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The hotel formerly known as the Monte Carlo is undergoing a massive rebrand into the new Park MGM (pictured). With the help of the company behind the exclusive NoMad Hotels, Sydell Group, MGM Resorts International is reimagining the classic resort into something almost unrecognizable from what it used to be.

The outdoor “park” theme took roots in the Park MGM lobby, and when I say roots, I mean roots! Underneath the self-check in area feels like a jungle paradise with a massive and stunning tree-inspired art piece by Henrique Oliveira, made from genuine pieces of reclaimed wood.

The guest rooms and suites in the new Park MGM boast several color palettes, one being a gold, green blue and the other a deep red and white. Both décor styles were very modern, but homey, with every room featuring movable furniture, lots of space and an eclectic selection of artwork, curated specifically by the creative studio, Be-poles, for the property. The Park MGM is slated to open later this year and will appeal to a younger audience with its unique, innovative design and concept.

Overlooking the resort’s iconic fountains, HYDE Bellagio is one of Vegas’ hottest clubs on the weekends. What many people don’t know is on weekday nights, the spot offers a cozy lounge experience. The patio looks out upon a unique view of the Bellagio’s famous water feature, and every 15 minutes or so, guests gather to catch a glimpse of their awe-inspiring water theatrics. One would never guess that this intimate setting is home to wild nights, as it felt like a romantic hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the strip.

HYDE’s drinks were, to put it mildly, out of this world. Their famed cocktail is the Love Unit, made from Absolut vodka and vanilla vodka, Thai basil, fresh lime, grapefruit and hand extracted bell pepper juices and garnished with a red bell pepper. I’m not much for savory cocktails, but this drink changed my perspective. The smooth yet spicy flavor had me ready for another round – or two.