Insta-CoGo: Burning Questions From Vegas
If you were anywhere near a TV set on Friday afternoon and it was tuned to CNN or MSNBC, you saw the flames shooting out of the roof of the Monte Carlo casino-resort on the Las Vegas Strip. Pretty harrowing stuff, right?
The 3,000-room hotel remains closed, and travelers get a popup notice on the hotel's Web site that says: "Thank you for your concern and support at this time. Monte Carlo management is responding to the situation at hand. Thanks to quick action, both our employees and our guests were promptly evacuated. All of our guests will be relocated to a sister property for the duration of their planned stay in Las Vegas. Response from Clark County Fire Department has been fast and effective. They are investigating the cause of the fire, but we don't want to speculate at this moment. We will provide updates as they arise. For inquiries about reservations, please call 1-888-395-0776."
That's it for now. Poking around some more, I found that the online reservations component is "currently under renovation," and if you click on "What's New at Monte Carlo," the top item is a breathless promotion for the BRAND steakhouse due this April.
Yesterday evening I spoke to Yvette Monet, a spokeswoman for MGM Mirage, who said that there's enough availability in the company's other Vegas properties, including New York-New York and the MGM Grand, to fit the Monte Carlo-ans. Hotel workers and building contractors are currently on the site sifting through the mess, and there's no date set for the place to reopen. Right now, guests are being re-accommodated through Thursday.
Since anyone with upcoming reservations should call that toll-free number for information, I gave it a whirl. I waited nearly 10 minutes for a reservationist, then found myself talking to an agent at TI, the pirate-themed resort down the Strip owned by MGM Mirage. Very pleasant guy, and eager to make sure I had a room for the night; I told him I was just calling for information.
Oddly enough, if you go to the official Vegas tourism site, there's no indication that a fire has closed one of the behemoths on Las Vegas Boulevard. To its credit, Vegas.com, an excellent private site geared toward travelers, has a "Special Notice" on its home page about the blaze.
And while we're talking about the Monte Carlo, has anyone actually stayed there before? That's the one hotel in that area of the Strip I've never overnighted at, and I'm wondering what it's like. Never had a whole lot of appeal to me, but now I'm intrigued.
By John Deiner |
January 29, 2008; 7:42 AM ET
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