The legendary Monte Carlo Casino is the first thing that comes to mind when you mention the principality of Monaco. The building of this casino is located in the area of a tectonic fault in the earth’s crust and is considered to be one of the best examples of Renaissance architecture, designed by Charles Garnier. Charles Garnier is a renowned French architect who decorated the streets of Paris and created the famous Paris Opera building.
The casino is located on a cliff and it’s possible to get there by special elevators for guests and tourists. The Monte Carlo casino building is surrounded by a luxurious garden with colorful flower beds, green lawns and the pond with reeds and lilies.
Casino de Monte Carlo is the first gambling house in Europe, which gave birth to the concept of “casino”. Here you will find elegant interiors, crystal chandeliers, gilded paintings and beautiful statues. Everything in this place shines with novelty after a major renovation, but hasn’t lost its authenticity.
This casino is interesting for tourists not only because of gambling and daily events such as shows, concerts or other performances. When you enter the building, you find yourself in a beautiful atrium, where every guest can have a drink at the bar or buy something in brand stores. Children can visit the atrium too. Anyone who has reached adulthood and who wants to visit the largest room with slot machines may come in the Renaissance room. This part of the casino is open at all times to tourists and has no strict dress code requirements. In addition to the bar and shops of famous world brands, there is the Opera House and the Ballet Hall of Monaco.
If you are ready to pay for a tour or want to try your luck at poker, blackjack, roulette or baccari, then you can visit the white and pink living room, the Europe Salon, the Hall of the Americas, the Medsan Hall, the North or South premises in the Tuze Hall or the English Salon. These premises are available for visiting from 14.00 every day. Private lounges for high stakes players open at 16.00. These private rooms are connected by an underground passage to the Hotel de Paris.
What tourists need to know.
Some rooms in the oldest casino in Europe have additional dress code requirements for visitors, but the basic rules for tourists and gamblers to visit Monte Carlo casinos are listed below.
- The entrance to the casino is paid – 10 euros for inspecting the building and general gaming halls, 20 – for visiting private gaming halls;
- Persons under the age of twenty-one aren’t allowed into the casino, so visitors need to have their passport with them;
- There is a strict dress code at the entrance – no beachwear or flip flops, but jeans are allowed.
- Bags, cameras have to leave in the storage room.
You can read more about the rules for tourists in this article.
Monte Carlo is primarily a rich nightlife, exciting entertainment and gambling. This building with an unusual history is worth a visit for anyone who wants to plunge into the luxurious, elegant and vibrant atmosphere of a live casino. Whether you choose an audio tour or find an experienced guide for your group, you will still not remain indifferent to this place!