New NoMad brings unique sense of chic to central Strip

Mick Akers

This Las Vegas Strip getaway is described as an oasis within an oasis. And if officials have their way, it could have a distinct feel from other properties in town.

NoMad Las Vegas, which opens Friday within the newly remodeled Park MGM, was designed to give guests a residential feel, not one of staying in a corporate-owned hotel. From the boutique rooms to the bar and restaurant, the intention is to give guests the feeling that they are at a friend’s house and not a hotel.

The NoMad Bar, NoMad Restaurant and casino are located on the ground floor, along with a dedicated entrance and hotel lobby. The 293 rooms are situated on the top four floors of the newly remodeled resort — the former Monte Carlo. Rooms start at $199 per night.

Andrew Zobler, chief executive officer of the Sydell Group, which manages the NoMad properties, said they want to offer guests an escape from the hustle of the Strip. At the same time, they hope to provide a gateway to all the resort corridor has to offer.

“Here we work on both levels. There’s a playfulness but a seriousness,” Zobler said. “You can be 60 years old and be comfortable here because you’re in a luxury hotel. Or you can be 28 years old and come here to party your brains out … it works for both people.”

Each room features custom furnishings, oak hardwood floors, original artwork curated by Paris-based design studio Be-poles, Bellino linens, and Argan bathroom products. Many of the rooms feature a freestanding pedestal bathtub located in the room, not in the bathroom, leather headboards, and paravent screens.

“This is a super romantic room,” Zobler said. “From the tub, to the paravent, to the art … There are no hard edges and it feels really comfortable.”

The NoMad Bar features shareable plates, snacks, sandwiches, pastas and more. The menu was created by Daniel Humm, a James Beard Award winner and the co-owner of Make It Nice hospitality group, which owns NoMad.

The bar features various forms of seating, from lounge chairs and high-top chairs, to sofas with coffee tables, offering an intimate dining experience. Deep bordeaux velvet is prevalent in the design and a Steinway & Sons piano is staged in the corner of the room for spontaneous live performances.

“When we thought of serving breakfast at a bar, you don’t want to be staring at a bunch of bottles in the morning, in Las Vegas,” said Will Guidara, restaurateur and the other co-owner of Make It Nice. “It’s a way to transform it from a bar into a dining room.”

Additionally, The NoMad features the property’s (Park MGM and NoMad) only high-limit gaming area, and also marks NoMad's first foray into gaming. The high-limit room features the only remaining element of the old Monte Carlo: the Tiffany stained-glass ceiling.

“Anytime you move something forward you want to hold onto some piece of what was,” Guidara said. “I really love that this is still here. It dictated the design to shape the room. It made sense to keep it once we saw it.”

Zobler thinks the way Park MGM and NoMad went about refreshing the Monte Carlo is the better option than imploding a resort and building from scratch.

“We took an old building and touched every space,” he said. “It’s so much more efficient than tearing it down, which people have done in the past, which can be so expensive.

“I think this place has completely transformed.”