Marriott Riviera La Porte de Monaco
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Can you name a sliver of land that is .78 square miles, has a population of 36,700 people, sits on the French Riviera with the most perfect climate in the world (sorry San Diego), qualifies as the second smallest and most densely populated country in the world, has CCTV covering every square inch, and has one of the highest concentrations of wealth …
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... in Europe as well, so I invited them to come around for a couple of days. My mum came from Austria and my grandmother and her life partner live near Monaco. The first day was relaxed and we were all just catching up, what happened during the last weeks. Congratulations to Mel and Chris again, who got engaged! Let's see, if they'll do it the 'Kardashian style' or if they can make it longer than 72 days - just kidding!!!
The next day we went for a little cultural walk up to ...
... hand motions to herself. So I apologize now for the fact that these posts are probably going to start giving out way too much information. This is also me hinting at the fact that everyone should write me emails filling me in on their life because I am getting desperate for attention.
Anyway, in order to make my brief time in Cap d'Ail appear educational I made a list of everything I have learned since I have been ...
Whilst queuing at gate 9, I overheard two British ladies chatting away behind me. One seems to have lived in Nice for 18 months at some time in the past and was returning to visit friends. She was impressed by the other lady from North Wales who advised her that she lives in Monaco.
'Wow!’ said the first lady. ‘Do you mind me asking what you do for a living?’
‘Certainly’, said the second lady. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsMarriott Riviera La Porte de Monaco Cap d'Ail
This Marriott hotel is located in France, and not Monaco. However, if you play "horseshoes", and close enough counts, this is the perfect place because you can easily walk to Monaco in less than 15 minutes. The hotel has great views from its highest floor (11th) of the Mediterranean Sea, especially if you can get the seaward side overlooking the marina. The beverage and food staff appear to be understaffed because it was difficult to get decent service in the bar\restaurant. The morning buffet was a 'zoo' when the tour groups overnighted, and again, the food and beverage staff could not keep up with supplying the breakfast buffet. However, the front desk staff is very helpful and ready to assist with any issue that you would need to enjoy your stay. This is the only American hotel near Monaco, and Marriott reflects as much in its prices during the tourist high season.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Marriott Riviera La Porte de Monaco Cap d'Ail
Great hotel, bad location
Stayed at this hotel at the start of July 2004. The hotel is what you would expect from Marriott. There are just two problems at the moment, the surrounding area has building works going on which are not noisy but just an eyesore next to the marina. The second problem is that room service food is not available 24 hours so you may wish to ask the front desk on check-in for a telephone number for the local take away that will deliver to the hotel! On the plus side, bar and restaurant are great and the bar area by the pool is pleasant.
Close to Monaco
I agree with the other reviews. Nothing to do in Cap d'Ail, and the hotel has no beach, and faces the harbor. But, we had two good rooms with big patios. The only thing to complain about is the hallway sometimes get very smoky. The hotel itself is walking distance to the entrance of the rock (Monaco). Staff is very accomodating and friendly. Everyone speaks English - you don't feel like you're in France, which killed the charm for me, but I guess it's good for the business traveler. There was a cocktail thrown by the General Manager, and he made it a point to try to talk to all the guests, which was nice. There was also an all-you-can-eat American barbeque, which was overpriced ($48), but I appreciate their trying to please the American business traveler. I would stay again if I was traveling on business, but if you're on vacation, find a hotel in Monte Carlo, or better yet, don't stay more than 2 nights, and maybe hang out more in St. Tropez if you like beaches. The beaches there are better and it is prettier. Monaco itself is charming but it is small that you can see everything in one day.
Very good indeed!
we stayed in the marriot in a deluxe sea view room for 4 nights from around July 25 th 2004, it was very good we booked with gtahotels the buffet breakfast was excellent, there is a free shuttle around Monaco from the hotel this is useful as you have to walk through the tunnels to get around as the hotel is located away from the main bustle. there is a car park at the hotel at 1 euro an hour. We would stay here again however where you go and what you do in Monaco can be pricey,some American visitors where not quite happy with the rooms/location of the hotel however I guess its all down to what you are used to and for us it was clean good food good location and staff very helpful and friendly!
Loved It - Great Hotel, Spacious Rooms.
Stayed at this hotel for 4 nights during the first week of June 04. The hotel has great, very nice, spacious rooms overlooking the harbor. The hotel offered a shuttle to Monte Carlo and also the palace - where you could do tons of shopping at either location or take in all the sites. No taxi was needed during our trip. All you had to do is give them a call they would drop you off and pick you up - GREAT SERVICE. Staff very friendly! They hotel management even invited some of the newly arrived guests to a happy hour party in the evening - which was a nice treat. No complaints about this hotel, would stay there again.
This hotel is in an area where there is NOTHING to do. The rooms are average, the views are nothing spectacular, and the hotel is wedged between two apartment complexes so you have a nice view of people's hanging laundry that they put on their balconies to dry. There is nowhere to relax in this hotel. It is full of American business travelers. The pool area is pretty much in the lobby, so if you don't mind going for a dip where guests check in I guess it would be okay. The staff tries to be as helpful as possible, but they don't have much to work with. If you're going to this area, STAY IN MONTE CARLO at least, and avoid Cap D'Ail. And don't plan a lengthy stop at this area. Stay away from this hotel unless you are there on business and someone else is paying the bill. NOT WORTH THE $$$$ AT ALL!
We made this hotel a stop on a long European trip. We booked a week and stayed one night because the hotel was so lackluster and the town so boring. The hotel is a guest warehouse and hardly remarkable. It could easily be any U. S. airport hotel. I imagine it is a convenient place to stay for boat owners to take showers/rest from an excursion. There is not much at the hotel for someone who is interested in a resort. The swimming pool is nearly non-existant. There is no beach, it is on a marina. It is built next door to a football stadium in the midst of busy roads.
The staff was marginally helpful. The rooms very mediocre.
Monaco has a casino, a palace and a road that winds around a very steep hill with traffic zipping up and down it. There is a marina with lots of yachts. We barely found it entertaining for a day but maybe it is your dream vacation so I won't disparage it further. Skip this hotel however.
Stayed at the Marriott in April this year for 2 nights and couldn't ask for a better location. Overlooking the Cap D'ail harbour, accross the road from Monaco and a beach 5 minutes walk with small restaurants. Supermarket was near to buy snacks, and the rest of Monaco was within walking distance. The shuttle bus from Nice airport had a stop right in front of the hotel and the breakfast was fantastic, eat all you like buffet. Our room was large, clean and modern and had a great view over the harbour. Staff spoke very good English and were helpful. Will return to stay here again!
Excellent Hotel for a Visit to Monaco
The Riviera Marriott is a great base for a visit to Monaco and the Riviera. The hotel is modern and the rates are reasonable. It should especially appeal to North Americans who want the type of hotel they are used to at home. The staff are particularly friendly and helpful and the location is convenient for visiting Monaco. It is possible to walk to Monte Carlo from the hotel but the hotel also operates a courtesy van, available upon request, to take you wherever you might want to go. There is a shopping center a couple of blocks away with a large supermarket (Carrefours), drug store, etc. for necessities and snacks and garage parking attached to the hotel (1 euro per hour).
Although the hotel is officially in Cap D'Ail, France, Monaco is across the street and everything is very compact. Our deluxe sea front room was somewhat small by American standards but satisfactory for our needs and we had a large balcony overlooking the Cap D'Ail harbor. I would definitely stay here again and would choose to stay in Monaco rather than in Nice or Cannes which I thought were disappointingly overbuilt and crowded (think Miami Beach).
Out of town- but not too far
The marriott is sited ext to a small marina and next door to Monaco FC stadium, so if your going to a game it is ideal. Hotel itself is nice, clean and has very pleasant staff. Rooms as you would expect, but NO tea/coffee making facilities, or iron (no big deal eh?). If you are there on a sunday i would recommend the sunday brunch which starts at 12-30..3 course buffet of excellent food for about 40 euros, a real treat. If you get a mountain view room it will look out over a football pitch, which when I was there hosted a quite entertaining game. The hotel is at one end of monaco, some 15 minutes away from the main port and at least 25 from the casino, but the Hotel does lay on a free bus on request up to 10pm. We booked early and got a good rate..Monaco is sooo flash!
Nothing Like Service
Last week returned from our annual visit to Monte Carlo (this Hotel is actually in France, but just walk across the street and you are in Monte Carlo!) where we usually stay at the Marriott. Last year we tryed the "Columbus" in Monaco and were very pleased to be back at the Marriott this year. This is truly a First-Class Hotel, comfortable, bright guest-rooms over-looking the Harbour & the Sea, large baths, timely room service & excellent dining room. However , what makes this Hotel stand out from others in the area is the superb, friendly, Front Desk Staff. They were outstanding .in every respect and seemed to be particularly attuned to the needs & requests of English speaking Guests. A most pleasant stay and have already made reservations for next Year.