Monte Carlo Resort and Casino Review
Las Vegas is famous for its themed casinos, often looking to capture the flavor and feel of places far away. This used to be a more prominent thing in past decades, and although some casino resorts have moved away from theming their resorts after famous attractions and places, there still are a few around, including this property.
The Casino de Monte Carlo in Monte Carlo, Monaco, is one of the world’s most famous casinos, with a rich history going back to 1863, transforming the country of Monaco into one of the world’s most famous playgrounds for the ultra rich, and featured prominently in several James Bond movies.
So it’s only natural that the copycat style of Las Vegas would look to emulate the Monte Carlo, and although this is by no means the real thing, and was constructed to cater more to budget conscious casino players more than to millionaires, it does boast a pretty lavish décor that may remind you of the more famous European casino, and they have done well enough to earn AAA’s four diamond award, reserved for only the finest resorts.
The Las Vegas version is certainly a more impressive structure than the original, with their 37 floors compared to the casino in Monte Carlo’s two floors. There are over 3,000 hotel rooms here, and the Casino de Monte Carlo doesn’t have a hotel, or any other amenities, it’s just a casino, although certainly one of great prestige. The Monte Carlo in Las Vegas is done up on a much grander scale though.
The Monte Carlo was originally a partnership between Gold Strike Resorts and Mirage Resorts. During the planning and construction phase, Circus Circus Enterprises acquired Gold Strike, and Mirage also ended up acquiring Circus Circus during this time, giving Mirage full ownership. Mirage itself was acquired by MGM Resorts International a short time later, the present owners and operators of the Monte Carlo.
It was originally set to be called the Grand Victoria, which became shortened to simply the Victoria over concerns that this name might be confused with the MGM Grand, and they finally settled on the Monte Carlo name and theme. The resort was opened in 1996.
The Monte Carlo is currently in a re-branding phase, and it is undergoing expansion which will be completed by 2018, after which it will be known as Park MGM. Among the improvements planned include a new 5,000 seat Park Theater which is set to open in late 2016.
The Features of the Monte Carlo
Since this is a four diamond hotel, run by one of the world’s largest casino resort companies, MGM, guests may expect great accommodations at fabulous rates, and that’s exactly what you get here.
Rooms here start as low as $38 a night for some very nice rooms indeed. The best value here is what they call a run of the house room where you’re assigned whatever bed arrangement suits the place, but this saves you almost $10 a night. Various options are available for extras, choice of bed, high floor rooms, strip view, and wheelchair accessible rooms.
All the regular rooms here are a generous 400 square feet and are nicely decorated. They come with cable TV, an iron and ironing board, a hair dryer, 40 inch LCD TV, Italian marble bath, internet, and in room safe.
Larger suites are available as well, starting at $120.65 for a 700 square foot Monaco Suite, as well as a Spa Suite or the larger Diamond Suite, both reasonably priced as well as far as suites go. This is a high end hotel but it’s created for the budget conscious.
There’s a great selection of restaurants, as you would expect from a hotel casino this size, suited to please all tastes and budgets. The Brand Steakhouse is a 5,000 square foot fine dining restaurant in the heart of the casino floor, which is billed a carnivore’s delight.
D. Vino Italian Food and Wine Bar serves up fresh and authentic Italian cuisine. The Buffet offers both a buffet menu and made to order items. The Blvd Plaza houses 6 different restaurants, including a pizzeria, a Mexican cantina, an American roadhouse, an Asian grill, a creamery, and a gourmet coffee house.
There’s also the Dragon Noodle, as well as a food court with 6 outlets where you can grab a quick bite, featuring a Starbucks, a Subway, a Rubio’s for Mexican lovers, a Manchu Wok, an Original Checken Tender, and pizza at Sbarro’s.
The Park Theater will be bringing in the biggest names on the casino circuit, and MGM also owns the nearby T Mobile Arena where even bigger acts can be found. Guests are also invited to take in entertainment at MGM’s other properties, such as the Jewel Nighclub at the Aria, one of the city’s most impressive hot spots.
There are 7 different lounges and bars on site as well, where you can both eat and enjoy drinks. The Ignite Lounge is open around the clock, ready when you are.
There is a spa on site as well, and plenty of shops to check out. The Monte Carlo is in The Park area of the strip with lots to do nearby. Guests are also invited to take advantage of the MGM Grand’s pool area which is very impressive.
The Casino at the Monte Carlo
Casino action is the real reason most people come to Las Vegas, and the Monte Carlo certainly is prepared to deliver the goods. Players here can get rewarded for their play through MGM’s M Life rewards program, where a single membership is good at all MGM properties.
Monte Carlo boasts over 100,000 square feet of casino space with all of the popular casino games offered. The Monte Carlo claims that their casino is slot machine heaven, and they do have a great selection, from traditional reels to the hottest video slots and video poker and keno machines, including electronic roulette.
There’s also a high limit slots area where you can play for $1 to $100 a spin, where you’ll be taken care of in a way that your high limit play deserves.
Table games are the heart and soul of the casino at Monte Carlo and they offer 9 different popular forms, including Blackjack, Roulette, Craps, Baccarat, Crazy 4 Poker, Texas Holdem, Pai Gow Poker, 3 Card Poker, and Let It Ride Stud Poker.
There’s also a high limit area for table game players here, with double deck blackjack, single zero roulette, and mini baccarat, with betting limits up to $10,000.
Monte Carlo’s 9 table poker room will satisfy all of your poker playing needs if you feel up to going head to head with other players here. Both cash games and tournaments run around the clock here in both limit and no limit formats, with the popular games of Holdem and Omaha both being available as well as HORSE. The stakes are reasonable enough here that everyone can get in on the excitement.
Score, Monte Carlo’s state of the art race and sports book, will take your bets on all major sporting events, and then you can grab a drink and watch the events unfold on their giant screens.
There are a lot of choices as far as where to play and stay on the Las Vegas strip, and the competition between them is immense, but the Monte Carlo holds its own and is a solid choice which delivers great value for those who are looking to have a great time in Las Vegas but aren’t looking to spend a lot of money doing it.