Bond lovers will immediately recognize Monte Carlo’s piece de resistance from the films Goldeneye and Never Say Never Again. Both Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan could have been caught sipping their martinis, shaken not stirred, in the 19th century lobby. Being perched right between the glitzy casino and the glamorous opera house, means that the Hotel de Paris enjoys one of the best locations for soaking up the celebratory afterparty vibes of the Monaco Yacht Festival.
Everything about the location of the Hotel de Paris is right on point. The Ferraris are parked right outside the door, the hottest restaurants and most beautiful boutiques are a five-minute stroll, and even if you do need to step out a little further – the sharp service can certainly arrange a supercar to take you there.
The French Riviera adores Belle Époque– you can find it stretched all the way from Cannes to Genoa, so it seems only right that the most luxurious hotel along this coastline would also be carved in the same style. Inside the vision of marble columns, weighty crystal chandeliers, and the French touch of gilded gold is laid out like the inside of a jewelry box.
It comes as a surprise then that the hotel’s most expensive suite – the Diamond Suite, strips away all that excess to reveal a clean white and bright space. Roomy and elegantly dressed in the finest pale fluttering fabrics, you can spread out across the two bedrooms and lounge, seamlessly tied together and boasting the best views in Monaco.
The other suites are just as charming, with pastel tones, freshly cut flowers and large windows offering sea or city views. The older style rooms were once brimming with rich mahagony furniture and printed fabrics on the wall, but the path seems to have been cleared for a simpler, more refined elegant style of natural color tones and gently precious modern tastes.
Gastro greatness has always been an impeccable strength of the Hotel de Paris, with the Louis XV restaurant setting the bar with their three Michelin stars. The Rocco meets modern style sets the scene for lavish dinners from Chefs Alan Ducasse and Dominique Lorry. The blue lobster with myrtle berries seems to be a favored dish to try, and the historic wine cellar is something out of a sommelier’s dream with its endless stretch of over 600 thousand bottles. Le Grill offers a more casual white linen lunch affair, the restaurants retractable roof is a welcome feature so you can listen to the murmur of the sea as you dine on duck foie gras.
Spa lovers will rejoice to hear that the Hotel de Paris has its own tunnel leading to the truly lovely Thermes Spa. The Thermes Marins Monte Carlo is no ordinary spa, but instead is a majestic four-story complex with plenty of savoir-faire, a beautiful saltwater pool, hammam, outdoor jacuzzi and team of dedicated doctors, nutritionists, and beauty therapists to make you feel a million dollars. After a weekend lapping up the lavish events of the Monaco Yacht Show, revelers are going to be very glad of the healing powers of the Thermes Marins.
For an iconic experience in Monte Carlo you can’t ask for more than the Hotel de Paris delivers, style shaken not stirred and the most enviable address in the whole of the Riviera. Rooms at the Hotel de Paris start at $722 and suites range from $3800 for a City View to $7600 for the Diamond Suite.