Monte Carlo Resort and Casino
The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino is a megaresort hotel and casino located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, USA. The hotel is 32 stories, featuring a 90,000- square-foot (8,400 m 2) casino floor with over 2,200 slot and video poker machines and 95 table games. It is operated by MGM Resorts International. The hotel offers 2,992 guest rooms, including 259 luxury suites. The hotel, named to invoke the Place du Casino in Monte Carlo, features chandelier domes, marble floors, neoclassical arches, ornate fountains and gas-lit promenades. As of 2010 , Monte Carlo has an AAA rating of four diamonds.

Facilities and attractions
The resort includes 22,000 sq ft (2,000 m 2) of retail stores, plus convention facilities, a spa, fitness center, a hair salon, a 2,000- square-foot (190 m 2) exercise room, a pool area, which includes a wave pool lazy river, a wedding chapel, and the Street of Dreams shopping area collection of retail stores which includes Optica, Marshall Rousso, Misura, Harley Davidson of Las Vegas and Art of Music. A 21,000 sq ft (2,000 m 2) pool area includes a wave pool with constantly changing wave patterns, and a "Lazy River" feature. A 1,200 sq ft (110 m 2) ice bar named "Minus5" is present on the Monte Carlo casino floor, consisting of a bar constructed entirely out of ice. As of 2010, it is the largest ice bar in North America. The CityCenter Tram offers access to the Bellagio and Crystals retail district in the CityCenter complex, with service every 5 minutes. Monte Carlo is home to the Vegas show of comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo. In August 2009, Caliendo signed a 10-year deal with the resort, and performs four nights per week. On October 7, 2010, the JabbaWockeeZ - described as a "modern dance/hip-hop crew" - began performance of their permanent headline show at Monte Carlo, entitled "MÜS.I.C". This show is performed five nights per week at the 1,224-seat Monte Carlo Theater, which under its previous name ( Lance Burton Theater) hosted magician Lance Burton, who performed there between June 21, 1996 and September 4, 2010.

The hotel seeks to provide an "unpretentiously luxurious, yet affordable" experience. As of 2009, the Monte Carlo print advertising campaign features humorously misspelled French words ("tray sheek") coupled with glamorous images. The campaign's tagline is "Unpretentiously luxurious".


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
On January 25, 2008 at 10:57 AM, a three-alarm fire was reported on the exterior of the top six floors and roof of the casino. Portions of the hotel facade's Exterior Insulation Finishing System burned with some debris falling off and starting smaller secondary fires on ledges three floors below. The fire was fully contained an hour after it began. It was an exterior fire, although there was water damage to parts of several floors. The Hotel & Casino reopened to guests on February 15, 2008. MGM Mirage officials put the total losses due to fire damage and loss of business at just under $100 million.

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 m 2) studios to 2,000-square-foot (190 m 2) 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.

In popular culture
Monte Carlo Resort and Casino has figured in several feature films and television series. Major release films partially filmed at Monte Carlo include the 2000 film Get Carter and 2008's What Happens in Vegas . In the 2004 film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story , the Average Joes stay at Monte Carlo during the dodgeball championships in Las Vegas. In the Amazing Race 15 , teams had to count out $1,000,000 worth of poker chips here in the season finale, to receive their next clue. It was also featured in the season six episode "Three of a Kind" of The X Files.

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