This modern 11-story hotel, built on the end of the beachside Larvotto strip, is a chic but unpretentious family-friendly resort that attracts travelers for its prime location and the amicable Mediterranean-style village atmosphere. Guests come for the three restaurants, spa, and two pools (one with an artificial sand-bottom lagoon), plus the Bay Casino, jammed with the latest high-tech slot machines. If guests want to relax, chances are they head to the lounge chairs surrounded by the botanical gardens or head down the road to the Monte-Carlo Beach for water sports. The comfortable, sleek, contemporary-style rooms have dark or blond wood furnishings, duvet-covered beds, plasma-screens TVs, and spacious white bathrooms. Another highlight is the sea-view terraces, with a dreamy vista of the illuminated pool, gardens, and the Sporting d’Eté complex. The highly affordable off-season prices are a deal, considering the Principality’s mild climate is reliably sunny, even during the winter.
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Located next door (with direct access) to the landmark disco Jimmy’z and the glittery Sporting d’Eté complex, the hotel is only a short stroll from the Larvotto seacoast strip and the Grimaldi Forum. The Monte-Carlo Bay is ideal for inveterate clubbers, concertgoers, and night owls. Restaurants and nocturnal hot spots abound: in the summer months, the Alain Ducasse–owned La Trattoria serves Tuscany-style dishes, from homemade ravioli with artichokes to linguini with clams. For top-notch jazz, wander over to the Note Bleue, a friendly beachside restaurant-lounge featuring live bands, or grab a table to people-watch at the fashionista hangout SASS Café, where the festive party scene rages on until the wee hours.
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Rooms: 334 rooms, 22 suites. From $247. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Martinique-born chef Marcel Ravin dishes up wildly creative cuisine at the Blue Bay. The mix of flavors and textures include Ravin’s signature dish—an organic egg topped with shaved white truffles and cassava in passion fruit juice—and other favorites like scallops with gnocchi, roasted milk-fed lamb with Jerusalem artichokes, and an avocado soufflé with chocolate chips for dessert. L’Orange Verte, a pretty, plant-lined, lobby-level restaurant-lounge serves burgers, salads, pasta, and pastries, and is open from noon to midnight. Las Brisas is the place for market-driven light fare, served on the outdoor terrace perched above the sea. Guests can sip cocktails at the atmospheric Blue Gin Bar or by the lagoon pool. Spa and gym details: The Cinq Mondes Spa offers a wide range of beauty treatments from five continents, including spicy, aromatic scrubs from North Africa and Balinese or Taoist massages. Guests can relax in any season at the adjacent heated indoor-outdoor pool.
Who's it for: Families seeking a resort destination to relax, and well-heeled business and leisure travelers with an affinity for sleek and sober decor and a seafront location. Our favorite rooms: Reserve an Exclusive Seaview room or the sunlit Duplex Suite on the eighth floor, with private balconies looking out onto the curvy pool and a shimmering stretch of coast. Plan ahead: Book a table for the Blue Bay Sunday champagne brunch, an extravagant buffet of Mediterranean-style dishes and unlimited bubbly, every week 12:30 p.m.–3 p.m.