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Columbus Monte-Carlo
Ranked #9 of 10 Hotels in Monte-Carlo
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Stockholm, Sweden
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“Good hotel for ok value in Monaco”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

Stayed here in the middle of July.

The hotel is a good hotel located in Fontvielle, just below the Rock. Hence if you choose to stay here you should be aware of that you are not in the centre of Monaco and that you have to walk for 10-15 minutes to come to the main harbour. However, we spent some time in Cap D'ail and at La Mala as well and then it is probably the perfect spot to stay at when you are in Monaco.

The pool area is relatively old so you should not stay here if you like to spend your vacation by the pool. However, there are several good places to swim close by. I can really recommend La Mala and Cap d'Ail is not bad at all.

We skipped to eat at the hotel as the food in harbour and in Monte-Carlo was better and even less expensive.

If you would like to buy groceries you have a carrefour close by.

The concierge service (found in the lobby) is really smooth and easy to use.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Clementine58, Responsable relations publiques at Columbus Monte-Carlo, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
Dear Guest, we thank you for your comments about Columbus. Indeed we are near the Cap d'Ail beaches and La Mala is a real asset that you can reach by taxi boat as well, as the area being beautiful and away from the mainstream, you have to deserve it by walking down to reach the beach (and then up again at the end of the day :-)) but the effort is worth it. For the restaurant, we are close to several bars and cosy places nearby, but for info, our Brasserie is not that expensive, as there is a daily lunch at 23 € (one dish, one dessert, water and coffee) and you have a large choice of risotto, pizza, burgers as well. Kind regards. C.
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Reviewed October 13, 2013

The Columbus is in Fontville which is the newest part of the city. Monaco itself is very compact so not being on the main drag is fine, plus it's about 15 minutes walk away. The hotel itself is modern and clean, bar is open most of the day (although everything seems to cost 10 euro...!) and it is very near the sea, helipad and near the marina, which does mean its close to some nice and affordable restaurants...again which is nice as it's away from the main drag.

The staff are helpful and actually very good. Of course if you want to be bang in the centre then there are other options, however Monaco is pretty small so walking around is not an issue and public transport is excellent. One good thing is it is near the royal section on the hill which is beautiful and is also close to the modern shopping area.

The breakfast is good and whilst quite pricy worth it if you can wrangle it into the cost.

Room Tip: Go sea front or at least a terrace.
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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with family
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Clementine58, Guest Relations Manager at Columbus Monte-Carlo, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear Guest, This is a very detailed report which will give a good picture to our future guests. Many thanks for sending your kind comments which we share as usual with our staff. Indeed the hotel is located in a very convenient area both for shopping, trying different restaurants and cuisines, facing the Rosegarden & pond garden which will be completely renovated and extended for next spring. With the buses running 50 meters away from the hotel, it is very easy to access to the Old Town (15 mn walking distance anyway) or to the main Casino square. Kind regards. C.
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Zurich, Switzerland
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Reviewed October 6, 2013

I stayed there during my Lotus-Elise Trip from Zurich to Antibes. VIP Feeling! Very warm welcome. And they took care about the Lotus. Rooms are really big (got upgraded) and the Service is outstanding.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled solo
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Clementine58, Public Relations Manager at Columbus Monte-Carlo, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Dear Guest, many thanks for forwarding your kind comments. Considering our close relationship with the Formula 1 (our former owner was D.Coulthard) we always enjoy welcoming some automobile clubs or classic vintage cars rallyes. Looking forward to welcoming you on your next discovery trip, with kindest regards. C.
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

I feel bad that it's taken me so long to get around to writing this review as we promised the staff that we would, just been a busy year since our stay! (April 2013)

My partner were on a romantic break for 3 nights and chose this hotel mainly for the good price. We were not disappointed and although this hotel isn't in the main area of Monte Carlo this suited us as the area is very pretty, picturesque and quiet - we actually prefered the Fontvielle Marina as it's far prettier than the Monte Carlo Marina.

Monte Carlo is walkable in about 20-30mins and we made good use of the hotel's shuttle bus service on an evening when high heels disn't permit the walk into the main nightlife area!

Hotel is modern and comfortable, rooms are nice and very clean.
We overlooked the swimming pool and garden area and also the sea, with the occasional glimpse of a landing helicopter! Fabulous view.

The restaurant was lovely, great food and the ambience in the bar was very relaxed.
The staff are wonderful, every one making us feel welcome and were very helpful particularly Pascal in the bar and Boaz of the concierge team.

Breakfast was a little limited in choice but it was very tasty and we were not left hungry.

It was a shame that the Princess Grace garden was being overhauled during our stay and that the weather wasn't hot enough for a dip in the pool, perfect excuse for a return visit!

Thanks Hotel Columbus for making our trip so wonderful.

Room Tip: Ask for a view of the swimming pool area, sorry I can't remember our room number.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Clementine58, Public Relations Manager at Columbus Monte-Carlo, responded to this review, October 11, 2013
Dear Guest, well many thanks for sending such a detailed and informative report. Nothing else to add to your great description of the hotel, the environment. It is really a shame for the Princess Grace Rosegarden being renovated, but that means the garden will be extended, with more roses, landscaped differently with larger openings and arches. The garden will be reopened next spring 2014 and you should get a stunning view from our balconies and terraces. We look forward to welcoming you next year to celebrate this re-opening. We certainly will post some nice pictures once the Prince family will launch the new Rosegarden dedicated to the late Princess Grace. Kindest wishes. C.
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Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

The hotel is in fontville,not in the center of sights. The tour guide we hired told us this is the up and coming area in Monaco. The buses were very convenient , needed 1 transfer to the palace, one direct line to the harbor.We took the bus to the harbor, and walked to the casino. On the website, the hotel stated the price includes shuttle to the casino, but when we asked the concierge , it was not available. A taxi ride was around 15 euro.
The hotel itself looked new and very clean, staffs were pleasant, the breakfast was good compared to other hotels we stayed in France , there were a lot of fruits,cheese, and good pastries . This hotel was a good option for an affordable stay in Monte Carlo .

Stayed September 2013, traveled with friends
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Clementine58, Responsable relations publiques at Columbus Monte-Carlo, responded to this review, October 2, 2013
Dear Guest, many thanks for forwarding your kind comments and giving such a detailed report of your stay with us. We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Columbus and hope you will have the opportunity to visit us again. Kind regards. C.
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Reviewed September 25, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed here for an overnight in September. We have been to Monaco before so we knew that the hotel was located away from the centre, but it is an easy 20-30 minutes walk. The hotel concierge were very helpful as were the reception staff. The room was a good size. We didn't have a sea view and unfortunately the rose garden is being redesigned so the view is not great and the workmen started early. This didn't bother us but it might if you were expecting a lie in! The bed was comfy, but some parts of the decor looks a bit tired. We thought this was a good room in a good location for the price bearing in mind it's Monaco.

  • Stayed September 2013
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Clementine58, Public Relations Manager at Columbus Monte-Carlo, responded to this review, September 27, 2013
Dear Guest, many thanks for your renewed visit and your trust. You have given some interesting information and tips for our future visitors. We have forwarded your comments to the staff and hope to see you back to Columbus in the near future. Kind regards. C.
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Reviewed September 19, 2013

We stayed for 5 nights and had a great stay.

We had a great welcome from Terry on concierge, our room was not ready so he gave us a map and told us where was good for lunch. Unfortunately, when we returned for check in with reception it was the worst reception customer service we have ever received. The young man did not acknowledge us (there was no one else waiting), he didn't say hello, he didn't tell us where the bar was, what time breakfast was, where the pool is, just simply gave us our room key! then we walked off and he shouted over 'passports' so we had to go back with our luggage for him to photo copy them!! What a shame concierge were not on main reception. Concierge basically run the whole hotel, as every question we had was re directed down to them. when we checked out, were not asked about our stay, just handed our bill.

The pool was lovely, once we had worked out where it was on our own, and we spent a number of hours on a lounger. The location of Columbus was perfect for our first time visit as we were able to walk absolutely everywhere! if your lucky the hotel will take you where ever you need to go. The walk to the palace is worth a visit in the day and night time as the views are stunning. When we walked into casino square we sat outside cafe de paris which, watching all the cars and people go by.

We got engaged whilst in Monte Carlo which made the stay even more special and my fiance surprised me by booking return flights by helicopter to the hotel. this was a truly amazing experience and i would definitely recommend it if you can afford to.

Breakfast was good at the hotel, but did only seem to run smoothly when the man in a white shirt and red tie was on shift. It would of been nice if someone could of shown us to our table at breakfast and where everything was. on our first morning we had no idea. There are great little restaurants by the palace on top of the hill and the food and drink is not so expensive. if you have a cloudy day, the occeangraphique, aquariam is a must see with amazing fish inside.

Our room at columbus had a lovely see view so we were able to have dinner one evening sat outside and had room service.

there is also a great little train ride that takes you around the whole of monte carlo to see all the sites for 8 euros. I could go on forever with tips, where to walk etc so if you need any advice feel free to message me! Columbus, please train your reception staff!!

Room Tip: 822 has a fantastic sea view and has the sun in the mornings
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Clementine58, Public Relations Manager at Columbus Monte-Carlo, responded to this review, September 20, 2013
Dear Guest, We are very pleased to hear you enjoyed your stay at Columbus and in the Principality. We are sincerely sorry to hear about the bad experience at the reception - this attitude is not acceptable and a meeting has been called by the Front Desk manager to discuss the various criticizes mentioned in your message and a previous report sent. Many thanks for your detailed comments which will be very useful to our future visitors. Best Regards.C.
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Property: Columbus Monte-Carlo
Address: 23 Avenue des Papalins, Monte-Carlo 98000, Monaco
Location: Monaco > Monte-Carlo
Amenities:
Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Monte-Carlo
#2 Green Hotel in Monte-Carlo
#4 On the Beach Hotel in Monte-Carlo
#8 Romantic Hotel in Monte-Carlo
#9 Business Hotel in Monte-Carlo
#9 Family Hotel in Monte-Carlo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Columbus Monte-Carlo 3*
Number of rooms: 181
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Facing the Rosegarden dedicated to Princess Grace, close to the heliport with easy access to the Old town and the Casino square the Columbus offers 181 rooms including 53 Classic and 100 Deluxes with balcony or terrace - 14 Juniors Suites & 13 Suites Seaview - 1 Top Floor Apartment - Soundproofed and individually controlled air conditioning - Flat Screen TV- international channels Free High speed Wifi access both in rooms and public areas. Parking spaces under the hotel with valet service. Conciergerie - free shuttle bus within Monaco. ... more   less 
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