Everything about this landmark palace screams over-the-top decadence, from its three-Michelin-starred restaurant to the world’s largest wine cellar.
For the ultimate Monte-Carlo experience, it’s hard to beat this fabled Casino Square location combined with Mediterranean harbour views. Step out of the hotel into the square to listen to opera in the Salle Garnier, attempt to break the bank at the casino, browse the parked Ferraris over coffee at the Café de Paris, or explore the immaculately manicured gardens. Designer shops and restaurants are within 100 metres, while the port is a five-minute walk.
The sculpted Belle Epoque façade sets the scene for interiors of marbled colonnades and crystal chandeliers. A top-to-bottom hotel renovation due for completion in September 2018 includes the construction of a modernist bedroom wing, an interior garden courtyard, a spa, pool and private top-floor villa. If the architectural plans are anything to go by, this renovation will take the hotel to an unprecedented level of luxury.
The thermal spa is the place to detox beside the sea, while the private beach resort, with its striped beach cabins, is a free five-minute shuttle ride away. Guests get a card to charge all Monte-Carlo SBM resort facilities straight to their hotel bill.
Gastronomy is a strong suit. Set in a Rococo dream with modernist touches, Louis XV restaurant serves up three-Michelin-starred cuisine– try the blue lobster with myrtle berries and ginger – accompanied by wines from the 600,000-bottle wine cellar.
The hotel’s main restaurant, Salle Empire, serves credible Mediterranean cuisine; make sure you grab a table on its casino-facing terrace to enjoy a generous à la carte breakfast. Expect freshly-squeezed juices, plentiful chopped fruits such as mango, raspberries and blueberries, and lots of pastries including waffles (around €45-€50/£39-£43 per person).
Top-floor Le Grill with its sliding roof is the best place on the French Riviera for soufflé, while Côté Jardin is designed for lazy outdoor lunches; No trip to Monte-Carlo would be complete without a post-dinner drink listening to live Jazz at the American Bar.
Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo, Place du Casino, Monte Carlo 98000, Monaco