I was a little surprised that we were able to walk through the Casino, my husband in his shorts and tennis shoes, me not really dressed all that much nicer. The building is beautiful but marred by the same tacky slot machines you'd find in any casino in the public areas. Perhaps the sophisticated folks hang out in the private rooms, it was midday in any event and perhaps a little too early for serious gambling.
Citizens of Monaco are not allowed to enter the gaming rooms in the casino, since I didn't gamble I'm not sure how they enforce that except that maybe you have to produce proof of identification if you sit at the tables or when you cash in your chips.
The casino helped saved the Grimaldi family from bankruptcy back in the 1850s and now makes so much money that the citizens of Monaco pay no tax making it a tax haven in Europe.
No photos are allowed inside the casino, if they see that you have a camera they will make you check it at the coat check before proceeding inside.
I regret not having the time to visit the famous Grand Casino of Monte Carlo. The very idea of the Grand Casino and Hotel de Paris conjures up marvelous images in my mind---of course I'm relying on what I've seen in old movies!("To Catch a Thief"; "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"; etc.)
The classic casino was built in 1878 and is actually he home of the Monaco Opera and Ballet as well. The architect was Charles Garnier.
It is unlike American casinos in that there is not only an admission charge of 10 Euros, but also there is a dress code (thank heaven!!) Jacket and tie is required for me and "resort chic" for women. Be sure you bring your passport which is required for entrance and don't even think of trying to get in unless you are at least 18 years old.
The casino has several rooms with various games of chance available in each room.
(NOTE: I understand from a friend who visited this past summer (2007) that the interior of the casino itself is not very large. I guess this would add to the intimacy and atmosphere versus large casinos you find elsewhere.) The decor in each room is different and extravagant, some rooms with stained-glass windows, sculptures, bronzes, and paintings, marble floors and onyx columns in some areas.
Some rooms are open at noon and others not until 2pm so it is best to check their website for specifics particularly if you are only interested in certain games. Slot machines in the European rooms do not open until 2pm Monday - Friday.
Unfortunately a long expanse of apartments blocked me from obtaining a more beautiful photo of the casino and Hotel de Paris.
You can visit this famous casino with or without money. Some dream of becoming a millionaire after playing here and some become broke and lose everything. Our sight seeing was one of the safest one - just look at people entering and arriving at the gate of this building. Some are very formerly dressed but some wear casual wears. Most of them arrive in black expensive cars. Gerard Depardieu was driving his car around the entrance to "Grand Casino".
Designed in 1878 by Charles Garnier the same architect who designed the Paris Opera, this casino is set into a formal garden and gives splendid views over Monaco. The lavish interior is still decorated in Belle Epoque style, recalling an era when this was the rendevous of Russian Grand Dukes, English Lords and other adventurers. Anyone can play the odds on the one-armed bandits of the Salle Blanche or the roulette wheels of the Salle Europe.
A walk around the Place de Casino will expose you to some beautiful sites. First, of course, is the Monte Carlo Casino. Next is the Hotel de Paris, with Alain Ducasse's Louis XV restaurant. Across the square is the Cafe de Paris. And in the center of the square the lovely garden and fountain.
Monte Carlo Casino offers something for also those curious persons, who don't or can't play in the real Casino inside, or if they forgot their jacket and tie home (required). People can walk in the maindoors, with no dress-code at all, and turn to the right. There are some usual slot machines to try - to tell back home that you have played in Monte Carlo :O)
It is also worth going in due to the beauty of the building, paintings in the walls and ceiling. The building was built in 1878 by Charles Garnier.
A good idea is also to park your car in the garage (allowed for anyone, not expensive), and sit for a while in the opposite restaurant's terrace. Because from there you have the best view to the unbeliavable sports cars and probably almost the mosts expensive cars in the world passing by, some of them valet parking in front of the casino.
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For 10 Euros, you too can be part of the thrill and spend some time with the high rollers. Although smaller and less activity than North American casinos, the Monte Carlo casino has that "Old World" charm. Right in front of the casino you can find any high luxury vehicle you can name. The casino is made up of gorgeous architecture and stained glass, so even if you don't like to gamble, the casino itself is a must see. If you just want to gamble, and don't care about architecture of history, there are 2 casinos in Monte Carlo that do no have a cover charge. Their dress code is also more lax.
Must be 18 years old to enter, and have ID with you. They prefer pasports, which they scan as you enter.
Little quirk: Ladies, use the washroom in the Casino. It's small, but after you flush you will see the toilet seat clean itself!
i only stepped into the lobby of the casino and immediately felt like a slick super spy. the essence of this place oozes unearthly cool. or maybe just out of my league wealth. either way, if you're in the south of France or Monaco itself, it is a more than worthwhile destination! - especially if you do it for real and actually go in and play a game or two?
Went to Monaco just to see this casino! Stupid it may sound, it was a good day trip from Nice. Learnt about the Monte Carlo Simulation in university and felt i have to take a look. I don't gamble so there's no point in entering the casino as there is a cover charge.
A gaming house, the "Société des Bains de Mer et du Cercle des Etrangers"(The Sea Bathing and Circle of Foreigners Company)was set up and the monopoly of its use was granted in 1863 to François Blanc. Under his guidance the name of Monaco became synonymous with fortune,gaming, holidays and travel. Luxury and refinement too since appeal could be made to the greatest names of the era, in particular to Charles Garnier, the architect of the Paris Opera House, for the building of the Casino.
The casino is famous not only because of it's architecture or because of the formula one race passing it. It's a very special place if you like to play games: the atmosphere is full of richness and glamour and everything is free of taxes of course.
This hotel site just few meters from famous Casino. Hotel Paris is the most luxury hotel in Monte Carlo. In this photo you can see how it looks in the evening.
Monte Carlo has money all over the place. Huge yachts and luxurious cars many of which are parked at the casino.