Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo

One of the oldest casinos that we’ve frequented quite often over the years is the Casino de Monte Carlo, Norman’s favorite gambling vacation spot.

The formal atmosphere and elegantly dressed patrons give the impression James Bond might introduce himself at any moment, and your gambling experience will drip with the feel of Old World money and the elite. Located on the French Riviera in Monaco, this 150-year old casino has the royal status and opulent style of the rich and famous. Nestled within the casino is the Grand Théâtre de Monte Carlo, which hosts performances and ballets from the most prestigious artists in the world, and the office of Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.

Desperate to save the House of Grimaldi from financial ruin in the mid 1800’s, Princess Caroline, wife to Prince Florestan I, brought forth the idea of Le Casino de Monte Carlo. The idea became a reality when the first gaming room was inaugurated in 1865, and they have catered to royalty and the elite for over one hundred years.

A dress code of formality appeals to the upper crust in us all, and buying new gowns and tuxes is part of the fun. Even after years of renovations, the feel of the aristocrats and old charm is still there with the distinct Beaux Arts style. Europe’s most diverse and unparalleled selection of over a thousand games the Casino Monte Carlo has several salons and rooms that offer a variety of table games from around the world like, European English, French, and American Roulette; the Italian style Baccara known as Chemin de Fer, Punto Banco brought from South America; Texas Hold’em No Limit; Stud Poker; Blackjack; and craps.

Salle Blanche has all the bells and whistles with slots like Hot Shot, Harley Davidson, Wheel of Gold, Cash Fever, and Party Time. The casino itself does not have a hotel, but the Hôtel de Paris is but a few steps away with the Mediterranean coastline as your view. With over 182 extravagant rooms, this hotel caters to your every whim with French décor and accommodation fit for a king.

The casino offers several culinary delights for discerning tastes from private rooms to friendly parties. Les Privés is a private, classic French restaurant with a view of the sea. Discover the flavors of a genuine Thai meal that is a gourmet dream at Le Mozaïk, and Norman always takes us to Le Train Bleu for the best Italian cuisine anywhere in the world. The grilled sea bass with pan sautéed artichokes, asparagus, and potatoes in virgin sauce is the one thing he orders every time.