Monte Carlo

The Monte Carlo in Las VegasThe Monte Carlo is perhaps the most genteel and less flamboyant of all the hotel-casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. It is based on the opulent Place du Casino of Monte Carlo in Europe, and offers sumptuousness instead of the usual brash finishes so popular with the rest of Las Vegas.

Surprisingly it too is owned by MGM Mirage, which also overseers the Luxor, Excalibur and the MGM Grand, all very much tailored for the less refined, but more adventurous punters of Las Vegas.

In keeping with its plush counterpart in Europe, the Monte Carlo is decorated in fine style – glass chandeliers, marble floors and cherry furnishings are the order of the day. Each bathroom is fitted out with genuine, imported Italian Marble.

The 3000 odd rooms range from Deluxe rooms to two-bedroom Penthouse suites which are over 3500 square feet in size, offer multiple TV and Media components, a complete kitchen with breakfast room and a fully equipped exercise room.

Originally known as the Grand Victoria, the Monte Carlo opened its doors for business in 1996. It was a joint venture between Mirage Resorts and Circus Circus Enterprises, covered over 44 acres and cost in the region of $344 million.

Entertainment

The Monte Carlo offers very much the same as all the other casinos on the strip, but not on the grand scale which is so typical of the rest of Las Vegas. Instead of showcasing 3 or 4 entertainers, they offer just one, the world famous magician, Lance Burton, recently called “Magic’s hottest new star” by US News & World Report.

The Monte Carlo Brew Pub is other offering as far as entertainment goes. One of the original micro-breweries on the strip, it is now a trendy nightclub which still offers the famous brew in a 16-ounce glass! It is said to be the hottest party venue on the Strip.

The casino offers slots, poker, table games and a race and sports book. It also schedules an exciting variety of tournaments and events for members of the MGM Players Club. By joining the Players Club gamblers can play at any of the 12 MGM Mirage Resorts and casinos, and can earn benefits and rewards such as reduced accommodation, free shows & dining, and invitations to exclusive tournaments.

Tragedy

On January 25 2008 a fire destroyed parts of the outer facade of the Monte Carlo and in the ensuing battle to contain the flames; over five floors were damaged by water. Fortunately no one was seriously hurt, and according the Clark County authorities 13 people suffered from smoke inhalation and 17 others were taken to hospital for minor injuries.

The fire was started by accident by welders working on the exterior of the casino, and consequently could not be contained by the inner sprinkler systems. Guests were accommodated in a nearby sister hotel.