Check out what’s new at Monte Carlo in Las Vegas

The best way to describe Monte Carlo is the cool kid in high school that you had to get to know because he wasn’t part of the bigger, more popular crowd. But now, all of that is about to change.

What seemed like a kind of quiet hotel is now drawing tons of attention. Monte Carlo is stepping up its game with a brand new theater, as well as its awesome location for the highly anticipated T-Mobile Arena and The Park, an outdoor promenade that’ll also serve as a lively attraction for tourists and locals alike.

We’re so excited (in our most enthusiastic “Saved by the Bell” Jessie Spano voice) for all of these changes to be complete. Here’s a taste of what’s to come:

Monte Carlo theater

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We can’t wait to find out who will be performing at Monte Carlo’s new 5,000-seat theater. Photo rendering courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

This new theater is kind of amazing. Consider it like the T-Mobile Arena’s kid sister. The T-Mobile Arena will house 20,000 seats, while this one will hold 5,000. The Monte Carlo theater is getting a $100 million revamp and is slated to open at the end of 2016. This theater plans to host artists who need a larger space than the average showroom, but smaller than an arena. (To give you an idea, it’s approximately the same size of Planet Hollywood’s AXIS Theater and Caesars Palace’s Colosseum.)

“This new theater will enable us to host performers in Las Vegas who we previously haven’t had a home for, broadening our entertainment offerings and providing the opportunity to expand those relationships to our properties around the globe,” said Bill Hornbuckle, president of MGM Resorts International.

With the new T-Mobile Arena and the Monte Carlo theater, we have to start clearing our schedules. We’ll easily be rocking out at concerts for the next couple of years.

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Trees – we really love our trees, especially in Vegas. Rendering of The Park, photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

The Park

By now, you probably heard a thing or two about The Park, the outdoor promenade that connects Monte Carlo and New York – New York. This park will also serve as a pathway to the T-Mobile arena.

When it opens April 4th, this six-acre destination will host dining, entertainment, as well as awesome patio seating overlooking Las Vegas Boulevard. This means you won’t always have to dine at a fancy restaurant to enjoy killer views of the Strip. There will also be hundreds of fully grown trees and two water walls you can admire during your stroll through the Park. A summer evening stroll sounds mighty tempting.

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Where “throwing shade” is a good thing. Shade structures at The Park, photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

If you’re curious how you’ll keep cool when Vegas hits its 100-degree weather, the shade structures will help. These shade structures will stand from 55 to 75 feet tall and there will be 16 of them. They will also display a different visual array of designs and shapes. At night, these metallic figures will look like massive cactus blooms. We heard from a birdie that because of these shade structures, it’ll be 10 degrees cooler here versus the rest of the Strip. Fun fact: These shade structures were made in the Netherlands and if we were to weigh them all together, the total would be an astounding 400 tons.

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So long, San Francisco. Bliss Dance will be grooving to a different vibe here in Vegas. Photo courtesy of Willie Huang Photography, via Flickr.

Bliss Dance, a 40-foot-tall sculpture of a dancing woman, will be The Park’s focal point and complement the surrounding shade structures. Artist Marco Cochrane got his inspiration for Bliss Dance from his first experience at Burning Man. This sculpture weighs more than 7,500 pounds and  lights up in different colors. The remarkable piece has 3,000 colored LED lights.

Like we mentioned earlier, The Park will have a great blend of restaurants, bars and entertainment. Not to be mistaken with the restaurants at Monte Carlo’s nearby BLVD plaza, The Park will have its own share of outdoor spots. Folks can enjoy Bruxie, a waffle place; Sake Rok, a Japanese-American fusion restaurant with a late-night bar; and Beerhaus, a beer hall featuring popular interactive games, a wide draft selection and keg wines.

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Have you been? It’s pretty darn awesome. The BLVD at Monte Carlo, photo courtesy of MGM Resorts International.

BLVD Plaza

OK, so this isn’t new-new, more like new-ish. But if you  haven’t visited Monte Carlo in the last two years, it’s still new to you. Like The Park, you’ll have the chance to eat outside, enjoy fresh air and  catch a much-needed break from the hustle and bustle. Here’s a quick rundown:

  • Yusho: If you’re in the mood for ramen and Japanese food, have a seat. Yusho offers ramen and Japanese fare prepared fresh over a hot binchotan, a grill that burns so hot it’ll leave your food with a nice, crispy outer skin.
  • 800 Degrees Pizzeria: This sounds like how we would describe Vegas summers, but we promise it’s something tasty. If you’re a thin crust fan, you’ll love the Old World Italian pizza style 800 Degrees Pizzeria. It only takes a quick 60 to 90 seconds to cook each pie, thanks to the restaurant’s wood burning bread oven. All pies have extra virgin olive oil drizzled on top, adding to its delicious crispy goodness.
  • Double Barrel Roadhouse: This all-American roadhouse has live entertainment and Southern food. At Double Barrel Roadhouse, enjoy country-fried chicken, barbecued ribs, hand-crafted cocktails and an energizing atmosphere with live music. Wash down your meal with homemade wine coolers presented in Mason jars.
  • Sambalatte: Not that we have anything against mainstream coffee joints, but we’ll always have love for indie coffee shops. At Sambalatte, enjoy fresh roasted coffee and quick ready-to-go meals. Plus, they have the finest premium gourmet coffee beans from around the world. We’re so ready for our coffee fix.
  • BLVD Creamery: We’re fans of the fresh churned ice cream, but even bigger fans of the spiked milkshakes at BLVD Creamery. Get your sip on with Go Shortcake, It’s Your Birthday: birthday cake ice cream and SKYY wild strawberry vodka, topped with whipped cream and sprinkles. If you need a jolt, Irish I Was Famous would do the trick. Enjoy coffee ice cream, chocolate ice cream and Jameson whiskey, topped with whipped cream. Other fun flavors include Adult Cookie Jar — vanilla ice cream, Oreo cookies, cookie dough, Baileys Irish Cream, SKYY vanilla bean vodka and Apple of My Pie — apple pie ice cream, graham crackers, Fireball whisky and Crown Royal apple whisky, topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce. Yum.

We wouldn’t worry about any of these extra calories, by the way. BLVD Plaza also offers outdoor yoga for hotel guests. Every Saturday at 8 a.m. (weather permitting), the hour-long yoga class is fit for all levels. It’s free if you’re staying at Monte Carlo, too. Namaste.

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Hey baby, what’s your name? Oh… it’s a secret. We’ll find out soon enough. Photo courtesy of Monte Carlo.

New hotel name

This can’t be revealed just yet (trust us, we tried!), but with all the hotel’s new additions, you may as well change the name too, right? We’re not sure what it is, but we’re dying to find out.

In addition to the hotel’s new name, we may have some other exciting news for you: According to Robin Leach’s Las Vegas Sun article, NoMad New York partners chef Daniel Humm and co-owner Will Guidara plan to bring their popular NoMad and Eleven Madison Park restaurants to Monte Carlo too. If this rumor is true, we’ll plan plenty of date nights here for sure.

Keep up with Monte Carlo and make sure to hit up all the latest and greatest the hotel offers this year.

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