With all eyes on Monaco this weekend for the Grand Prix, we take a tour of three of Monte Carlo’s most glamorous places to stay…
Fairmont Monte Carlo
This luxury four-star resort occupies a prime spot – overlooking the famed Fairmont hair-pin bend, one of the most dramatic elements of the Monaco’s Grand Prix circuit. Rooms come with balconies, so those towards the front offer prime views of all the action.
The Fairmont Monte Carlo is also one of the largest in Europe, boasting 602 rooms, residences and suites, 18 meeting rooms accommodating from ten to 900 guests, a shopping arcade, in-house casino, Fairmont Spa, fitness centre and rooftop pool.
The four restaurants and bars include Nobu with its exceptional Asian cuisine in a stylish, intimate dining space as well as a lounge and bar, two private areas, a sushi bar and a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. During the summer season, Nikki Beach takes residence around the rooftop pool.
Columbus Monte Carlo
Guests checking into the chic and stylish Columbus Monte Carlo for the Grand Prix this weekend will be among the first to experience its newly renovated rooms, redecorated in the shades of the Mediterranean Sea.
Entirely renovated this year, the 181 rooms and suites all offer tranquil views over Fontvieille Port, the amazing Rock, the Princess Grace Rose Garden and the Mediterranean Sea. And it’s a great place to be for a bit of celeb-spotting, given that a number of previous winners of the Monaco Grand Prix have stayed at the hotel.
The hotel has a racing heritage – it was bought and transformed by Formula 1 racing driver David Coulthard in 2001 – and has built a strong reputation as the perfect venue for car launches.
Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo
Located a stone’s throw from the famous Casino Square and overlooking the Mediterranean, the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo has 278 luxury rooms and suites and a range of fine dining options including the Michelin-starred Riviera.
The five-star property boasts a large selection of flexible meeting and banqueting rooms, including the multi-purpose Eiffel room for up to 310 theatre-style and 240 for a banquet and the beautiful Winter Garden.
But the jewel in the hotel’s crown is the Salle Belle Époque, an opulent, seven-metre high hall for up to 400 guests – which is being transformed for the Grand Prix into the Paddock Lounge, an exclusive temporary concept with cosy spaces, couches, bar, TV with live streaming of the race, and live cooking and finger buffets.