AAA Editor Notes
Monte Carlo Resort & Casino is at 3770 Las Vegas Blvd. S. (n. of Tropicana Ave. between New York-New York and CityCenter). In Vegas, it's tough keeping up with the Joneses, especially when your neighbors are named CityCenter and The Cosmopolitan. Both ultra-luxe properties have made high-profile opening splashes since the Monte Carlo was built back in ‘96. But if you thought this mega complex, modeled after the famed Place du Casino in Monaco, might be over the hill, think again.
Monte Carlo has modernized and mostly de-themed its Strip-front entrance. Though the facade still incorporates neoclassical columns and arches, the hotel's ornate statuary and fountains have been replaced by a broad, streamlined entry plaza dotted with flagstone fountains and small trees, and flanked by new sidewalk bars/restaurants. The look is decidedly less Monaco, more upscale shopping mall. Is that a good thing? You be the judge.
Inside, we love Monte Carlo's straightforward, rectangular casino layout, which doesn't necessitate never-ending hunts for the baccarat tables or the bathrooms. You'll find plenty of $10 tables here ($5 minimums are common during off-peak hours), plus a cozy, mahogany-paneled poker room. If you're mystified by marker pucks and “come bets,” a free craps lesson is available daily at 11 a.m.
At the rear entrance, the elegant, marble-floored lobby evokes the grandeur of a classic European hotel. Just beyond the guest registration area, hang a left onto the “Street of Dreams,” a small collection of restaurants and shops, including a Harley Davidson gift store. If you're staying in the 32-story hotel tower, catch some rays and daydream of jackpots while drifting down the pool area's 400-foot-long lazy river.
The Park, a Strip-front plaza linking the resort with the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino, opened in spring 2016. The outdoor entertainment area is home to the new T-Mobile Arena.
A free monorail connects Monte Carlo with next-door CityCenter and the Bellagio farther up the Strip.
Food is available.