With so many hotels on the Las Vegas strip, it can be overwhelming to decide where to stay. I’ve visited Las Vegas several times, staying in a different hotel each time, so I think I’ve a good sense of what to look out for and what to avoid.
Recently I checked out the newest hotel on the Las Vegas strip, Park MGM. If you’re looking for an affordable spot on the South end of the strip, keep reading for a review of the Park MGM Stay Well hotel rooms, my new favorite amongst the MGM properties in Vegas.
About the Park MGM hotel in Las Vegas
The Park MGM is one of the newest hotels on the Las Vegas strip, having replaced the former Monte Carlo hotel. Completely refurbished and redesigned in 2018, the Park MGM resembles a hipstery, slightly quirky, boutique hotel – yet scales like the typical behemoth Vegas resort. Despite its huge size, it didn’t feel overwhelming or impersonal in the least bit.
Booking a room at Park MGM
I booked my stay directly through the Park MGM website with ease, though there is room for improvement.
It’d be a huge help to add more photos of each room type offered so that guests get a better idea of what each room looks like. When I was initially going to book my room, I didn’t realize the Stay Well rooms were a separate type of room. I thought it was a promotional price!
After doing some investigating, I learned that the Stay Well rooms have all kinds of extra amenities meant to help combat jet lag or help travelers with chronic illness or ailments. Additional information at the point of booking would go a long way for travelers unfamiliar with the Stay Well program.
Easy check in and check out at Park MGM
Check in was a breeze. There are kiosks set up in front of the guest services desk where you can check yourself in. If you prefer, you can check in at the guest services desk. Being the tech nerd that I am, I tried out the kiosk. It was quick, efficient, and the best part – NO LINE!
After a long early morning flight from Boston to Vegas, I was quite thankful for the speedy check in process.
If you download the Park MGM app, you can use the app as your room key. This is great for those that tend to misplace key cards or sharing a room with more than 2 people.
The app also made checking out super easy. I wanted late check out and instead of calling down to the guest services desk, I was able to do it via the app.
Park MGM hotel rooms
The room decor is dark and vintage inspired, with rooms sporting forest green or dark red walls. The art work is a lovely mish-mash of antique-like photos, prints, and other artwork.
Each room has a small couch with mismatched, but coordinating, pillows. The rooms feel more personal with this eclectic design, rather than the typical sterile, boring, and uninspiring rooms you see in big hotels or resorts.
The closet was small – perhaps too small if you’re sharing a room with more than 1 person. The bathroom is a good size, though it doesn’t beat the huge bathrooms at the Cosmopolitan!
The rooms come equipped with plenty of electrical outlets. There’s also a media center panel below the television that includes outlets for Android and iOS devices, as well as a button to help connect your device of choice to the TV’s speakers.
Park MGM Stay Well hotel rooms
On this particular stay, I choose a Stay Well Queen room, which has extra amenities to help combat jet lag or provide extra comfort for those with chronic illnesses or ailments. Stay Well rooms include an air purification system, aromatherapy machine, circadian lighting, a Vitamin C infused shower head, and a memory foam mattress.
When I first checked in, the room I was assigned was only partially converted to include all the Stay Well features. It took a few hours, but eventually I was moved to a new room.
The Stay Well Vitamin C shower was amazing. It made my hair super soft and easier to manage and it also helped with my dry skin. I’m tempted to buy one for my apartment! I also slept well thanks to the memory foam mattress.
The air purification system was nice to have, especially after having to walk through the smoky casino floors. I couldn’t figure out the circadian lighting system so that it was on autopilot, but it was fun to try the different modes – especially the party mode, which emits a purply-pink bright light.
The only thing the room was missing was a bathtub. While the regular rooms at Park MGM have bathtubs, they’ve been removed from the Stay Well rooms. Given that these rooms are billed as “spa rooms,” I’m surprised that they removed the tubs that were previously there when the hotel was known as the Monte Carlo.
One of the things I look forward to after a long flight is a nice long soak in the hotel bathtub, which is said to help combat jet lag. If MGM plans to add more Stay Well rooms across their properties, I hope they’ll keep the bathtubs – and maybe include a small sachet of mineral salts for soaking!
Park MGM Stay Well mobile app
There is a separate app for the Stay Well rooms at Park MGM. I wish this was part of the regular Park MGM app, so that I didn’t have to manage 2 apps during my stay. But, I suppose it was done to help keep both apps light and not bogged down with too much content.
The Stay Well app includes a map of your room with the location of each Stay Well feature. It explains what each feature does and also has purchase links if you want to order something for your home!
In addition to the room map and rundown of the Stay Well room features, the app also includes a list of nearby healthy restaurants, running and walking routes, nearby spas, and fitness centers. You can also watch a handful of wellness videos, including a morning and evening meditation routine presented by Deepak Chopra.
Park MGM nightlife and entertainment
As with most Las Vegas hotels, the main floor features plenty of gambling options, like slots and blackjack. But that’s not all there is to do at Park MGM.
Soak up the desert sun and cool off in the Park MGM pool during the day. While the pool is smaller than most Vegas hotel pools, it has plenty of lounge chairs and is a good mix of fun and relaxing.
Park MGM is also home to the MGM Park Theater, which hosts a variety of popular acts like Cher, Aerosmith, and Lady Gaga, who starts a 2 year residency in late December 2018.
There’s also a good variety of bars and lounges inside the Park MGM. Moneyline and Double Barrel Roadhouse are the most casual, making either of them a great spot for wings and beer.
Juniper Cocktail Lounge is one of my new favorite lounges in Las Vegas. It’s super swanky and specializes in gin-based cocktails (my fave!). Opening on New Year’s Eve is On the Record, which is modeled after a vinyl record store. It looks super fun and I can’t wait to check it out next time I’m in Vegas.
Next door to the Park MGM is the T-Mobile Arena and The Park. The Park is a strip in between the New York-New York Hotel and Park MGM that has several restaurants and green space. There are regular events hosted at The Park, such as live bands and festivals.
The T-Mobile Arena is host to a variety of large concerts, such as Bruno Mars, and events, such as UFC Fight Nights.
Park MGM restaurants
When Park MGM was known as the Monte Carlo, there was a food court with multiple offerings. That is now gone, in favor of more posh, themed eateries. Several of these restaurants and bars are now open, with more coming in late 2018.
For those of you used to your creature comforts, there is a large Starbucks on the main floor, so you won’t have to give up your daily lattes or iced cold brew coffees.
Primrose is a French country inspired restaurant. The menu is simple but mouth-watering. I recommend the blue crab eggs benedict for a hearty breakfast!
I didn’t get a chance to eat at Bavette’s, a steakhouse restaurant, but it looks like a good spot for a fancy dinner. You can also grab typical American pub fare at Moneyline and Double Barrel Roadhouse.
Coming later in 2018/2019 is the Las Vegas outpost of Eataly, which will have several restaurants, and Roy Choi’s Best Friend, a Korean street food restaurant.
It’s a quick hop across the street to The Park for more food options, like Bruxie, Sake Rok, and Beerhaus.
Will you check out the Park MGM Stay Well hotel rooms the next time you’re in Vegas?
Overall, I would stay at the Park MGM Las Vegas hotel again. I enjoyed the quirky, boutique hotel style design, as it is far more interesting and special than the usual stale, boring design you see in chain hotels.
As the Park MGM puts the finishing touches on the hotel and opens up Eataly and the NoMad Las Vegas tower, I think it will be even better. It’s also the perfect place to stay if you’re in town for a concert or show at the T-Mobile Arena next door.