I stayed at Park MGM in November 2017, during the preview stage of the remodeling and stayed there again in early 2019. I like many of the individual pieces of Park MGM, and it could become one of my favorite resorts, but it lacks any cohesion and feels like it is still trying to figure out its identity.
The room layout with the large table by the couch is very welcoming and less hotelish. That table was a very comfortable work and dining space. One of the more surprising non-hotelish features is the lack of the typical clock/radio … or a clock at all. I’m guessing they expect you will have your own in one form or another. The TV can be used as a Bluetooth speaker, though, which is nice. This helps with the minimalist design, but the lack of a clock seems like a mistake. They do have in interesting sliding panel that serves as the door for the bathroom and the closet. When it is slid to close the bathroom, it reveals the closet. When slid to open the bathroom, it covers the closet. The SLS uses a similar sliding panel concept for its bathroom and shower.
The room layout has one big problem, though. It has minimal storage space. There is a very small 2 drawer unit in the closet and some hanging space. That’s it. When I mentioned this in November 2017, I was told they were aware of the problem and planned to address it. As of mid 2019, that hasn’t happened.
Bars and Restaurants:
Most of the construction is completed and there as some nice dining and entertainment options. I enjoyed Primrose of my first trip (that was the only real option back then). I checked out Best Friends, Bavette’s and Juniper this time. I’ve been happy with all of those choices. One of the biggest changes is the addition of Eataly, the sprawling Italian market and food court. They made an interesting choice with the foot-traffic for this. If you enter Park MGM from the Strip, you enter through Eataly. You have to walk through it before you get to the casino. How’s that for a break with Vegas tradition?
Juniper is a gin focused cocktail bar/lounge. It is still trying to figure out its identity. The overall feel was very unwelcoming on my first attempt to visit. It was close to midnight and in nightclub mode which could be part of it (I had just gotten into town and was not in club mode). The next evening, I gave it another attempt and am glad I did. The bar staff was great. Between the staff and the 80’s/90’s R&B/Soul music playing, it was a great vibe, but it also felt a bit incongruous.
I think it wants to be a high end cocktail lounge, but it has bartop video poker machines. Playing those machines can get you the usual rail drinks comped, but none of their specialty cocktails or any of the notable gins on their menu.
The new On The Record speakeasy and nightclub is a great addition. On the weekend I was there, Questlove was performing one night and Pete Wentz the next.
Location and Logistics:
The location is really good for me. Easy access to CVS on one side and NYNY on the other. There is a Deuce bus stop just across the street (with a conveniently located crosswalk) if you want to head further into the Strip or downtown. There is also the free tram to the Bellagio. This provides really convenient access to the Botanic Garden. It is also next to the T-Mobile Arena.
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