This is a pretty average place to stay and offers good value for the price. Next time I'll probably choose a strip hotel that features a more thorough theme, Paris appealed to me. Monte Carlo didn't remind me much of the gambling capital of Europe. The casino's ceiling wasn't as high as the newer casino's and the retail section was tiny compared to the big boys. The perfume they pump in to cover smoke smell was strong but I found it pleasant. I could not breathe at Treasure Island. My nose found their scent offensive. There is a small food court, nice to have for simple breakfast or quick meal, and the buffet was fine. I didn't eat at any other restaurants here. They did have a dueling piano bar that looked fun and enough variety of bars with happy hour specials, but nothing special. Try to be around for the Blue Man Group parade through the casino and lobby during the early evening.
Check-in was easy at our 2:30 arrival time, and they didn't charge an early fee for that 30 minutes. I wanted a king bed, which I had to wait for, but my friend's room was ready. They said they would text me when mine was ready, and they did, the next day. Fortunately I didn't wait for a text and just checked at the desk an hour later and it was ready.
The outdoor pool area is one of the plusses of this older hotel. A small wave pool and regular pool were fine, but the lazy river was dynamite. You can rent inner tubes ($10/day, $5 after 2pm) and just float the day away in this circular, ever-moving pool. I actually bought chair floats at Walmart for $6 apiece and brought them with me. When I walked into the pool area a lifeguard offered to inflate them for me (they have a pump).
The hotel has a free tram that travels to Aria, City Center shops and the Bellagio, all part of MGM, which made getting up the strip easy. I picked this hotel in part because it's in the middle of the strip and it was convenient. There is a tix4tonight discount ticket seller right across the street. Like most hotels there is a $20 resort fee that gets added on to the room rate.
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Thank you for sharing such a detailed review with us. We are thrilled to hear that you enjoyed The Pools and the Blue Man Group procession during your recent stay! The Pools are very popular with our guests and we are happy that you had a great experience at them. It is also great to know that you found the location and the tram traveling to CityCenter and Bellagio convenient as well! We apologize that some areas of your stay fell short of your expectations and welcome you to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss your stay further. Thank you again for sharing your comments and we look forward to hearing from you soon!
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