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May 8, 2009

Monte Carlo to Introduce Hotel 32

Posted by Hunter

As per an email marketing campaign, Monte Carlo will be introducing 'Hotel 32' in the coming weeks or months.

Details are sparse and MGM Mirage says they're not ready to divulge more yet but the images in the email seem to show a heavily upgraded 32nd floor, the top level damaged by the January 2008 fire. There may also be a special lounge on this floor for suite guests, though that's not confirmed.

Hotel 32 is expected to start accepting guests sometime in August of 2009.


Read archived comments (17 so far)
May 8, 2009 10:25 AM Posted by Brian Fey

Wow, that was Jan of 08, I can't believe its been 16 months, and its still now open, obviously its not far now though. I guess they did have to spend time planning it all out., which is usually all done months before places chose to remodel. In this case, they had to start from scratch, due to its sudden close.

May 8, 2009 12:00 PM Posted by Andrew h

Bleahhhh. Looks like TI, Mirage, new rooms at Bellagio, etc.. Everything MGM does of late all looks the same.

Off topic but Whoopi Goldberg is doing a couple of shows at Encore.

May 8, 2009 12:48 PM Posted by LeoNYC

I agree with Andrew h. They all look the same. But hey... at least MGM is renovating the some of the rooms from the +10 years hotels before they look like Sahara, Imperial Palace, Ballys, Harra's etc. The rooms look exactly the same when my mother went there in the 1980's. lol

May 8, 2009 1:02 PM Posted by parchedearth

The name "Hotel 32" implies another hotel w/i a hotel (e.g. Skylofts, TheHotel, Venezia, etc...) I wonder if they will have a separate check-in area. It hardly seems worth it for just 1 floor. They should treat the new rooms as another type of suite or as high roller suites.

I wonder if this could be a trial for the Light group to run a hotel (and also a payoff for their Harmon loss). At one point there was a rumor that Light was interested in buying MC.

Alternatively, this could be a test to market a new room redesign for the whole property.

I also wonder how this plays into CityCenter. This might have been the result of a contingency plan for any delayed opening to accommodate guests who booked early.

May 8, 2009 7:25 PM Posted by ken ambrose

The rooms look very appealing. I agree with one of the other comments (at least The MC is remodelling before the rooms look delapitated like the Flamingo and the Imperial Palace). We stayed at the MC in 2009 and truly appreciated the cleanliness and hospitality afforded us. Hotel 32 looks and sounds like a very appealing destination for a special holiday and we hope we have an opportunity to be one of the earliest guest!!!

May 8, 2009 9:30 PM Posted by Slot machine

Thanks for the article.. They still building hotels in this economy?

May 9, 2009 7:42 PM Posted by socalduck

The retro Jet Age decor is getting tiresome. Is it me, or does it seems the ceilings are a bit low in those pictures?

May 9, 2009 8:56 PM Posted by Hunter

Yeah - and it's not a coincidence that the windows are partially obscured... The MC windows are TINY and ghetto. Far cry from today's floor-to-ceiling standard.

May 9, 2009 9:43 PM Posted by Phil

The whole general vibe that MGM makes all its places alike has there ever been a reporter that called MGM out on it? (any link) I'm curious how their leadership answers that question in the midst of virtually everyone agreeing that is a fact and a negative one at that, it literally pisses people off.

May 10, 2009 9:14 AM Posted by Andy S

No Surprises here, MGM and their creatively challenged 'design' team have proved they have no other ideas than the standard MGM contempary design. Every time they replace or renovate anything in their hotels, you have a really good idea what the design will be like.

In my opinion MGM have messed up all their recent renovations, however 'TI', Luxor and NY NY really stand out as truely dreadful. Even Bellagio is now having this design bought in, eg yellow tail.


May 10, 2009 8:03 PM Posted by Brian Fey

Its kinds of funny to me. I've been complaining for years now, that MGM only knows one look, one style. Its ok, but they do it over, and over, and over, and over, and over, sorry. Anyhow, I've been saying this on project after project, and nobody seemed to care, but after reading this thread, I guess others are starting to agree with me. I guess contemporary is fine, and its ok in some places, but its not a warm and inviting feel, that makes me want to never leave. Sure its great for Apple stores, and its a fun feeling at a W hotel, or in a restaurant here and there, but if this is any indication of what we can expect at City Center, then now most of you will understand while, I'm not too excited about this huge project. I can hardly wait to see 6 new towers, that all have the same look and feel inside of them. I'll have to run outside to look at the sign on the door, to remember which one I'm in, because they all look the same to me. And are there different levels of that type of design, I mean, they just all feel the same to me, I don't go into one contemporaty joint, and say, man, this is way nicer than that other contemporaty place down the street. While they might look slightly different, they don't show their level of quality when compared to each other. I'm not sure if that makes sense, but its much harder to show how one product is more superior to another, when that type of styling is used, vs a Wynn, where obviously vast areas of mosaic tiles are obviously much more beautiful than the solid marble which was used in the Mirage lobby. I'd love to be pleasantly surprised about City Center, and while I'll keep an open mind, really at the end of the day, I'm just expecting more of the same. Its all I've seen MGM turn out for the last several years. I guess that's what's cool about Wynn, its not over the top traditional like Venetian rooms, but its not the other way like MGM, its somewhat a combination of the two.

May 11, 2009 12:52 PM Posted by Andy S

Brian I have agreed with your previous posts on MGM.

I think with City Center we know what the style will be like, but also that most of the deveopment will be of no interest to most people anyway. I know that while I will visit Aria once opened, I have zero need to visit the other hotels/condos.

It is why I'm really hoping they sell some properties, hopefull a new operator will do something different.

Thank god we have Wynn/Encore!!

May 11, 2009 7:19 PM Posted by Sam

Echoing some of Brian's comments, the problem for me is not contemporary design. It's the complete lack of variety. I enjoy modern design in a lot of contexts. When I was in Vegas in 2006 (staying at Monte Carlo, coincidentally), I was a big fan of THEHotel. My tastes haven't really changed since then, nor has the look of THEHotel, but my formerly strong desire to stay there has completely evaporated. MGM has saturated the market with so many contemporary looks that none has much individual value.

When a new property opens, the operators talk about a rising-tide-lifts-all-boats quality to Vegas, and I think there's some merit to that. But diversity is part of why it works. I'm not going to be very excited about making the trip when all that's new is another 10 retro-modern hotels that, as Brian said, all look and feel exactly the same.

June 21, 2009 11:27 AM Posted by Haig

We have always enjoyed staying at the MC.....awesome size and access.....we use to enjoy the closeness of the public parking right behind the hotel and a short walk right up to the check-in desk.....all without having to go thru the casino. Then there was the concieige upgrade.....which for a nominal fee about $35/nite added to the room us up onto that 32nd floor....private lounge with food and drinks included.....we loved it and miss this feature. I sure hope this new Hotel 32 is really similar to the features of the old...I like the clean look and feel of the photos I have seen. When will it open ???? MC keeps changing there time table on the re-opening...

August 11, 2009 5:31 AM Posted by detroit1051

The RJ has a story on Monte Carlo's Hotel32 which opened yesterday. The rooms have the technology which is becoming ubiquitous in high-end hotels. Also, the fact that the VIP Lounge overlooks CityCenter may be a draw. My question remains, can Monte Carlo attract guests who will pay the freight to stay there when there are so many competing properties at that rate level. Regardless, I'd like to see it.

August 13, 2009 11:42 AM Posted by W.Ross

Stayed there last weekend. It was great

September 4, 2009 9:32 AM Posted by Lori

Yes once MGM bought out Mandalay Bay, they started with the changes to the beautiful Tahitian style lobby.
They introduced modern wood and mirrors in the elevator area where there once was a beautiful motif.