Hardly any other place has such a good reputation for lavish luxury as the French Riviera, as Ruby Norris learns when staying at the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo.
From the party beaches of Saint Tropez to the winding hills of Monaco, France’s Côte D’Azur is the hedonistic hotspot loved by celebrities, celebrities, and the super-rich. But even if your account balance is not in the six-figure range, you will feel like a member of this exclusive A-list set with a short stay at the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo.
I traveled to Monaco in September 2020 as Europe was preparing for the brief return to (semi) normalcy after the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic and before the onset of gloomy winter. With negative tests that serve as VIP visas, the staff at the Hotel Metropole Monaco went to great lengths to ensure that guests felt safe and secure while still enjoying the high life that is synonymous with the Principality.
After a short transfer (no more than half an hour) along the winding coast from Nice Côte D’Azur Airport, I soon found myself comfortable next to the pool, rose in hand and ready to spend a weekend in the playground of the mega-rich enjoy.
About Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
Located in the Carré d’Or, considered by locals and tourists alike to be the heart of Monte-Carlo, the Hotel Metropole is just a few steps away from the famous Casino de Monte-Carlo. Originally built in 1886, the Belle Poque-style building was renovated by acclaimed French architect Jacques Garcia to create the palatial 125-room hotel that stands today.
Design is at the heart of the Hotel Metropole and it is clear that every nook, corner, and storage compartment has been artistically styled and curated. From Odyssey, the pool lounge and restaurant designed by Karl Lagerfeld, to the Metropole spa by Givenchy, designed by interior designer Didier Gomez, to the exquisite Prestige Suite, the hotel pays homage to couture and visual arts.
No wonder that the hotel was featured in the latest series of The Syndicate, where the Suite Carré d’Or and its 110 m² terrace offered the perfect backdrop for a breathtaking view over Monte Carlo.
After soaking up the late afternoon sun in a poolside cabana that I had confiscated, we were shown to our room. The Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo consists of 125 rooms and suites, all of which continue the hotel’s commitment to comfort and sophistication. Each room is decorated in a Mediterranean style, with rich fabrics, a warm palette of bright colors and marble surfaces in the bathrooms, the rooms embody the lavish luxury of this corner of the world.
The Suite Carré d’Or, the largest suite in the hotel and the most luxurious honeymoon suite, is the sumptuous penthouse of the Hotel Metropole, offering guests the ultimate in luxury and glamor.
For dinner it was the lobby bar, which with its glamorous, elegant and warm ambience and the intimate terrace was the perfect place to meet friends or wedding guests for an aperitif before heading out into town. We serve delicious Mediterranean-inspired and French-inspired food and a selection of wines, cocktails and premium spirits. Tonic).
The Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo also houses Yoshi, the only Japanese restaurant on the Côte d’Azur that has been awarded a Michelin star since 2010 and presents typical Japanese cuisine in a modern and daring decor by Didier Gomez.
Places where you should go
After settling in to our room, soaking in the opulent marble bathtub, and reviewing our hard working day with an aperitif in the lobby bar, it was time to try a little more of the high life (it’s hard work but someone has to do that, right?). Monaco wasn’t busy, but there was still a lot to see and do, even if the masks were up
A visit to the Casino de Monte-Carlo is a must, even if it is just about people-watching or getting some blackjack tips to impress your partner on your next date. If luck isn’t entirely on your side, leave the roulette tables behind and head to the Buddha Bar, just a stone’s throw away on the Place du Casino. In the former 20th century concert hall, the rich architecture provides an opulent setting for some fancy cocktails and the city’s thriving party scene.
Weddings, hens and honeymoons at the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo
Surrounded by luxury and sophistication, but with all the potential for a lavish evening, it’s no wonder brides-to-be flock to the French Riviera for a luscious hen weekend. With concierge service in the hotel, who admits that no request is too much, you can certainly do worse with your best girls than a suite in the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo.
In the meantime, if you are looking for the perfect place to ask the big question, the hotel is ready to pull out all the stops to affirm that important “yes”.
Known for their bespoke Only for you Experiences like ‘will you marry me?’ Package offers an experience that will forever remain engraved on the couple’s hearts. The couple begin the experience in style and enjoy a helicopter transfer to the hotel and are greeted with a personal welcome on arrival before being guided to the sumptuous Suite Carré d’Or, where a range of surprises await them, including welcome gifts, a bottle of Dom Pérignon and a minibar with unlimited soft drinks.
In preparation for the big moment, a personal butler serves a romantic candlelight dinner on the starry terrace with a view of the Mediterranean Sea and the hotel pool. The couple are then led to the stairs to discover the text “Will you marry me?”. projected onto the pelvic floor.
Hotel Metropole can arrange airport transfers for the short 30-minute drive from Nice Airport. BA offers flights from London Heathrow to Nice from £ 34, with a flight time of around an hour and a half. Please review the international travel guidelines and entry requirements for each country before you travel.
For more information and to book your stay at the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, visit metropole.com/de/.
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