If you are a regular reader of Luxury Travel Diary, you will know that the tiny principality of Monaco is one of my favourite destinations. Monte-Carlo is glamorous, lively and bathed in the sunshine of the French Riviera. There are a number of top luxury hotels and this is my list of the top 10 best places to stay in Monaco.

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1. Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

Overlooking the main harbour in Monaco, just a street away from Casino Square, the Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, which is a member of Leading Hotels of the World, is a palatial building built at the turn of the century and is a beautiful example of Belle- Époque style and décor. This is my favourite hotel in Monte-Carlo for old world style, with not one but two incredibly impressive marble clad foyers and what feels like miles of beautiful corridors leading to a myriad of historic rooms. There are in fact 325 rooms and suites and it is worth requesting a refurbished room and paying for a room with a breathtaking panorama of the harbour.

The 1 Michelin star seafood restaurant “Le Vistimar” serves excellent food and views over the harbour and the rock of Monaco. The Crystal Bar & Terrace offers the same views and is the perfect place to enjoy cocktails or after-dinner drinks.

The hotel is connected to the “Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo” Spa and Pool by an underground tunnel. This facility incorporates an indoor pool and extensive gym facility. In the summer, a complimentary shuttle also gives guests free access to the Monte-Carlo Beach Club where you can sunbathe next to the lapping mediterranean sea. It is worth noting that “Beach Club” is a slightly inaccurate description of this club, which has an Olympic size pool and cabanas strategically placed on concrete jetties protruding into the sea, but the beach itself is virtually non-existent.

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  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • VIP welcome
  • Full Buffet Breakfast served at the Mezzanine Eiffel
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full, does not include minibar)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

You can also collect loyalty points with the my Monte Carlo Program for your stay, spend and even on the glamorous Casinos in Monaco so this is worth joining up too!

2. Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo

Located in the heart of Monaco, right on the internationally renowned Casino Square, the new Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo reflects its owner’s vision of creating “a hotel that excels everything that has been created until today”. Four years after the initiation of its wide-scale revamping, Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo is ready to begin a new chapter of its timeless history.

Its 209 newly renovated luxurious accommodations are larger, brighter and more stylish. All are decorated in a modern or classic style.

Le Grill restaurant, 1 Michelin-starred, welcomes you to experience a delicious reinterpretation of Mediterranean gourmet cuisine on the hotel’s top floor with a panoramic sea view while the 3-Michelin-starred Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris offers you a unique culinary experience with a wide range of southern aromas and flavors. From Turkey, Lebanon and Greece to Tunisia and Morocco, the Chef Alain Ducasse’s latest concept – ÔMER restaurant gives pride of place to the Mediterranean culture of sharing and mixed flavors, will take your taste buds on a journey.

The guests of the hotel have direct access to its 6,600 sq. m. wellbeing and preventive health center, Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo, and can relax in the heated seawater pool, or work hard in the panoramic cardio training room overlooking the sea.

You get a “Monte-Carlo Pass” card whether you stay at the Hermitage, the Monte Carlo Bay or the Hotel de Paris. Reserved for Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer guests, this is a passport to all the establishments in the Resort. Benefits include:

Free admission to Casino de Monte-Carlo
Free individual transportation in shuttle within Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Resort (shuttle service every 20 minutes daytime)
Preferential rates at Monte-Carlo Golf Club (18-hole golf course) and Monte-Carlo Country Club (23 tennis courts)
The possibility of having all expenditure within Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Resort charged to hotel bill.
Free *My Monte-Carlo WIFI, 3Mb/s, 2 simultaneous devices
Free admission to Monte-Carlo Beach Club : olympic-sized sea-water pool and private beach, sunlounger and towel included (open from mid-April to mid-October).
Free admission to the wellbeing center Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo with its heated sea-water pool, sauna, hammam, solarium with jacuzzi and cardio-training center with panoramic sea view.

Book via our luxury travel concierge to get the following free benefits:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Welcome card and VIP welcome
  • Continental Buffet Breakfast will be served at ÔMER restaurant or in room
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized at the hotel during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full, does not include minibar)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

3. Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort

This impressive Vegas-style luxury hotel has an immense cathedral-like foyer and sits on a peninsula, jutting out into the Mediterranean sea. The Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort is a brilliant hotel for families as it boasts Europe’s only sandy-bottomed lagoon which is surrounded by palms and tropical foliage and has loungers which dip their feet in the water.

This is truly the most impressive and largest pool I have experienced. Nothing beats cooling down in these waters, digging your feet into the sand at the bottom or swimming through one of the many waterfalls. The lagoon pool is sadly only open in the summer (May – September) but there is also a large indoor-outdoor pool which remains open throughout the year.

All 334 rooms are modern with tiled floors and thick rugs, rainforest showers, a separate bath and large balconies overlooking the sea and pool. Base rooms offer North facing views to the mountains that back onto Monaco, so it is worth upgrading to be able to enjoy a sunny balcony with better views. Family rooms offer 2 double beds and have sunset views over the pool or sunrise views out to sea. I prefer the sunset West facing rooms as the sun streams in all afternoon and evening. The spa here is by Cinques Mondes plus there is a small gym and four restaurants. Marcel Ravin at The Blue Bay is one of my favourite restaurant for gourmet food in the world with a wonderful sunset ambience in the summer and truly extraordinary food. There is also a private dock and helipad.

4. Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo

The Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo overlooks the gardens bordering Casino Square and sits directly on top of the high-end indoor Metropole Shopping Centre, which is full of designer boutiques. Stroll down a driveway adorned with tropical plants and expensive sports cars, and you will reach the impressive and always beautifully decorated foyer.

Every few weeks, like a theatre show, the flowers and decor are changed according to the season. Purples, pinks and heart-shaped arrangements are set up for Valentines. At Christmas, there is always an enormous and beautifully decorated tree. The room itself has been transformed by Jacques Garcia into a stylish lounge with thick fabrics and draping curtains combined with Caribbean, Egyptian and Renaissance influences and imagery.

146 Bedrooms have Romeo and Juliette balconies with disappointing views. signature suites on the top floor with terraces with loungers and expansive views over the city. This is one of the smaller hotels in Monaco but an extensive spa attracts guests and locals with dark woods and an Asian Zen feel.

The Karl Lagerfeld pool is alfresco in the summer surrounded by the Odyssey bar and restaurant area. In the winter, an ingenious marquee style building is put together which turns this outdoor pool into an indoor pool. I love this pool as it is immaculate and warm. Even in mid-winter you can laze by the pool on super soft loungers under complimentary lights and while the say away. It is probably the best winter pool in Monaco because it is so warm.

The main hotel restaurant is the Joel Robuchon Monte-Carlo with two-Michelin stars, which serves international cuisine and signature mash. Robuchon also runs the neighbouring Japanese restaurant Yoshi at the hotel, which has one Michelin star.

Book via our luxury travel concierge to get the following free benefits:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
  • Daily full breakfast for two in our Joël Robuchon Restaurant, or at Odyssey, by the pool area
  • $100 USD equivalent Food & Beverage credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)
  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

5. Monte-Carlo Beach

Built in the 1920s, this hotel sits on the Roquebrune-Cap-Martin peninsula, actually just outside the tax-free perimeter of Monaco and just beyond the Monte-Carlo Bay hotel. Painted red and a pleasantly rounded shape, this hotel has an art deco feel and oozes Riviera glamour. Rooms look out over the sea and towards the Monte-Carlo Bay hotel and the hotel’s grounds house the impressive Monte-Carlo Beach Club with luxurious cabanas surrounding an Olympic sized swimming pool.

Inside, the hotel bar is a sophisticated mix of white sofas, dark wood floors and Mediterranean views. Elsa, the main restaurant, named after American socialite Elsa Maxwell who oversaw the hotel’s launch in 1929, serves up creative dishes with both French and Italian influences. Le Deck is an informal poolside café, open for lunch each day. Ground floor rooms here are like your very own beach house with floor to ceiling windows that open to give direct access, down a couple of steps, out to the small beach and along to the pool. Room 34 is recommended, this Junior Suite is situated at the far end of the row so feels the most private. There is a complimentary shuttle that takes guests to Casino Square for Café De Paris and all the surrounding restaurants and shops.

6. Fairmont Monte-Carlo

The Fairmont Monte-Carlo is the best four star hotel in Monaco and hosts the famous Niki Beach in the summer which turns the pool of this hotel into a stylish cocktail arena where you can enjoy a drink on your lounger to the thumping sounds of a live DJ. From this rooftop pool, you can see from one end of Monaco to the other. In the winter the pool converts back into a quiet area, where you can swim laps in peace as the winter sunshine beats down and warms your back.

The beauty of this pool and the hotel itself, is the position, right on the waterfront and on the sea-side of Casino Square. The “Riviera” rooms all offer the same impressive views (pictured above) with balconies hanging over the water in such a way that you feel more like you are on a ship than in a landlocked hotel. You can actually feel the sea spray as you sun yourself on the balcony!

Breakfast tends to be served in their roof-top restaurant and has some of the best views of any breakfast room in Monaco, with sweeping views out to sea and across the bay.

7. Columbus Hotel Monaco

Columbus Monaco is a more affordable option in Monaco which is a great option, especially in the summer months when the most luxurious hotels can be eye wateringly expensive.

The Columbus Hotel in Monaco sats in the centre of Fontvieille which is to the west of the main harbour in Monte-Carlo. The Fontvielle peninsula was reclaimed from the sea in the 1970s and is the location of Monaco’s stadium – home of AS Monaco.

Otherwise, the area is largely residential, made up from a number of matching pink-hued apartment blocks, overlooking one of two marinas. You will also find the main heliport for Monaco here, as well as the Princess Grace Rose Garden, numerous waterfront bistros, restaurants and a small shopping mall containing the largest supermarket (Carrefour) in Monaco. Fontvieille also boasts one of Monaco’s premium apartment blocks, home to a number of famous residents drawn by the large sea view properties and relative seclusion of the area.

It takes a 20 minute trek, largely uphill, to reach Casino square, which can be draining in the summer heat. If you choose to stay at the Columbus, you really need to take a taxi to reach the main attractions in Monaco. Conversely Fontvielle’s local amenities are just a stone’s throw away and there are certainly plenty of restaurants and attractions along the marina waterfront, however they all lack the style and panache of those that you will find in the centre. Fontvielle is beautifully kept and feels very safe but for me, the area seems to lack the heart and the joie de vivre that you find around Casino square.

The Columbus hotel itself is located in one of the pinky Fontvielle blocks. It welcomes you with an arched glass entrance that leads to an impressive staircase that sweeps you around to the reception. The foyer area offers chic Asian interiors, mood lighting and muted house tunes.

As mentioned above, there is currently no bar and restaurant in the Columbus hotel. The current lack of bar and restaurant translates through to the hotel’s lack of room service. Instead the Columbus has partnered with some local takeaway providers which you can call out to, ordering your chosen meal straight to your room. In theory a great idea but when we tried this service after a night out, the takeaways had all closed.

Pick one of their “Suite King Bed”s in the hotel. I also took a look in one of the delux king rooms and they are all very much the same in style. The look is once again contemporary with Asian touches. A stripy rope carpet and curtains is offset by oatmeal brown soft furnishings, dark wood desks and dark wood bedside tables.

Lighting is muted and moody to the point of ridiculous – I found it virtually impossible to put on my makeup in the low lighting. On the plus side you will feel beautiful in this hotel as you can’t see any blemishes or wrinkles! Bathrooms have fun design pieces, a bamboo ladder towel rail, an African mask looking at you as you brush your teeth and ours offered a good, powerful rainforest shower. The Columbus is generous with their own branded shower gel and shampoo although conditioner was lacking.

One thing to note is the rooms at the front are bathed in beautiful sunshine most of the day compared to the darker rooms at the back but the rooms at the front are also noisier as they face towards the busy heliport. I am a bad sleeper so I chose to be at the back, but if sleeping isn’t a problem for you, the front-facing rooms are both brighter and offer a much more fun view overlooking the gardens and entrance. It is also worth requesting a room with a balcony as these give the room more space.

The pool here is also shared by the surrounding apartment blocks, located across the gardens and accessed using your room key. The pool itself isn’t large, when we were there it was busy and I found it difficult to find a sunbed, but it is significantly larger than the pool at the Riviera Marriott up the road, large enough to do lengths in without bashing into others. All things considered, it is a nice facility and being adjacent to the heliport offers the fun, (if noisy), distraction of watching helicopters land and take off as you exercise.

Breakfast is served in what used to be the restaurant. Cream walls and dark wood tables offer internal dining and an umbrella-covered outdoor area offers alfresco breakfast seating with a view to the gardens. Breakfast itself is never too busy and felt intimate due to the size of the hotel. The spread was excellent considering the 3 star rating of the hotel. There isn’t a complementary option of eggs, “served your way”, but there is a very good selection of buffet items: boiled or scrambled eggs, baked beans, pancakes, cold meats, cheeses, muesli, fruit and juice. They also offer gluten-free, soya milk, benecol etc.

So to the question of whether I would return. The Columbus is a loved boutique hotel with a stylish atmosphere, amplified by the trendy music played in the lobby and throughout. It’s far more intimate than some of the larger impersonal chains in the principality, such as the Fairmont in the centre or the Marriott Cap D’Ail around the corner. Importantly the staff seem to care and try hard to accommodate their guests.

8. Port Palace Hotel

Hotel Port Palace is a luxurious 4-star property set in a prime location in the centre of Monte Carlo. Many rooms look right over the main marina and the location is slap bang in the center of town. Guests of the hotel will have easy access to Monaco Harbour, F1 Circuit and Place du Casino. Casino de Monte Carlo, Salle Garnier and Musee Oceanographique are also not far away.

Hotel Port Palace boasts 50 fully equipped, air-conditioned bedrooms with a separate sitting area, minibar and desk in the rooms. Bathroom amenities include designer toiletries, bathrobes and hairdryer.

Food options at Hotel Port Palace includes a restaurant where you can take breakfast or order room service. Leisure amenities include a sauna, steam room, on-site spa services, full-service health spa, spa tub.

9. Novotel Monte Carlo

Conveniently located within a short walk of the station and the main Casino Square, Novotel Monte Carlo Hotel immerses you in a French Riviera vibe. There are 12 meeting rooms and a coworking space, but this hotel in Monte Carlo also cares about your wellbeing.

Azzurra Bar & More serves detox juices by day and cocktails in the evening, indoors and on the terrace. Azzurra Kitchen and Azzurra Corner satisfy your hunger with Mediterranean dishes. There is also a swimming pool, sauna, hammam and fitness room.

In the immediate vicinity are the casino, opera house, marine thermal baths, Monte-Carlo Metropole shopping centre and the Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit. A little further afield, the Palais Princier, Oceanographic Museum, Exotic Gardens, Grimaldi Forum and Larvotto beach are all easily accessible by bus. Last but not least, this hotel is 2 km from the heliport and 25 km from the Nice-Côte d’Azur airport.

10. Riviera Marriott Hotel La Porte de Monaco

Riviera Marriott Hotel La Porte de Monaco is situated on the Mediterranean Sea in Cap d’Ail, just around the corner from the Columbus above, and while this is a lovely Marriott, it has all the location disadvantages of the Columbus above.

Newly renovated rooms and suites, feature plush bedding, a flat-screen TV, a mini-bar and high-speed Internet access. Many hotel rooms showcase private balconies with beautiful Cap d’Ail Marina views. Stay fit in their 24/7 modern fitness center or take a dip in our sparkling outdoor pool.

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The Fairmont Monte-Carlo Review

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Columbus Monaco Review

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