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Pros And Cons Of Monte Carlo

Discussion in 'LV Strip Hotels & Casinos' started by Breeze147, Mar 18, 2014.

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  1. Breeze147

    Breeze147 Button Man

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    Just testing the waters here. Mirage is getting a little stale and it has been a long time since I stayed in Central Strip.

    Please give me the good, the bad and the ugly about Monte Carlo.
     
  2. tallgunner

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    Stayed there a few times. Basic rooms, clean, but nothing spectacular. Mirage rooms feel a little better class. Location of MC is nice. Food court is great when you are looking for a quick meal between tables.

    I've stayed at both, and would take either one. Room rates usually dictate my decision. I had a noisy room experience at MC when they were building City Center, and they were very responsive to my request to relocate to other side of building.

    I like the MC casino better. Yeah, it's basic, but the dealers seem to be more casual and friendly. Clientele is more blue collar and relaxed. Drink service in my opinion is better at Monte Carlo.

    You'll make the right decision either way...Good luck and have fun!
     
  3. KBT2012

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    Rooms are basic and clean from what I have seen (only been in one once). Despite what a lot of people say, I actually really enjoy their casino. This may sound strange but I mostly gamble at the higher end casinos, however a break from the fancy once in a while is nice. I am at Aria a lot and me and my group always go to Monte Carlo to grab a quick fast food bite in the food court and usually drop in and play some craps for a bit - always a strange mix of people so it makes it interesting. You have tram access to Bellagio, and a moderate walk to NYNY/Excal/Lux/MB, great location if you ask me.
     
  4. MIA_305

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    I stayed last week for 4 nights and could not have been happier with my stay. The furniture in the rooms can use a little update but the bathroom was fully remolded and everything was super clean. The food court is the best at 4 Am lol. Location was spectacular. Right next to NY NY with trams to Belagio and Aria. You wont regret your stay.
     
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    For 6 of our last 8 trips to Las Vegas we've stayed at Monte Carlo, so we can say we definitely like the place.

    In my opinion, for the good and the bad:

    GOOD:
    It has a food court with a few places open 24 hours
    I like the location with lots of MLife properties in the area
    Easy access to Aria and NYNY
    Usually has cheap table limits in the morning
    Poker room has weaker talent than the one at Mirage, lower limits
    Between Aria, Monte Carlo and NYNY the overall dining selection is pretty good
    The pleasure pit dancers are always good looking, nice outfits
    There is a CVS right out front of the place and an ABC across the street
    The Pub is there. Good beer selection, good "bar food"
    Overall the service is very good, friendly staff
    We like to go in October and they always send us a Canadian Thanksgiving offers and have special dinner, lots of Canadian beers brought in
    People used to say the casino had the "big empty barn" feeling for a vibe, but its much better the last few years


    BAD:
    The buffet is small and limited, but the ribs there are pretty good
    They have lots of old slots. In some ways thats good (lower variance on the older games) but we like to play the new machines so we often have to go to Aria or NYNY for that
    The actual dining choices for sit down restaurants is limited on property. As said good selection between them, Aria and NYNY together though
    There are always lots of waders in the lazy river
    The drink service can be hit or miss. At some spots its outstanding, other places in the casino it can be iffy or you might not even see a waitress
    The MLife booth staff seem to be incapable of making a decision on their own - every time we've gone there for comps they always have to make a 5 minute phone call to a host or supervisor to check and verify before they can give away even a basic comp


    As said, overall we really enjoy the place and have stayed there a few times in the past and will likely be staying there for our next visit.
     
  6. kps

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    Wife and I enjoyed our stays there. Never stayed at Mirage.

    We like the fact it is more low key vs some of the bigger properties out there.

    Casino drink service was always available while playing the slots/craps when we did, low rollers here.

    Enjoyed the bar up front called Ignite. Wife loved the martinis there, solid selections.

    I go to Brand Steakhouse every trip. Great food with minimal to no wait. Diablo's cantina was a good simple commercial mexican restaurant right there.

    The Pub has great happy hour deals with food and drinks daily and the pool is not mega style but very accomodating with a lazy river.

    Tram is a plus.

    Don't bother with the Minus 5 ice bar. If we didn't have an offer from them wouldn't have done it. Not sure how things are with the construction curently going on there.

    Hope this helps.
     
  7. TRN

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    I do consider it a step down from Mirage, but have always had fun there. As another poster pointed out, the mix of people playing there (craps example above rings true to me also) is always interesting and entertaining. The layout of the place is simple compared to other places, the pool is nice (there's a lazy river too), and you're close to other properties (connected to Aria, tram to Crystals/Bellagio, walkable to NY NY or MGM or PH or Cosmo).

    One thing I've never been fan of is the rooms (altho I haven't tried the Hotel32 inside MC either). Even the higher end rooms are outdated and worn (think Paris pre-Red Rooms).
     
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    Hotel-wise, Monte is a definite step down from the Mirage.

    But Monte's room was acceptable enough for me.

    However, Monte Carlo still offers low limit 3-2 blackjack and The Mirage does not. For me that is the ultimate trump card for Monte.
     
  9. SW

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    Opinions will vary but:

    Good:
    Efficient casino layout, never felt cramped but plenty of machines and table games.
    Excellent drink service a vast majority of the time. They do get busy from time to time.
    Good variety of food options. Had good meals at The Pub, D. Vino and Diablo's. Had a great meal at The Brand.
    Clean, comfortable rooms.
    Friendly staff.(Especially in the poker room)

    Bad:
    Check-in seemed to take longer than it should. Probably just checked in at the worst time of day on our last trip.
     
  10. Big Tip

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    I prefer Monte Carlo to Mirage. I don't know why Monte Carlo has a "meh" rep on this board. It's as fancy looking as the Bellagio to me. The front desk area is expansive, bright, marble, just elegant to me.

    The casino's lay out is the best of any. You don't get lost. When you are walking everything is a straight shot. And now with Aria open, it does not feel remote, like it did before. It is now "connected" to the mid Strip in my mind.

    The rooms are the same at both properties. I've stayed at Monte Carlo probably 15 times and have never encountered undue noises. From toilets or neighbors!

    The Mirage is great too. I've stayed there maybe five times. The crowd is made up exactly the same to me too. I just feel classier at Monte Carlo. I have always called it the poor man's Bellagio.

    My decision on where to stay would be based on the best offer. But if it was the same I would chose Monte Carlo.
     
  11. LuckyDog77

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    I am definitely a Mirage enthusiast (staying there next week), but I did step away for 3 trips in a row and stayed at NYNY (over MC). Right next door and I found it to be a great value. Good gaming. For $7 you can get a slice of pizza and a busch light. We had nice rooms each time. I figure the two are comparable, but if a better rate could be had at either, that's the way I'd lean.
     
  12. klawrey

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    I like the MC casino over the Mirage casino because I've actually won there haha.

    Will say that MC casino seems to be smokey to me, maybe from the low ceilings? I'm not a smoker so that is a negative to me. The sportsbook seems to be filled with older chain smokers every time I've been too. Makes it hard to enjoy a game.
     
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    The trump card form me is the ease of access to Aria...

    If I spent more time in my room, sure I'd pay to stay at Aria, but we do not have the extra cash to treat ourselves to Aria rooms at this point, so the proximity of the MC elevators to the back walk way over to Aria is perfect. We can stay at MC and play at Aria (or Bellagio via the tram) for less $$. And can play at MC too if we wish...

    only thing I do not like, is that drink service differes there than Aria/Bellagio..same limits, same pay tables (VP) and I get served much lower tier booze...makes no sense
     
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    I've stayed at MC for the last 5-6 trips and this is spot on.

    The last few times we've stayed, after a day or two several of the cocktail waitresses remembered us and our drink orders and we had outstanding service for the remainder of the trip.

    Rooms are basic but I've stayed in a Monaco Suite (not a suite but a large room with a couch) the last two trips and we really like it.

    It's also a 2 minute walk to NYNY, 5 minute to MGM, and 2 minutes to Aria (which has a tram to Bellagio). Easy access to almost all of the MGM properties (except for Mirage).

    For the value, its tough to beat MC in my opinion.
     
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    Oooh I agree with this.

    The last couple trips I've found myself going to the Bellagio to gamble a lot cause their drink service is fantastic! Can't beat their strawberry daiquiris....

    Whereas at MC you get a tiny glass of watered down booze most of the time.
     
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    This might sound a bit of a bizarre thing to comment on - but we stayed at the MC in 2012 and the one thing I didn't like was the toilet flush was REALLY loud! I'm quite a light sleeper and I swear you hear the surrounding 2 or three rooms flush.

    Aside from that, we liked it. Good location, tram to Bellagio was convenient. Found the staff to be very helpful.
     
  17. Tammy58

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    Glad to see how many people here like MC. We play in the casino often but haven't stayed in the hotel since 98...I know it is in need of a redo but looking forward to our stay next month. Mirage last year but before that Harrahs and Flamingo were our mainstays.
     
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    Funny u mention the toilet. Fist time I flushed it, it scared the shit out of me :faint:
     
  19. fenway68

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    ohh so true, forgot about this..mega-swoosh!
     
  20. UncleBen

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    I'm not sure what room you are used to at Mirage but definitely worth enquiring about rates for Hotel 32 at Monte Carlo- fantastic rooms, limo service from airport included and they whisk you straight up to the 32nd floor for instant check in.
     
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