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Hotel de Paris, Monaco (Monte Carlo)

The Hotel de Paris, Monaco, is one of the most opulent and impressive hotels in the world, with a feeling of exclusivity and old charm that makes it the obvious place to stay when visiting Monte Carlo.

Hotel de Paris, Monaco

In the heart of the French Riviera lies the world's 2nd smallest independent state. Monaco has a well deserved reputation as a playground for the rich and this is in part due to the existence of this beautiful hotel. The Hotel de Paris has the perfect location, in the Place du Casino, adjacent to the Monte Carlo Casino and with panoramic views of the sea. Monaco is only 7 minutes from Nice airport by helicopter, and this is a popular way to travel, especially as the same journey by limousine (or taxi) takes 45 minutes.

On entering the hotel your first sight is of the grand, marble clad reception. The feeling of opulence and the courteous and helpful hotel staff are good indicators of what is to come, as you soon discover when shown to your room or suite.

The Suites

This being Rich Living, I will focus on the more luxurious and expensive suites.

Churchill Suite

In addition to junior and single suites there are several double suites, costing upwards of 3,600 euros per night during the summer, and 2 Exclusive Suites. These are the Churchill Suite and the Garnier Suite, and are reserved for the hotel's wealthiest guests.

The Churchill Suite is on the top floor and is the largest in the hotel, measuring 200 square metres in size, with a large terrace. It is advertised by the hotel as "the most exquisite penthouse in Monte Carlo".

Named after Winston Churchill, who was a regular visitor, it is accessed by a private elevator. The suite has 2 lounges, a dining room, 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.

Prices are available on request, but I have done some research that gives estimates of 10,000 euros per night in the off season, and several times that in very busy periods.

Wining and Dining

The Hotel de Paris has 3 restaurants; Le Louis XV, Le Grill and the Cote Jardin. There is also the American Bar, serving snacks and light meals, and playing live music every evening.

Le Louis XV

Michelin starred chef Alain Ducasse, serves exceptional cuisine in a high ceilinged room decorated in the style of 17th century Versaille. For many guests this is the highlight of their stay, and they willingly pay several hundred euros per head for an evening meal. At the time of writing, the restaurant is taking bookings for lunch during the 2010 Monaco Grand Prix in May, at 1,200 euros per person!!

Louis XV Restaurant

Le Grill

This is where grilled fish and meat is served in a mediterranean style, under a sliding roof that opens in the summer. This restaurant is situated on the 8th floor of the hotel, and has magnificent views of Monte Carlo and beyond.

Cote Jardin

The Cote Jardin is where breakfast is served, as well as a buffet style lunch. The restaurant has a large terrace with views over the marina and Mediterranean.

Entertainment

Whilst the hotel itself does not boast many facilities, guests have complimentary use of Les Thermes Marins de Monte Carlo and of the Monte Carlo Beach Club.

Les Thermes Marins de Monte Carlo

This is an aqua fitness centre accessed directly from the hotel by an underground passage. It has a large, heated, sea-water swimming pool, a modern fitness suite, saunas, solarium and more.

Monte Carlo Beach Club

Feeling energetic? The Beach Club, with its private beach, has a number of water sports including wakeboarding and donuting. If you want to stay on land there is beach volleyball and flyfishing. There are another 3 restaurants here and a popular bar.

Verdict

As if you had to ask! If the benefits of wealth were not already apparent, looking at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco would be enough to drive the message home. A few days spent in one of the exclusive suites, dining in the Louis XV restaurant, and hanging around the beach and bars of Monaco could quite easily relieve you of a hundred thousand euros. Is it worth it? You bet it is!