Dream holiday – Our Hotel Choice
It took us a while to choose our Hotel as the choice is endless but we have decided to stay at MONTE CARLO™ which is part of the MGM Resort group which also own the below Las Vegas hotels:
The hotel is located on the strip near all the action. We have booked a deluxe room, bed type allocated on arrival. However remember this is Las Vegas and the room is either a huge king size bed or it will be two queen beds either way we will be happy. The cost was £468 and we have to pay locals taxes of $235 when we arrive.
We booked through a company call Travel freaks and they were excellent and looked at several options and hotels we suggested.
Local taxes are always forgotten about when booking the hotel and it can be a shock amount when you arrive in resort so always make sure you check what is included in the price. It will save dipping into you dollar fund when you arrive. All hotels have the local tax and it is usually around the $30 mark for hotels on the strip.
Below are some facts about The Monte Carlo Hotel:
- Grand opening: June 21, 1996.
- A wholly owned subsidiary of MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).
- Original cost: $344 million.
- 2,992 guest rooms, including 224 suites.
- 4 Keys (2010) – Green Key Eco-Rating Program – the foremost “green” ranking, certification and audit program in North America evaluating sustainable hotel operations (scale of 1 to 5 Keys, 5 Keys is highest designation).
- Concierge available.
- More than 100,000 square feet of gaming area featuring more than 1,600 slot machines, Race & Sports Book and Poker Room. Table games include Blackjack, Craps, Baccarat, Mini- Baccarat, Roulette, Big Six Wheel, Caribbean Stud, Three-Card Poker, Pai Gow Poker and Let It Ride.
- Three outdoor pools: a classically designed Lagoon Pool, a Wave Pool and a Lazy River.
The hotel has an amazing looking pool which in the 40 degree heat will be a perfect way to cool off after a walk round the strip or a trip to the Canyon.
There is a an endless list of bars, restaurants and places to eat and drink I have listed some below and I can’t wait to try a cocktail of two in Ignite and also will definitely be looking to visit Minus 5 the Ice bar. I have always wanted to go to one and see what they are like and now I will get the chance.
The hotels are huge I think I am in for a huge shock. Well Neil has already warned me no matter how tired I am when we arrive the adrenaline will kick in when I see the lights of the strip. Excited does not even cover how I feel at the minute.
BLVD Plaza, located along the vibrant Las Vegas Strip provides guests with a gathering place to take in the city’s exciting sights and sounds while enjoying a selection of casual restaurants and bars:
Yusho is a Japanese-inspired grill and noodle house by renowned Chicago chef Matthias Merges.
Double Barrel is a high-energy live music and entertainment venue with an array of craft cocktails and beers and a Southern-inspired menu.
800 Degrees serves build-your-own personal pizzas prepared to each guests’ liking and baked in around a minute in an 800-degree wood-burning oven.
Sambalatte is a Las Vegas-based, award-winning premier coffee restaurant.
BLVD Creamery is a contemporary ice cream shop that features imaginative ice cream flavours, sundaes, popsicles, shakes, flavoured milks, floats and ice cream sandwiches.
- Andre’s Restaurant & Lounge – Contemporary French cuisine by acclaimed Chef André Rochat.
- BRAND Steakhouse – Classic steakhouse fused with modern fine dining. Dinner.
- Diablo’s Cantina – Open-air restaurant and bar with south-of-the-border menu.
- Dragon Noodle Co. & Sushi Bar – Three culinary experiences under one roof – classic Chinese cuisine, house-made dim sum and sushi.
- d.vino Italian Food & Wine Bar – Authentic Italian cuisine including house-made pasta.
- The Pub at Monte Carlo – Pub-style favourites with a focus on burgers, over 300 types of beer and grown-up milkshakes.
- The Buffet – Exhibition-style kitchen featuring a wide range of American and international dishes.
- Original Chicken Tender
- Manchu Wok
- Starbucks Coffee
- Sbarro Italian Eatery
- Yogurt In
Lounges & Bars (Ages 21 and older)
- BRAND Lounge – Chic lounge with plasma TV screens and DJ booth.
- Diablo’s Cantina – Open-air bar with views of The Strip.
- The Pub at Monte Carlo – Casual pub with a comfortable, friendly atmosphere perfect for watching sporting events, listening to live music or playing a game of beer pong.
- Andre’s Cigar & Cocktail Lounge – One of the widest selections of Cognacs, Armagnacs and after-dinner drinks in North America; Cognacs and cigars can be professionally paired.
- Wine Bar at d.vino – Sophisticated wine bar; An Enomatic, or state-of-the-art Italian wine serving system, allows guests to sample 18 hand-chosen selections in 1 oz., 2 oz. or 5 oz. pours.
- HIT Bar & Lounge – Classic cocktails in a speakeasy setting located just off the casino floor.
- Ignite Lounge – The “hot” spot for guests looking to indulge their senses.
- Sports Book Bar – Cocktails in the middle of the action.
- Big Chill – Features an array of frozen cocktails as well as Jell-O shots and beer.
- Minus5 Ice Bar Signature cocktails served in ice glasses, ice couches, and handcrafted ice sculptures all in a cool minus five degrees Celsius.
The bit that’s has shocked me is just the sheer amount of things to see and do in the hotels. A friend said you can literally stay in your hotel for a week and not get bored and now I can see why.
Shopping on the Street of Dreams
- Misura – Men’s clothing and accessories.
- Marshall Rousso – Casual and formal fashions, footwear and accessories for women.
- LICK – Candy and souvenir novelties.
- Optica – Designer eyewear.
- Harley-Davidson of Las Vegas – Brand name clothing, accessories, souvenirs and collectibles.
- Just Vegas – Souvenir shop, t-shirts, magnets and more.
- Beach Club Shoppe – Everything for a day at the beach; Seasonal
- Casino Royale – Gaming merchandise, gifts logo merchandise and women’s fashion.
- Monte Carlo Nouveau News – Sundries, papers, periodicals, beverages and other items for the traveller.
As you can see we have a huge list of bars and places to eat, and these are just in our hotel imagine when we start to explore the other hotels. Neil has told me we can go from hotel to hotel and use the casinos, bars and restaurants. I am really looking forward to exploring and trying lots of different places out.
Make sure you stick with us for part 3 when we will look at those holiday extras. We will look at things like a trip to the Grand Canyon, the famous Vegas shows. What about a hotel at the airport the night before your holiday. These are all extra special things to make it a proper dream holiday.
Please do tell us about any places we must go and see by commenting below.