We booked a junior suite at the hotel and had e-mailed ahead to request a sea view and limosine transfer from Nice airport to the hotel.
We arrived at the airport and our chauffeur was waiting. We were whisked away to the hotel in
a very smart Mercedes car. The journey took about 25-30 minutes.
On arrival at the hotel the reception staff were polite, the booking in was smooth and efficient, we found our way to our room on the 7th floor. We had indeed been allocated a junior suite with a wonderful view across a communal garden area to the sea. The balcony overlooked the sea and was ideal for sitting outside with a glass of wine in the evening ... although this was overlooked by apartments along one side.
The room was tastefully decorated with a very modern feel. There was a complimentary bottle of red wine in the room, although there were no tea or coffee making facilities.
The room had 2 x flat screen tvs, stereo system and ironing board and iron and a mini bar in the room. However the contents of the fridge appeared to be electronically monitored
so we were unable to use it to keep our own wine cool.
There was only 1 dressing gown provided, even though there were 2 of us booked into the room. A 2nd dressing gown was provided on request.
The mattress on the bed was quite firm but still reasonably comfortable. Although we had to request softer pillows,these were provided and helped us to get a good nights’ sleep.
The tiles in the bathroom were brown in colour and when combined with the recessed ceiling lights made it all a bit dim. As others have also commented, my wife found it a bit dark to apply her make up. Perhaps additional lighting around or within the mirror would have helped. There was not a lot of space to store toiletries around the sink area.
On our penultimate day at the hotel we reported to reception that there was a defective switch on a table light and it would flicker on and off if touched or moved. It was not a major issue for us but the exposed wires could potentially have been an issue. This had not been rectified by the time we left. We requested a late check-out time as our flight back to Nice wasn't until 8.30pm. The hotel very kindly extended our time in the room without extra charge.
Breakfast was included in our package and was taken in the Bistro at the hotel. There was a selection of fruit, pastries, breads, cereals, cold meats, cheeses and preserves to choose from. We found that the hot food selection was a bit limiting as it only consisted of scrambled eggs and sausages. The fresh orange juice was fantastic ... probably the best we have ever tasted at a hotel. There was no change or variation offered to the breakfast fare throughout our 3 day stay.
The concierge service was excellent, all our requests were dealt with quickly and efficiently. We were provided with a map of the principality, we asked the way to the local supermarket and were directed to a Carrefour which was approximately a 5 minute walk away. We later asked the concierge to check on our helicopter return flight to Nice airport which was quickly sorted out for us.
We were also given information about the grand prix and advice on the bus service.
We visited the hotel bar prior to our meal at the Columbus Bistro on Saturday night. It was chic, and cosy. It had a good atmosphere and the bar staff were friendly and attentive. Two glasses of Champagne cost us 32 Euros. The restaurant had a wonderful warm ambience, the service was excellent, the staff attentive, and the food was delicious, I chose the Octopus salad followed by Turbot, my wife opted for the soup and the risotto.
There were lots of interesting restaurants along the harbour within a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel. We chose to eat at Salieri's Italian. The food was delicious, they even provided us with a complimentary glass of cava prior to our anniversary dinner. After the meal they brought us a small complimentary dish of doughnuts and biscuits with dipping cream and chocolate sauce.
There is also an English style pub along the harbour front and a cafe with live jazz playing (Friday night). There was another harbour a further 10 minute walk away and there were lots of other interesting restaurants just back from the main road. We had spent time searching for a couple of restaurants mentioned on trip advisor but sadly found that 2 of them were closed (Adagio on Rue Bioves and another on Rue de Portier).
The transfer from our hotel to the heliport and then onwards to Nice went without a hitch, although with hindsight we could have easily walked the 200 metres from the hotel to the heliport. (The journey by road was slightly longer).
I would certainly recommend this Hotel as somewhere to stay in Monaco and would stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Facing the Rosegarden dedicated to Princess Grace, close to the heliport with easy access to the Old town and the Casino square the Columbus offers 181 rooms including 53 Classic and 100 Deluxes with balcony or terrace - 14 Juniors Suites & 13 Suites Seaview - 1 Top Floor Apartment - Soundproofed and individually controlled air conditioning - Flat Screen TV- international channels - Free High speed Wifi access both in rooms and public areas. Conciergerie - free shuttle bus within Monaco. Secured car park with optional valet parking. Parking spaces with charging stations for electric vehicles. Parking rates per car per night: October to April €25 ; May to September €35. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Columbus Monte-Carlo Hotel Monte-Carlo
- Hotel Columbus Monaco
- Columbus Monaco Fontvieille