|Behind the Bentleys ... a sanctuary |
in Monte Carlo.
From northern Italy we travelled on to Monaco by train. Arriving at the Hotel Metropole our taxi first had to squeeze it’s way past the Bentleys parked outside whilst their owners were inside enjoying one of the two Michelin Star restaurants under the command of Joël Robuchon. (The hope is that the third Joël Robuchon restaurant due to open early next year will also receive the Michelin accolade and thus become the only hotel in the world with three Michelin starred restaurants).
Amid huge diamonds...
Monaco is a place where it’s residents like to show off - the cars are loud, the diamonds are big and the bar bills enormous…but the Metrople seems like a sanctuary away from this. The elegant lobby sets the tone and the service (which has received a number of prestigious awards) friendly and assured.
|Our Superior room|
Though the deluxe rooms are small, Select clients do not need to worry about this as you will all receive a guaranteed complimentary upgrade (worth around €150 per night) to a Junior Suite - much more comfortable J. While the restaurants (and beautiful breakfast terrace) are excellent, in early 2013 the hotel will unveil their new outside premises redesigned by Karl Lagerfeld (including the pool, spa, gardens and restaurant) then it will be even better!
One night in Monaco...
Our one night in Monaco was spent enjoying the area around the hotel. Aperitifs at Café de Paris, some roulette and Blackjack at the iconic casino (Metropole guests can enjoy complimentary access to the private lounge with the high rollers), followed by spending our winnings (just about enough for an ice cube) on the terrace of the Buddha Bar where the valets were kept ever busy by the constant stream of Lamborghinis, Porsche and Ferraris. We tried to finish the night at the famous Jimmy’s night club but 130am was evidently still too early and with the dance floor empty we retired to Le Tip Top restaurant/café which is virtually next door to the hotel and famous as the late night/early morning place to go for your (fancy) burger and chips. Before leaving the next day we took in the Opera House, harbor area and Monaco’s beautiful Old Town with it’s palace and churches - all very impressive.
A short spin from Nice airport (or 10 minutes by shuttle helicopter which costs only €125 per person), a weekend in Monaco is highly recommended as something a bit different from a typical short getaway.