At the Columbus Hotel Monte Carlo, the 181 rooms and suites all offer tranquil views: Fontvieille Port, the amazing Rock or the romantic Princess Grace Rose Garden and of course, not forgetting the Mediterranean Sea.
Contemporary in style, the accommodations at the Columbus Monte-Carlo combine chic, sophistication, harmony and comfort. At Columbus Monte-Carlo, most of the rooms and suites boast a balcony or a terrace: breakfast overlooking the Rose Garden or facing the sunrise over the nearby Italian districts and you could mistake yourself for living in Monaco rather than staying in some random hotel.
A favourite among F1 drivers, this hotel was established by David Coulthard (though it’s now owned by London & Regional), and offers contemporary style, friendly service and a funky cocktail bar. Hip enough for the young and sufficiently reassuring for the mature, the value for money is among the best in the area.
Off-centre in the Fontvieille district. Fontvieille is the slab of land reclaimed from the sea in Prince Rainier’s most ambitious civil engineering scheme. In one part, there’s some light industry and Monaco AFC’s ground. Elsewhere is fine parkland, some posh residential buildings – and an increasingly lively bar and restaurant scene around Monaco’s second port, that of Fontvieille. Near the parkland, residences and port, the Columbus is thus peacefully placed, but more than a mile from the Place du Casino.
Space is abundant, the lines are clean and contemporary and the modern style quite unforced. It’s hip enough for the young and sufficiently reassuring for the mature. ‘New Riviera Chic’ is the preferred term, and it’s not far off. The outdoor pool is shared with non-hotel users, which seems to bother some commentators, though I can’t see why. At any event, the quality of the welcome and bright elegance of the place compensate more than amply.
Columbus Hotel Monte-Carlo – 23 Avenue des Papalins, 98000 Monaco