If the walls of H^otel de Paris Monte-Carlo could talk, they'd be bursting with tales of glamour, love and war.
Founded in 1863, the hotel is simply iconic, and today, after a four-year-long renovation, it has unveiled sparkling new additions in addition to careful updates.
It remained open during its $280m makeover that includes the famed Princess Grace Suite and also the brand-new Prince Rainier III Suite; a brand new Alain Ducasse restaurant, ^Omer; and the gorgeous tree-lined interior courtyard housing Graff, Harry Winston, Omega and Stardust boutiques – most stocking pieces that are exclusive to your accommodation.
The Princess Grace suite is really as chic and generous as the late Princess herself, and also, since opening in 2020, it's been the area to stay in Monaco. It has two bedrooms, two sitting rooms, family room, dining area, kitchen and enormous terrace with swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Now, the penthouse suite includes a royal counterpart: the Prince Rainier III Suite. The five,650-sq-ft suite may be the largest in the hotel and it has single,455-sq-ft, split-level terrace having a 32-ft infinity pool overlooking Place du Casino. If you're around for the Grand Prix next year, this is the best seat in the home.
While the suite is unquestionably impressive (two bedrooms, large main lounge with a bar area, smaller lounge and library, dining room and office space), it is the little touches which make both suites truly special: a floral frame produced by Princess Lana turner; La Prairie products left in your pillow during turndown; and limited-edition Montblanc monogrammed pens.
Monaco and chef Alain Ducasse go hand in hand – Le Louis XV is a pilgrimage for gourmands and has held three Michelin stars since 1990, as well as being a normal entry in Elite Traveler's Best players Restaurants.
When it opened later, Ducasse been with them written into his contract the restaurant would get three stars within 4 years; he managed it in 2 years and nine months. It has returned to its original home alongside Place du Casino, and also the gilded decor and frescoes have been carefully restored to their original glimmering glory.
Ducasse's new restaurant, ^Omer, serves an exciting mixture of Lebanese, Greek, Turkish and Moroccan delicacies that should be shared: Order a selection of mezze plates to begin – the feta-filled pastries are particularly lovely. When the sun is out (as it often is within Monte Carlo), grab a table around the terrace and sit within domed pergola, encompassed by lush foliage.
Come nighttime, head to the famous Le Bar Américain for a très fun evening: the elegant Art Deco interiors are by Pierre Yves Rochon, and, combined with live jazz, you'll be transported to the 1930s.
Hidden some 40ft underneath the hotel is an enormous wine cellar; it's one of the largest private cellars in the world. The stone-walled labyrinth is home to around 350,000 bottles with 4,000 different labels and it is not available to the general public – only very special guests, winemakers and royalty are permitted inside.
It was built-in 1864 and it has an amazing history: Many bottles were saved during The second world war once the wine master hid probably the most precious bottles within the cellar's many rooms and blocked the corridor with empty bottles to trick raiding Germans.
It's simple to go missing going through the different chambers and the stories they hold: Discover dust-covered champagne dating back to 1803, and find out the cellar where Prince Rainer and Princess Grace had their 20th wedding anniversary dinner among the bottles.
If you fancy holding a soirée of your, there's a larger space that may be rented for a special event.
Prince Rainier III Suite from $50,750 per night; minimum four nights.
Ivan Artolli, managing director
Tel: +377 980 630 00
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