It's very hard to criticise this hotel (but not impossible). The location speaks for itself (but... see below). The best thing about it is the staff. The staff are very efficient and knowledgable, they arranged for taxis, hotel transfers and - for some colleagues - helicopter transfers. Yes, this is actually quite an economical choice. I can't imagine saying that anywhere else.
I was here on business so this skews my review somewhat. As a business hotel, it's one of the best I've ever stayed in. Hands down. The conference facilities are great. BUT the Internet drops out regularly and will set you back €25 a day for any decent speed (and then it drops out). If you have cost caps in your company for expenses then good luck.
And this brings me to a major recurring nightmare. This hotel is just perversely expensive. "But you're in Monaco, what were you thinking?" I hear you. Does this mean €13 for fries and €28 for a croissant makes sense. €28 for a CROISSANT. It had goats cheese in it - not truffles or narcotics. This is charging for charging sake.
The breakfast is better than most hotels but wait - I'm in Monaco. In a pricey hotel. I was left underwhelmed at the options but, being honest this feels like complaining about the wrong shade of red on a luxury, vintage sports car. Gifted to you. Or suffering through mineral water collected on a Swiss Alp with the wrong kind of snow conditions. I'm sure these conversations were likely going on in the lobby.
So how do you pick at prestige?
Would I come back? For a holiday? Not a chance. No, not just because of the cost. If money isn't an issue I would want something closer to Monte Carlo. There's lots of hills in this town and in choice-rich Monaco, you should stay somewhere nearer the Casino. Le Meridien lacks opulence. Opulence does not mean tacky (this is where it is not pulled off) but it does mean an enveloping luxury which I have seen in Dubai and India. This Meridien outfit feels like a large well-run hotel benefitting from its location. The hotel itself is not standout and it's flanked by a lot of jaw droppers. And this is what holidaying clientele are aiming for who come to this kind of place. We are talking about the 1% of the 1% but they are here. Just walk around.
Would I come back for business? I hope so!
- 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