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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Hermitage Monte-Carlo
Stayed at the Hermitage in July 2004 with my boyfriend, we were completely bowled over by the stunning reception areas. Some reviews on this site complain about the service; we had no problems at all, but I would say that the style of service is more reserved and European than the full on American cheerfulness which some travellers might be used to. We did notice several other guests repeating requests angrily in English when the French staff didn't understand them the first time - and that the staff didn't hide all of their irritation at this. However we kept trying our dreadful, ancient school French which the staff responded very well to, greeting us in French at breakfast, helping us out with words and applauding my boyfriend when he finally pronounced our room number correctly! I got the impression they appreciated the effort and would recommend this tactic. After all, how many hotel staff in the UK or US (or come to it, how many university graduates) can speak even one foreign language? Our room was beautiful, overlooking the garden rather than the marina but was enormous, with hung silk on the walls, huge comfortable bed, perfect air conditioning, and fluffy robes and slippers. The breakfast buffet each day was also very impressive, including cold meats and cheese, croissants & brioche, smoked salmon, and eggs, fresh fruit pancakes and waffles were freshly made in front of you. In fact we saved some cash (and let's face it, the Hermitage isn't cheap) by loading up at breakfast and skipping lunch. After dark, don't miss sitting out on the terrace with some champagne, looking out over the marina with the lights of the castle above you. Perfect.
The receptioist Laura overcharged us, and then insulted my wife when we were checking out of the hotel.
We have written to the Hotel Director twice to inform him, but have received no reply.
Not worth the money!!!
After reading the previous reviews here on TripAdvisor, I was really excited about my upcoming 7 night stay at the Hermitage. Boy was I wrong! First, they required a ton of personal information just to check into the hotel. Apparently they forward that information to European intelligence agencies.
The staff was rather aloof bordering on rude. It's true, they don't like Americans. The first night I requested my room to be cleaned as we left for dinner. Two hours later it still was not cleaned. After speaking with the person organizing our group and reminding the Hermitage that our group was spending close to a million dollars at their facility, the service did greatly improve the rest of the week.
The rooms were typical of a New York City hotel room - small, but adequate. The best deal in the place is that for 25 euros, you can get unlimited highspeed internet and unlimited movies for a 24hr period.
The food however was terrible at least to American standards. The eggs that they serve was runny and bland. The worst rip off was room service. I paid 17 euros ($22 usd) for an "American" sandwich which consisted of two pieces of toast with ONE (not exaggerating) paper thin slice of meat. Also paid 19 euros ($24USD) for a very small bowl of spaghetti and a very small portion of meat sauce.
The sad part is that the supposedly "nicest" hotel in Monte-Carlo does not stack up to an average hotel room here on the Las Vegas strip. Whatever your political affiliations may be or whatever you may feel is wrong with this country, it is still by far the best place to be in the world!!
Staff not so nice
Horrible hotel, Horrible staff, we wished we had stayed elswhere.
Luxury and Fine Service!
Stayed just 1 night in Oct., 2004 prior to boarding a cruise ship. The hotel is gorgeous and the location is perfect. Best of all, though, was the service. Everyone was pleasant and helpful. The person who checked us in walked with us to our room to make sure everything was in order. The award for service goes to a young bellman who helped us turn in our rental car. We were scheduled to return the car in Nice but he arranged to turn it in for us in Monte Carlo, even filling the gas tank! I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone!
Poor Service from receptionist and room service
we would not recomend this hotel, we found some members of staff who seemed intent on spoiling our break.
unhelpful, obstrutive, and our breakfast that we ordered did not turn up, no oppology.
readers: try some where that cares
Best Break Ever at Hermitage
I took the wife for a suprise birthday treat, it was brilliant. The staff were friendly & helpful, the view over the harbour was worth the extra money & they even sent champagne & a birthday cake on the day, free of charge !.
Will go again when we have saved up.
Stayed at the Hermitage 2 weeks ago. Wonderful location overlooking the harbour. A grand hotel beautifully decorated. Rooms were large with luxurious facilities. Loved the Bulgari toiletries, plus the lovely big towelling robe and matching slippers. Great way to unwind. The staff were polite, helpful and unobtrusive.
Would love to return one day with someone special.
Pampering, Beautiful, Relaxing!
We spent a weekend at Hotel Hermitage and it was hands down, the most relaxing time we've ever had at a hotel. The rooms are beautiful, staff is above & beyond helpful. Be sure to ask for a Harbor View room. Spend a day at Les Therms Marins (included in your hotel) - the Turkish spas are perfect! Part of the hotel was under construction (Feb 2004), just ask for a room away from it. You will not regret booking a hotel here!!
Attention they are under construction!
Just want everyone to be aware before booking a room here that it's currently under construction. They're adding on a piece. The work is only Monday through Friday. Ask about it before booking. I imagine they'll be finished before Summer 2004.
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Having picked up our car in Marseille we were about to get on the road to Monte Carlo when Simone noticed a disaster - we didn't have anything to wear!! I shouldn't be so flippant actually because it turned out there were a couple of places in Monte Carlo that required a Jacket, which I did not have, so it was a good thing that she figured we …
... victims of the holocaust and to the French Resistance fighters. We walk back down the hill into old Nice. The streets here are all very narrow, and there are lots of cafes and boutiques. Issy left her sunshade back at the hotel, so she goes into one of the boutiques to spend a couple of Euro buying another one. When she goes to pay she finds out that the one she has picked out costs more than $50. This seems quite a lot for a bit of straw with a couple of strips of velcro attached ...
... bemused by all the stony shores. I enjoyed a quick swim and it was really refreshing. The stones were very ******* the feet and I must have been a sight, gingerly trying to navigate the hot stones on the shore. I was relieved to fall into the water. After a swim I walked down to the marina and then through the village of Monten. I found an amazing little chocolatier, and of course, had to sample a couple of chocolates and the ...
... dark by now so we stopped above the city and took some photos looking down on the harbor and all the lights. I have never in my life seen so much wealth as I did driving into Monte Carlo. All the cars parked on the side of the road were either Bentley's, Ferrari's, Range Rover's or Roll Royce's. Joe was happy to see quite a few Jag's as well. Regular people walking around really looked out of place. There were women in gowns and men in tuxedos ...
... any given moment in time. Really a treat when you are walking down busy streets in a foreign country. He really has no shame. Please refer to number 5 for further proof.
Number 5. While sippin on his beloved latte in Mcdonalds, Jake enjoys to do the robot in his responses to me. Annoyed can't even begin to express how I feel.
Number 6. Just when you think he's finally normal (moments that are far and ...