I just returned from a stay at the Meridien. It is on the edge of Monte Carlo- perhaps a 10-15 minute drive to the heart of the city. You can walk it in about 20-25 minutes.
The food at the hotel was excellent. We dined a la carte, in the buffet and had room service and truly have no complaints. The choices were plentiful (more than noted on the menu) and everything was very fresh.
The other plus was the outdoor pool and beach area. It was large, with a lot of seating available and was very clean. The outdoor pool has two areas (deep and shallow) and there is a covered indoor pool as well. Pools are seawater. The beach isn't sand- it is small smooth pebbles.
Sadly the negatives outweigh the positives in my opinion. The rooms (I was in a seaview room with balcony) need freshening. Little things- like torn curtains, stained chairs. There isn't a bedside clock or radio. The telephone is across the room from the bed. There aren't any instructions on how to use the pay TV, or on spa services. There isn't any area tourist information- restaurant suggestions etc. Toiletries in the bathroom weren't replenished regularly and when the room was tidied it didn't really feel cleaned. I had taken the ironing board out and the housekeeping staff never put it away. Cleaning staff in the hall were very noisy- slamming doors and conversing quite loudly. Two positives about my room- a very comfortable bed- and a nicely sized balcony.
I had occasion to deal with the front desk several times and was never made to feel like a guest- just like an irritant. There were at least 4 bell staff/ doormen hanging around at all times- and not once did anyone offer assistance. I was given the impression by colleagues at another hotel that this may be a attitude amongst Monagasques, rather than that of the Meridien staff.
I can see the appeal of the hotel for families- the beach is very nice- and safe, along with all the outdoor areas. The food is very good. The hotel lacks (in my opinion) in service and for that reason I wouldn't return.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of Monte-Carlo, Le Méridien Beach Plaza is the only hotel with a private beach with direct access in Monaco. Le Méridien Beach Plaza offers limitless possibilities to explore the city of Monaco. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel Monte-Carlo
- Meridien Monte Carlo
- Le Meridien Monte-Carlo
- Monte-Carlo Le Meridien