Monte Carlo hotels are your ticket to rubbing shoulders with the jet setters, fashionistas and high rollers of this famous resort town on the edge of the French Riviera. Some of the places to stay are grand and opulent palaces that ooze Belle Époque styles and classical architecture in the middle of the centre. Others are more subtle and modern, hiding between he tight-knit streets and bobbing sailboats of La Condamine. All offer easy access to the iconic casinos, beaches and shopping strips.
It's no secret that hotels in Monte Carlo tend to be of the more luxurious type. Whether it's a Neo-classical palace erupting between babbling fountains and the Grand Casino, or a stylish modern build on the coastline of Fontvieille, you can usually expect shimmering pools and sunning terraces, Parisian-style breakfast rooms and designer toiletries in the suites. It's also possible to book a Monte Carlo beach hotel with front-row seats over the Mediterranean Sea and Port Hercules, while ebookers has a smattering of more wallet-friendly stays that offer comfy en-suite rooms within walking distance to the main attractions.
After choosing that perfect Monte Carlo hotel, it's time to get ready for all the unforgettable Things to Do this jet setter enclave of the Mediterranean Sea can offer. One of the main attractions is surely the opulent Grand Casino, where James Bond and others have slapped poker chips on the tables. But if betting's not for you, then Monte Carlo has sparkling beaches nestled between its harbourfronts, and trendy cafés from where the yacht spotting is top-notch. And that's not even mentioning the famous hairpin bends of the Grand Prix course, where Lamborghinis and Ferraris whip around the corners.
There are more fine-dining restaurants and haute degustation joints here than you can shake a platter of perfect foie gras at – virtually every hotel in Monte Carlo has its own acclaimed on-site bistro, where the gourmet offerings come with a price tag to match. For something a little more down-to-earth, consider heading to the pizza joints and Parisian-style cafés that line the harbours of Port Hercules, where seafood dishes, Italian pastas, coffees and cocktails are all on the menu.
Spread over a series of districts, with streets weaving and winding up the hillsides of the alpine ridges, it's always a good idea to take a good map in tow if you intend to go walking around Monte Carlo. A number of public escalators in the rock faces make it easy to get between the different levels of the town, while a network of 5 bus routes connects the various neighbourhoods, the beaches and the major sights.
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