With urban elegance, chic interiors and just steps away from the casino, boutique shopping and the legendary F1 Grand Prix circuit, this hotel is a gem in the heart of Monaco.
Tatler described this hotel as "Monaco's first boutique hotel... right on Port Hercule, with porthole views of the marine action – and nautical eye-candy. This is one of...the most fresh-faced. Hermès design director Leila Menchari has made all the rooms punch-drunk on colour and light."
All of the guest rooms face the marina and offer superb views of the superyachts and sparkling blue Mediterranean. Their choice of rooms varies from standard to delux and grand corner suite to executive corner suite. Each one finished to the highest quality and decorated in fresh colours. A hair salon is also available for those last minute touches, or if you fancy a make-over.
The hotel has a spa where you can relax and enjoy treatments such as a steam bath, Oriental peel and facials. The fitness centre has an area dedicated to pilates and yoga and all the latest in gym equipment and machines.
Being suitably located in the very heart of the financial district, steps away from HSBC Monaco, the Rothschild Bank Monaco, Safra Bank Monaco, BNP Paribas Monaco and so many other leading names, the Port Palace developed a real expertise in catering for the corporate and financial community. It, therefore, offers special corporate room, entertainment and food & Wine packages specially tailored for the corporate world.
Hailed as THE destination during the F1 Grand Prix, the bar of the hotel offers guests a crisp, modern style and laid-back ambience and chic setting. Allow the barman to create you a special cocktail or serve you a glass of chilled champagne, whilst enjoying the views over the marina.
The hotel's restaurant, La Maree Monaco, sits on the sixth floor overlooking the marina and the megayachts below. The terrace offers wonderful views of the harbour and over to the Palais Princier and the kitchen serves up a whole host fo fresh seafood, freshly caught and cooked to your satisfaction.
- "Stayed here for one night on a recent trip and loved this hotel! We got offered a free upgrade to a junior suite which was stunning, and had a lovely view of the harbour." - Trip Advisor
- "Always superb service and THE BEST LOCATION. Rooms are great. The higher floor the better the view. Nice breakfast." - Trip Advisor
- "We had a room with breakfast included and chose to have it in the room every morning, it is bought to the room via a table on wheels which unfolds into a round table so we pushed it near the window and ate overlooking the amazing view" - Trip Advisor
Monaco Ville refers to the old town of Monaco, or 'The Rock' which sits perched on a peninsula high above the Mediterranean. The train station at Monaco lies on the very scenic Nice-Ventimiglia trainline- you can then connect to local bus line 1 or 2 to get to Monaco Ville. These local buses connect all of Monaco, or you can get a hop on hop off day pass on a tourist bus for €10. If driving, there is a parking lot 'Chemin des Pêcheurs' in Monaco Ville. 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).
Many restaurants up on 'The Rock' could be accused of being tourist-traps, but there are a few exceptions serving up tasty traditional Monegasque and Provencal fare. Family run restaurant ‘Cavagnetu’ (meaning picnic basket) is a very good choice indeed- try the barbajuan, socca or pissaladerie here. It has a lovely terrace and a cosy, vaulted interior- full of locals and tourists alike.
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The grand palace stands on the site of a fortress built by the Genoese in 1205. Today, you can admire the throne room and stunning 15th century frescoes, the 17th century chapel and the famous marble double staircase. The beautiful Romanesque-Byzantine Cathedrale de Monaco is the burial place of Grace Kelly and husband Prince Ranier, while you can see a wonderful collection of religious artworks at the Museum of the Chapel of the Visitation- Rubens and Ribera are just two of the Masters on display here. Walk in Jacques Cousteau's footsteps at the Oceanographic Museum, where the shark lagoon and coral gardens will delight young visitors, or visit the quaint Chapelle de Misericorde in Place de Palais.
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There are museum exhibitions and events throughout the year in this cultural heart of Monaco, including a wonderful outdoor theatre at the Fort Antoine. The atmospheric changing of the guard at the palace is a wonderful (if crowded) activity to watch, with thousands gathering at 11.55 am to watch the colourful display. You could also take a lovely stroll or picnic in the Saint Martin Gardens enjoying the view.
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Monaco Ville doesn't have any beaches, but there is the public 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 Monaco, 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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Nightlife in Monaco-Ville itself is fairly limited, but the bright lights and glamour aren't far away at all. Head down to the port for more affordable nightlife options or into Monte Carlo proper for your glitzy big name venues.
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Star Rating: 4 Star
Property Style: Boutique / Designer | Hotel
Vibe / Atmosphere: Chic
Bookings For: Concierge | Massage / Beauty Treatments | Transfers
Room: Air-conditioning | Balcony | Hair dryer | Safe / Secure box
Entertainment: Free WiFi | Satellite TV
Spa & Fitness: Gym / Fitness area | Hair Salon | Massage / Relaxation | Spa | Yoga Classes
View: Sea view
Open Seasons: Spring | Summer | Autumn | Winter
Address: 7 Avenue President J. F. Kennedy | Monaco | 98000