The Fairmont Monte Carlo is located perfectly, slap bang in the centre of Monte Carlo right next to the Casino. The sea view rooms & suites are literally built out into the bay so your balcony is sitting on top of water, and the views can’t be beaten. Watch the numerous fireworks displays in the summer, fabulous sunsets, and all the helicopters and boats that race in and out of the marina. When a cruise ship arrives it comes in so close it can feel like it is going to hit the hotel!
The Fairmont Monte Carlo is immense making it a popular conference hotel, so it lacks the boutique feel and personal touch I specialize in on Luxury Travel Diary. However, it has a special place in my heart being the first hotel that I took my baby boy to outside of the UK. Its atmosphere, being less formal than the other hotels in Monte Carlo, was an advantage at this time as I felt comfortable and at home pushing the pushchair around. Feel free to wander around in designer gear or in Bermuda shorts and sandals with socks. Whatever you feel comfortable in, the staff here will welcome you and you won’t feel out of place.
The rooftop pool at the Fairmont Monte Carlo is a highlight with a beautiful view wrapping around from the Grand Prix hairpin to the entrance of the harbor. The numerous American guests give the pool a friendly family and slightly less designer feel. In the summer the Fairmont holds “Nobu by night” by the pool, where you can enjoy the Nobu food in a funky outdoor venue. Their magical 7th floor is the “Horizon Deck” Restaurant and Champagne Bar offers the same wraparound views which are particularly stunning in the Mediterranean night. In the winter Nobu remains open downstairs, but not poolside. Equally the “Horizon Deck” closes in the Winter but the Sapphire bar is open 24/7 all year round.
Breakfast in the summer is served in the “Horizon Deck” restaurant on top of the hotel where views and ambiance are one in a million – I saw a helicopter land on the deck of a Super Yacht, right in front of me! There is also a huge spread if you don’t mind self-service.
All rooms are very similar in design and decor but the views aren’t, if you are going for a sea view, request a room that is not looking over the multicolored 60’s hexagon. For garden view, request a high floor. The low-floor garden view rooms can be dingy. I recommend the sea view suites in particular. Views don’t get a lot better!
The bathrooms are a little tired but this is more than made up for with their gorgeous Labo Rose 31 amenities which smell fabulous. The rooms can be a little noisy as the hotel is located in the middle of the action on Monaco, but we have always been moved without a problem if we have felt it necessary.
The Fairmont Monte Carlo is excellent value for money, particularly for a Suite using Fairmont Presidents Club Upgrade certificates. Fairmont offers a very generous program and if you can reach elite status, this hotel currently enables you to combine a room and a suite upgrade (which are good for a stay of up to 5 nights) to get you a sea view suite which is worth up to around £1,500 GBP per night.
American guests only – Stay for 10 nights in a Suite at the fairmont Monte Carlo for the price of 4 nights in a fairmont room with American Fairmont Chase Card. Simply apply for the Fairmont Chase Card for yourself and a card for your partner and you will earn 2 free nights each (spend $3,000 USD on the card in 3 months), plus get upgraded to premier membership which will give you $50 USD each to spend on dining, 1 room, and 1 suite upgrade certificate each good for 5 nights plus 1 free night each when you pay for 2 nights in a “fairmont” category room. you also earn 750 airline miles per stay. In a nutshell, you can book 2 nights each in a fairmont room, and by combining this booking with your 3rd free night 2 free chase nights, and upgrades, you have yourself a 10 night luxury holiday in a suite for the price of 4 nights in a standard room.
My article on how to make the most out of your Fairmont Presidents Club Account may also be of interest.
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