After months of stealthy renovation, Monte Carlo Resort & Casino is getting closer to reinventing itself as Park MGM.
Monte Carlo’s transformation to Park MGM has been so gradual that you cannot blame casual observers for not noticing. After all, it is easy to be distracted by the larger elements, such as The Park and Park Theater, which both opened in 2016. Inside the property, a change of a different kind has been happening for months—the red and gold carpets are slowly making way for more subtle gray tones, and two restaurants, Primrose and Bavette’s, have opened to positive reviews. Eventually, the property’s 2,700 guest rooms will be remodeled, with the crown jewel, NoMad—a 300-room hotel-within-a-hotel concept with New York City pedigree—occupying the top four floors. NoMad is set to debut later this year.
Tasked with the transformation is Andrew Zobler of Sydell Group, whose specialty is reimagining old buildings and transforming them into something uniquely idiosyncratic and contemporary. The Monte Carlo was a new challenge for Sydell, not just for the scale of the project but for the property’s lack of architectural heritage, a departure from previous projects in New York, L.A. and London. “The way we approached it aesthetically is we tried to create, in a soft way, this idea that in the NoMad rooms you’re in an old building, and in the Park MGM rooms you’re in a brand-new room. And how we married that aesthetically is through the art and the photography,” Zobler says.
Each room at Park MGM has no fewer than 15 pieces of art in varying mediums, curated and commissioned specifically for the project. The result hews to NoMad’s ethos of the hotel room as a home away from home, a place you may visit only occasionally but to which you’ll return again and again for its warmth and intimacy. “[Sydell’s] core DNA is to create something where people come and they really feel connected to it,” Zobler says. “That’s the heart of what we do.”