MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa in Lake Tahoe officially made its debut on May 24 with celebrity guest Howie Mandel, comedian and host of NBC’s “Deal or No Deal.” Mandel threw out the inaugural dice and was the first entertainer to perform inside. MontBleu means Blue Mountain; true to its name, the décor seeks to bring the outdoors indoors with vibrant colors (mostly blues) and natural materials. Formerly known as Caesars Tahoe, the 440-room MontBleu features a “hip, metro-cool” atmosphere. The resort has seven restaurants and four nightlife venues, in addition to a remodeled 40,000-square-foot casino and a new poker room. Other attractions at MontBleu include an outdoor sports arena set to be unveiled this summer.
In addition it also has a heated, indoor pool with a waterfall and rock islands as well as retail shops, including the Something Bleu boutique and Sport Habitat. The change of owners and names is not all that visitors will find. The entire building has been redesigned and redecorated. The focus of the new owners will be on drawing young people with the kind of sophisticated nightlife they might normally find in San Francisco.
“MontBleu is truly going to take the resort experience in Lake Tahoe to a new elevation, offering guests a taste of Las Vegas excitement within the beautiful, natural setting of the Sierra Nevada mountains,” said Joe Yung, director of development for Columbia Sussex Corp., MontBleu’s parent company.