Park MGM Las Vegas is one of the newer additions to the strip, earning buzz for incredible on-site dining, entertainment, and affordable rooms

Get the Full StoryOne of Las Vegas' newer hotels, Park MGM Las Vegas features inexpensive rooms that start at just 79 per night.

The hotel has quickly become popular for entertainment offerings including a residency from Lady Gaga, and some of the city's buzziest restaurants, including the 40,000-square-foot Eataly food hall.

Park MGM also sets itself apart with wellness rooms featuring memory foam mattresses, circadian lighting, aromatherapy, and air purification, for a welcome respite from the smoky casino floor.

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On the site of the old Monte Carlo Hotel, Park MGM is one of Las Vegas' newest hotels, opened in late 2018 after a top to bottom gutting and renovation. Since then, Park MGM has quickly become a hot booking not only for an incredible array of restaurants but also for its theater, which hosted Lady Gaga's residency.

The hotel appeals equally to business travelers looking for a no-fuss option with basic-but-clean rooms, great restaurants, and meeting space, as well as younger people who want to stay in the hotel of the moment. It's also surprisingly not as expensive as other sophisticated hotels on the strip, like Bellagio, ARIA, and MGM Grand.

As a Los Angeleno, I'm in Las Vegas at least three to four times per year. And for the reasons previously listed, I was keen to check out this buzzy new property. Especially after my previous trip to Vegas, when I asked a waiter about the coolest new spots the waitstaff and bartenders are always in-the-know , and they confirmed it was indeed Park MGM.

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It's not an exaggeration to say Park MGM is easily one of the hottest hotels on the Las Vegas Strip right now, with a giant replication of New York's famed food hall Eataly, plus restaurants and bars from the Sydell Group of NoMad, The Ned, and The Line fame , LA chef Roy Choi, the Houston Brothers who co-own most of Los Angeles' best bars and nightclubs , Bavette's, and the Crack Shack.

Despite the cool factor, as a travel writer and advisor who prefers the luxury side of things, I was initially skeptical. Park MGM's inexpensive King rooms started at just 79 per night for weekday rates and 129 on weekends. They don't have as many bells and whistles or opulence as my personal favorite Vegas stays, ARIA or The Cosmopolitan. However, it's hard to beat the price and the incredible variety of entertainment options on-site.

Curious to find out for certain, I booked a wellness-focused Stay Well King for a solo trip, which is normally 109 on weekdays, although my room was comped for review purposes. I was pleased to find that Park MGM is a solid Vegas option for guests seeking a less expensive hotel in the center of the Strip, but one that still feels as high-quality as the competition.

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Keep reading to see why I was so impressed by The Park MGM Las Vegas.

The hotel lobby has a soothing, garden feel, with muted shades of light green and cream, floral motifs on the panels at the VIP desk, and clusters of cream-colored floral arrangements in oversized planters dotted throughout.

While the lobby itself was surprisingly small, it felt bigger thanks to mirrored columns and an artistic, gnarled tree root snaking out of the ceiling another nod to the hotel's garden-theme one of the first things you notice upon entering.

Check-in took place at self-service kiosks, which eliminated the long, sprawling lines and waits, which seem practically synonymous with Vegas hotels. I greatly appreciated this efficiency, as well as the fact that if guests do have issues with check-in, or if their rooms aren't ready, they can receive help from a small manned desk.

Check-in also took place in a smaller, less opulent area than other Vegas properties. This was definitely not the Bellagio, with its colorful Dale Chihuly glass flower sculptures on the vast ceiling.

I didn't mind checking in by myself, and in fact, appreciated the speed and ease of the check-in machines. I got my key and was on my way to the elevators within just a couple of minutes surely a Vegas record.

My room was ready, but if not, guests are sent emails with QR codes to access their room keys once available, and some guests have reported receiving pool passes while they wait.

As I set off for my room, I noticed the hotel seemed to be very popular with a younger crowd, as well as a surprising number of business travelers, which makes sense given that the hotel has a huge convention center.

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