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Up on the roof: Inside Hotel 32

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One of the penthouse suites at Hotel 32.

On the top floor of the Monte Carlo there is a hotel within a hotel. Rising from the ashes of a fire that destroyed a portion of the property last year, the entire 32nd floor has been transformed into its own entity: Hotel 32.

Upon arrival, guests are presented with an exclusive iPod touch to take anywhere in Vegas that communicates directly with Hotel 32’s suite assistants who can help you book show tickets or order room service after a long night of partying.

Hotel 32 opened this month and emphasizes simplicity and functional luxury, not ostentatious opulence. Fifty new accommodations range from posh suites to standard rooms for when a 10-top dining table or a grand piano seems unnecessary.

“When we started to reprogram this floor, we wanted to create great rooms, places that really were engaging, that were fun, that were interactive,” says Monte Carlo and Hotel 32 president and COO Anton D. Nikodemus.

Hotel 32 at Monte Carlo

Guests can customize the goodies in the mini bar prior to their arrival and a Creston System controls all elements of the rooms such as closing the drapes and changing channels on the TV. Rain showers feature aromatherapy and LED lighting while the vanity mirrors have built-in flat screen TVs.

Beyond the technology, decorative touches include black crocodile accents for wall paneling and muted crème upholstery with teal punches in some rooms. Others take a bolder approach and modernize earthy oranges and brown hues. Flower petals await guests on the bed along with chocolates for snacking and a quartet of tiny fruit samplings in every room.

Our favorite room might be one of the largest suites doused in lime and silver. The cupola foyer opens into a functional living space for the two-bedroom suite that we’d gladly take up permanent residence in—as one guest almost has. Nikodemus says a regular visitor has already declared the green suite his favorite and wants only this room for his frequent trips to Vegas. From decorative bowls emulating paint droplets to mod hanging light fixtures and a circular sofa in the corner with an intriguing sparkle to the fabric, the clean accents come together for the perfect mixture of comfort and class.

Nikodemus is confident that guests will want to take advantage of all the available square footage and amenities, “whether it’s the incredible bathroom overlooking the Strip or the bedroom with large TVs and love sofas. It’s all engaging spaces that we look at as being utilized during the entire experience at Monte Carlo.”

With the smallest room starting at $250 a night and the penthouse going for around $1,200, us locals may just have to admire the photographs as we often do when properties around town open their doors. But if we win big one night, Hotel 32 is definitely worth caching for our next staycation.

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