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Monaco has been at the forefront of the luxury hotel industry for more than a hundred years. Join us on a guided tour of the best the country has to offer.

Without a doubt the most prestigious hotel in Monaco, the Hotel de Paris on Place du Casino has been renowned throughout the world for more than 150 years. From the moment it opened in 1864, this five-star establishment became a magnet for the international elite, attracting leaders, writers and artists from across the globe. Over the decades, its success has never faltered, but rather been cultivated by the continuous reinvention of luxury standards and ambitious renovation projects.

The Hotel de Paris is therefore a symbol of the Principality’s history, as well as a temple to fine dining, with Alain Ducasse’s Louis XV restaurant (three Michelin stars), recently complemented by Ômer, Ducasse’s other restaurant, and Le Grill (one star), located at the top of the building.

In the hotel’s basements, the Hotel de Paris wine cellar houses 350,000 bottles of the best vintages.

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Among the 207 suites and rooms at the Hotel de Paris, the Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III are the newest and, most importantly, the most sumptuous. The first offers 983 m2 of space over two floors and a 180° sea view. The second is an 830 m2 suite bathed in sunlight, with a 350 m² terrace providing a breathtaking view of Place du Casino and the Mediterranean, and featuring a heated infinity pool. Created in memory of Monaco’s “Builder Prince”, it incorporates sculptures, paintings and photographs that once belonged to Prince Rainier.

A few metres from the Hotel de Paris is another luxury hotel that has become a legendary venue since its construction in 1900: the Hotel Hermitage, a true architectural gem.

 

Its Salle Belle Epoque, whose pink marble columns are a nod to the Grand Trianon at Versailles, was created by Gabriel Ferrier, winner of the Prix de Rome and Gold Medallist at the 1889 World Exhibition. With its stunning crystal chandeliers, it is renowned as one of the most beautiful dining rooms in Europe. The glass roof of the Winter Garden was created by Gustave Eiffel, the master of cast-iron architecture.

The Hermitage is listed as an historic monument and is regularly renovated. A five-star hotel with 278 rooms, it has a 7,000 m2 spa and 300 m2 reception room. Since 1999, it has boasted a Michelin-starred restaurant, the Vistamar, known for its seafood specialities.

 

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Also located in the heart of the Monte-Carlo district, just steps from the casino, the Hotel Métropole Monte-Carlo strives to be different. It is accessed via an arch and a tree-lined path. This five-star hotel was originally a luxury estate constructed in the Belle Epoque style in 1889. Completely renovated by the internationally renowned designer Jacques Garcia in 2004, it now offers 125 rooms and suites featuring Mediterranean charm and combining glamour and sophistication, as well as the Spa Métropole by Givenchy.

The Métropole has two Michelin-starred restaurants: the Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo, led by Christophe Cussac (two stars), and Yoshi, Joël Robuchon’s only restaurant serving Japanese cuisine (one star). His Odyssey, a restaurant and lounge bar that borders the swimming pool, offers a fashionable, high-end designer setting, conceived by Karl Lagerfeld.

Another unmissable luxury hotel is the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. Located on a four-hectare peninsula, this resort offers 334 luxury suites and rooms, the majority (75%) of which have a sea view.

Stylish and relaxed, this contemporary four-star hotel features three restaurants, a Cinq Mondes spa, a bar and a casino. At the helm of the Blue Bay (one Michelin star), Marcel Ravin blends culinary flavours from the Caribbean and the Mediterranean.

The gardens at the Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort, which include 1,500 species of plant (jasmine, orange and lemon trees, birds of paradise, etc.), are an ode to the Mediterranean. They offer visitors the opportunity to stroll between waterfalls, solariums, the swimming pool and the turquoise lagoon with its sandy bottom.

The indoor/outdoor pool is Olympic in size and heated using photovoltaic panels installed on the hotel roof. A solar power plant comprising 1,000 m2 of photovoltaic panels right in the heart of Monaco!

 

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Also located on the Mediterranean shoreline, the Monte-Carlo Beach is exceptionally elegant. Shaded by a pine forest, this luxury hotel built in 1928 was one of the first hotels directly on the seafront in the French Riviera. The hotel’s 40 suites and rooms were renovated by architect and designer India Mahdavi. With its porthole windows, neo Art Deco furniture and fretwork doors, the 1930s-inspired seaside style lends a timeless, sophisticated touch. This contemporary hotel offers a private beach and Olympic swimming pool, as well as an intimate spa.

The Tigre Yoga Club offers flow yoga, Kundalini yoga, yin yoga, meditation and Pilates classes. Fine dining is available at the 100% organic, Michelin-starred Elsa restaurant which offers a seasonal menu featuring local produce. The 100% organic approach also extends to the Deck and La Vigie, the two brasseries at the Monte-Carlo Beach.

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