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Hotel Metropole – Where All The Magic Of Monte Carlo Is At Your Fingertips

by Keerat

By Stuart Brodkin – Travel Editor

 

Travel editor STUART BRODKIN finds the one sure thing in a world of uncertainty

THE turn of a card, the roll of the dice or the spin of the wheel, Monaco is the one place in the world where there are no certainties. But there is one sure thing in the Principality – the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, where you can bank on the superlative service, high-class cuisine, remarkable rooms and delightful décor.

The iconic hotel is just a short walk from the equally iconic casino as well as being close to some amazing stores like Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Fendi and a superb branch of Zara. And if retail therapy isn’t your thing then you can take advantage of the city’s glorious gardens or take in the views of the azure-blue Mediterranean.

 

 

The luxurious Belle Epoque-style Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo, which overlooks the sea, was built in 1886 and has subsequently been completely renovated and refurbished by acclaimed French architect Jacques Garcia, who created 125 rooms and 64 suites with a level of glamour and sophistication which is totally in tune with the times.

 

There are three restaurants – The Lobby Bar with a warm and inviting ambience and a wonderful selection of innovative and refined cuisine; the Michelin-starred Yoshi, the only Japanese restaurant on the Cote d’Azur, and Odyssey, a charming poolside venue within an ‘haute couture’ setting designed by Karl Lagerfeld.

The first of the “eateries2 I tried was Yoshi, where the open kitchen and sushi bar enables you to admire the expertise of chef Takeo Yamazaki and his team. The restaurant opens out onto a Japanese-inspired garden and the light and serene atmosphere is truly inspirational.

I visited more out of curiosity than a desire to try Japanese food, but was so impressed with the sushi, makis and sashimi, washed down by generous portions of excellent Japanese whisky, that I was back there again two nights later.

But one mustn’t miss out on a visit to The Lobby Bar, where you can try one of the personalised cocktails lovingly prepared by chef barman Mickael Bellec. Thoroughly recommended!

 

Perhaps the most exciting place of all on the Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo “menu” is the Odyssey, which features a rare mixture of swimming pool, terrace, restaurant, gardens, and pool house, all merged into one around a heated seawater swimming pool – all lit and designed by fashion designer and photographer extraordinaire, Karl Lagerfeld. Miss it at your peril.

You can eat outdoors in the evening at the Odyssey, but unfortunately it wasn’t quite warm enough to dine under the stars. Maybe one day…

If you’re working on your body rather than your palate on any given day while at the hotel, then there is the Spa Metropole by Givenchy, which was opened in 2017, a haven for pure pleasure and wellbeing.

The spa offers an exhilarating “Heat Experience” package which includes the sauna, hammam, caldarium, ice fountain and sensory showers. It also boasts a gym with all the latest equipment as well as a Pedi:Mani:Cure studio by Bastien Gonzalez.
And last but by no means least, there is the dedicated Givenchy beauty boutique which brings together all the brand’s products in one setting – from makeup to skincare to fragrances.

I stayed in one of the suites which was bathed in natural light during the day and which had a separate sitting room, with a balcony off the bedroom. The bathroom was exquisitely furnished in white Carrara marble, with a massage jet shower and double hand basin.

Of course, one of the top attractions among all Monaco’s glitz and glitter is, and always will be, the Casino Monte Carlo, officially named the Casino de Monte-Carlo. It’s still the place to see and be seen.

 

 

And you don’t need a fistful of euros to spend an enjoyable few hours within its luxurious confines. Just grab a coffee and combine people watching with car spotting as a succession of the world’s most exotic cars arrive at the entrance, carrying (mainly) the world’s most exotic people!

Unsurprisingly with its heady mix of perfect climate and tempting tax breaks, Monaco is home to newly-crowned Formula 1 world champion Max Verstappen, his biggest rival Lewis Hamilton, as well as other top drivers including Charles Leclerc, Daniel Ricciardo and Antonio Giovanazzi.

The legendary Monaco Grand Prix was first run in 1929 and is, in fact, the slowest on the Formula 1 circuit, but that also makes it one of the most interesting in the calendar and the one that requires more technical ability than flat-out speed. Consequently, it is one of the most coveted of all grands prix as far as the drivers and their teams are concerned.

The Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo offers guests and visitors the chance to be at the heart of the GP action with stunning views of the F1 circuit and the race’s most dangerous bend from the property’s Michelin-starred restaurant as well as from the Suite Azur and the Salon Mediterranee.

 

 

The marina, which provides a spectacular backdrop to the big race each year, is also home to some of the world’s most expensive super yachts with owners including easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou and many other billionaires.

The annual Monaco Yacht Show, re-instated last year after a Covid break in 2020, gives boat lovers and celebrity lovers alike the chance to see some of the most breathtaking vessels in the maritime world – and their owners. It is reckoned that a quarter of the 100 biggest yachts on the planet belong to members of the Monaco Yacht Club. This year’s jamboree takes place at Port Hercules, Monaco’s only deep water port, in September.

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