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The Fairmont Monte Carlo, Monaco

By:
Joanna Hall
 

Enjoying an enviable location, and sweeping ocean views of the Mediterranean Sea the Fairmont Monte Carlo Hotel is quite simply one of the great luxury hotels of world let alone Europe.

  • Location: On the Monte Carlo waterfront.
  • Accommodations: The hotel’s 596 guest rooms and suites were recently refurbished to give the hotel a “fresh” feel but the interior designs chosen still reflect the charm of Monaco’s past. Most have ocean views, but some overlook the gardens, or the city and its famous streets which form part of the circuit for the annual Formula One Grand Prix in May. All rooms have big floor-to-ceiling windows which allow for plenty of light, and provide a sense of space and vibrancy, and modern Mediterranean art features decorate the interiors. The decor overall is a palette of natural earth colours.
  • Dining options: Besides 24-hour room service, the resort has three top quality restaurants, all with ocean views, and as a result many guests simply don’t leave the hotel during their stay. Sapphire24 is a bistro, lounge and bar which is open 24/7 and is the venue for the hotel’s famous Sunday Jazz Brunch with unlimited buffet, kids club and live music. Horizon Restaurant, located on the 7th floor, boasts a 360 degree view over the Principality's legendary Opera House, Prince's Palace, and Casino, against a backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea, and there’s NOBU, featuring Asian cuisine with hints of South American influence in a stylish, intimate dining space.
  • What else is there: The Fairmont also has a large Carol Joy Spa with eight treatment rooms, which was completely overhauled in the last refurbishment. But the rooftop pool is a star attraction, surrounded by comfy sun beds and the water heated in the cooler months. It has stunning views across the harbour and up the coast. 
  • What’s nearby: Located in the heart of Monte Carlo, the hotel sits on the F1 circuit and is close to almost all the areas main sites including Casino Square, the Japanese Gardens and the Palace.
  • Why go: From the moment you arrive at the grand entrance and have the doors opened by bellhops in top hat and tails, to your arrival into the contemporary-styled rooms with balconies right on the harbour of Monte Carlo, the resort delivers a special experience in keeping with its amazing setting. It’s a blend of modern amenities with old world charm - and views to die for.

The Space

Built on the spot of the first Monegasque railway station, and named the Loews Hotel Monte-Carlo when it opened in August 1975, this iconic resort has been part of the Fairmont Hotel Group for 16 years. Far from turning it into “just another Fairmont”, however, the new owners enhanced the resort’s unique design elements, and the large and loyal following continued to grow. The  resort occupies one of the most expensive slices of real estate on the Côte d'Azur; it sits below the Monte Carlo Casino on a terrace that wraps around from the Harbour and its fabulous yachts offering panoramic views along the famous Monaco coastline. Many of the foundations were sunk directly into the seabed, a feature which gives the hotel its uninterrupted water views, and all that the magical city has to offer is within easy walking distance. 

Where We Stayed

Our room for a brief but delightful stay post cruise was a Deluxe Premium Sea View Room, which was a generous 35 square metres in size and comes with a king sized bed. The room was located on the 6th floor of the hotel, a premium level, with those sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea. Classically styled with a colour palette of rich cream accented by bronze, the room opened onto a private terrace equipped with a sun lounger and a cozy table for two with seating from which to enjoy breakfast or a cooling drink. The generous marble bathroom had a full sized bathtub and a bidet, which is so European, and it came with a nice set of designer toiletries. Amenities in the room included air conditioning, cable TV, a refrigerator, a safe, Wi-Fi, a hair dryer, plush bath robes, and a mini-bar.

UltimateTravelMagazine.com Loves 

  • The location which can’t be beaten for views of the Med.
  • The pool, which is as glamorous as it gets, even for Monte Carlo.
  • The resort’s history, which is fascinating.

Insider Tips  

  • F1 lovers will enjoy the fun fact is that the resort is located in front of the world famous F1 hairpin, which is the slowest point of the entire race and arguably all F1 circuits, and above the famous tunnel, which is the the fastest!

The Details 

The Fairmont Monte Carlo is located at 12 Avenue des Spélugues, Monaco, www.fairmont.com/monte-carlo/

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  1. Posted by on 24th Feb 2020 Verified Customer

    Love F1 5 Star Review

    Hubby and I are big F1 fans we go to Melbourne every year! it would be a huge bucket list dream to go to Monaco for the race and staying at this hotel would just be the icing on the cake!

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