This mid-range hotel combines convenience with unassuming cosmopolitan style. Monte Carlo’s newest city-centre hotel has quickly established its reputation as a safe bet for solo travellers and families alike looking for a short break without spending a fortune.
Overlooking the peach-coloured facades of central Monte Carlo, this hotel is a practical option that makes up for its lack of sea views with its central location. And the Novotel Hotel Monte Carlo is the only decent mid-range hotel within a five-minute walk from the main casino square with its opera house, designer shops and restaurants. A two-minute walk from the train station, it’s also a practical option for rail travellers – much easier than arriving by bus involving a five-minute uphill trek with your suitcase. The Grimaldi Forum is a 15-minute walk.
Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s part of the Novotel chain. Once you’re past the anodyne grey facade, this hotel will win you over with its bright, contemporary interiors and its changing modern –art exhibitions that adorn the lobby. Light infuses through the impressive glass-panelled lounge that extends over three floors with a mezzanine bar and restaurant area.
The Novotel Hotel Monte Carlo is seamlessly efficient and friendly team runs this hotel with Swiss watch precision. The fitness centre is thoughtfully structured with running and weights machines as well as a mezzanine with sauna, ham-mam and changing rooms. By contrast, the heated outdoor pool feels hemmed in by the restaurant terrace. Other facilities are a bonus such as a business area with computers and printers, and a neighbouring underground car park.
The interior design may be boringly beige, but rooms are spacious and spotlessly clean. Bathrooms come with a bath and a shower as well as fair-trade bathroom products. Most rooms have dull city views so it’s worth booking early in order to grab one of the eighth and ninth floor rooms that have sea views.