Another variation on Monaco-style luxury, the Hermitage Hotel stands out for it's Belle Epoque-inspired elegance. White is the dominant colour, as seen in columns and the quiet lounges, but the hotel also boasts some retro-modern touches such as works by Gustave Eiffel and the breathtaking view from the bar and restaurant. Guests of the hotel enjoy access to an exceptional spa, the Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo.
The hotel stands in Monaco's Golden Square, but slightly withdrawn from the bustle and crowds that flock towards the Casino de Paris to pose for a photo in front of Hotel de Paris or to enjoy a drink in the Café de Paris. One of the wings of the hotel faces Square Beaumarchais, after which it was named, and enjoys the welcome shade provided by its large trees.
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The elegant facade is reflected in the polished bodywork of the vintage cars parked in front of the entrance. There are two ways into this Belle Epoque-style building. The Beaumarchais entrance is the most classical, with columns and elegant lounges. We recommend a visit to the bar, which is open daily from 10:00am till 10:00pm. It boasts comfortable armchairs and antique furniture, cleverly laid-out so as to make the most of the space. However, the Winter Garden entrance hall is simply splendid, with its Eiffel-inspired iron structures and designer sofas placed under a well-decorated glass dome.
The tastefully decorated and spacious corridors allow guests to come and go in a perfect setting, but we found it regrettable that the maze-like layout proved to be a bit confusing. However, the hotel has one huge advantage, without which it just wouldn't be the same: It provides direct access to the 6,600m² of the Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo, a luxury thalassotherapy and fitness centre. Internet is free in the common areas.
The establishment's 280 rooms come in several categories: luxury, superior or exclusive. The amenities on offer are definitely up to the establishment's prestige and grandeur. They are spacious and beautifully decorated, blending a classical style with the odd modern touch. They have thick wall-to-wall carpeting, antique furniture, and large window-doors with heavy curtains that let in some of the daylight. They also include a bedside lamp, some framed pictures, a trunk-shaped chest for the large flat screen TV facing the bed, individual air conditioning, a mini bar, and 24/7 room service. The bathrooms are entirely clad in marble and are both luminous and spacious. Most are fitted with a bathtub and have separate toilets. The rooftop suites afford a splendid view over Port Hercule, which you can enjoy from -would you believe it?- the jacuzzi...
The Vistamar restaurant is run by Chef Joël Garault and focuses on seafood, with a menu often inspired by the morning catch. The Chef's talent has earned him a Michelin star and he will introduce you to some rare and surprising dishes. The magnificent terrace affords a panoramic view of Monaco, which can only be truly appreciated after a quick visit to the Vistamar's bar.
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