Set back behind the gardens of the humming Casino Square, this 1900s Italianate-style palace is one of the few luxury hotels in Monte Carlo that is independent from the Grimaldi-owned SBM properties. It offers an attractive mix of style, superb cuisine, a top-notch spa, and an outdoor pool amid urban Monte Carlo. Redesigned by Jacques Garcia, the vast lobby was transformed into an atmospheric bar and lounge with the decorator’s trademark mix of opulent styles: Renaissance colors, 15th-century tapestries, and armchairs upholstered in striped Pierre Frey fabrics. The deeply comfortable rooms don’t all come with a view, but each offers a modern medley of warm beiges with orange taffeta curtains and chocolate-brown bathrooms with checkerboard floors. For the perfect post-shopping-spree tonic, have a drink in the hotel’s Karl Lagerfeld–designed poolside lounge area.
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Guests can roll out of bed and boutique hop, beginning at the upscale shopping complex Metropole Gallery, which is steps away from the hotel. If the neighborhood’s glut of Michelin stars has got you craving something more informal, stroll over to La Romantica for family-style Italian cuisine and a terrific wine selection from the Piedmont region. The unbeatable prix-fixe lunch is a standout with dishes such as grilled octopus, seafood pasta, osso buco, and a fresh cheese soufflé, all served on a sun-dappled outdoor terrace.
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Rooms: 133 rooms, 64 suites. From $534. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Headed by culinary stars Joël Robuchon and Christophe Cussac, Joël Robuchon Monte-Carlo excels in haute simplicity using the finest products—purple artichoke tagine, lamb with mashed potatoes, a warm amaretto soufflé—dished up from an open-plan kitchen in a chic, cozy setting. In the adjacent wood and glass pavilion, Yoshi features a modern Japanese menu, from the lunchtime Obento and Zen Boxes to elaborate platters of sushi, sashimi, black cod, or Zeitaku Wakame, an assortment of jellied seafood, plus a wide selection of sake. The informal Odyssey offers healthy finger food, salads, and feather-light desserts. Spa and gym details: The Metropole ESPA, a low-lit oasis of polished woods and stingray-skin walls, offers a signature line of revitalizing mythical beauty treatments—“Face of a Goddess” facials; a “Hercules” massage for men; scrubs with algae, mud, or clay; and detox salt scrubs.
Who's it for: Luxury and business travelers who enjoy stylish, plushy comfort, fine cuisine, and being in the heart of the Monte Carlo scene. Our favorite rooms: The sunny sixth-floor rooms (especially 609) have the best views of the Casino; major film and pop stars often breeze into Monte Carlo and hole up in the Carré d’Or Suite for its vast terrace overlooking the Casino and sumptuous gold neo-baroque furnishings. Stylish replenishment: Book an energy-boosting deep massage at ESPA, then enjoy a delicious guilt-free, low-calorie lunch at the Odyssey bar-restaurant at the edge of the heated seawater pool, lined with monumental black-and-white photos of Ulysses' Mediterranean odyssey.