I stayed in the Le Meridien Beach Plaza for one night on October 30th last and I absolutely loved my stay there.
Monte Carlo is a small place, but without a car (and I wouldn't recommend bringing one, if you can avoid it; parking is so expensive) getting around can be a bit of a trek what with there being a hill around every corner. But the Meridien is perfectly placed for easy access to all of Monte Carlo's attractions. We took the No. 6 bus (green line) from right outside the train station at Saint Devote (direction: Larvotto) which took us to the door of the Le Meridien, practically; the stop is Carmes Inferieur. To get to Casino Square it was a short walk of about 10-15 minutes, or you could take Line 6 back there (stop: Place de la Casino), and you could also change buses there to Line 1 (red, direction Monaco Ville) which took you right up into Monaco Ville, steps from the Palace, Oceanographical Museum, etc. and of course, back again. A trip on a Monte Carlo bus is €2.
As for the hotel, the rooms were beautiful and very, very comfortable. We had a lovely balcony area with a partial sea view; if you can, request a room with a sea view as some of them face the street behind the hotel and I'd presume this might get noisy. Although the sliding doors onto the balcony were so heavy they were difficult to slide open and closed; perhaps this is to keep the noise out. Although it wasn't exactly beach weather when we were there the pool area seemed very attractive and there is a private beach.
Where this hotel really excelled for me was the food and the service. We had lunch shortly after we arrived on the patio overlooking the sea, dinner in the bar that night and the buffet breakfast in the restaurant the following morning. I'm a little perplexed to see other reviewers complaining about the prices—you *do* know this is Monte Carlo, right? Okay, if you're a business traveller attending a conference you may not have had a choice in your destination, but for everyone else I would warn you that Monte Carlo is staggeringly expensive compared to most everywhere else—including towns like Nice and Cannes which are only up the coast from it.
At the Le Meridien, a club sandwich was €29, a cocktail was €11-18 and the breakfast buffet was €35 (at the time of my stay). This might give you a minor heart attack, but this is quite standard for Monte Carlo—and in the Le Meridien, you're getting great taste and great service in exchange for your money. The breakfast buffet in particular was delicious: a huge spread of hot and cold food, French pastries (of course) and a number of signature dishes you could order from the chef, including espresso-steamed eggs (whatever they are—I wasn't brave enough to try!) The staff were exceptional and very friendly and pleasant; they had absolutely the right attitude and made our stay all the more enjoyable.
We had a small problem with our room—the in-room movies didn't work—and although we weren't at all bothered by it, we were apologized to by the member of staff who came to try and fix it, again by a front desk agent via telephone and then five minutes later, room service arrived with some complimentary bottled water. And all for a minor problem we had told them didn't bother us in the slightest, a problem they themselves couldn't control. Now *that's* service.
All in all I highly recommend the Le Meridien, and hope to return again for a longer stay. It's perfectly placed to enjoy all Monte Carlo has to offer and although it's a beautiful hotel it won't break the bank like some of the famous MC hotels, such as the Fairmont for example. (Incidentally the famous Fairmont Hairpin, F1 fans, is only a short walk from the Le Meridien.) Yes it is expensive, but it's only in line with other properties in the area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the heart of Monte-Carlo, Le Méridien Beach Plaza is the only hotel with a private beach with direct access in Monaco. Le Méridien Beach Plaza offers limitless possibilities to explore the city of Monaco. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Meridien Beach Plaza Hotel Monte-Carlo
- Meridien Monte Carlo
- Le Meridien Monte-Carlo
- Monte-Carlo Le Meridien