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... put up tables. I took random photos of what I thought looked cool. Also, there is an old chateau with a view of the city that is breathtaking. I don't know why I need 20 pictures of the same exact shot but I kept on taking pictures. One side of the overlook you get the city, and the other side is the port. Old town seems like another world ...
... 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 ...
... diving. To be honest the beach itself was a little disappointing. If that is possible being that I am in the Cote D’Azur. The cliff diving wasn’t really accessible without just diving in and I didn’t want to dive into water I didn’t know, plus the beach was pebbly, much like most public beaches in the area. Still I swam out to the caves with Sofia and spent the rest of the afternoon working on my tan.
After a long afternoon of ...
... wine. By this stage I was already completely full, having stupidly heaved down a plate of tagliatelle in a cafe' a few hours before. Then came the main meal - cortoleta, which is basically a cutlet of veal and way too heavy after several plates of pasta. I've decided I'm not much of a fan of the "secondo piatto" as they say in Italian (main meal) as it's quite heavy after already eating pasta as a first course. I've really got to stop eating on this trip! But wait - ...
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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.
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.
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!
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).
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.