An Entertaining Las Vegas Staycation at Park MGM

Park MGM and its central location put it close to entertainment all over the Las Vegas Strip.

If you’re looking to be right in the middle of the entertainment action, you won’t find much better than Park MGM Las Vegas. The resort has its own theater, is steps away from T-Mobile Arena and is within a short walking distance to multiple venues. Since nights out in Vegas tend to be late, it’s always a fun option to stay on the Strip and enjoy our city from a visitor’s perspective. MGM Resorts invited us to experience all that Park MGM has to offer, so join us on an entertaining staycation at Park MGM Las Vegas.

An Entertaining Staycation at Park MGM.

Check-In

Prepared for an early start, we utilized the mobile check-in process. We checked in remotely, followed the instructions and were told we would be notified as soon as our room was ready. We were able to get our room number and room keys quite early and made our way over to the hotel. 

Since it’s rebranding from Monte Carlo to Park MGM, the space is virtually unrecognizable. The design aspect of the property can be felt throughout, from the lobby to the hotel rooms. The entire property is also non-smoking, which immediately sets the resort apart from other resorts on the Strip. 

Park MGM Lobby Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Park MGM Lobby (Courtesy MGM Resorts International)

Though room keys aren’t checked by security before entry to the elevator vestibule, keys must be scanned to access room floors—a security feature we enjoyed. We also utilized the MGM Resorts app as our room key (a convenient feature if room keys tend to fall to the bottom of your bag). 

The Park MGM Two Queen Room had a great view of the Strip—as locals, we often tend to forget that the bright neon lights are a bit atypical. The full window seat was also a nice touch for comfort and space-saving. The room felt less like a Las Vegas resort and more like a sophisticated hotel stay in a bustling city. Even the gallery wall above the bed felt transportive. 

Park MGM Two Queen Room Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Park MGM Two Queen Room (©Melanie Lee)

Lunch at Eataly

Not sure what you feel like eating? Take a visit to Eataly for some serious foodie inspiration. With a complete market, food counters and multiple restaurants, you’ll soon want a little bit of everything. Take a walk through the Mercato to find pastries, sandwiches and all sorts of fresh foods and Italian specialties. If you’re a bit of an oenophile, swing by the wine shop for specials and tasting flights. Eataly is also a perfect spot to grab some snacks for your room, like a bottle of Italian wine and some delectable chocolates from Il Ciocolato Venchi. If you’re a bit short on time, order Mercato items via Instacart and pick them up in-store. If you’re in the mood for a whole experience, check online for specialty dinners at the Chef’s Table or try one of their cooking classes. After lunch, take advantage of the spectacular location and venture out to the Strip.

Culinary Assortment at Eataly Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Culinary Assortment at Eataly (Courtesy MGM Resorts International)

Dinner

No matter what you’re in the mood for, you’ll likely find something perfect at Park MGM—there are so many fantastic options, it might actually be more than a little bit difficult to decide. Best Friend by Celebrity Chef Roy Choi is always an excellent choice for comfort foods and fun fusion cuisine. Not sure what to try? Check out the Chef Menu for $69 per person and get a taste of various Best Friend specialties like the “Kogi Tacos” and the “Kimchi Fried Rice.” 

Spicy Pork BBQ at Best Friend Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Spicy Pork BBQ at Best Friend (©Audrey Ma)

If you’re feeling like a sophisticated night out, the Library at Nomad Library is an ideal choice. With one of the most picturesque dining rooms in Las Vegas (it’s seriously a library), dine on gourmet offerings like the “Foie Gras Torchon” and “Le Grand Plateau” or shared offerings like the table side tuna tartare and the prime rib. Order the “The Appetizing Shop”—smoked Ora King salmon and caviar if you’re feeling extra fancy. 

Caviar at Nomad Library Inside Park MGM Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Caviar at Nomad Library Inside Park MGM (©Melanie Lee)

A Night on the Town

Park MGM’s location is perfect—it’s relatively central on the Strip, so most of the major resorts are close by (this is especially handy in the summertime when the heat is more than a little oppressive). If you’d like to stay on property for all of your entertainment needs, check out the calendar for the resort’s entertainment venues— Lady Gaga and Bruno Mars have both held mini residencies at Park MGM. Catch a Golden Knights game at T-Mobile Arena, a UFC fight or a major headlining show (upcoming headliners in 2021 include George Strait and Luke Combs, while 2022 includes Tool and Justin Bieber). 

Theater at Dolby Live Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Caviar at Nomad Library Inside Park MGM (Courtesy MGM Resorts International)

Breakfast

A visit to Park MGM Las Vegas wouldn’t be complete without Primrose’s breakfast (or brunch). The restaurant is adjacent to the lobby, so it’s a perfect place to visit before or after check-out. Primrose can get a bit busy on weekend mornings, so reservations are recommended. Once inside, you’ll completely forget the bells and lights of the casino that’s just steps away. At Primrose, you’ll find the basic breakfast fare with a twist. The “Deep-Dish Pancakes” come with a selection of unexpected flavors and the lunch menu is full of comfort foods—perfect for one last meal before heading home. 

Entry at Primrose Las Vegas | WhereTraveler
Entry at Primrose (©Patrick Michael Chin)