The Best Luxury Hotels to Book in Monaco

The Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo enjoys one of the finest locations of any hotel in Monaco
The Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo enjoys one of the finest locations of any hotel in Monaco | Courtesy of Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo / Expedia
Sara Darling

Monaco is home to about 38,000 people, one in three of whom are millionaires. Safe to assume, then, that they know a thing or two about luxury accommodation here. You may have to navigate your way past Ferraris and Lamborghinis in the street and a constant bobbing parade of superyachts on the marina, but there are some classy hotels that offer a sanctuary from the fast cars and casinos. If you’re having trouble choosing from the pantheon of exclusive properties, check out our pick of the best hotels and places to stay in Monaco.

1. Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo

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Luxe king room at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, with chandelier and balcony with fancy wrought-iron railing overlooking Monaco
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Boasting the world’s largest wine cellar, on top of a three-Michelin-star restaurant, five-star Hôtel de Paris is a playground for high rollers who like to flash their cash. Recently renovated by Pierre-Yves Rochon, every room and suite is shot-through with art deco details and complete with contemporary art. The interior garden courtyard adds a tropical vibe with its palm trees and marble colonnades, whilst guests can use the private shuttle to reach the thermal spa and private beach resort.

2. Port Palace Hôtel

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A spacious, white and orange king room at Port Palace Hôtel with a recessed ceiling, corner sofa, armchair, tan carpet and mounted TV
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A relaxed harbourside boutique hotel, boasting an uninterrupted view of Port Hercules and its impressive spectacle of superyachts. Guests are greeted by a vintage sports car that was used in one of Monaco’s original Grand Prix races, but the hotel is more classic than themed. The interior decor is designed by Hermès and there is a separate colour scheme for each of the five floors, which house areas devoted to a fitness suite, sauna and hammam.

3. Monte-Carlo Beach

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Aerial view of the Monte-Carlo Beach hotel, with red tile-roofed buildings and an outdoor pool with loungers overlooking the blue Med
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With vibes more like a private members’ club than a hotel, the Monte-Carlo Beach feels very exclusive – even more so when dining at the cliff-top restaurant as the sun goes down. Blending French chic with art deco details, this Monaco beach hotel is designed with a minimalist elegance that carries over to every room. Guests have access to a private beach, which is tailor-made for water sports, or you can choose to relax in one of the luxurious cabanas surrounding an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

5. Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo

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The exterior of the Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, a grand, tall, white building partially obscured by trees
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This modern hotel in the heart of Monaco offers elegance and discretion, yet is only footsteps from the principality’s prestigious Carré d’Or district. With the opulence of a 19th-century palace, every room and suite has Louis XV-style furniture and wallpaper, which are further enhanced by plush marble bathrooms containing monogrammed towels and Guerlain bathroom products. Guests wishing to stay under the radar can check-in via a discreet side entrance on Avenue de l’Hermitage. Don’t miss the secret underground passage leading to the futuristic glass-fronted spa.

6. Le Méridien Beach Plaza

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Exterior of Le Méridien Beach Plaza, a tall and modern hotel on the beach, with mountain cliffs rising behind it
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Le Méridien Beach Plaza is the only beach hotel in Monaco with its own private beach and is situated in the upscale Larvotto district. There are a variety of room options, and the higher the floor, the more dramatic the view – with some rooms offering a dual town and sea vista. The two pools (and sandy beach cove) are popular with families, whereas the trendy crowd dances the night away to DJs at the popular summer beach club.

7. Fairmont Monte Carlo

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The outdoor pool of the Fairmont Monte Carlo at sunrise, with white daybeds, a poolside bar and sea and city views
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Boasting a rooftop pool with panoramic views, this unique six-sided, ship-shaped structure is a sociable resort. Located in the heart of Monaco, between the Mediterranean Sea and the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, many of its bedrooms overlook the Grand Prix circuit’s notorious hairpin bend. The 596 guest rooms and suites all have private terraces, hypoallergenic pillows and Nespresso coffee machines, whilst the modern amenities are popular with families and those who appreciate understated luxury. Other facilities include a casino, a fitness room and a stunning natural-light spa.

8. Hôtel Columbus Monte-Carlo

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Upscale suite at the Hôtel Columbus Monte-Carlo with a marine blue sofa, black desk, sea-view balcony and doors to separate bedroom
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Co-founded by racing driver David Coulthard, the Hôtel Columbus Monte-Carlo is within walking distance of the quayside and shopping district but if you are craving the sea, it offers a summertime shuttle service to the Cap Marquet just across the French border in Cap d’Ail. Designed with understated luxe, the rooms are decorated in pastel blue and bronze – and you’ll feel quite extravagant in the chocolate-coloured, leather-padded lift. Enjoy the scent of the Princess Grace rose garden as you soak up the sun at the outdoor pool or try some homemade seasonal produce at the Tavolo restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner.

9. Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo

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Rooftop terrace at Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo, with grey sofas, loungers, dining table and view of Beaux-Arts casino building and sea
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Boasting a Karl Lagerfeld-designed rooftop pool area and a spa by architect Didier Gomez Givenchy, the Hotel Metropole, Monte Carlo is up there with the best in terms of style pedigree. The rest of the hotel follows suit, with its 126 rooms and suites featuring period-style furniture and large marble bathrooms with Hermès toiletries. Ensuring that all senses are invigorated during your stay, the adjoining gardens are always in bloom with seasonal flowers and there is an in-house sound designer who manages the acoustic ambience throughout the day and night.

10. Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort

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The luxurious and expansive outdoor pool area of the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel and Resort on the sea, with a cruise ship in the background
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Sitting on a peninsula jutting into the Mediterranean, the Monte Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort boasts Europe’s only sandy-bottomed lagoon, which is what keeps well-heeled guests returning year on year. Whether you arrive by helicopter, yacht or supercar, the staff will treat you like royalty. With five acres (0.4ha) of landscaped gardens, a discrete Michelin-star restaurant, a state-of-the-art spa and a glass-panelled conservatory, you can remain anonymous for the duration of your stay. Alternatively, venture past the foliage-fringed outdoor pool and dive from this Monaco beach hotel’s private pontoon directly into the crystal clear sea.

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