Nestled in the Alps between the French and Italian Riviera, Monaco has long been associated with luxury and exclusivity. Monaco has a five star hotel on every corner, a myriad of multi-million dollar yachts in the harbour, a slew of events and some of the most famous casinos in the world.
Over the years, Monaco has been synonymous with high roller casinos and the lifestyle of the rich and famous. The atmosphere in the array of casinos is unlike anywhere else in the world. Sheiks, royalty, billionaire business magnets and playboys intermingle, with some electrifying moments around the craps table and tense moments around the poker table.
And once the money has been won or lost, there is always a party or after hours drinks to retire to. To celebrate the extraordinary character of this bijou retreat, I want to share with you the four casinos worth visiting when in Monaco.
Casino de Monte Carlo
Designed by world renown architect Charles Garnier in 1863, this striking casino overlooks the Mediterranean Sea and is famous for its Bohemian glass chandeliers, rococo ceilings, and columned gold atrium that leads to the legendary opera house.
The gaming lounges are stunning with stained glass windows, sculptures and unique allegoric paintings. Why not see for yourself on this virtual tour
Salle Des Palmiers – SuN Casino
For fans of live music the Summer Casino is a must. Past performers have included Alicia Keyes, Celine Dion and Julio Iglesias, to name just a few. When not listening to international recording artists there are plenty of games that include including blackjack, roulette, craps and trente et quarante.
The rooms are decorated in a more contemporary style than the Casino de Monte Carlo, but still enjoy a certain ornate grandeur.
Casino du Palais de la Méditerranée
Built in 1929, this hotel-casino has a dominating facade that is now a listed monument. The exterior is lined with palm trees and has some the most impressive lighting, that is best enjoyed at night.
The whole casino was totally refurbished in 2004 with a brand new layout and lavish interior. The Casino du Palais de la Méditerranée is on the Promenade des Anglais and enjoys stunning views across the bay. Le Frégate brasserie that is found within is a must see with its brightly painted walls and artwork.
Casino Café de Paris
For the more relaxed gamer who likes their casinos less ‘stuffy’, my final recommendation is Café de Paris located on the Casino Square. This less traditional casino has a more American gaming feel, in surroundings inspired by the Grand Prix. Games include American Roulette, Craps and Black Jack as well as an array of slot machines. A highlight of the Café de Paris is the Parisian terrace that plunges you into the authentic atmosphere of a Parisian bistro.
As always, I recommend you brush up on the rules of the different games and try out your skills on an online casino before putting your chips on the line. If you ever tire of the gaming then there is always the Grand Prix, the Boat Show and the Monte Carlo Rally to enjoy.