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Our good weather lucky streak ended this morning when we awoke in Saint-Paul de Vence to a light rain. We can hardly complain as we have had exceptional weather practically every day of our trip thus far. We certainly weren't going to let a little rain stop us from exploring the Côte d'Azur so we made our way into town for coffee, quiche and croissants and hit the road shortly after en route for Old Nice. Our plan was to begin our tour of this amazing part of France ...
So we woke up and took the train to Monaco. It was only about 25 minutes away and the tram took us to the train station pretty easily. The kiosk wasn't a pain to use and I think everyone else in front of us were idiots because it took them forever to get their tickets. It's a mad rush to get on the train and seats are first come, first serve. We got two seats but they were a row apart. We went to Roquebrune Cap Martin first and looked at a condo under development. ...
... unheard of and so appreciated! From he tram we got off at the beach stop. When I saw the beach I couldn't believe it was reality. The water was a gorgeous clear blue that the sun perfectly reflected off of. The beaches are rock but they are so clean that it doesn't even matter. We picked out a restaurant on the beach and had a great view while we enjoyed our lunch. I ordered an artichoke salad and a margarita. The salad was probably one of the ...
... back towards Monaco, and took a quick tour of the Palace area. They had just finished with the royal wedding a day or so earlier, so the city was in a bit of disarray, but we managed to see some of the buildings such as the cathedral and the aquarium.
The rain started to come down just as we got back into our tour bus, and we headed back to the dock to return to the ship. No problems or lines and we were ...
... We're hoping that in Italy they will offer the same thing.
Enjoyed a great lunch and came home for a nap. We're up and going to explore a bit as this is our second last night in Nice. One week has a way of flying by.
It's our first overcast day in 16 days. But it's so warm it really doesn't matter.
Tomorrow is another event filled day on a hilltop village of Eze.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo
Don't stay anywhere else!
My husband and I stayed at the hotel for 3 nights and were amazed. If your going to stay in monte carlo.....don't settle for anywhere else. With your room you get all the pricks that monte carlo has to offer. Your room key comes with full access to the prestige monte carlo beach club, all casinos, and state of the art fitness center for free. Anywhere else (other hotels) all those will run you on a daily bases around $100 per person. The hotel is across the street from everything and is where everyone hangs out all night in monte carlo. Take advantage of the spa and salon. I was in europe for a three week stay that including all of the best hotels in France, Itlay, and Spain.....however, this one had the best service and amenities to pamper someone. Only advice I can give is on the casinos....don't play. My husband is a high roller in vegas and in altantic city. The odds are horrible (different rules) and no one plays. Generally people only watch and comment on your play, this can be really distracting. No actual real players, just amatures......not like what is imagined when you think of monte carlo, (no high stack tables). Oh, and at night when you leave the hotel be pepared to have your picture taken. Other tourist stand outside of the hotel all night taking pictures of the hotel and the casino (which is next door). This can get annoying, I actually was asked by another tourist to take a picture with them right in front of the hotel entrance. However, you will be impressed and happy of the choice.
Excellent hotel, one of the best i staid in so far
Because some of the comments here were a bit mixed, I wondered how the hotel may be in fact. And it was better than we hoped ! The hotel is for sure one of the best and most beautifull we ever staid in. We got a huge, lovely decorated room, big bathroom, two closets, with balcony on the casino side. Freshly renovated. The receptionist and all other in service were very friendly and efficient. And because it was now out of season, the price for the room was in an absolut fantastic relation for what we got. Including a free helicopter transfer from Nice airport !
Simply the Best
It was truly an amazing experience, went for two days and stayed for three...Truly the most spectacular hotel I ever stayed in. the room was beautifully decorated with a magnificant marbe bathroom and valcony overlooking the bay. Food to die for, but the Alain Ducasse is overated and over expensive , try the grill room on the top flloor, amazing views and delicious food..just wondering how soon I can visit again.
This was a fantastic hotel overall. We had one of the more modest rooms and it was absolutely fantastic. While the decor in the room did seem dated, I didn't feel it was worn. The room was spotless and housekeeping did an excellent job of servicing the room twice a day. The bathroom was HUGE. I loved that the room had a stereo system with speakers wired throughout the room (including in the bathroom). Also, all lights in the room were on dimmers. Hotel staff were extremely pleasant, I didn't encounter any snobbery of any kind during my stay, regardless of my attire. If you've got the $$$ to stay there do - you won't be disappointed. Perfect for a honeymoon.
Past reputations are all thats left
If you want to stay at a hotel living on its past reputation stay here. From arrival where we had to carry our own bag to reception, wait in line for 10 mins to be able to check in, being allocated a twin room, we were told they only have one double in the hotel!! so couldnt move. All staff need training on customer care. Too many examples to list. Stay lasted for 3 Nights did not get much better. Had a number of maintenance issues with room charming english mantainance manger was quite helpful.
If you would like to amuse yourself watch the staff on the front door avoid touching guests bags when they arrive its quite fun.
May 28, 2004 Every time I walked into this hotel I was stopped by the door man. Who does he think he is???? Everyone is judged by their appearance. One has to dress like Mrs. Gotrocks even to get to your room. No one is allowed in the lobby unless you are a guest. Try that at the Belagio in Vegas!!! The rooms are outdated and need to be refurbished. The spa is always crowded. I'll take the Belagio any day...all people are treated with respect and dignity not like at the Hotel de Paris.
Best of the Best
My wife and I spent 3 days here on our honeymoon last December, and it was our consensus all-around best of trip. We were first-timers to Monaco, but there could be no better introduction than pulling up into the square with the jaw-dropping architecture of the Hotel de Paris and the Casino. The staff greeted us warmly despite our casual dress, and even upgraded us to a junior suite. The room was simply spectacular, with a sweeping, panoramic view of the harbor, the palace, and the city. We had giant picture windows opening onto two small balconies, and a bright Riviera-style couch and beddings. The bathroom was enormous, with marble floors, dark wood paneling, and both shower and tub. Frankly, the accomodations exceeded my expectations, which were already high. But the fact that we found a good deal from off-season rates along with the upgrade made this a truly special value. Although Alain Ducasse's Le Louis XV restaurant was being remodeled (an excellent excuse to return as another reviewer pointed out), we dined very well at Le Grill (in the hotel), Le Vistamar (in the Hermitage), and Les Prives (in the Casino). My wife enjoyed the luxury of a full day of pampering in the spa, while I took in the town and opulent Casino. And Le Bar Americain was usually the most enjoyable part of the evening for us, with its live jazz, excellent appetizers, and soothing drinks. The lobby, as another reviewer noted, was almost indescribable, and certainly the most beautiful I've seen. Even though it's only been a few months since our visit, we are both eager to return and already planning our next visit.
We stayed here at the beginning of March 2004. We usually stay in Nice a couple of times a year, but have never fallen in love with a hotel there. When we came to look this time, the Hotel de Paris was listed and because it is out of season, offered excellent value compared to many mediocre hotels in Nice. The hotel is beautiful. We have admired from afar on may previous occasions but never ventured inside. I was worried that we might feel a little out of place, but it just wasn't like that. The staff were exceptional, and the standard of service impeccable. The rooms are perhaps a little outdated as other reviewers have said, but that really only adds to the timelessness of the whole place. You really as though you could be in any decade of the last 100 years. Unfortunately, the main restaurant was being refurbished when we were there, so we only ate (excellent) breakfast in the hotel. However, it means we have a good excuse to return in the very near future to try what appears to be, based on everything we have read, another outstanding asset to this classic hotel.
The Amazing Hotel de Paris!
The Hotel de Paris is a fabulous hotel, with outstanding second to none service. Even the most basic rooms are huge, with enormous bathrooms (his and hers sinks, a separate bath and separate toilet also). The housekeeping are thorough and replace all the toiletries twice daily, regardless of use. Beautiful Hermes products, and the nicest slippers I have ever used in a hotel. The decor is a little tired here and there, but the service and the spacious rooms more than make up for it. The best part of the hotel, is the lobby and the Bar Americain, where one can take an apparatiff in the evening, and nothing one wears is too elegant. Les Thermes (the pool and health club) is the most luxurious, relaxing experience and makes the price of the rooms worth it, because to visit there for a day is expensive, and the hotel guests can go complimentary. The food at L'Hirondelle (the restaurant at Les Thermes) is the best, never disappointing, and suiting all dietary needs (no need to gain weight on holiday!). We spent all day most days taking the sun, and relaxing by the pool...enjoying the food and ambience. The Fitness centre is always busy, as it is very high tech, and has the best treadmills I have used with inbuilt television screens (with full Sky channels) to make the time pass quickly. You are also very normal walking through the hotel in your bathrobe and slippers on your way to Les Thermes - which just emphasises the chic relaxed atmosphere. Best hotel experience for overall glamour and relaxation.
Exceptionally grand lobby, average rooms
A review may be superfluous. If you've got the cash to stay here, you will, if not, you won't. Personally, however, I found it dull and stuffy. The lobby is astounding, possibly the most impressive hotel lobby in the world. Once whilst admiring it, however, a doorman tried to throw me and my girlfriend out - assuming, wrongly, I wasn't staying there. Our room had an impressive view of the harbour, but it was relatively small and the mix of furnishings just didn't work. I expect far more space than, I would guess, 25 sq metres for Euro 500. Good points include free casino access (saving E10 per head), Hermes toiletries and a gym, pool and sauna (which I never saw). If I had to stay in Monaco again on my own money, I would stay at the Columbus. If you're coming on holiday, however, I would stay in Nice (see my review of La Perouse) or, for somewhere quieter, Beaulieu or Villefranche - Monaco pales quickly after two days.