With its white-marble floors and stained-glass ceilings, the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino seems, at first glance, like a sophisticated European palace. But step further in and you notice the hotel has a surprisingly laid-back vibe. Perhaps it’s the fresh roses and orchids that decorate the lobby, or the upbeat pop music you hear across the casino floor. Or maybe it’s that the staff are as friendly as everyone says—quick to offer a warm smile as you walk by or directions when you look lost. The Monte Carlo advertises itself as “unpretentiously luxurious” and it’s true: Snobby doesn’t seem to exist here, which makes it the perfect spot to spend a romantic evening for dinner, some games, and a show.
Walking into Andre’s feels like walking into a Tiffany jewelry box. The decor showcases Tiffany Teal blue and pewter walls, lily-white tablecloths and chandeliers, and even a fireplace. You feel warm and cozy as you sit and peruse the menu. The classic French menu features 15,000 vintage wines (Chef Andre Rochat selected most of them himself), so you might say you have a few options. The food menu changes with the seasons, but the pan-seared foie gras is one popular appetizer that remains an Andre’s constant. Your first bite is soft like butter and complex in flavor. The caramelized apple, five-spice crème anglaise, and port-wine reduction gives you a hint of smoke and cinnamon that lingers even after several sips of wine. If this isn’t the perfect start to a night of romance, you don’t know what is.
M Life Players Club
After dinner you decide to try your luck, and so you head to the casino. The high-limit slots are the first thing you see, and a colorful machine calls your name. You insert your M Life Players Club card to rack up points. It works in any of the MGM Resort properties, and if you win big, you can cash in for retail discounts, backstage tours, and complimentary limousine shuttles, all things that make a Las Vegas adventure so much better. The one-armed bandit is good to you. You didn’t hit three sevens, but you’re up enough to be proud and cash out. It’s time to show your skills at a casual game of Texas Hold ’em in the Monte Carlo’s stylish new Poker Room. The game is fun, and the other players are friendly. Your hot streak continues, and Lady Luck is clearly on your side tonight.
Blue Man Group
No romantic night in Vegas is complete without a show, and the Monte Carlo has one you won’t ever forget. If you ask someone to describe what the iconic Blue Man Group show is about, they generally land on: “It’s difficult to describe.” After you watch the show, you see why. The Blue Man Group is part performance art, part variety show, and part audience-participation free-for-all. It’s funny, mesmerizing, and like nothing you’ve ever seen before. The finale is the best part and features a light show, confetti, giant floating balls, and, yes, toilet paper. If you really want to experience it properly, make sure to get poncho seats. For a fun souvenir, you pose for a photo with the lifelike Blue Men wax figures that stand guard near the main lobby entrance. You are anything but blue as your evening comes to a stunning end. But this is Vegas after all, so maybe it’s just beginning!