I spent four nights at the Le Meriden as part of a business event that we were holding in their conference facility. The hotel itself was very nice and I was particularly impressed with the breakfast; high quality options, served in the pleasantly uncrowded, casual restaurant. Apparently dinner is an extremely expensive activity, and so we tended to walk to nearby restaurants rather than blow too severe a hole in our expenses budget...
My room (on the 9th floor) was a good size, with two double beds, a perfectly appropriate bath (all refreshingly clean and serviceable), a decent view from the full-length windows and a small but quite usable balcony. A nice LCD TV offered a good selection of TV from around the world; a separate desk enabled work, and the Wi-FI offered very good performance (although included in our rate I believe that it is normally chargeable).
I did like their idea of offering you the option of declining house-keeping; I don't change my towels and sheets every day at home, and I'm perfectly capable of making my own bed and hanging my own towels. And giving me a €5 voucher for each day that I declined made perfect sense. This also has the advantage of avoiding being disturbed by staff just when it's least convenient...
However, for some reason I wasn't able to get a good night's sleep; one night we had absolutely terrible weather and wind, slamming into my side of the building, rattling the sliding door and even jostling the balcony furniture, but that's hardly the hotel's fault. But the other nights I also had trouble getting a good sleep; the bed and pillows were comfortable enough, the A/C worked and wasn't noisy, there were no mysterious elevator or corridor noises... Not sure why...
So, all-in-all a very nice hotel; the staff were, on the whole, very courteous and polite. A couple of the bar people and one or two of the breakfast staff could have been a bit more efficient and friendly, respectively, but it's definitely not the worst experience that I've had in France; a country not exactly renown for the attitude of those working in hospitality...
So, stay with confidence, get the most out of the facilities, enjoy a hearty breakfast, but make plans for an dinner outside. I warmly recommend 'Cosmopolitan' and 17 rue du Portier, about 10 minutes very pleasant walk towards the centre of town.
The acid test (i.e. would I return): Yes, absolutely.
- 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