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Discover Elegance & Hidden Gems at the Park MGM, Las Vegas

Discover Elegance & Hidden Gems at the Park MGM, Las Vegas

After my wonderful stay this summer at the MGM Grand Resort, I realized there is so much more to Las Vegas than nightclubs and gambling. You can read more about that beautiful property here. However, the other nearby MGM properties deserve to be explored as well, especially for those foodies and luxury travelers out there. Both Park MGM and the new NoMad Hotel, are breaths of fresh air on the Las Vegas Strip with their elegant decor and tranquil spots.

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Park MGM is the one of the newest luxury destinations to enjoy in Sin City. You can expect an intimate resort experience, but on a grand scale that Las Vegas is known for. They offer 2,700 guest rooms and suites, as well as the Park Theater which is the resort’s 5,200-seat entertainment venue and 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena. These venues are currently home to some of the biggest names in the music industry like Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Cher. While I highly recommend visiting for the entertainment, you must stay for the high-end accommodation, dining, and so much more.

A HIDDEN GEM:

Located inside the Park MGM, there is another luxury hotel to discover called the NoMad Hotel. One moment, I was walking through the elegant casinos of Park MGM, and the next, I was walking down a quiet hallway to the stylish and private hotel reception area. All of a sudden, the hustle and bustle of the casino floor felt so far away, and I was transported to a luxury boutique hotel. The contrast was impressive, it felt like discovering a hidden oasis.

Photo courtesy of Park MGM

Every inch of the NoMad Hotel feels ornate yet sophisticated, with a very chic 1920s feel. I was excited to take a tour of their rooms, both big and small. Whether you book a Classic King room or stylish Suite, every single room at the NoMad Hotel has hardwood floors, beautiful rugs, thoughtful artwork, and a well-stocked mini bar. The bespoke furniture blew me away, especially the Mahogany writing desks in every room.

The NoMad Hotel is certainly not your standard Las Vegas Hotel. Their rooms are luxurious and also very homey at the same time. I saw several different ones, and not one felt identical to the other. Some bigger rooms had freestanding pedestal tubs in the bedroom, creating a very romantic atmosphere. Others boasted impressive vanity areas, and include complimentary access to a 24-hour gym.

However, the most impressive space in the hotel, in my opinion, was waiting for us to visit downstairs. The NoMad Restaurant is one of the most beautiful restaurants I’ve ever seen. This soaring space is inspired by the Portuguese Cabinet of Reading, a beautifully ornate library in Rio de Janeiro. That’s right literary lovers, you can now dine in an actual library on the Las Vegas Strip! There are 20,000 books that fill this restaurant, with stunning woodwork and even a spiral staircase. As far as food, you absolutely need to order their famous roast chicken for two. This is no ordinary roast chicken, it is stuffed beneath the skin with foie gras, truffles, and presented on a cast iron skillet.

Outside of the main dining room, there are also three smaller rooms: The Cellar, The Parlor, and The Salon. The Cellar is decorated with floor-to-ceiling racks of old and new wine bottles, while The Parlour includes impressive cultural busts, with more bookshelves. And finally, The Salon takes its inspiration from old-timey martini bars with its emerald green tufted walls and cocktail carts.

For those high rollers who visit the NoMad Hotel, you will be very impressed with their intimate casino. The iconic Tiffany glass ceiling, of the former Monte Carlo property, is a highlight of this refined space where people can play high-limit Baccarat, Roulette and Blackjack. This gaming floor takes inspiration from the old-world glamor of European casinos, and also combines the playfulness of the Strip. If gambling isn’t your thing, I highly recommend some rest and relaxation in their heavenly pool area.

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FOODIE HEAVEN:

If you’re looking for other stellar food and drink establishments located within Park MGM, you won’t be disappointed! Before sitting down to a delicious dinner, I’d highly recommend visiting the gorgeous Juniper Cocktail Lounge.

The Gatsby-esque decor in this stylish lounge is chic, comfortable, and very Instagrammable! Don’t put your camera away before the cocktails arrive, because those are a visual treat as well. Juniper prides themselves on hand-crafted cocktails that stretch your perception of the familiar. Their specialty is gin, however, you’ll find a variety of cocktails offered here as well.

To gin or not to gin… that was the question during our visit. But it wasn’t a very difficult choice! I absolutely loved three of their most popular gin drinks on the menu. First up was the ‘Carnival’, a fun drink with Tanquerary 10 Gin, fresh lime, St. Germain, and blue cotton candy that quickly melts once the cocktail is poured over it. The gin and fresh lime certainly balance out the sweetness of the cotton candy. Next was ‘A Little Birdie’, definitely the most popular cocktail to photograph thanks to its beautifully delicate bird glass. This cocktail included Sipsmith Gin, strawberry, Dolin Dry Vermouth and fresh lemon.

Last but not least was my favorite, the ‘No Judging’ cocktail. It came in another stunning glass with Green Chartreuse, fresh pineapple, fresh lime, and flaming mint! Yes, they actually light the mint on fire before you drink it. The presentation is just as amazing as the taste, trust me. Juniper Cocktail Lounge is warm, welcoming, delicious, and the perfect place to start your evening off in style.

Located only a few minutes walk through the Park MGM casino floor is Best Friend. This is famed Chef Roy Choi’s first restaurant in Las Vegas, and an exciting new addition to Park MGM! He wanted this to be like Los Angeles’ Koreatown in a capsule. The restaurant front looks more like a bodega storefront, with neon signs promising liquor, beer, wine, BBQ and snacks inside.

Once you’re inside, you feel as if you entered a vibrant, hipster-like liquor store. You can order boozy slushies, and Best Friend-branded apparel. Roy Choi has talked about his vision behind this unique entrance, “It also acts as a reverse speakeasy where everyone is welcome and the bar is a fun zone, like an arcade for all.” Once you enter the actual restaurant, you’ll discover a large, colorful space with hanging plants, and an open kitchen.

Photo courtesy of Park MGM
Photo courtesy of Park MGM

When it comes to the food, you can expect the insanely good Korean BBQ flavors that Choi is known for, but with new and exciting twists. My absolute favorites are the sweet bread buns to start, along with their delicate dumplings. The Spicy Pork is an absolute must, as well as the Chili Cheese Spaghetti, and Kimchi Fried Rice. I would recommend ending with the colorful and uniquely shaped Strawberry Cheesecake. I also saw a very fun ice cream sundae dish that was presented in a miniature bathtub. From the decor to the creative dishes, Best Friend is colorful, fun, and of course, delicious!

CONCLUSION:

Everything about Park MGM is so well thought out and elegant. Whether you’re a guest at the NoMad Hotel, seeing a concert, or simply dining at one of the beautifully designed restaurants, you will certainly walk away with a new view of what the Las Vegas Strip has to offer.

Disclaimer: I was a guest of MGM Grand Resorts, but all opinions here are my own.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

36 Comments

  1. Amazing pics, Park MGM looks stunning, it was a great and luxurious trip!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thank you, it was a fabulous time!

  2. The Park MGM is one of my favorite places to be when I am in Vegas! Great pictures I have been wanting to check the Nomad out.. your post makes me want to go now!!

    • Carmen Edelson

      The NoMad was a pleasant surprise for sure!

  3. Oh wow this looks insane!!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Insanely fun 🙂

  4. Blairvillanueva
    Reply

    Omg this place is oozing with luxury and fabulous. So lucky of you to be invited by Park MGM.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, I’m very thankful!

  5. Jordan
    Reply

    I’ve stayed at the MGM and really enjoyed it. I didn’t know there were other hotels too, but after reading your post and seeing the gorgeous pics, I will definitely check Park MGM out. The Parlour in particular looks right up my alley.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I hope you do, Park MGM is a stunner!

  6. Las Vegas is too high on my bucket list! And after every post I read about Vegas I just want to go there already harder. I loved the pictures in this post, and also the tips as well. I just honestly can’t wait to visit there already.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I hope you have a fabulous time when you do visit, Maya!

  7. These are travel goals! The NoMad restaurant is beautiful – I absolutely love the setting! Would love to pop in next time I’m in Vegas.
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    • Carmen Edelson

      The entire NoMad property, especially that restaurant, really blew me away!

  8. The Nomad restaurant with books looks like my kind of place! Can you pick out a book for dinner reading though? And the tub in the room is such a quirky but cool idea!

    • Carmen Edelson

      That’s such a great question! I’m sure you can ask them and they’ll do their best to accommodate 🙂

  9. We haven’t been back to Vegas for a while now, but will certainly go there next time we’re in SoCal (because my family usually spend a weekend in Vegas when we visit them in SoCal). And when we do, we’ll consider staying at MGM, because your post has really inspired us to! Everything looks so luxurious and gorgeous!! 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      I’m so glad to hear that! Park MGM is just amazing!

  10. Natasha
    Reply

    I had a bad experience the first and only time I visited Vegas. I want to give it a other chance though! Thanks for sharing!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I’m sorry to hear that, Natasha! I hope you enjoy it more the second time around 🙂

  11. What a luxurious place to stay in Vegas. I have been to Vegas a couple of times but somehow never came across NoMad hotel. It looks so elegant and that dining room is incredible. Would love to stay here. Thanks for sharing all the details – the photographs are awesome.

    • Carmen Edelson

      It’s new, so that’s probably why! Definitely worth a visit.

  12. I love the look of the restaurant, both the food, and all those plants hanging from the ceiling! I always think of vegas as a place to spend the evening, but that looks light, vibrant and full of life. 😀
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    • Carmen Edelson

      I know, I was surprised too!

  13. I agree there is so much more to Las Vegas than gambling and nightclubs. I have really enjoyed the shows I’ve seen there and the many eclectic restaurants. The Park MGM looks very luxurious, I love the bathtub in the room. But the real draw is the amazing decor of the NoMad restaurant! It would be amazing to eat in the library atmosphere. The red booths really complete the look! Thanks for the suggestion.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I’m glad you agree! And yes, the NoMad Restaurant was my absolute favorite spot to discover.

  14. Wow, the Nomad hotel looks fantastic, I love the high bookshelves. I could see how dinner there would be fantastic. Looks like you enjoyed your trip. Thanks for the post!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thanks for reading!

  15. Mila R
    Reply

    Great tip. My all time favorites are the Wynn and any of Gordon Ramsey’s restaurants.

    • Carmen Edelson

      I understand why, love the Wynn and Gordon Ramsey!

  16. Park MGM is an eye-opener with all those entertainment and dining options within its spaces, not to mention Nomad Hotel which seems like an oasis in a crowded desert.

    • Carmen Edelson

      NoMad is definitely an oasis!

  17. Nomad hotel looks very luxurious and expensive. Everything from room, lounge, bar, and pool look great. How much money would staying in hotel nomad cost me? I seems a lot and I don’t think I could ever afford 😅
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    • Carmen Edelson

      It truly depends when you are booking! During the low seasons, there are prices as low as around $150 a night which isn’t bad for such luxury and if you’re splitting the cost with friends!

  18. Wow, every place that you mention looks awesome, you most have spent some wonderful days there!
    Any advice before traveling from Mexico to Las Vegas?

    • Carmen Edelson

      I’ve been to both places but have never traveled from Mexico to Las Vegas before. Stay hydrated – ha!

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