Monaco is a small independent principality and a famous
resort, forming an enclave in southeastern France. Sheltered by the slopes
of the French Alps and benefiting from a mild and temperate climate, the
Principality of Monaco lies along a 4 km stretch of the Mediterranean
coast, amidst spectacular scenery: blue as far as the eye can see - where
the sea and the sky meet, with a unique luminosity, the result of more
than 300 days of sunshine per year. The Principality is easily accessible
from Nice-Côte d’Azur Airport as well as via the European
road and rail
networks. In addition, it also has two deep water harbours located at
the foot of the Grimaldi Rock.
The principality is 1.95 sq km in area. With a population
estimated at some 32,000. Monaco has one of the highest population densities
of any country in the world.
The principality is composed of four districts: Monaco,
the capital; La Condamine; Monte Carlo; and Fontvieille.
The official language is French, although a number of people speak Monégasque,
a mixture of French and Italian. Italian and English are also spoken.
Monaco, an elegant multi-faceted destination
The commune of Monaco, located on a rocky promontory, is
an ancient fortified town. It has a large number of places of interest
concentrated within an area of a few hundred meters. Among them are a
cathedral, a palace in the medieval and Renaissance styles, and an oceanographical
museum established in 1910 by Prince Albert I. The Monte Carlo Opera and
Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra are here; the Monaco Grand Prix and
Monte Carlo Rally are popular annual automobile-racing events. All these
make Monaco truly an exceptional destination.
Not to be overlloked is the famous gambling casino of Monte
Carlo, run by Société des Bains de Mer, a private
company, in which the government now holds a majority interest. This corporation
also owns the principal hotels and clubs of the commune that serve the
tourist trade. The citizens of Monaco are exempt from taxes, and they
are forbidden to enter the gaming rooms.
Accommodation to fulfil dreams
Monaco’s cosmopolitan clientele, attracted by its reputation for
elegance, refinement and safety, are assured of a warm welcome at any
of its twenty hotels. Some of the 'four star'and 'four star de luxe' properties
are located in belle époque splendour around Casino square.
Others are located on the coast, either right on the shore or perched
on a headland, with views of the sea; their rich colours are evocative
of the dolce vita and the pursuit of pleasure. Michelin-starred
chefs, masters of haute cuisine, offer dinner dishes inspired by the surrounding
region that are infused with a multitude of flavours, making Monaco the
destination of choice for discerning gourmets.
Live for the excitement of sports and leisure
At the heart of one of the most beautiful bays in the
Mediterranean, the sea itself forms the focus for many sporting activities:
of course tennis and golf, but also sailing, water-skiing, jet-skis, and
even the thrill of parascending! For total relaxation, however, the Thermes
Marins, overlooking the Port of Monaco, is second to none. Here one
can recharge one’s batteries before going shopping in the malls
and luxury designer boutiques. At night the casinos, gala dinners, and
stunning nightclubs all come to life, making Monte Carlo a special corner
The Championships will be played at the Sporting
Hotel de Paris
Few exceptional luxury hotels one day cease to be
an address and become a legend. The Hotel de Paris is one
of them. Built in 1864 with the ambition to offer the best of an
era, the Hotel de Paris continues to symbolize this same
excellence in the art of hospitality. Enchantingly situated on the
Golden Square of the Place du Casino, with 197 extravagantly
luxurious rooms and suites and stunning salons for meetings at the
top, the Hotel de Paris is heir to the spirit of the grand
hotels. One night at Hotel de Paris is an unforgettable
experience, a few hours of the pure magic of your dreams, blended
with absolute comfort, luxury down to the smallest details, perfect
service and that inexplicable flavor of the extraordinary that makes
Hotel de Paris of Monte Carlo a place like no other in
4-star de luxe hotel adjoining the playing area
Built at the turn of the century, Hotel Hermitage today
is the most beautiful example of the art of living in the style
of belle époque. For those who frequent it, this
charming luxury hotel, which has been granted the status of a historical
monument, is a favorite above all others. Cultivating a refined
atmosphere, a flavor of familiar intimacy, gentle harmony where
the soul of an era meets the needs of today, Hotel Hermitage
gives you a new outlook on Monte Carlo and on life. Behind its corbelled
facade decorated with frescoes and perched above the port, it harbors
a few masterpieces, such as the Salle Belle Epoque with
its pink marble columns and its crystal chandeliers, and a winter
garden topped with a spectacular glass and steel dome signed by
4-star de luxe hotel adjoining the playing area
Two steps from the beach and the casinos, Hotel Mirabeau
provides the perfect blend of great hotel tradition and the spirit
of today. With its deep-piled carpets and antique furniture, Hotel
Mirabeau cultivates a comfortable and hushed, delicious and
unexpected atmosphere, but also a sense of efficiency with its adaptable
meeting rooms and its amenities for cocktail and evening parties.
Among the pleasures offered by Hotel Mirabeau is a panoramic
view of the sea from the large terrace of one's room, a plunge into
the hotel's superb swimming pool or a drink in the cozy ambiance
of the piano bar. Not to mention the incomparable view once a year
as the Formula 1 race cars negotiate the famous 'Mirabeau curves'.
4-star hotel in walking distance from the playing area
Monte Carlo Beach Hotel
Nestled on a peninsula facing Monte Carlo, Beach Hotel
is an authentic jewel of the twenties that had the good taste to
preserve the spirit of a time when Côte d'Azur was
still called the Riviera. From its rooms with private balconies,
one can admire one of the most beautiful bays of the Mediterranean
dedicated to water sports, relaxation and elegance under the sun.
during the season, the famous striped cloth beach cabins lining
the fine-sanded beach are the most prized plots of shade for the
jet set of Monte Carlo. A magnificent swimming pool, three restaurants
of remarkably high standards, an environment of exuberant greenery
lend the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel its irresistible charm from March
to November. The hotel was entirely renovated a few years ago. The
46 rooms and suites provide the ultimate in elegance and comfort,
with rich Italianate furnishings, and all have private terraces
overlooking the sea. The hotel has its own private beach and solariums,
in addition to a swimming pool filled with purified seawater.
4-star hotel - shuttles will be arranged
These rates include buffet breakfast, taxes and service.
Special rates for suites have been negotiated and are available on request.
The reservations must be made through Societé des Bains
de Mer - by email or fax:
IMPORTANT: In order to obtain the
special rates, guests must send their reservation using a special entry
form. Click here
to get this form in pdf format.