Hôtel de Paris – Monte-Carlo, Monaco
The Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo sits in the heart of Monaco, with the best position on the F1 Grand Prix racetrack and a roster of such famous past guests as Cary Grant, Michael Jackson and Nelson Mandela. Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary in its private wine cellar, one of the largest and oldest in the world.
Today, they might have opted instead for the newly redesigned three-Michelin-starred Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse à l’Hôtel de Paris. Le Bar Americain offers a wide and generous selection among the most renowned vintage champagnes. The Salle Empire with its “Grand Siècle” décor is listed as an historic monument; a unique gastronomic restaurant to enjoy dinner with its terrace overlooking the Place du Casino.
The Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, jewel of the Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer Group, is experiencing one of its most historic moments in 150 years of existence. An important renovation and restructuring programme, scheduled to last 4 years, began on the 6th of October 2014. These renovations aim to give a more distinct form to François Blanc’s dream of “a hotel that surpasses everything that has been created until now”. The major innovations will include the creation of a garden courtyard in the middle of the establishment, roof renovations, a new spa, fitness and pool area, exceptional suites and a “rooftop villa” with a private garden and pool. The overall accommodation capacity will be similar, but the rooms and suites will be bigger and the number of suites will increase.
With an incredible view on the Rocher and the Port Hercule, in the heart of Monaco, the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo exalts the beauty of the panorama. A spectacle to savor from the solarium, the panoramic fitness room, the exterior Jacuzzi, facing the Mediterranean Sea, or the Hirondelle restaurant terrace. With its 75,000 sq.ft. divided in 4 levels, floating between sky and sea, the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo will take you to an unforgettable and luxurious journey. Whether your focus is on wellness, health or performance, Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo is both a hub of high-tech and a place of pure serenity.
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Despite its prodigious wealth, Monaco itself is a long way from the prettiest town on the French Riviera: it’s basically an ode to concrete and glass, dominated by high-rise hotels and apartment blocks that rise into the hills like ranks of dominos, not to mention an utterly bewildering street layout that seems solely designed to confound lowly pedestrians.
It’s a rather different story on the rocky outcrop known as Le Rocher, which juts out on the south side of the port and is home to the royal palace, as well as a rather charming little old town which feels a world away from Monte Carlo’s skyscrapers and super yachts.