Monte Carlo Resort & Casino
3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 89109
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, Singles, Escaping the crowds, No fuss, Sightseeing
Expert review of Monte Carlo Resort & Casino
You have to feel sorry for the Monte Carlo. It's a beautiful little hotel in a good position with fantastic rates, but nobody seems to take any notice of it, probably because it's next door to New York New York and across from MGM Grand. Although it's not themed, I love it - it's a great all round hotel, and because it doesn't have the iconic name of some of the others, it's a lot cheaper, too. It's one of the best value for money hotels on the Strip.
Not quite south Strip, but not quite central either. It's one up from New York New York, one down from CityCenter. It's a great location for budget travellers, because there's a CVS pharmacy/general store next door, and opposite is a Walgreens drugstore, a Fatburger and a McDonalds. You can get by for less in this area than further up the Strip.
The basic rooms are a bit plain to merit raving about, but they're incredible value for money - you can regularly get them midweek for under US$50, and I've seen them drop as low as $35. The spa suites have "wet bars" and baths in the window (get a Strip-facing room and you'll never want to leave) and the Monaco suites are fantastic value - only about $30 a night more than a regular room. You definitely get more bang for your buck here.
I love the Monte Carlo - it's smart without pretensions, and it's never overcrowded. The casino is very traditional-looking with vast chandeliers, the lobby is a glorious marble affair and there's a fantastic passageway with shops and bars that leads you through to Aria and the CityCenter development.
Not a huge amount. I'm not a fan of Diablo's Cantina, a Mexican joint that sits on the Strip, because it's noisy and attracts the heavy-drinking crowd. Andre's French restaurant has a good reputation, but it's expensive. Drinks-wise, I like The Pub - which isn't anything like a pub, more a lofty bar with live music and beer on tap - and the new Minus 5 Ice Bar, which opened in August 2010. You get dressed up in a fur coat and hit the bar sculpted entirely of ice. It's definitely an interesting experience for a desert city!
The pool's nice enough but I find the spa a disappointment - it's tiny, cramped, and I had a disastrous massage there. However, by the end of 2010 it should be revamped, so I'm looking forward to trying it.
Friendly enough, although the Diablo's staff can be a bit dismissive. The waitresses at The Pub are hilariously friendly.
Canny people on a budget - but it's a big mixture. Certainly not a budget hotel crowd.
There's a $12.95 daily resort fee.
More information on Monte Carlo Resort & Casino:
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- 3770 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 89109
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Restaurant, Room Service, Swimming Pool
- South Strip