Ho­tel Her­mitage Monte Carlo

Over­look­ing the Mediter­ranean, the Hô­tel Her­mitage epit­o­mises el­e­gance at the high­est level.

Let's Travel - - BUSINESS SECTION - By Gary Dick­son

The ho­tel opened in 1896, af­ter 5 years of con­struc­tion. Thanks to the ar­chi­tec­tural tal­ents of Ni­cholas Mar­quet and one Gus­tave Eif­fel (of Eif­fel Tower fame) the ho­tel is a stand­out of Belle Epoque de­sign and flare, so much so that it has sta­tus of a his­tor­i­cal site.

Grace­ful arch­ways, grand col­umns and exquisitely de­signed bal­conies look­ing out to the Mediter­ranean Sea make it a very spe­cial place. The Salle Belle Époque with its crys­tal chan­de­liers and a gar­den topped with a glass and steel dome ren­ders the ho­tel truly eye-catch­ing. The dome is even signed by Gus­tave Eif­fel him­self.

With a ho­tel of this cal­i­bre you would ex­pect the rooms and din­ing fa­cil­i­ties to be out of this world…and they are.

I’m not much for over use of su­perla­tives but in the case of The Ho­tel Her­mitage, Monte Carlo there are not enough de­scrip­tive words in the dic­tionary to re­flect the true Monaco life­style of this ho­tel. In­deed, the word ‘ho­tel’ it­self does not re­flect The Ho­tel Her­mitage…it is a des­ti­na­tion within a des­ti­na­tion.

I was lucky enough to dine at one of their restau­rants, when I re­cently stayed there… the world fa­mous Le Vis­ta­mar. With in­te­rior de­sign by Pierre Yves Ro­chon and a Miche­lin star, Le Vis­ta­mar of­fers an au­then­tic, top level din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Chef Benoît Witz el­e­vates the au­then­tic qual­ity of seafood with a rich bou­quet of Mediter­ranean flavours and the views from the Ter­race over-look­ing Port Her­cule, or the main port in Monaco as most of us know it, are noth­ing more than breath­tak­ing.

Main Fea­tures:

• The Her­mitage Ho­tel be­longs to the

So­ciété des bains de mer de Monaco • 280 rooms in­clud­ing 35 suites and ju­nior suites and 8 suites Ex­clu­sive (Monte Carlo Di­a­mond Suites) • A res­tau­rant with panoramic ter­race: Le

Vis­ta­mar • A ban­quet hall: The Salle Belle Epoque

(430m 2) • 8 flex­i­ble meet­ing rooms • The Win­ter Gar­den with its cupola signed

by Gus­tave Eif­fel • Lobby-bar: the Limùn Bar • A piano bar • Di­rect ac­cess to Ther­mes Marins de

Monte-Carlo (Fit­ness cen­tre and Spa)

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