Monte Carlo – History

Construction and opening

Ground was broken for the hotel in March 1995. It was originally known as the “Grand Victoria”. The palatial style was a reminiscent of the Belle Epoque, which is how the French refer to the architecture of the Victorian era in England. After much criticism by MGM Grand officials, it was shortened to “Victoria” and then changed to “Monte Carlo”.

Monte Carlo was built as a joint venture between Mirage Resorts and Circus Circus Enterprises, and cost US$344,000,000 to build. The resort sits on 44 acres (18 ha), occupied by the Dunes Hotel until its demolition in October 1993.

The Monte Carlo opened to the public on June 21, 1996 at 12:01 a.m., following invitation-only VIP pre-opening celebration the prior day, including a fireworks show.

2008 fire

Monte Carlo Fire 2008

Hotel 32

Hotel32 is an ultra-luxury, boutique hotel located on Monte Carlo’s top floor. The new extension opened on August 10, 2009. The hotel has 50 rooms ranging in size from 850-square-foot (79 m2) studios to 2,000-square-foot (190 m2) penthouse suites and can only be accessed via an express elevator. All Hotel32 guests have access to a dedicated Suite Assistant, who provides personal butler and concierge services and numerous high-tech touches, including a TV integrated into the bathroom mirror. Guests have access to Lounge32, which overlooks the Las Vegas skyline. Hotel32 offers its guests a branded iPhone at check-in to promote the use of hotel amenities. The system, running Hotel Evolution software, enables the hotel to make changes to services easily, because updates are made automatically.
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