NoMad Las Vegas by MGM – the best boutique luxury hotel on the strip?

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There are two types of Vegas when it comes to luxury hotels. The big casino hotels such as Wynn and Bellagio or the smaller hotel within a hotel type properties such as Four Seasons, Delano, and Crockfords (at Resorts World). Nomad is one of these type of boutique properties where it is attached to a casino hotel but is a stand-alone hotel with separate facilities, but you also have access to the Park MGM as well if you want it. If you aren’t keen on crowds or queues or traipsing 15 minutes through a massive casino to get to your room, this is the hotel for you. It’s also part of MGM, so if you are a gambler, you can still get your comps for playing at MGM. 

 

Location

One of the best things about NoMad is its location which is pretty central on the strip. It’s to the side of the Park MGM, a fairly recently refurbished 4* hotel. The NoMad is directly connected to the Park MGM. 

 

Inside the Park MGM, you can access the tram to Crystals shopping and Bellagio. You can also cut through to Aria very quickly, without leaving the comfort of the air conditioning! If you walk the other way, you come to New York, New York where you can cross the bridge to Excalibur to get the tram to Mandalay Bay. 

If you are planning to see a concert, it’s right by the T-Mobile and Dolby Live venues. 

 

Check-in

I was given an upgrade from an Atelier room to a Grand Suite and found the check-in staff very helpful. I was also impressed with the bellman, who was not at all worried about a tip since I did not have any cash, having just come from the airport. This is a big contrast to some other hotels, including the Bellagio where there are brazenly asking for tips which I find very distasteful. He was very chatty and gave me lots of tips for my stay plus a quick tour of what was in the room. 

Front desk

The hotel was quiet when I arrived, partly because it was quite late and partly because it’s small anyway. It felt very exclusive and friendly, whereas in many of the large hotels you can feel like just a number. 

 

The room

The whole hotel is quite dark and dramatic inside, but this is the signature look of NoMad hotels. Part modern, part classic in feel, their decor is very distinctive. 

The room had a separate sitting room with oak hardwood floors and a TV. The toilet was off the living area, which I did find annoying as if you got up during the night, you had to go through the living room instead of into an en-suite. 

When I arrived in late April, room service closed pretty early at around 9pm and when I tried to call about 10 minutes before that point they did not pick up. That was kind of irritating when you get in from a late flight, and the last thing you feel like doing is going out. 

The minibar was in the living room on top of what looked like a trunk which I loved the look of. This also housed the safe, which was odd as usually, it would be with the wardrobe. There was no tea or coffee in the room, which is standard for Vegas, but some boutique hotels like the Four Seasons have it. It’s basically a ploy to get you out of the room spending money. 

In the bedroom, there was a large King size super comfortable bed with custom Bellino linens. The room was also very quiet, which is somewhat unsual in Vegas. I liked the chaise lounge, which was the perfect size for having your suite case on if you did not want to unpack fully. 

Also unusual was the freestanding pedestal bathtub in the bedroom. I’m not always a fan of these, as you often end up with a wet floor. To be fair, it was a great size tub, perfect for soaking those Vegas-weary feet in, plus you could watch TV at the same time. 

The wardrobe was in the bedroom too and had a steamer rather than an iron and ironing board. This seems to be a growing trend in Vegas and one that I think is practical. For a start, most hotel irons are useless and usually dribble over your clothes. Generally your clothes need a quick refresh to drop the creases out, so a steamer is easier and quicker than ironing in most cases. The bathrobe is also a bespoke design from Bellino. 

The proper bathroom was off the bedroom and had a walk-in shower with Carrara marble mosaic tiles. I liked the bathroom’s separate dressing table, although I would have liked a magnifying mirror here. It was great that there was a stool to sit while you got yourself ready if like me you like to glam up at a leisurely pace on holiday!

The toiletries are now specially made by Côté Bastide, a brand that aims to recreate the atmosphere of living in southern France. However, when I was there, they were Argan toiletries which I actually found great with the dry Vegas atmosphere.

 

Facilities

There are only a few facilities at the NoMad, but then you have the whole of Park MGM and the strip to explore. You can cross charge between MGM properties too, which is handy. 

There is a small gym which is open 24/7, but the highlight is the pool. Often Vegas pools can be very busy and far too much of a party scene for me. The NoMad pool has the best of both worlds with a sophisticated feel but a more exclusive atmosphere. The pool is in the shade until around mid-day when I visited in Spring which meant it was a little chilly until the sun moved over, but that would not be an issue in the summer.

Morning at the pool

Service was good by the pool with decent food and a drinks menu. I found servers fairly attentive, but it was also easy to just walk up to the bar to order. 

The decor felt quite Mediterranean or Moorish with the tiles and day beds. As usual with most Vegas hotels, there was no shade unless you paid for it.

The large hot tub was incredibly hot, so much so that I could only stand a couple of minutes at a time, which was a shame. 

 

Food and drink

There is the Nomad Library restaurant and bar within the Nomad hotel, but if you want to have breakfast, you will need to venture into Park MGM. However, there are so many great places for breakfast in Vegas, I am never too worried about the hotel restaurant. If you wanted to eat close to Nomad there is an upmarket breakfast place called Primrose, which is very close to the entrance to NoMad within Park MGM. 

I have eaten at The Library before, so I didn’t venture into it on this trip. However, it’s probably one of the most beautiful interiors of s restaurant in Vegas – dark, dramatic, and romantic. The food was also great. 

Library bar at NoMad

I also am a big fan of the library bar if you want somewhere a bit quieter and more sophisticated. They often have live music, which adds to the chilled vibe, and some great cocktails too. There’s an outdoor terrace here as well.  

 

Booking and how to get the best deal

I booked through MGM direct via the MGM Rewards loyalty program. If you have Hyatt status you should do a match with MGM before booking. I matched to Gold in MGM from Explorist, so I got a nice suite upgrade.

The main perks of Gold when booking are:

  • Resort fee waived, for up to two rooms, when booking direct
  • Complimentary enhanced room upgrade at check-in, based on availability (room view, high floor, etc.)
  • Best available rate guaranteed

I find them consistently the cheapest rates when I book. However, it is always worth comparing with what our luxury travel agent partners GTC offer, particularly if you do not have status in MGM. With GTC you get: 

  • $100 Hotel F&B Credit
  • $30.00 Daily Breakfast credit
  • Room upgrade subject to availability
  • Early check-in and Late check-out subject to availability

 

Conclusion

I really enjoyed staying here. It’s not as fancy as the Four Seasons ( my favorite Vegas hotel) and you don’t get all the bells and whistles with the service at NoMad as you do there. However, it has a better location with the perks of a smaller hotel. I appreciated the upgrade which the Four Seasons are quite weak on (usually get a better view but same room).

Prices start at around £200 in low demand with the Four Seasons starting at £228 and Crockfords at £212. 

7 Comments on "NoMad Las Vegas by MGM – the best boutique luxury hotel on the strip?"

  1. Written like a cheap, typical British tourist.
    You knew you were going to the USA but did not bring dollars for tips?

    • I normally get cash at the airport for exactly that however I didn’t see an ATM on my way out and I had someone waiting for me. I was already delayed so did not want to hold them up further. I went back and tipped the bellman the next day.

      You may view British tourists as cheap. I view many Vegas bellman as bordering on thuggish. I’ve been held captive in my room by a bellman before who wanted a tip before he even took my luggage! He was a well built man and very intimidating when he blocked the door until I gave him money. That’s OK is it? Tipping is completely out of control in Vegas and the US. As a Brit I think employers should pay their employees a decent wage and charge the proper price for the product. So the only thing that’s “cheap” is US employers. Paying someone $3 an hour would be illegal in the UK, tips or not.

      Tipping is meant to be for good service. How is someone demanding money before they have even done anything good service? Perhaps these are the reason that Brits are “cheap” in your opinion.

      • I so agree with this. 2 trips to NYC this year and the tipping expectations have become extraordinary. I’m more and more heading to Asia instead, partly due to tipping.

    • One day you’ll realize the world does not revolve around the USA… Sad person

  2. Stephen I feel really so sorry for you. You must struggle day to day through life, if yOu think it’s ok to leave a comment like that. If you don’t like the content just leave the sight, as there are lots of us who enjoy the way articles are written.

    • Debbie Brooks | 1 August 2022 at 8:33 am | Reply

      I concur. Unnecessary and vitriolic, comments such as yours Stephen are utterly ignorant. She is far from “cheap” and you would know that if you properly read this blog. Find somewhere else to judge, you’re really not welcome here.

  3. I’m not worried by his comments, Americans do not finesse their language, or use ours !!
    This hotel, for me, has everything I dislike in todays hotel language, baths in bedrooms No!,I well never stay in one again, after staying at the vine in Funchal, never used it and it dominated the biggest suite in the place, fancy metal one too, my how wrong some designers get it,(last time stayed Savoy Palace, enormous but absolutely fabulous.) the a loos not off the bedroom, no tea coffee facility, a reception area that is only missing hookers and cowboys and looks like a western film set (may be they are there, you just didn’t like to mention), and having to move off site for facilities, an absolute no no for me. I am on the wrong side of 75 , so perhaps it’s just me.

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