Monte Carlo Las Vegas

Monte Carlo - 3770 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, Nevada 89109. 888-529-4828

We stayed at the Monte Carlo in February 2003. It feels kind of like a low budget version of Bellagio or The Venetian. The Monte Carlo has an almost unique approach in combining moderate rates with an elegant, understated, somewhat upscale atmosphere. They typically offer rates competitive with other mid-level properties which have more of a touristy atmosphere. The Monte Carlo's standard rooms are nice but fairly small, plain and simple; and have teeny tiny little windows. A good choice for singles or couples who want elegance that isn't extravagant and don't care about room size. Monte Carlo is not a "family oriented" property either; I don't recall seeing any strollers being pushed through the casino as is typical at properties like Circus Circus and Excalibur. Special feature: Monte Carlo has their own brewery on site! However, they only serve 12 ounce glasses at the casino bar (of which there is only ONE) and in the small Houdini's Lounge. Real beer lovers know that beer should be served in frosted liter (or quart) sized mugs. Especially in Las Vegas, where the desert sun makes you always feel thirsty.

There was a free tram (like a light rail train) between Bellagio and Monte Carlo but it was shut down for awhile in 2003, and I'm not sure if it ever reopened. The location of Monte Carlo is fairly good: New York New York is a short walk to the south; and NY NY is interconnected with Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand and Tropicana by a series of elevated pedestrian walkways and tunnels which eliminate the danger of crossing the streets. The indoor tunnel between Mandalay Bay and Luxor is now the "Mandalay Place" shopping mall. I've always thought it was a good idea to connect casinos with indoor air-conditioned tunnels and I wonder why the concept isn't more popular. Walking to the north, you'll first pass CityCenter, then Jockey Club and Bellagio.

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