We recently stayed at the Monte Carlo. It was okay. Nothing special, nothing bad. The casino was quite large and I always seemed to get lost trying to find my way out (the goal, I know). The rooms were average. Amenities in the rooms were minimal--just shampoo, conditioner and soap. Right now (Dec. 2006), there is a huge construction project going on in the lots north of the Monte Carlo (between the Monte Carlo and Bellagio) and it's a rather unpleasant walk north. So, if you're planning spend a lot of time north of the area, stay somewhere else. If you plan to hang out south of the Monte Carlo (NYNY, MGM Grand, etc), then this hotel would be fine if you can get a deal.