Monaco, the world’s second-smallest country packed in only 200 hectares, is the definition of grandeur, despite its small size. The tiny principality wears luxury cars, homes, yachts, and fashion as its crown jewels, and events like the F1 Grand Prix and the Monaco Yacht Show only add to the splendor. When visiting the famous Mediterranean destination, you can expect nothing less than the cream of the crop. Take a look at ten of the best luxury hotels in Monaco.
Within walking distance of the renowned Monte-Carlo Casino and overlooking the Mediterranean, Hôtel Métropole Monte Carlo is the place you want to be when staying in Monaco. It was built in 1886 and renovated in 2004 by famous French designer Jacques Garcia, who turned it into its current magnificence. 126 rooms and 64 suites mix glamour, sophistication, and elegance keeping with the Mediterranean charm. The hotel’s luxury 2,500 square-foot Penthouse, La Suite Carré d’Or, features a 1,200 square-foot terrace.
Four exceptional restaurants at Hôtel Métropole allow you to enjoy only the best dishes and ingredients this region has to offer. The two Michelin star “Restaurant Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo” specializes in polished dishes with Mediterranean flavors. “Yoshi”, Joël Robuchon’s first Japanese restaurant in the world, has one Michel star and offers exquisite traditional Japanese flavors. Immerse yourself in the ultimate relaxation at Givenchy Spa.
Another opulence-infused hotel is nestled in Carré d’Or just a minute walk from the casino, opera, restaurants, and high fashion designer shops, and it’s the Hôtel Hermitage. With 278 rooms including 20 suites, 54 junior suites and 14 Diamond Suites, the hotel overlooks the Mediterranean on one side, and a quiet garden square on the other. The 19th-century style hotel with La Belle Époque details smoothly blends with a resort-like feel.
Bold wallpapers decorate the rooms with baroque-inspired furniture, and marble bathrooms add a finishing touch. You wouldn’t expect anything less than the Michelin-starred restaurant within this hotel, and Vistamar delivers – this is the place to be if you are after seafood.
Hôtel de Paris
Everything about Hôtel de Paris is star-studded. From the interior extravaganza to regularly welcoming the world’s A-listers, it doesn’t get more luxurious than this in Monaco. Located at the very heart of Casino Square, staying here you are already immersed in the best of what the hotels in Monaco have to offer. Just like many other hotels in Monaco, Hôtel de Paris celebrates La Belle Époque thoroughly. Rich white and cream-colored interiors are matched with precious wood and marble elements.
A 3-starred Michelin restaurant serves cuisine inspired by the French Riviera. For relaxation and wellness, the hotel offers a thermal spa and a private beach resort. Le Bar Américain with its jazz atmosphere is perfect for evening drinks and conversations long into the night.
Despite being perched on the French side of the border, Monte-Carlo Beach is a place fully devoted to the ultimate Monaco experience. The ultra-luxurious Art Deco hotel has hosted impressive guests since the 1920s. Central Monaco can be reached within a 10-minute shuttle ride. Every single of the 40 rooms has been personally designed by India Mahdavi with Matisse-inspired frescoes. Expect nothing less than marble bathrooms and lush, soft furnishings.
The hotel stands out among the hotels in Monaco, as Monte-Carlo Beach offers an Olympic-size pool, a beach club, a country club, and a golf club. Whether you immerse yourself in these activities or lounge on the private beach, you will feel like royalty as impeccable service is offered wherever you go.
Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort
The impressively-sized Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort with 334 rooms of which three quarters overlook the sea offers four hectares of gardens and luxury by the sea. Thee restaurants and a bar with seafront views, as well as Cinq Mondes spa, let you treat yourself with only the best experiences. The spa is equipped with 12 treatment rooms. Think Zen-inducing cream-colored sofas and pale-wood crescents for the ultimate sensory experience. The interiors combine the clean French vibes with modern Vegas-inspired details. Strong pops of color are bold additions among the otherwise classically-decorated hotels in Monaco.
Le Méridien Beach Plaza
Located in the upscale Larvotto district, Le Méridien Beach Plaza lures in visitors with its 5-star beachside location and the only private beach in Monaco. Everything you want, from restaurants and shops to nightclub, is within 100 meters. The fantastic Grimaldi Forum and the Japanese Garden are a mere 5-minute walk. You can reach central Monaco and its casino square in 20 minutes.
Dip your toes in the sand while looking at the dazzling Mediterranean while sipping a cocktail. Contemporary interiors are modern, mixing bright fabrics with angular metal-legged furniture. The sleek rooms are decorated with plush fabrics and very comfortable beds. The classic rooms enjoy city views, so it’s worth going for a Deluxe Room if you want to enjoy the sea views from the balcony. The higher the floor, the better the view.
Fairmont Monte Carlo
Majestically stretching out into the sea set on high pillars, the luxury Fairmont Monte Carlo offers comfortable and elegant rooms, a top-notch restaurant, a spa full of natural light and sensory delights, as well as a rooftop pool with gorgeous panoramic views including the Formula One circuit. Every single of the 602 bedrooms has a private terrace with views stretching over the sea, the hotel gardens or the city.
While a 4-star hotel, this factor is among many that win us over making it feel like a 5-star experience. Bedrooms are generous in size with luxurious details. Spacious marble bathrooms are the cherry on top. The staff is friendly and efficient. They are always available to help with everything from valet-parking your car to advising you on top attractions. Great facilities include a casino, a fitness room and a rooftop pool run by the famous Nikki Beach brand.
Why not enjoy a stay where a view of the majestic Port Hercules opens up from every room? Offering unmatched privacy, Port Palace overlooks the quayside complete with superyachts jostling for position in Monaco’s only deep-water port. This boutique hotel enjoys relaxed, contemporary décor and on top of that, a touch of Formula One glamour greets you – a vintage sports car that was used in one of Monaco’s original Grand Prix. The lobby is small and behind it a seating area where breakfast is served. Despite its compact size, the hotel exudes luxury and well-planned comfort.
Hermès design director Leila Menchari came up with the original bedroom décor. A separate color scheme was used for each of the five floors. Turquoise for the sea, beige for ground, grey for rock, orange for sun and blue for the sky. The standard rooms are on the first floor with views of the superyachts. Deluxe rooms and Suites are on the second to fifth floors. The higher the floor, the more panoramic the view over the port towards Monaco’s old town.
Columbus Monte Carlo
Columbus Monte-Carlo was co-founded by racing driver David Coulthard and this independent mid-range hotel has long been popular amidst international sportsmen and now offers serviced residences, which attract wealthy long-term guests. The 3-star hotel is located next door to the heliport in Monaco’s business district, Fontvieille. Columbus Monte-Carlo has the feel of a boutique hotel in spite of its sizeable accommodation.
The modern hotel is run by London & Regional Properties: a hotel and property group owned by two British billionaires. Interiors are in tasteful shades of pastel blue and bronze. These features throughout the hotel from the lobby to the bedrooms. The hotel has 181 rooms altogether and there was a massive renovation in 2018 giving it an ultra-fresh new look.