Monte Carlo Undergoes Dramatic Transformation to Become Park MGM

A poplar Las Vegas resort, Monte Carlo, is in the throes of an unprecedented transformation: The casino is becoming Park MGM.

Recently, there was a very visible signal the change from Monte Carlo to Park MGM is kicking into high gear. Here’s a peek.

Monte Carlo facade

Your days are numbered, old girl. Yes, Monte Carlo is a girl. We checked.

Inside, Monte Carlo is virtually unrecognizable.

Nearly all of Monte Carlo’s restaurants have closed, and entire swaths of the casino have been walled off.

Monte Carlo casino

Mystery walls abound at Monte Carlo, all in service of giving the world some Las Vegas voila.

Here’s a list of all the Monte Carlo bars and restaurants that have closed in recent months.

  • The Pub at Monte Carlo
  • Brand Steakhouse
  • Andre’s at the Monte Carlo
  • Hit Lounge
  • Yusho Japanese Grill & Noodle House
  • Blvd Creamery
  • D. Vino Italian Food & Wine Bar
  • Dragon Noodle Co.
  • The Buffet at Monte Carlo
  • Food Court at the Monte Carlo
Monte Carlo

These signs are everywhere. Soon, there will pretty much be no “other outlets.”

Yes, there’s pretty much been a clean sweep of the restaurants and bars at Monte Carlo, all to make way for new offerings at Park MGM.

But wait, there’s more.

Most recently, Minus 5 Ice Bar closed (Oct. 29, 2017).

Monte Carlo Minus 5 Ice Bar

Minus 5 Ice Bar was always a fun place to chill.

On Nov. 5, 2017, 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria. The forgettable pizza restaurant will move to New York New York.

The Sambalatte coffee shop closes Nov. 7, 2017.

Also on Nov. 7, Diablo’s Cantina will close. We were the first to share this turn of events, way back in Dec. 2016, but we aren’t one to brag.

Diablo's Cantina

Adios, awkward appropriation of Mexican culture.

In a strange turn of events, it doesn’t appear Double Barrel Roadhouse is going anywhere.

As a slew of restaurants close, two have opened in recent weeks.

We popped in for photos, and look forward to giving these new eateries a taste.

First, there’s Primrose.

Primrose Park MGM

Primrose is one of the first things you’ll stumble upon as you enter Monte Carlo from the self-park garage. And we do mean stumble. We know how you are in Vegas.

The official Web site says, “Modeled after a country home, Primrose is our tribute to the South of France. Come by for garden-inspired dishes and cocktails in the drawing room, dining room, or beneath the trees in the outdoor terrace and garden.”

Primrose

If we never hear the phrase “vegetable-forward cuisine” again, it’ll be too soon.

On the restaurant’s Web page, the cuisine is described as “French-ish.”

And they weren’t kidding about the “beneath the trees” thing. A few feet from the entrance to Primrose, in an area being used for hotel registration, there’s a massive tree root protruding from the ceiling.

Monte Carlo tree roots

One thing this definitely isn’t is freaky.

Also new at Monte Carlo, sorry, Park MGM, is Bavette’s Steakhouse & Bar.

Park MGM Bavette's Steakhouse

Your humble portal to a new world of protein.

The original Bavette’s is in Chicago, and it’s won numerous awards for its classic steakhouse fare with French cooking influences.

It’s almost entirely dark inside Bavette’s, but here’s a photo, anyway.

Park MGM Bavette's Steakhouse

We’ll say it: This is the kind of lighting that gets people pregnant.

Strolling through the Monte Carlo casino is a surreal experience.

Construction walls conceal closed venues, and familiar features inside the resort have vanished.

Signs for Park MGM haven’t really been put up yet, but this one was displayed prominently, including what appears to be an attempt at a logo.

Park MGM logo

Fingers crossed this logo is just a placeholder. You don’t spend $450 million on a makeover and have a teen on Fiverr do your logo.

Changes are happening outside, too.

There’s been a lot of work in the Monte Carlo’s pool complex.

Monte Carlo pools

You can still be lazy, there’s just no river to do it in.

Now, there are three pools. One’s square, the others are akin to lap pools.

Monte Carlo pools

Petite pools mean they’re likely to be for hotel guests only.

It seems like only yesterday we were breaking the story Monte Carlo would undergo a major renovation and rebrand. Now, it’s becoming a reality.

MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren has described the Monte Carlo transformation as a “top-to-bottom, stem-to-stern type of re-imagining.” We can’t disagree.

Las Vegas don't get attached

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because new bars.

Some fret Monte Carlo will become an upscale resort and price out longtime fans. Others say it was time for a Monte Carlo refresh, and Vegas thrives on shiny new things, even when they’re not completely new.

Many are taking the transition period as an opportunity to bid farewell to an old friend.

Monte Carlo

Yes, we got photo releases from everyone because that’s exactly how the Internet works.

Enjoy a few photos from our recent walkabout at Monte Carlo, and we look forward to sharing more about Park MGM as it emerges, sticky and warm, from the womb of the wizards at MGM Resorts. Or something.

Monte Carlo Becomes Park MGM

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26 thoughts on “Monte Carlo Undergoes Dramatic Transformation to Become Park MGM

  1. Donna McNamara

    That’s kind of sad. The thing about the theme hotel is that for a little while–you’re in Venice Italy or in Rome at Caesar’s Palace. In the Monte Carlo, for a brief moment in time, you got to experience the Cote d’Azur in the south of France. It just makes me sad that now it’s just another generic big Vegas hotel, like the rest. I’m sure it will be nice but it’s just another hotel now.

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    1. Lewmoore

      Yeah, but that’s kinda why Monte Carlo never really worked for me…it seemed as if it were done on the cheap. The “theming” such as it was, didn’t make me think of anywhere in particular…other than a kind of mediocre casino. Rome, Paris, Venice, and NYNY were done well…Monte Carlo seemed pointless.

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      1. FYMYAWF

        Agreed. I never felt like MC had an identity, at least not inside. The exterior facade was lovely but then you walk inside and it’s…generic Vegas casino. Rooms were small and had been outdated for years. The restaurants, outside of the pretty great Pub, were meh.

        So I was looking forward to the rebrand but…reserving judgement on the new changes until they are done, out of fairness, but I’m not excited by anything I’ve seen yet, especially the new rooms.

        Also strange to me that out of all the restos Double Barrel is maybe going to survive? Ugh.

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      2. Ted nOWAK

        It should be better. Can’t wait to book for 2 weeks. Be at luxor June 3 to 15 and will check it out. Book when all done

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        1. tracy

          Luxor Prices are higher and it is very dated and terrible ventilation. Monte Carlo even before renos was way better. I’ve been every year for the past 6 years in July. Stayed eveywhere on that end of strip Monte Carlo is the best bang for your buck. Just booked again from the 3rd to 11th. So excitted to see what changes have been made.

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  2. double.down.now

    The Monte Carlo never lived up to it’s name but I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say that I played and stayed there many times over the years because of it’s low rates and low minimums, especially at the bjack tables.

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  3. Jeff

    The new main entry to the resort will be about where El Diablo is currently at. Also I am not sure for this exact reason but a new pedestrian bridge will be built to go from the corner of Park MGM intersection to opposite corner of the intersection where MGM is. (Probably not enough room on the corner where Denny’s and Hard Rock Café currently are).

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  4. LasVegasJunkie

    I for one am fully supportive of Monte Carlo’s decision to transition to Park MGM. I believe Monte Carlo looked to Bruce Jenner for the strength to come out and make its transition public.

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  5. Manybar Goatfish

    Monte Carlo’s days may be numbered, but thank god we’re only talking about a face-lift and a name change, and not the absolute desecration that a date with Bronto’s pecker would bring.

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  6. Scooter

    I must say, through my many amblings up and down the strip, I just never felt compelled to wander in the Monte Carlo more than just once. It just didn’t have the excitement or draw to keep me coming back (for me anyways).

    I am hoping that the new Park MGM will have a little more pizzazz to draw people in.

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  7. Just Passing By

    I got invited to stay in a preview king last week. I felt I was literally the first one to sleep in the room. The paint odor actually gave me a head ache. I stayed for 2 nights.

    There are two styles – a red room and a green room. Some rooms are slightly different. I know this because I was peaking from the hallway while house keeping was doing their work. (I know, kind of creepy) I like to see new things d@mmit.

    I personally didnt like the setup of the furniture. I end up moving furniture around so I can setup my own work space. Most king rooms ive been in have a nice little table setup, nice chair and lamp – its convenient. The room I was in – just looked funny. Bed and TV setup was nice though and well placed. TV is wall mounted and you can move it around as you please. It still a nice room, im just picky with certain things.

    Overall the Casino is looking good. When the renovation is finished – it really will be a nice place to stay. It has a small boutique feel to it. I just hope they dont swap the machines out. Lots of machines with the MAX bet at a perfect rate. Compared to the Aria when some fun machines are way too much. I end up playing for 5 hours at the monte carlo for very little. Also I hope they add more space for gaming because the amount of rooms they have at The Park – I have a feeling the casino floor is going to be packed.

    My home Casino is MGM or the Aria but I can see myself moving to the Park MGM. It is really convenient to the Park and Tmobile Arena. Exit the elevator – go right and exit the door and you are right there.

    Thanks Scott for the write up.

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  8. Spenbro

    Did anybody ever notice that the rooms at the Monte Carlo were the same as the newest rooms at Circus Circus’ West Tower? Nobody seems to remember that this property was originally built as a joint venture between Wynn (Mirage Resorts) and Circus Circus. Rooms were typically priced around $10-20 more per night than CC. Back in the day, MC was an awesome option (location) with a minimal $$ upgrade!

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