In 2004, the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo was refurbished to keep it in tune with its time, but has kept all its spiritual qualities to uphold its concept of luxury.
It was built in 1886 in a Belle Epoque style and won over its clientele with its calm luxurious atmosphere. It was awarded Best Hotel in the World in 2011 by the Leading Hotels of the World chain.
With views of the city of Monte Carlo or the hotel’s cypress-lined avenue, the rooms are light-filled and intimate, a perfect blend of comfort and beauty.
Exclusive to hotel residents, Odyssey is a true haven of peace featuring a beach area with sun loungers, lush gardens to ensure the intimacy of the venue and a sundeck overlooking the pool. This area has been designed by Karl Lagerfeld. The Metropole Espa is also available for hotel guests and offers beauty treatments as well as massages.
In the hotel’s main restaurant, Joël Robuchon, in partnership with Head Chef Christophe Cussac, offers a Mediterranean-accented, sophisticated and accessible cuisine, in which the emphasis is on the produce.
Yoshi, the first Joël Robuchon Japanese restaurant in the world, offers healthy, modern cuisine orchestrated by the Japanese chef Takéo Yamazaki, under the guidance of Joël Robuchon and Christophe Cussac.
- "The hotel metropole has the best spa in town, 2 of the best restaurants in town, the lobby bar is nice and cosy and a really good place to meet clients and have a private chat." - Trip Advisor
- "Gorgeous place in the heart of Monaco, close to all good places around like Casino Square, Metropole Shopping Centre with all the big brands and the beautiful "Jardins de la Petite Afrique" Parc, right in front of the Metropole Hotel." - Trip Advisor
- "Hotel and suite are fabulous. Right in the main square but beautifully set back a little from the hustle and bustle. Food in restaurant is excellent. Service second to none" - Trip Advisor
Famous for its casino, royal family and the Monaco Grand Prix, Monte-Carlo is where the world’s richest people come to fritter large amounts of money. The train station at Monaco lies on the very scenic Nice-Ventimiglia trainline. To get to Monaco you can also take a bus from Nice: the 110 express runs from Nice airport (€20) and the 100 runs from Nice town (€1.50). You could, of course, always fly or sail into Monaco, in which case there is Port Hercules or the Monaco heliport at your disposal. (You may scoff, but the helicopter isn't outrageously expensive at 165 euro when you consider that a taxi will generally set you back up to €90. And let's face it, Monaco's the kind of place where one should arrive in style).
Monte Carlo is the spiritual home of the super-chefs. Your wallet will probably not thank you for eating in this fancy district, but your taste buds (and memories) certainly will. This place is simply littered with Michelin stars.
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Monte Carlo is all about glamour and ostentatious displays of wealth- so head to the Place du Casino and visit the sumptuous Casino de Monte Carlo where James Bond, Grace Kelly and Cary Grant have all strutted their stuff for the silver screen. The gardens outside are simply spectacular, while you can't fail to be impressed by the futuristic-looking supercars lined up under the palms. The iconic Cafe de Paris is a lovely place to sit on the shaded terrace and eat (expensive) ice cream sundaes, and perhaps indulge in some celebrity-spotting. In short, there's not much of historical interest to see in Monte Carlo, but that's not to say there's nothing to see!
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If you win big at the casino you won’t have any shortage of places to spend your money; Monte-Carlo has practically every big-name designer store within minutes of each other - Chanel, Hermes, Balenciaga, etc - and they are all even listed on the street signs! This town specialises in indulgence so there's plenty of luxury spas to get pampered in too. If you feel like being more active, head along one of the beautiful coastal paths along to either Plage Mala beach in Cap d'Ail (4km) or Cap Martin (3km).
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Monte Carlo is the home of the Monaco beaches - you'll find the only public beach, Larvotto Beach nearby, which is reachable by bus numbers 4 and 6. It's gravel and man-made, but it is clean and has lots of restaurants backing the beach for a pleasant lunch. If you have money to burn and want a special day out, head to Monte Carlo Beach, which is a private sandy beach that is part of the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel. It has an Olympic sized swimming pool too. Further down the coast is the lovely beach at Cap d'Ail, or head around to spectacular Villefranche near Nice.
Also see: Beaches in Monte-Carlo, Monaco
The Monte Carlo Golf Club is actually located in La Turbie. This wonderful century-old course is rich in history and offers breathtaking views over mountains and sea- at the fifth hole you can actually see three countries at once! The 18 holes, par 71 course has some is very hilly and requires considerable accuracy. The green fees aren't cheap, but the elegant clubhouse and those extraordinary views of the Riviera make it worth the expense. There's a restaurant open every day except Monday and a practice ground on site, as well as a pro shop and caddy and equipment rental.
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The place to be seen is the Café de Paris, right next door to the famous Monte Carlo casino. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and after dark it fills up with people celebrating casino wins with champagne cocktails and partying on the open air dancefloor. Other glamorous nightspots include Jimmyz and Buddha Bar, both nearby.
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Star Rating: 5 Star
Property Style: Central Hotel | Hotel
Special Breaks: Spa Breaks
Vibe / Atmosphere: Chic | Traditional & Modern mix
Cleaning: Laundry Service
Room: Air-conditioning | Hair dryer | Safe / Secure box | Telephone
Entertainment: Restaurant | Music system | Satellite TV | WiFi / Internet
Spa & Fitness: Beauty Treatments | Gym / Fitness area | Hammam / Steam-room | Massage / Relaxation | Sauna | Pool (outdoor)
View: Sea view
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter
Address: 4 Avenue de la Madone BP 19 | Monte-Carlo | 98007