We passed through from Paris on our way to Milan, and my husband picked this hotel from the Conde Naste Top 50 European Hotel that he wanted to visit. We loved the scenic location and the opportunity to visit Monaco, but felt the service was just mediocre. From the okay check-in to the frustrated housekeeper to our check-out/temporarily misplaced suitcase and our night-prior taxi for 5--request not followed through upon (i.e. none & had to wait which was stressful, then had to wait quite a while for a 2nd taxi, with a pre-booked ticket on the train to Italy to meet)...factor +20 mins. at getaway time for bungled service. (Really not appreciated when traveling with 3 kids/teens.)
As this is a lovely old building, the rooms are updated and beautifully appointed. Our rooms really were gorgeous, and I believe our suite was upgraded (2 BR/2Baths + a large livingroom). Since we did carry-on luggage for the trip, we often use the bellman on the way in, but not on the way out. The elevator coming down required many stairs (one our floor to the elevator and the beautiful marble staircase from the lobby) and in looking for a second elevator so we could return to the ground floor required some hunting (+ 10 mins. and the use of a service elevator and a very helpful/kind service/custodian man. The one closest to our room only went from floor 1 (one floor above the ground) to the upper floors. (Use the bellmen both coming/going to save frustration.)
This hotel did have the most amazing mini bar items, including a cute little stuffed rabbit maybe 8" tall that could be given as a baby gift (for 46 Euros). I can't recall all the items, but they were extensive. Also, because my husband often checks out in the lobby as I am finishing my last bit of packing, a fellow came to verify what was missing from the mini bar before my husband was able to complete his transaction downstairs...understandably, but have never been interrupted in my last minute packing before. We really felt the Monaco area had a Vegas meets Waikiki vibe.
Security, we are told is the best in Monaco, as there are camera on every street plus the ratio per capita is quite high for the police force they employ. When we entered the main lobby were we stopped about 10 feet inside the main/lobby door to explain that we were guests of the hotel. (I guess that's good news/bad news. I did not feel very welcomed, but am glad they don't let everyone circulate through the hotel.)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated at the very heart of Monte-Carlo on the famous Place du Casino, the Hôtel de Paris is a real “Address” !A simple flight of stairs leads from the Place du Casino to the majestic lobby of the Hôtel de Paris. Low relief sculptures, marble colonnades and cristal chandeliers entice you to absorb the fascinating solemnity of this magical, memorable and sumptuous setting. The privileged quality of its location, just a few steps from the legendary Casino de Monte-Carlo, means that guests have front-row seats to watch the sparkling life of Monaco and unforgettable sunsets over the sea. The Hôtel de Paris also offers direct access to Les Thermes Marins de Monte-Carlo, its Spa of 6,600 m2. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De Paris Hotel
- Hotel De Paris Monte Carlo
- De Paris Monte Carlo
- Hotel Du Paris