In the middle of the 19th century the Grimaldi family was on the verge of bankruptcy. The French Revolution at the end of the 18th Century had seen many of their family publicly executed. The survivors won back the palace in 1814 but the Revolution along with the Napoleonic Wars had left their fortunes decimated. In addition to that two provinces broke away from Monaco leaving it 80% smaller. The history lesson is required to understand the shrewd genius of Princess Caroline and the work of Prince Florestan I who ruled at the time. The Princess realized that a gambling operation and spa would bring in plenty of profits. Construction began in 1858 and was completed in 1863. In that time the Princess had also managed to lure away Francois Blanc, an entrepreneur with a profitable gambling operation the Monte-Carlo was based on. Soon the country was raking in the gambling money and the casino building was expanded later in the century.
Built in the Beaux Arts architectural style of that century, the building is a picture of beauty and opulence. In the last hundred and fifty years of existence it has become one of the most recognizable casinos on the planet. It is known as a playground for the wealthy and fashionable, a reputation furthered by it being featured in three separate James Bond movies, the most recent being Casino Royale. The casino is still one of the biggest breadwinners for the Grimaldi family and the government. There are three restaurants on premises; you can have the complete spy experience of topping off your stint at the tables with a fine wine. The elegantly dressed staff responds in English, and the interior design is just as luxurious and historically faithful as pictured in the Bond movies. One does not need to be a gambler to enjoy the building, the crowd and the atmosphere. But it doesn’t hurt to lose a little money either. There are also frequent performances by musicians at the casino, catch a show if you can. A historic and glamorous casino that has been featured in three Bond films. Only a short distance from the Larvotto beach and the Japanese Gardens, you could plan your trip accordingly.
- T-Shirts and jeans are acceptable for daytime attire, but jackets are recommended after 8:00 pm in the private rooms.
- The ambience will be that of a casino, try not to get too caught up in it and lose too much money.
- Carry your passport to prove your age and nationality, only people above the age of 18 and non-Monacan nationals are allowed. You have to carry your passport to get in.
- No photographing equipment allowed inside; there is a cloak room to store your bags.
- If you are gambling, keep track of your money.
- Check their website to see if any musicians are performing at the time of your visit and book tickets for it.
- Everything is expensive in the casino.
- All gambling games are designed to work out in favour if the house (the casino).
- If you are intent on merely gambling, there are other casinos around that don’t charge entrance fees.
- The building also contains the Opera de Monte Carlo.
- Underground parking, free for the first hour.
- 10 Euros to enter the casino and 10 more Euros to enter the private rooms.
- Group tickets cost 7 Euros per person (minimum 10 people), free access for tour guide.
- If you have no intention of gambling visit between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon.
- Open from 9:00 am for visiting the casino when it not operating, from 2:00 pm onwards gambling operations are open and people will be treated as individual clients.
- Closed 12:00 noon for those visiting the non-operational casino, 4:00 am for all gambling operations.
- Take the buses 1, 2 or 3 to the casino.
- Le Train Bleu
- Les Prives
- Buddha Bar Monte-Carlo
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48.86% of people who visit Monaco include Monte Carlo Casino in their plan
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36.21% of people start their Monte Carlo Casino visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Monte Carlo Casino
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Bring some photo ID as you won’t be allowed in without it. There is a morning tour (closed for a few months though) which I have heard is very good or you can pay for a self-guided tour. Lovely inside and if you keep your ticket, you can come back after 2pm and watch people playing in the public rooms. All the big money games are in salons privée though.
Glam would short for this place. You will definitely always get to see the high end cars and you can take pictures but it's super funny because they have a "do not touch" sign on them. The inside of the casino is everything you have seen in movies or expect. If you are appropriately dress you can go in the lobby without paying anything and take some pictures. But if you want to go in to see the tables and slot machines you have to buy a ticket. They have some really cute souvenirs to buy like golf balls or used pierced cards if you are interested or brand new ones too. A must if you are visiting Monaco.
Although very beautiful once you get inside, you cannot take pictures. It was $17 euro each to get inside. At 9 pm about 20 people inside. Not like James Bond for sure. Save your money. Take a picture from the outside of the building and move on.
Worth a visit if you're in Monaco. Not much to do here if you're not here to gamble but it's fun to see anyways. Outside is a really beautifully decorated entrance and there are a lot of premium cars parked if you're into that. You can also go inside the first entrance without paying anything and you will see the amazing architecture of the building from the inside and run around in the maze of giant card decks.
Beautiful place that is known for treating the week to do well. Nice appointments and the service is spectacular! Highly recommend if you can afford it.