Monte Carlo Casino Hotel Las Vegas, NV 11/15/10-11/17/10

The amenities and location are the highlights of the Monte Carlo hotel. In terms of location, it is connected to the relatively new and exquisite Aria hotel and City Center (several architectural marvels to be enjoyed). From there one can catch a tram to several places on the strip. This can save significant time when trying to jump from spot to spot one typically does when partying into the wee hours of the night. The Monte Carlo is also within easy walking distance to arguably the strip’s most popular Casino Hotel, The Bellagio with its spectacular water geyser display performing every half hour. Other Casino Hotels that will not require a cab ride from the Monte Carlo include New York New York, MGM, and Excaliber.

   The amenities are numerous at the Monte Carlo Casino Hotel. There are a variety of dining options from fast food, to casual, and finally to fine dining. The food court has a variety of options such as Starbucks, McDonald’s and Rubio’s to satisfy the late night needs of the Vegas tourist. I was also surprised to see that the pool was still open so late in the season, and there were actually people using it! In the summer time it is a popular place for a dip as it has a lazy river and wave pool to boot. The Sports Book was a spacious venue to sit down and catch your favorite game or games while placing a friendly wager or two. The casino also sported a convenient lounge in the middle of things decked out in red decor. Drinks were a bit pricey but would be waved if you dropped a $10 in a video poker machine.  
     When it comes to a Vegas room for the hardcore partier, only two things matter: a quality bed and a quality shower. The Monte Carlo achieved a grade of “C” at best. The bed was firm but the pillows were too soft. The bathroom was large and had nice marble floors. However, the most crucial part, the shower, was a major disappointment. It was small, there was not a proper caddy for soap and shampoo, and the water never achieved an optimal level of heat. Furthermore, the drain was extemely slow which would cause problems if there was a line to use the same shower.
     On a final note, many hotels in Vegas are issuing resort fees and Monte Carlos was no exception. They charged a fee of $14.95 per night that was due at check-in. My subsequent blog will talk about the resort fees of Las Vegas and why they exist. In Conclusion, the Monte Carlo was a nice place to stay in terms of the amenities and location on the strip. However, the rooms were less than ideal when it came to comfort. Priceline has rated the Monte Carlo as a 3 1/2 star hotel. I think that is a bit generous by 1/2 star as I consider the Monte Carlo to be a solid 3 star joint.
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