Curiosity drew me to booking this hotel. If anything, I probably had a pre-conceived idea that I wasn't actually going to like it. I couldn't have been more wrong.
We stayed just one night as part of a driving tour of Europe and it was a great shame to leave. Nevertheless, we came away with very happy memories not least because of the wonderful service we received and the very helfpul and friendly staff.
I found most of Monte Carlo itself (or the people who frequent it) to be a bit vulgar - lots of ageing rock star (wannabes) with their cosmetically enhanced partners complete with chihuahuas in handbags. However, the Hotel de Paris was a very pleasant surprise which more than compensated.
Monte Carlo was in the grip of pre-Grand Prix fever and all the armco, stands and most of the other infrstructure preparations had already been put in place so it felt quite busy.
We had an exclusive sea view room which, given the location and cost of Monte Carlo generally, was great value for money - two balconies with views of both the marina complex and casino square. The room was spotless and had everything we could have wanted, including a very nice welcome note and gift.
The hotel itself is stunning and feels very special. The location is probably the best you can expect - particularly if you want to feel like a film star on arrival (and departure).
However, what made it for us were the staff, particularly the valets, porters, reception and concierge - all were extremely courteous, professional, efficient and, surprisingly, friendly.
The Louis XV restaurant is closed on Wednesday nights (the night we stayed) which was a pity, although the concierge recommended and reserved a table for us at the Joel Robuchon at the Hotel Metropole, which was excellent.
The only negative about the Hotel de Paris was the less than attentive waiters in the American Bar. Waiters at breakfast were also not as good as other hotel staff, although certainly nothing to complain about.
Whilst I really wasn't taken with Monte Carlo itself (other than for it's grand prix associations), I would consider a return trip if only to stay at the Hotel de Paris again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the very heart of Monte-Carlo on the famous Place du Casino, the Hôtel de Paris is a real “Address” !A simple flight of stairs leads from the Place du Casino to the majestic lobby of the Hôtel de Paris. Low relief sculptures, marble colonnades and cristal chandeliers entice you to absorb the fascinating solemnity of this magical, memorable and sumptuous setting. The privileged quality of its location, just a few steps from the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, means that guests have front-row seats to watch the sparkling life of Monaco and unforgettable sunsets over the sea. The Hôtel de Paris also offers direct access to Les Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo, its Spa of 6,600 m2. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Paris Hotel
- Hotel De Paris Monte Carlo
- De Paris Monte Carlo
- Hotel Du Paris