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For now, let's take a look at the room 409 at Montbleu, photos of which contain a very special guest star, our dog Maxine who came along for the trip.
Both Miss Mo and I knew that we wanted to take our 14 month old pug puppy, Maxine, on our summer casino road trip and zeroed in on Montbleu Lake Tahoe, mainly because of the loving proclamation of pet friendliness on it's website (here) Additionally, they had a Bleu Ribbon Pets package which included dog food, a Montbleu branded keepsake dog tag, a welcome treat, water bottle, a doggie bed, a "dog inside" door knob hanger, doggie room service, a dog park and some other goodies. To say we were excited by mixing two of our favorite activities - gamblin' to the nines and playing with our pooch - would be the understatement of the century.
We arrived at Montbleu's porte cochere after a day long drive from Los Angeles and a few minutes later a bell hop (who was great) showed up to take our bags. After a quick check in, we were instructed that dogs are only allowed in one hallway of the resort, and that we should use the side entrance by the parking garage whenever we had the dog. For those unfamiliar with Montbleu's layout (now or when it was Caesars Tahoe) using that entrance requires you to walk all the way around the resort. Not really a big deal, Montbleu - and all Tahoe joints - aren't that big to begin with.
While heading up to the room, I engaged the bell hop in conversation about the changeover from Caesars Tahoe to Montbleu, particularly how new owners Columbia-Sussex came in and fired everybody. He put a pretty positive spin on the layoffs, saying that most of those let go were middle managers or slackers. We hopped off the elevator at the 4th floor where I was taken aback by how the hotel hallways had not changed, most notably, the doric columns printed on the wallpaper.