This contemporary, harborside luxury boutique hotel is known for its plunging view of the moored megayachts and a terrific view of the monaco-monaco?context=wanderlist&context_id=40448">Grand Prix. Compared with the Old World architecture of neighbors, the look is pure minimalism and streamlined Italian design. The rooms, dreamt up by Hermès designer Leïla Menchari, are almost identical—a blend of yellow and red Carrera marble, chrome-edged furnishings, leather-lined walls, silk fabrics, and shiny gold satin curtains. Expect limited space, though the lovely suites have large bay windows. Guests are served breakfast in the corner of the lobby since there is no restaurant. A far cry from the personalized service and varied resort attractions of other nearby establishments, this hotel’s appeal is strictly for those seeking a sophisticated urban vibe and relative proximity to the Rock and the Prince’s Palace.
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With the opening of the sleek new Norman Foster–designed Monaco Yacht Club (entrance is members-only) just steps away, the Port Hercule now has an aura of contemporary style. But there’s nothing ostentatious about the popular night scene on the curve of portside bars, where the locals flock for after-work cocktails. Among the most established hangouts are the Brasserie of Monaco, with its own blend of organic beer brewed on the premises, and La Rascasse, which heats up in the evening with live bands and the young and the trendy, trying their luck on the slot machines upstairs.
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Rooms: 50 rooms, 9 suites. From $240. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: For hotel guests, breakfast is served in a corner of the street-level lobby. The recently opened seafood restaurant La Marée, located atop the sixth floor of Port Palace, is independently owned by a Russian franchise; it's set in an inviting terrace overlooking the harbor. From the kitchen come copious platters of the freshest seafood, with signature dishes like Siberian king crab, fish carpaccio, lobster, foie gras, or penne with red mullet, plus a trolley of homemade pastries for dessert. At lunchtime, this is a popular spot for upscale young professionals who come for the convivial atmosphere, unbeatable harbor view, and fixed-price menus. Spa and gym details: Guests have access to a small fitness room and a hammam.
Who's it for: Grand Prix and yacht enthusiasts, well-heeled travelers who prefer minimalist boutique hotels. Our favorite rooms: The spacious Grand Corner suites on the fourth and fifth floors look out onto the superyachts moored directly outside the window. The 501, a Grand Prix suite, offers a great vantage point for the race below. Getting around: Take advantage of Monaco’s system of public elevators that take you from the Port to Casino Square in a matter of minutes.