If you have ever consulted a tourist guide or previously traveled to Monaco, then you definitely understand why this small country scores so high as a vacation destination. Starting with the accommodation options and then considering leisure activities, the Principality provides optimal conditions for more than a pleasant trip. However, in order to enjoy a good stay, you need to take care of your lodging first. Since the state attracts numerous visitors throughout the year, making reservations ahead would be a prudent idea. Therefore, here we will discuss booking accommodation in Monaco.
Due to a wonderful setting, a mild climate, overall security and an exciting combination of culture and sports, the Monacan state represents an inspired choice for travelers to spend their vacation. Given the substantial number of tourists, the related industry has to meet demand and thus constantly update its accommodation services. With a capacity of more than 2,200 rooms, the Principality strives to provide hotel facilities for every need and every budget.
The spectrum of Monegasque hospitality offers ranges from five-star to two-star accommodation. The following are representative examples of each category.
Starting with the high end of the list, Hotel de Paris is probably the most prestigious that Monaco has to offer in this respect. Located in the heart of Monte Carlo, it is part of the national elite Palace Grand Hotels in Monaco with the Hotel Hermitage, the Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel on Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort the Metropole Hotel and Fairmont hotel. With a total capacity of 186 rooms, Hotel de Paris divides them into four groups depending on the type of view, decoration and luxury. The four groups are:
- the Exclusive City View, which offers 20 rooms,
- the Superior Courtyard (29 large rooms),
- the Exclusive Sea View (59 rooms) and
- the Exclusive Casino (with six rooms).
- In addition to these, there are 74 suites and junior suites and one presidential suite.
Second on the list of five-star accommodation facilities is Hotel Hermitage Monaco, a luxurious structure built in the style of the Belle Epoque that has gained the status of a historic monument. The building hosts within its premises the Vistamar restaurant, which has a terrace offering a great panorama view, a grand function room called la Salle Belle Epoque, a piano bar, a lobby bar ( the “Limùn Bar”) and a winter garden that boasts a Gustave Eiffel dome. Its prestige is owed to the successful manner in which a refined atmosphere, a flavor of familiar intimacy and attention to details are combined.
Monte Carlo Beach Hotel follows next, being nestled on a peninsula facing Monte Carlo. With reminiscences from a time when the Côte d’Azur was still called the Riviera. The hotel has 40 rooms, including 14 suites overlooking the sea. Five of them are junior suites, 2 are double suites, whereas the rest are simple. It also comprises three seasonal restaurants:
- Le Deck (focused on contemporary gastronomy);
- La Vigie (based on specialties of grilled fish and lobster);
- Elsa (serving gourmet dishes).
Built in 1886, Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo nevertheless succeeds in meeting the highest and most modern hospitality conditions. 149 bedrooms, 49 suites, 13 junior suites and 2 presidential suites are available to you. Located in the vicinity of the Casino of Monte Carlo, restaurants, bars, clubs and the commercial centre called the Gallery of the Metropole, the hotel becomes the perfect environment for a great holiday.
With a private beach, heated outdoor pool, fitness centre and wellness spa, Royal Riviera Hotel is a spacious building with 77 bedrooms and suites. Out of the total number of rooms, 15 enjoy a mountain view, whereas 50 rooms and 5 suites overlook both the sea and the gardens. Located in the area of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat, the hotel is highly appreciated for its own beach, which allows guests to practice water sports and enjoy sun baths.
The most illustrious hotels belonging to this category are:
Hotel Le Meridien – boasts a private beach, a well-equipped health and fitness centre with indoor swimming pool and two outdoor pools. It also provides a 3000-square-metre modern conference centre that can host events involving up to 2,000 people.
Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort – expanding on 4 hectares, the complex encompasses a hotel of 334 rooms, a spa, four restaurants, one swimming pool lagoon, one indoor swimming pool, one bridge to accost, casinos, shows, and a night club. Add to this 10 acres of gardens on the water’s edge and you will get the picture of a heavenly place.
Among the best representatives of this category are included:
Hotel Columbus – located in the centre of Monte Carlo, near the port of Fontvieille, the hotel has an outdoor pool and a series of bedrooms and suites endowed with balconies, air conditioning systems and TV.
Hotel Miramar Monaco – it boasts a convenient location, being situated near the Casino, the Grimaldi Forum and the train station. All 11 rooms overlook the Prince Palace or the Port, offering services such as air conditioning and balcony, TV, telephone, wake up call, shower, hair dryer. The hotel also features a lounge roof bar.
Hotel Forum – a Beausoleil facility with 39 soundproofed rooms and incorporated bathrooms where the staff is at the customer’s disposal 24 hours a day. Featuring a panoramic terrace and a meeting room and special services for disabled people. The hotel is worth the investment.
Although at the lower end of the list of lodging facilities, the Monacan two-star hotels offer satisfactory conditions, cleanliness, quality and good taste. The most suggestive examples are given by:
Hotel de France – Situated in the shopping district of La Condamine and also within walking distance from the Prince’s Palace and the Casino, the hotel enables tourists to enjoy many of Monaco’s leisure activities. Comfort and modern amenities are the essential features of the rooms.
Hotel Le Versailles – It occupies a strategic position near the Prince’s Palace, the Stadium and the railway station and a few minutes away the beach, the harbor and the Casino. Bathroom, TV, a telephone line and air conditioning are all part of the amenities.
Regardless of the status of the hotel, the Monegasque hospitality industry is renowned for its quality and high standards. Depending on your budget, you get to decide which hotel suits your needs best. The next step is to make reservations as the demand is very high.