Prestigious and iconic casino with a rich history, legendary décor and a full range of table games and slot machines. The first casino in the Principality of Monte Carlo, the Casino de Monte Carlo ushered in the age of gambling and provided the royal family with the income it needed to stay afloat. Years after its establishment, the Monte Carlo Casino continues to astound guests and gamblers.
Monte Carlo Casino Review
Casino de Monte Carlo is well-known for offering the biggest table game selections in all Europe. It is home to the Grand Theatre de Monte Carlo and the classical ballet company Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.
The casino has been standing for over 150 years, making it a fine location for movies that require the feel of a Victorian-era backdrop. It has been used several times as a location for James Bond films including Never Say Never Again, GoldenEye, and CBS Climax’s Casino Royal episode. It was also used as a set for filming Ocean’s Twelve.
In 1878, architects Charles Garnier and Dutrou were given a huge project; in keeping with Marie Blanc’s wishes, and in a record time of just seven months, they were to build an opera house and a new casino in Monte-Carlo. They did it and the dazzling inauguration ceremony was attended by the celebrities of the epoch. Dutrou was in charge of the Atrium; he created a magnificent vestibule featuring columns supporting a gallery with balustrades. Two huge panels signed Jundt were later to complete the gallery’s decor thus creating a perfectly harmonious ensemble. As soon as visitors enter the Casino, they see a brightly-lit room that houses 90 slot machines… all as entertaining as they are sophisticated. These include the famous ‘Luxor Palace’ progressive machine.
Salon de l’Europe
Historically, this is the first gaming room opened in Monte-Carlo. Reconstructed at the end of the 19th century by Henri Schmit, the Salon de l’Europe replaced the old Salle Mauresque dreamt up in 1878 by Charles Garnier. Still intact are its frescos inspired by the four seasons and the beautiful countryside surrounding Monaco, its sculptures and allegorical paintings, its early 20th-century carpet, and the eight monumental chandeliers made of pure bohemian crystal, each weighing more than 150 kilos.
Such was the success of the gaming activities, the Salle Blanche – originally intended to be used as a conversation room when it was built in 1903 – also became a gaming room. This was the year when Camille Blanc announced: “never has the Casino received so many visitors during the winter season”. The Salle Blanche’s decor was as original as it was surprising… in “The Florentine Graces” – a picture painted by Gervais – one recognises Cléo de Mérode, Liane de Pougy and La Belle Otéro, the very famous courtesans of that time, who gambled here regularly. The room was renovated in 1991 and, since then, has been home to the slot machines.
There are two rooms and their decor blends into a delicate harmony emphasising the precious woods and large bucolic paintings. Opened in 1890 – the year in which the magic of electricity lit the Monegasque gaming rooms for the first time – the rooms designed by architect Jules Touzet were not completely decorated when the players took possession of them. A few sculptural improvements later – in 1891 to be exact – the very fine rooms were completed. Although they were renovated in 1988, their very spirit remained unchanged.
The Salle Médecin makes up the east wing of the Casino, via the restaurant “Les Privés” built on its terrace and whose large picture windows afford splendid views of the Cap-Martin. The Salle Médecin, named after Monegasque architect François Médecin, is also known as the Salle Empire because of the mahogany engraved with gold and the wall hangings. Inaugurated in 1910 – the year Massenet’s “Don Quixote” was created in Monaco – this room was home to a private gaming circle that ensured total privacy for the big players. Nowadays, three adjoining “Super Privé” small but luxurious gaming rooms provide much sought-after privacy.
Monte Carlo Casino’s table game rooms are separated into 4 areas namely Salon Europe, Salons Privés, Salle des Amériques, and Les Supers Privés. All table game rooms are open from 2 PM onward. Casino Monte Carlo offers European, English, and American Roulette, Punto Banco, Chemin de Fer, Blackjack, Craps, and many other casino table games.
Like the table gaming rooms, the slot machines are separated into two other rooms namely the Atrium and Salle Blanche. The slot machine rooms also open from 2 PM onward.
People who have a fine taste for food will be pleased with Monte Carlo Casino’s restaurant selections. From budget dishes to the more sophisticated cuisine, guests will be able to find them all at the casino.
Le Train Bleu is an Italian restaurant located near the casino’s gaming room entrance. The place is perfect for guests who want to enjoy authentic Italian food while marvelling at Belle-Epoque-inspired interiors.
Le Mozaïk is a restaurant that offers Thai and Asian dishes. It is well known for its pasta station where guests can watch master chefs make fresh pasta from scratch. There’s also a salad station in the restaurant where guests can freely make their own creations.
The casino rents private functions for guests and is open every day from 2pm.
Entertainment and events
Monte Carlo Casino is a regular host to a variety of major tournaments and events around the world.
The casino has hosted the first 7 seasons of the prestigious European Poker Tour. It is also an ideal place for car racing fans to watch the annual Formula 1 Grand Prix Tournament. In 2014, Monte Carlo Casino will again be hosting the annual Monaco Yacht Show, which is the largest international exhibition of Yachting. 2013 was a very successful event that attracted 33,730 participants.
No flip flops and shorts allowed. No military or religious uniforms allowed as well.
Rubber shoes aren’t allowed in private rooms. The casino also requires its guests to wear a jacket inside private rooms after 8 PM.
Like many other casinos, Casino Monte Carlo offers a membership option to their guests. The membership card gives members free access to the casino. It also acts as a discount card to the Monte Carlo Golf Club and Monte Carlo Country Club. The membership card also provides free access to all shuttle transfers within the vicinity, as well as act as the hotel room key for guests.
Phone: +377 98 06 21 21
Opening hours: Mo-Su 14:00 – 04:00
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