The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas started its life in 1994 as the Grand Victoria but was quickly shortened to Victoria and then changed altogether and became the Monte Carlo. Initially the resort was designed to appeal to middle income tourists with lower prices and European style luxury. In May of 2009 the Monte Carlo announced it would be creating a new resort on the 32nd floor called HOTEL32, sort of a hotel within a hotel with high end suites.
Staying at the Monte Carlo
The original concept of a hotel with luxury for the middle income may be lost as the lowest priced rooms are just a bit under $200 and the luxury isn’t any more luxurious than the other large scale hotels on the strip. There are 3000 rooms in the Monte Carlo which vary in quality, price and size beginning with the Deluxe Rooms, the Monaco Suites, a Spa Suite, and Diamond Suites. No word yet on what amenities will be offered in HOTEL32 or what price range they’re going to shoot for but you can rest assured the ticket will be high.
Attractions at the Monte Carlo
One of the attractions at the Monte Carlo, the Brew Pub is closed until fall of 2009 and will then be called The Pub and come with a more contemporary look. But the incredibly popular pool area is open, you can splash around in the Wave Pool, drift through the Lazy River, grab a snack poolside, play a game of beer pong, or dance to the live DJs. If you’re looking to relax and pamper yourself a bit then the spa and salon are worth a stop. And for golfers, there isn’t a golf course on the property but through the Monte Carlo you can get tee times at Bali Hai, Desert Pines Golf Club or the Royal Links Golf Club. The Monte Carlo has actually turned itself into a wonderful place for business meetings and their fully appointed business center is a god send if you’re trying to get some work done while on the road.
Gaming at the Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo is like most hotels on the Las Vegas Strip with a traditional list of games available including blackjack, craps, roulette, Caribbean stud, let it ride, crazy 4 poker, Texas hold ‘em, pai gow poker, big six, three card poker, baccarat, slots and a race and sports book. If you’re thinking about trying your hand at poker then the Poker Room is a great place whether you’re just learning the game or if you’re thinking about going pro and working your way into one of the Monte Carlo’s poker tournaments.
Shopping at the Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo has designed a shopping area that is called the Street of Dreams. There a number of different stores selling a huge variety of things including Diablo’s which is a great place to pick up a hot and spicy souvenir, Casino Royale where you can get a Las Vegas themed gift for those you left at home, the Lance Burton Magic Shop so you can load up on tricks and learn to do magic just like the headliner, and the Monte Carlo Boutique/Nouveau News which is great for picking up a trinket or a last minute item. The Monte Carlo is one of those hotels that doesn’t really rely on its shops to draw people so if you’re thinking about really giving your credit card a work out of spending your winnings you’re better off heading down the street to the mall.
Dining at the Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo offers a variety of restaurants from quick snacks to elaborate top notch restaurants. If you’re a steak lover then BRAND Steakhouse is a great place to stop as it’s a combination steakhouse and lunge with a modern feel that’s exciting and lively with incredible steaks. The new Diablo’s Cantina is hot and happening and situated right in front of the hotel making it a very convenient stop if you’re out trolling the strip. Andre’s Restaurant is the baby of award winning Chef Andre Rochat and is fine dining at its best. The more casual alternatives include the ubiquitous Buffet, a Café, and the Brew Pub, once it reopens. For casual food to grab and go you’ll find the Dragon Noodle, d. vino, and a food court.
Entertainment at the Monte Carlo
The headliner at the Monte Carlo is the master magician Lance Burton who brings the old tradition of incredible magicians back to Las Vegas. Even the most cynical observer can’t help but get caught up in the excitement and lose themselves in the awe provided by Lance Burton.
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Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
3770 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109