When in Monte-Carlo


Located in the heart of Monte-Carlo on the French Riviera, Hotel Metropole is a destination in itself, and certainly one I’d recommend. We flew from Gatwick to Nice (2hr flight), and from here, the hotel was a 50-minute drive.

Despite being just 3 minutes’ walk from Casino Square, it has a wonderfully residential feel to it. With interiors designed by decorator Jacques Garcia, the hotel is a delicate blend of classical and modern architecture, and the atmosphere oozes elegance and luxury.

There are 126 rooms and suites, all of which are a good size. The signature suites are for those who really want space and exclusivity. With most being located on the ‘Executive Floor’, they are very ornate, and offer complete privacy.

For those who want to have the best view of the Grand Prix, the Azur Suite is the one to go for as it is directly on the circuit. For those wanting private outdoor space, Suite Carré d’Or has a 110 sqm terrace with views out to sea, the circuit and Casino Square.

The rooftop pool is very chic and should definitely be experienced. The pool is heated and during the winter months, a structure covers it so guests can swim all year round. At night, it is lit up - the perfect spot for a drink or for hosting a party.

Hotel Metropole Monte-Carlo has 3 restaurants, all managed by the world’s most Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon: Japanese at Yoshi, fine dining at the signature Joël Robuchon and Mediterranean cuisine by the outdoor pool at Odyssey.

I was very fortunate to be seated at the chefs table of the Joël Robuchon restaurant which was incredible and the perfect way to watch the chefs at work while learning about every course. Despite being fine dining, the portions were a good size and overall, wasn’t too fussy. I must mention the dessert trolley at the end because it was absolutely delicious!

It is also worth mentioning that the service was brilliant. All staff knew all our names, were chatty, fiendly and couldn’t do enough for us. They are a real credit to the hotel and truly make the stay that little more special.

By Alice Glaze