Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino

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It's a long way from Las Vegas to the casino resort of Monte Carlo, but Monte Carlo Resort and Casino in Las Vegas attempts to recreate the same worldly, elegant, and sophisticated ambience. Unfortunately, those qualities do not readily translate into being family-friendly. While all of the Las Vegas Strip hotels cater primarily to adults rather than to children, the Monte Carlo does to a greater extent than some of the other properties. That said, you should not rule out the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino for a family vacation. Particularly with a little maneuvering around and allowing yourself time to enjoy some of the special attractions, activities, and entertainment that the surrounding properties have to offer, everyone in the family, children included, should enjoy their stay.

Monte Carlo, which has a four diamond AAA rating, has a total of 3,002 guest rooms, of which 259 are suites. The resort was built as a joint venture of Mirage Resorts and Circus Circus Enterprises at a cost of $344 million and opened to the public in June, 1996. It is located on part of the property where the Dunes Hotel Casino stood previously. The Monte Carlo Resort was especially designed to attract middle-income guests who would appreciate European elegance at bargain prices. However, massive construction projects now underway in the area suggest that the hotel is moving in a more upscale direction. The Monte Carlo is currently owned and operated by MGM-Mirage.

Usually the various casino hotels along Las Vegas Blvd. are described as being in the north, center, or south part of the Strip. However, the location of the Monte Carlo is neither clearly in the middle of the Strip nor clearly in the southern part of the Strip but in between. The Aria, including the City Center, is the closest casino hotel to the North, while New York-New York and the MGM Grand are the closest properties to the south.

Accommodations

The Monte Carlo is a mega-size hotel with a wide variety of accommodations ranging from simple rooms to deluxe suites. The entire hotel is nonsmoking.

All rates shown on the website are based on single or double occupancy and do not include the additional 12% daily tax and $33.60 (including tax) mandatory daily resort fee. For those rooms where more than two guests are allowed, there is an added charge of $30 plus tax per day for each additional person occupying the room. The maximum number of persons allowed to stay in any room is four. Furthermore, while the Deluxe Queen Room, described below, has two beds, the vast majority of the listed accommodations, even much larger suites, surprisingly have only one bed. Presumably, this means that you will need to order extra beds or cribs at additional cost. In all likelihood, if you have more than one child, you will need to book more than one room as well.

The following are a few examples of accommodations at the Monte Carlo that might be suitable for your family and the approximate cost per night, not including the tax and resort fee (for two people although these rooms can accommodate up to four).

Deluxe Room Queen

400 square feet

These rooms have two queen size beds. While the website states that up to four guests can be accommodated, given the room's small size, don't expect more than one extra bed or crib, at most, to fit in the allotted space. Besides the two beds, the Deluxe Room Queen includes the following amenities:

  • 250 thread count sheets and plush bedding
  • Contemporary décor
  • 40" LCD HDTV
  • In-room electric safe
  • In-room Internet access
  • Alarm clock
  • Italian marble entry and bathroom
  • Standard toiletries (soap, shampoo, conditioner, and lotion)
  • Hair dryer
  • Ironing board and iron

The Deluxe Room Queen is very reasonably priced. While price varies depending on the time of year and day of the week, during the off season, the prices shown online are as low as $40 per night. At that price, even if you have to book two rooms, a family vacation can be very affordable. If you want a room on a high floor or with a Strip view, you might have to pay a little more, but not necessarily.

Monaco or Spa Suite

700 square feet

Even though the size is almost twice that of the Deluxe Room Queen, only one king size bed is provided. The Monaco Suite, which is shown as costing about $120/night during the offseason, offers the additional amenities of a large bathtub and a mini-fridge. The Spa Suite, which is the same size but costs about $145 during the offseason, includes both a wet bar and a refrigerator along with a panoramic Strip or mountain view. Either of these suites would be large enough to add a rollaway bed or crib.

Diamond Suite

825 square feet

The slightly larger and more expensive Diamond Suites cost about $170 during the off season. They are situated on a high floor, include a large bathtub, and can easily accommodate an extra bed or crib.

Accessible Rooms

The Monte Carlo also offers handicapped accessible rooms at no additional cost over comparable size regular accommodations.

Deluxe Accessible Rooms include the following special accessible features:

  • Lowered switches for A/C
  • Safety bar / lowered amenities bars
  • Lower closet rods
  • Shower spray with extension
  • Protective sleeves for sink
  • Lowered peepholes

The Accessible Monaco Suites also include a push button nightstand lamp and a hearing impaired fire alarm.

Wheelchairs can be rented from the Bell Desk at a cost of $15 per day. Motorized wheelchairs are also available at a higher cost. Advance reservations are not necessary.

HOTEL32

Families that would like a more upscale boutique hotel experience and don't mind paying extra for the privilege can select a studio, suite, loft, or penthouse on the hotel's top (32nd) floor. All HOTEL 32 guests enjoy special perks and privileges, including a private VIP check-in area, a personal assistant, and access to a private lounge. The accommodations themselves offer numerous extra amenities beyond what guests will find in the hotel's other rooms.

The HOTEL32 Suites, for example, offer all of the following:

  • 700 square feet with option to connect to a 400 square foot Studio
  • California King with plush bedding and upgraded linens
  • 42" flat-screen HDTV with Blu Ray DVD, and iHOME with docking station
  • Wireless Internet access
  • In-room safe
  • Dual sink vanities
  • Upgraded Kiehl's bath products
  • Oversized shower
  • Complimentary robes, slippers, and oversized bath sheets
  • Refrigerator prestocked with snacks and beverages on request
  • VIP check-in
  • Personal suite assistant
  • Complimentary refreshments in Lounge32

Special Offers

While, in general, by Vegas standards, the Monte Carlo is quite reasonably priced, you might be able to get an even better price. Frequently the hotel website will show special offers, so you should certainly check to see if any are available for the time of your visit.

Members of the military and AAA always receive a $10 discount off the prevailing rate. Lastly, because the Monte Carlo participates in the M Life players rewards program, recently active rated players (either at the Monte Carlo or any other participating casino) are often invited to stay at significantly reduced rates or possibly even for free. (For more information, see the separate M Life section that follows.)

General Information

The Monte Carlo is one hotel where you never have to worry about being placed by mistake in a smoking room when you have requested a nonsmoking room since the entire hotel is nonsmoking. This is very reassuring news for families with children with asthma or respiratory allergies. Any other special requests such as an accessible room or a room on a high floor with a view or near the elevator should be specified at the time of your reservation; the hotel will do its best to accommodate you.

Because the majority of the rooms and even suites only have one bed, it is imperative that you make sure at the time of your reservation that the accommodations you are requesting will be adequate. Keep in mind that the quoted rates are based on double person occupancy, and you will be charged extra not only for any additional guests in the room, but also for any additional beds. You will need to figure out whether all of your family can fit into one room or suite or if you will need to book two.

Note that none of the rooms or suites have a microwave or coffemaker and most don't have a refrigerator. Refrigerators can be rented at a nominal cost, but if anyone in your family needs the refrigerator for health reasons (i.e., to store special foods or medications), you should be able to have the charge waived. If there is a prestocked minibar in your room or suite, unless you plan to consume any of those refreshments, you should not even open the minibar. If you do, simply moving the items around to make room for your own will cause you to incur extra charges.

Check-in time is 3 p.m. and checkout time is 11 a.m. If early check-in or late checkout is desired, the hotel will try to accommodate you. There is no indication that this hotel charges extra for checking in early, but you might be assessed a surcharge for checking out late. If you have played in the casino, you stand a better chance of being granted a late checkout without being charged extra.

There is a mandatory resort fee of $33.60 (including tax) added to the daily cost of all rooms and suites. The resort fee covers the following amenities, whether you use them or not:

  • In-room wired Internet access
  • Access to the fitness center
  • Daily newspaper
  • Limited copying and faxing at the business center
  • Boarding pass printing at the kiosk in the lobby
  • Unlimited local and toll free phone calls

M-Life

As mentioned earlier, Monte Carlo Resort and Casino is one of multiple casino hotels in Las Vegas that are part of the M-Life program. If you already have an M-Life card either from the Monte Carlo or another participating casino and are a rated player or have played at all at an M-Life casino during the past year, you are probably already receiving special online or mail offers. Depending on level of play, room rates can be either slightly or deeply discounted off the regular rates, or the casino might even offer a free room. If you have a host or expect to be playing at a level that is host-worthy, simply call well in advance of your planned trip and see what arrangements can be made for you. Or if you have played in the past, but have nor received any invitations, you should still call Card Services to try to get a reduced room rate.

If you don't have an M Life card yet, no problem. You can get one when you arrive at the hotel. The card is free and you are under no obligation to play if you prefer not to, but if you do play, any rated activity at either the Monte Carlo or another M-Life casino during the course of your stay will earn you comp points. You could try asking for a comp while playing, but a better idea is to charge all your expenses like meals, shows, etc., to your room and then see if you have enough comps at the time of checkout to cover some of the costs. Even if you don't, just for having stayed at the hotel, you will most likely start receiving special offers for future stays. You can also sign the guestbook on the hotel website to receive special promotional offers.

Child-Friendly Activities

The biggest draw for children at the Monte Carlo is the swimming area with its pools and lazy river, some of which are only open seasonally. Otherwise, except for meals and a little shopping, there really isn't anything for children to do at this hotel, unfortunately. So to keep your kids from being bored, you will probably need to find suitable activities at other hotels and/or take a tour or day trip. This lack of activity at the hotel may change in the near future, however, as soon as a current massive construction project is completed. A new area called the Park will not only be the setting itself for both casual restaurants and entertainment, but connect the Monte Carlo with both New York-New York and a brand new 20,000 seat arena. It is anticipated that the Arena will become one of the leading venues in Vegas for world class headliner entertainment. The Park and the Arena are both slated to open in the spring of 2016. Meanwhile, these are the child-friendly activities currently offered at the Monte Carlo.

Swimming

There are plenty of swimming choices at the Monte Carlo: the heated Lagoon Pool, a wave pool, a Kiddies Pool (where little kids can wade in ankle deep water and sit on child size beach chairs), a Jacuzzi, and lazy river. The Lagoon Pool also has a handicapped chair lift. All but the lazy river and wave pool, which are closed during the winter, are basically open year-round. From late April to mid-September the pools stay open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., while during the rest of the year, they open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m.

There is plenty of foliage, which makes relaxing by the pool tolerable even on the most scorching days of summer. The Monte Carlo Beach Shoppe sells beachwear and accessories, and if you forget your sunscreen, that is available, too. Tubes can be rented as well to use on the lazy river, while Poolside To Go will meet any family's lunch needs with simple child-pleasing food like burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and pizza.

Reports by reviewers suggest that the Monte Carlo pool complex is not as crowded as some of the other Las Vegas hotel pools. However, keep in mind that during the warmer months, Thursdays through Sundays, starting at noon and continuing all afternoon, there is a party like atmosphere with a band playing loud music. So on those days, a morning visit to the pool might be best.

Apart from all of the swimming options, another great feature about the Monte Carlo pool area is that not just cabanas, but regular lounge chairs can be reserved in advance. The reserved seating eliminates the hassle of scrambling for seats.

If you prefer to rent a cabana, you will definitely need to reserve ahead of time, as there are only eight Luxury Cabanas and just one Executive Cabana. Reservations for these are taken up to 60 days in advance.

The Luxury Cabanas are conveniently located on the pool deck surrounding the lazy river and wave pool and come with all of the following amenities:

  • Food and beverage service
  • Chaise lounges
  • Sofa and chairs
  • HD flat-screen TV
  • In house phone
  • 2 tubes for the lazy river
  • Towels
  • Safe

Or, for a more exclusive (and expensive) retreat, you can rent an Executive Cabana located in a private area with its own wading pool. In addition to the above amenities, the Executive Cabana includes a second HD flat-screen TV, two additional tubes, and an ice chest.

You will need deep pockets in order to rent a cabana at the Monte Carlo. The daily price for a Luxury Cabana Monday-Thursday is $475 and on Friday-Sunday it is $575. An Executive Cabana will set you back $650/day Monday-Thursday and $850/day Friday-Sunday.

Alternatively, daybed rentals are a lot cheaper. For example, a lagoon daybed costs $200 on weekdays and $250 on weekends. Amenities include the daybed, two chaise lounges, towels, food and beverage service, a tube for the lazy river, and a private umbrella.

Shopping

The Street of Dreams is somewhat of a misnomer because it is hardly the place to make all of your child's wishes come true. However, these two shops are good places for the whole family to look for some nice mementos of your trip.

Casino Royale: This store (not to be confused with the small Las Vegas casino also called Casino Royale) contains a wide variety of Vegas-themed items. Casino Royale is open Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m. to midnight and Fri-Sun. from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Just Vegas: More Vegas themed merchandise, everything from clothing to souvenirs. Just Vegas is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

There is also a candy shop called "Lick" on the Street of Dreams. However, it is really a candy shop for adults due to the erotic nature of many of the items. Take your kids to Hershey's World at New York-New York or M&Ms World at the MGM Grand instead.

The Arena

Once the Arena opens, the entertainment options for Monte Carlo guests will multiply. This venue is expected to be on a par with the Grand Garden Arena at the MGM Grand. Tickets are already going fast for the Garth Brooks / Trisha Yearwood concerts taking place there June 24 and 25 and July 2, 3, and 4.

Child Friendly Activities Nearby

A big advantage to staying at the Monte Carlo is that you don't necessarily have to depend on the activities within the hotel to keep your children happily entertained. There is plenty for them to see and do in the surrounding casino hotels. Here are a few suggestions.

    Aria
  • Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil
    Bally's
  • Jubilee: the 7:30 p.m. show, not the 10:30 p.m. show
    MGM Grand
  • M&M's World
  • Everything Coca-Cola
  • CBS Television City
  • CSI: the Experience
    Planet Hollywood
  • Britney Spears on select dates through April, 2016 and Jennifer Lopez starting January, 2016.

Concierge Services and Childcare Arrangements

A concierge is on hand daily from 8 a.m. to 8 pm. to assist you in any way possible to make your stay more enjoyable. This includes making restaurant, show, and cabana reservations, recommending activities, booking sightseeing tours, and handling any special requests. You can either stop by the concierge desk or call 1-702-730-7010 or 1-877-459-0268.

One question that will surely come up at some point during your stay is what kind of arrangements can you make for the care of your children when you will be otherwise occupied. While the Monte Carlo Hotel does not provide any childcare facilities on the premises, the concierge can assist you in making suitable arrangements. He or she will most likely recommend the licensed, bonded, and insured service Nannies & Housekeepers USA. These nannies, who are not only highly trained and experienced, but have been very carefully screened, can be requested any time of the day or night to come to your hotel to take care of your kids. Their services are not cheap, though. There is a fixed rate of $45/hour for up to three children, with a four hour minimum. If these costs are too steep for you, a cheaper alternative is to take your kids to a drop-off center. You will find several articles on the subject of childcare elsewhere on this website, where you can read all about the advantages and disadvantages of different options.

Child-Friendly Restaurants

If you decide to stay at the Monte Carlo, you will be very pleased by the wide choice of places to eat at this hotel that are both family-friendly and affordable. Unfortunately, none of the restaurant menus included on the website have prices, so in most instances exact prices are not available to report. Otherwise, the only negative is that there is no 24 hour coffee shop and the only places to have breakfast are the buffet (which some guests have found subpar) and McDonalds. These are the various places at Monte Carlo best suited for family dining.

The Buffet

The bright and cheerful décor and comfortable setting at this restaurant should encourage families to linger over a leisurely meal. The buffet is open all day long from 7 a.m. to 10 m., so you can come for any meal you like, breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner. Most of the time the lines aren't long, and the meals are reasonably priced. The hours and prices, as reported elsewhere online, for each meal are indicated below. The buffet appears to be the only restaurant in the hotel with special child pricing. Children age 3 and under eat free!

The Monte Carlo buffet has received mixed reviews on www.yelp.com and www.tripadvisor.com. In addition to complaints about the lack of variety and overall quality, diners don't like the fact that beverages are self-service. However, some of the reviews were very positive. It would probably be safe to say that the quality isn't exceptional and it is not the best buffet in town, but it should be more than adequate for most families.

The Food Court

When you are simply looking for a reasonably priced place to grab a quick meal or snack, the 24/7 Monte Carlo Food Court will work fine. You can either eat there or order your food for take-out. Any of the following would be a good choice for families:

  • McDonalds
  • Mancha Wok (Chinese)
  • Rubio's (California and South of the Border cuisine)
  • Sbarro's (Pizza and Pasta)
  • Subway
  • Original Chicken Tender

McDonalds and Subway are open 24/7. All of the other restaurants are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Blvd. Plaza

This outdoor plaza on Las Vegas Blvd. is the newest addition to Monte Carlo's restaurant options. Diners can choose from six varieties of eateries while enjoying the lively street scene. Unfortunately, only two of the Blvd. Plaza restaurants are suited for children: a pizza place and an ice cream place.

800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza

Here is where you can go to enjoy old world thin crusted Italian pizza the way it used to be made in Naples over 200 years ago, using the simplest ingredients baked in screaming hot wood burning bread ovens.

All pizzas are made to order. Guests choose exactly how they want their pizza prepared, including the crust (original, crispy, or gluten free), the base (type of sauce) and the add-ons (the selection of meats, cheeses, and vegetables is enormous). Or you can simply order one of the specialty pizzas. All pizzas are ready to eat in 60-90 seconds.

Blvd. Creamery

Whenever your kids are screaming for ice cream, which will probably be every day, no need to settle for second best. At the Blvd. Creamery, cones (sugar, cake or waffle, chocolate dipped if they like), sundaes, sandwiches, milkshakes, malteds, and floats, all made with premium ice cream, are theirs for the asking. The Blvd. Creamery is only open seasonally, but if you are in Vegas during the warmer months, this place will have your kids (and you) in ice cream heaven!

Street of Dreams

If all you want is a quick bite, either Yogurt In or Pretzeland, both open daily from 8 a.m. to midnight, would be a good choice.

Dragon Noodle

If your family likes traditional Chinese food, Dragon Noodle's quirky décor and enticing menu should perk everyone's appetite. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. The restaurant is reasonably priced, and casual dress is fine.

Monday-Friday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. the restaurant offers a bargain-priced lunch special consisting of a choice of hot and sour or egg drop soup, a vegetable spring roll, and choice of entrée with steamed or fried rice. The cost is $9.95 or $12.95 depending on the entrée. Most of the entrees are familiar favorites (like chicken chow mein, beef and broccoli, sweet and sour pork, etc.) that would appeal to children.

There is also a Noodle Bar or you can order a couple of dishes from the extensive main menu to share. The best value of all might be the Phoenix or Dragon Family Dinner. The Phoenix Family Dinner costs $23.88 per person and the Dragon Family Dinner price is $28.88 per person. Both come with soup, a vegetable spring roll, and fried wontons or pot stickers as starters, then a choice of one entrée per guest with fried rice, and ice cream for dessert. No substitutions are allowed, and the minimum order is for two people.

Summing Up: Is the Monte Carlo Child-Friendly

This is a difficult question to answer and depends on what time of year you will be visiting and what criteria are most important to you. Since other than swimming, there is little, if anything, going on at this hotel that would interest children, it is probably not the best choice if your visit to Las Vegas will be in the winter when the lazy river is closed. On the other hand, you should probably also avoid coming in the hottest months, July and August, when the temperature climbs over 100 degrees. You would then face the prospect of doing a lot of walking in the extreme heat if you wish to take advantage of the activities and entertainment that other properties have to offer.

The main advantage to staying at the Monte Carlo is that you can probably save a lot of money over what you would pay for accommodations and meals and at some of the other Strip properties. This is an important consideration to any budget-conscious family. However, you would not be sacrificing comfort for price. The Monte Carlo is a four star hotel. It is also close enough to several other hotels so you can get there and back conveniently enough.

Of course, like every hotel in Las Vegas, the Monte Carlo has various drawbacks associated with it. These, in particular, are possible problems you need to consider.

  • According to the website, most of the rooms only have one bed. In order to accommodate your whole family, you will not only need to order extra beds, but most likely book two rooms
  • Many reviewers report being dissatisfied with the buffet. The quality of the buffet could probably be better.
  • While the pool and lazy river and some of the restaurants are great for kids, in order for them not to miss out on the complete Vegas vacation experience, you will need to visit some of the neighboring properties.
  • The hotel offers very little evening entertainment and nothing currently that would be suitable for children. You will have to go elsewhere to catch a good family-friendly show.

In summary, in terms of family friendliness, some of the other Las Vegas Strip hotels offer many more options. However, the Monte Carlo is a lot more reasonably priced than the neighboring Aria and Bellagio. Families have lots of reasonably priced restaurants to choose from, too, so all meals can be eaten at the hotel without exceeding your budget. You will need to leave the property for sightseeing and entertainment. However, the close proximity to other casino hotels with more to offer along those lines can actually make the Monte Carlo a surprisingly good choice.

Are kids allowed in the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino?

Yes, children are indeed allowed in Monte Carlo, however, Nevada State Law prohibits minors (those under 21 years of age) to loiter in the casino. Specifically, children cannot hang around gaming areas--even if accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years old. They may, however, walk through the casino en route to another part of the hotel, but again, while accompanied by a parent or guardian over 21 years of age. Parents and/or guardians may not gamble with minors (children) sitting or standing next to them at any time. This includes quickly dropping a coin or two in a machine while walking with a child. Lastly, children may not touch the gaming devices including slot machines and table games.

Do kids stay free at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino?

No

Is there childcare or baby sitting at the Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino?

No.

What's the best thing to do for kids at Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino?

No.

Are pets allowed at Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino?

No.

Does Monte Carlo Hotel & Casino have a good swimming pool for Kids?

It must be said that numerous other spectacular pool complexes exist in Vegas – too many to discuss in full detail. Some of these include the Monte Carlo with its Easy River Ride (Lazy River) and 520 square foot children's pool, the 12 foot deep pool of Bally's, the Roman-like setting of Caesar's Palace, the airy pools of the Luxor, the poolside messages of the New York-New York and the downtown pools of the Golden Nugget and Binion's Horseshoe.