smaller groups of from 20 to 50 people.
It consists of 10 slick plug-and-play meeting
rooms and two inviting community lounges.
Clients pay a per-person fee that includes all technology and all food. Marble countertops, intriguing
artwork and plush leather and velvet chairs give
the center an elegant yet cozy vibe.
Voss is particularly looking forward to the
opening of the Ideation Studio later this year.
“I think we’re challenged especially when it
comes to board meetings and getting away from
that typical conference room into an alternate
environment and experience, and this will
enable groups to do that,” she said. “The rooms
will feature unique
setups that encourage
collaboration and spark
creativity, and we part-
nered with Cisco for the
The lush pool oasis
is another beautiful
spot for group gather-
ings, she said.
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