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The princely hotels of Monaco

Preparations are well under way for the upcoming nuptials of Albert of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock, and for those who fancy discovering the romantic principality for themselves, we offer a selection of Monaco's finest hotels. Take your pick among a list that includes classical, Belle Epoque, romantic and contemporary, some with their own claims to a place in legend.

24 June 2011
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Hotel Metropole, Montecarlo

Hotel de Paris Opened in 1864, the Hotel de Paris aimed to offer the height of excellence of the period and continues to honour this goal today. Set in the privileged Place du Casino, the hotel boasts 191 rooms and luxury suites with stunning decor, and the Alain Ducasse Louis XV restaurant is a veritable temple of gastronomy. Guests have direct access to the award-winning spa and wellness centre Les Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo.

Metropole Ideally located in the heart of Monte Carlo, this luxury hotel combines beautiful Belle Epoque style with a contemporary freshness, and the work of architect-decorator Jacques Garcia has emphasised the establishment's warm and welcoming Mediterranean character. The 146 rooms and suites are bright and elegant, with objets d'art alongside cutting-edge facilities. None, though, quite equals the Carree d'Or suite – the Golden Square – with its private terrace of 110 square metres looking out over the rooftops of the principality. In the Joel Robuchon Restaurant, the finest ingredients are used to create modern Mediterranean dishes in the open Teppanyaki-style kitchen, while the Metropole bar is the place to be to see and be seen in Monaco at any time of day. There's a well-equipped fitness centre and beautiful sea-water pool, but if you are looking for complete relaxation, there's nothing like the luxurious ambience of the ESPA Metropole Monte-Carlo.

Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel Nestled in the heart of a sheltered cove at the end of the Principality, the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel seems suspended between sky and sea. A legend from the golden society years of the late Twenties and Thirties, it has been skilfully renovated and remodelled, and is now a thoroughly modern pleasure resort. The luxury rooms and suites look out over the sunlit bay and the hotel boasts an Olympic Pool right on the edge of the Mediterranean. All types of water sport are available at the Monte Carlo Beach Club.

One of the most intimate luxury hotels in the principality, the Hermitage overlooks the Port d'Hercule, just steps from the famous Casino. It offers an atmosphere of peace and serenity in an elegant Belle Epoque setting. As well as four types of room, depending on views and terrace facilities, there are suites and several apartments. The Vistamar restaurant boasts a star in the Michelin guide, and in summer the fine cuisine can be enjoyed on one of the most beautiful terraces of Monte Carlo.

Monte Carlo Bay Hotel Resort Rather than being simply a hotel, the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel Resort is more like a prestigious club. It nestles on an island where the spirit and splendour of the golden years are recreated in the four-acres of garden with waterfalls, lagoon, solarium and terraces. There are four restaurants, casinos, live shows and the legendary Jimmy'z night club. The spacious rooms and terraces are an oasis of privacy and comfort, space and light. The Blue Gin bar with terrace and sea views, offers a chic and relaxed atmosphere to unwind over cocktails. For the well-being and indulgence of body and spirit, the Cinq Monds Spa invites you on a unique voyage for the senses.

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