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.
Eating and drinking
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.
Who stays there
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.
- Business Centre
- Fitness Centre
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Swimming Pool
- Families with teenagers
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss
Pros & Cons
- Good location
- Fantastic value
- Not iconic
- Not a huge range of eating opportunities