Check-in: Hôtel de Paris

- Michelle Lando, Guest Blogger

Don’t let the name throw you. Hôtel de Paris is an iconic resident of Monte Carlo and very well-situated there at that, being mere steps from the glittering Casino de Monte-Carlo.

Built in 1864 to host gambling guests, the hotel’s lobby features a statue of King Louis XIV on a horse, which promises to give good luck to those who rub it.

The architecture and design is fantastic in the main lobby—recently renovated by Pierre Yves Rochon—the Louis XV restaurant and the Pierre Salon ballroom. The Salon is decorated with 800,000 gold leaves. If you think that’s decadent, let’s talk dining.

Lit by beautiful chandeliers, their world famous, three-Michelin-star Louis XV restaurant is a superb venue for its setting—very exclusive with limited seating and no large groups allowed—and its chef, Alain Ducasse. That isn’t all that draws a discerning crowd there. There’s the wine cave under the hotel, the Grill Restaurant atop the hotel with its retractable ceiling and jaw-dropping views, and the American bar which offers live music, creative cocktails and a see-and-by-seen atmosphere. Other charms: there are separate kitchens for each restaurant, all bread, pastries ad chocolates are made in-house. Yum.

Many rooms could use Pierre Yves Rochon’s touch, but the Winston Churchill Suite is quite special. The bathroom features a giant bathtub with a great city view. There’s two bedrooms and a little TV room which has a library feel. It’s a real home away from home.

In all bathrooms, you’ll find La Prairie products, an absolute treat! The same luxury line is used at the spa. There you’ll find a outdoor terrace for sunbathing, indoor pool for year-round use, several steam/sauna facilities and many treatment rooms.

Like your skin after a spa treatment, the overall service here is smooth. Check-in was quick and easy, and staff in all areas of the hotel were friendly and welcoming. Unlike the casino, you wouldn’t be leaving your chances of an enjoyable stay to luck here.

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