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 picks of the best.
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.
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.
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.
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-starred restaurant, state-of-the-art spa and glass-panelled conservatory, you can remain anonymous for the duration of your stay. Alternatively, venture past the foliage-fringed outdoor pool and dive from the hotel’s private pontoon directly into the crystal clear sea.