Reconciling the effortlessly urbane and the highly stylised golden age of glamour in one sublime setting, the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo is a seductive retreat for international jet-setters, interweaving the trappings of old Hollywood refinement and new-world contemporaneity in the heart of Monaco.
With its compulsive mix of timeless vogue, period elegance and instinctual vitality, this desirable spot, with its high-ranking eateries, haute-couture spa, personally tailored holiday experiences and sumptuous suites, is in perfect sync with the vibrancy and character of the principality itself.
Vibrant, intimate and hip, it fuses the inspirational intelligence of Jacques Garcia and Karl Lagerfeld with prestigious local attitude and natural flair, changing dynamically with the seasons so every guest has a unique take on the stimulating momentum of this dramatic stretch of Mediterranean coastline.
Just a few moments from the legendary, Bond-style glamour of the casino, the boutiques of the Carre d'Or district and the exotic Boulingrins Gardens, the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo is ideally situated in this teaming central quarter of Monaco.
Clustered in its immediate environs are the iconographic wonders of the Prince's Palace, the Opéra de Monte-Carlo, the National Museum and the Cathedral of St Nicholas, where Princess Grace and Prince Rainier III are buried, as well as the awe-inspiring Oceanographic Museum of Monaco. You're also conveniently placed for the mediaeval miscellany of streets lacing around the old town area, the beautifully maintained public gardens, all manner of international shows and nightlife scenes, and the extraordinary collections of yachts that line the waterfront in Hercules Harbour. The hotel is just over a mile away from Monte-Carlo Golf Course and only 12 miles from Nice Côte-d'Azur Airport.
Such is the high life aspired to at this most exclusive of Mediterranean addresses, hotel guests are treated to three separate gastronomic revelations. First, there is the main restaurant with its open kitchen, headed by Michelin-starred chef Joël Robuchon, where you can enjoy unpretentious, relaxed dining with fresh local ingredients, seasoned with passion and served with a stylish twist.
The Joël Robuchon Table offers front-row seats for the creation of Clams with Vermouth Shellfish Broth, Beef Tenderloin à la Plancha and Free-Range Chicken Casserole with Wine and Morels, while a 'Food and Life' menu offers intriguing savouries like the Quinoa-Crusted Balls with Smoked Piquillo Pepper Sauce, and Mushrooms with Seaweed and Icy Ficoïde Shoots.
Then there's Yoshi, Robuchon's Japanese restaurant and sushi bar, designed by French architect Didier Gomez and opening on to a garden designed by landscape artist Jacques Messin; here, minimalist grace and intimate comfort are elegantly fused in a calming setting imminently suited to Takéo Yamazaki's provocative modern flavours. The hotel's third Joël Robuchon restaurant, Odyssey, combines peaceful summer-time dining with the conceptual flair of a heated seawater swimming pool, terraces and gardens, enchanting the weariest of travellers with its al fresco gourmet delights and Lagerfeld flourishes.
This hotel easily fuses the glamour of yesteryear with the headier ethos of the modern Mediterranean metropolis, co-mingling the belle-époque sensibilities of silk-lined walls, pink rose clusters and Oriental carpets with a fresh, contemporary artistry, unifying the diverse talents of Karl Lagerfeld, Joël Robuchon and Jacques Garcia.
In the midst of such striking updated features as the outdoor swimming pool and gardens, one spies the classical subversion of a fresco that depicts the story of Ulysses. All is lush, opulent and elegant, but simultaneously doffing a cap to a more shrewd, seasoned sensitivity, offering a 'members only' sanctuary replete with 21st-century innovation. The guest rooms and suites are accented in signature splashes of terracotta and cream, chocolate and gold, adorned with objets d'art, rich fabrics, marble furnishings and period furniture but yielding to a dynamic sense of space, plentiful natural light and effortless Mediterranean grace.
Superior and Deluxe rooms and suites manage to be both airy and intimate, while the Prestige, Designer, Suite Carré d'Or and Suite Azur suites incorporate all this as well as enchanting views of the city, countryside and coastline. The demands of the idiosyncratic traveller have not been overlooked in this timeless sanctuary, however, as guests are also treated to satellite flat-screen TV and a minibar, as well as a bathrobe and slippers.
Personal service is something you simply cannot fault at the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo. Its 'Just For You' programmes offer guests an exclusive range of personally tailored experiences designed to ensure that your stay is like no other, while adhering closely to exceptional levels of care and attention.
Activities range from wine tasting to flying, and the concierge, waiters and other staff will delight in suggesting ways in which your experience can be further enhanced, arranging car transfers, wine selections and an assortment of other requirements. Guests can also take advantage of the Metropole Lifestyle card, giving priority access to the spa and fitness studio, as well as the Monte-Carlo Casino. In summer, the hotel's KClub will entertain younger visitors with the help of qualified instructors and Yoshi and Yumi, the hotel mascots.
TOP 5 REASONS TO STAY AT THE HÔTEL METROPOLE MONTE-CARLO
Spectacular views of Monte-Carlo
Gazing from a suite or room at the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo will afford a captivating glimpse of the principality's star attractions, including the casino, the mountains of Monaco and the majestic sweep of the Grand Prix race track, as well as the endless turquoise swell of the Mediterranean.
Guests to the hotel can also see the dramatic spectacle of Monte-Carlo from helicopter, in an exclusive airborne sweep across the yacht-lined coastlines of the Côte-d'Azur, the Jardin Japonais and the Rocher de Monaco, the hulking landmass that looms over the coastline with rugged majesty.
Personalised programme of activities
Whether you're an adrenaline junkie or an ardent oenophile, the Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo can schedule a list of activities tailor-made to giving you a uniquely memorable stay in this independently minded Mediterranean micro-state. Wine lovers can scout out the cellars and grape varietals at the Château Roubine, while those after a more exhilarating sensory hit can opt to race on the circuits of Luc in Provence or co-pilot an Aero L-39 Albatros in flight. From earthy exploration to high-octane flight, the myriad charms of 'Just For You' are all about creating the premier travel high.
Luxuriant spa treatments
As one of the 'Leading Spas of the World', the Métropole ESPA Monte-Carlo offers guests a deeply indulgent choice of personalised l'Unique treatments with skilled, considerate therapists.
You can also enjoy holistic favourites such as Shiatsu, Thai reflexology and Ayurvedic sessions, body wraps and massages, and a hammam and caldarium in a sanctuary studded in sparkling mosaic tiles. Intriguingly themed packages include Eros for couples and Hera for new mothers, and visitors are encouraged to follow their bliss with a trip to the fitness studio, relaxation room or Odyssey pool.
Ambient drinking spaces
Suffused with warmth, liveliness and sparkles of ingenuity, the hotel bar, designed by architect and interior designer Jacques Garcia, offers the ideal spot for a quiet read or a chat with friends.
If you are feeling adventurous, you'll love the Green Attitude cocktails, from the refreshing reverie of the basil, pineapple and celery infusion known as the Frosty Lime, to the quixotic charms of the Prairie Fire, with its devilish blend of honey, ginger and tabasco. All against a sensual musical backdrop of 'Riviera Glamour' with sound designer Béatrice Ardisson, merging fifties chic with contemporary rhythms.
Diverse sea trips and experiences
As hypnotic as the Monte-Carlo shoreline may be, you'll find a luxurious boat trip gives you an unmissable opportunity to indulge in a little of the legendary local high life and sample some of the privileges of Monaco's elite travellers. The Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo's exclusive sea voyage allows you and seven friends to cruise in style as far as Cannes, or even Saint-Tropez, while you tap into a little of that renowned golden age of glamour. The hotel also offers an exclusive jet-ski package so you can slice through the big blue of the Riviera to Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the Baie des Anges.