HOTEL REVIEW: Fairmont Monte Carlo

At the port of Monaco stands a gleaming white hotel, accompanied by sailing yachts and ships on the foreground and a flourished town in the background. The hotel is Fairmont Monte Carlo, a historical place the country can be proud of.

Not only does the hotel have a wide range of luxurious accommodations for its guests, it also has a special history of change that has contributed to the sustainability and life of nearby communities.

History

Let’s first have a look at its history.

Fairmont Monte Carlo started out in 1975 as a go-to venue for aristocrats and heads of state. It was easily accessible, because it stood near the country’s old railway station. It was also right next to the Tir au Pigeons, a famous hotspot for pigeon shooting, an old sport found now only in vintage postcards.

Long before the environment was prioritised in businesses, Fairmont Monte Carlo already designed its buildings to connect to nature. The cool air processed from the Mediterranean Sea circulated within all the hotel’s seven floors.

In the years that passed, the business initially expanded to Europe and then grew into Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. The Fairmont brand now has 120 hotels in 23 countries.

Rooms and Suites

To this day, Fairmont Monte Carlo has 602 rooms. There are five types of guest rooms with different views: private terraces (Fairmont Room, Hairpin Room), the sea (Deluxe Sea View and Deluxe Premium Sea View Rooms), or the hotel’s garden courts (Deluxe Garden View Room).

There are also three types of suites that are larger than the guest rooms and offer vast living spaces and more accommodations.

Deluxe Premium Sea View  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Deluxe Premium Sea View  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Deluxe Premium Sea View  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Deluxe Premium Sea View  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Deluxe Premium Sea View  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Deluxe Premium Sea View  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Restaurants

Monaco diners also flock to the Fairmont Monte Carlo’s four restaurants. Savory and fresh dishes from culinary traditions in the Mediterranean (Horizon Restaurant, Saphir24 Bistro Lounge and Bar, and Nikki Beach) to Asia (NOBU) are offered at the venues.

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Horizon Restaurant(Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Horizon Restaurant(Fairmont Monte Carlo)

The Fairmont Spa

One must also come to the hotel’s spa and enjoy not only the services but its colourful and Mediterranean-inspired aesthetic as well. The spa has won four awards, the latest being last year’s World Travel Awards Leading Spa Resort.

Awards and Accolades

Overall, Fairmont Monte Carlo has received 22 local and international awards in the recent years, with some of them landing the hotel in halls of fame. The hotel has received awards for popularity, service excellence and sustainability.

Eco-Friendly

More importanly, guests can be assured that they are supporting eco-friendly practices with the hotel. Services are tailored to recycle waste, conserve water, save energy, and preserve animals and natural resources. The hotel also partners with nearby shops for the sale of organic goods.

In the long run, Fairmont Monte Carlo has successfully reduced their carbon footprint and has been dubbed one of the hotel leading in environment-friendly practices.

Things to do in Monaco

The hotel is proud of the flexibility of its services, which can be tailored to the customers’ needs and interests. They can also be enjoyed alongside the overall Monaco experience.

The following are just a glimpse of things to do while in Monaco.

1. Enjoy a deluxe pool party at Fairmont’s Nikki Beach

The Nikki Beach is out of the ordinary. It stands at the top of the hotel! It has become a popular spot for celebrities and VIPs because of its music and exotic themed parties that can be enjoyed by the cool pool.

Once there, you can also enjoy an array of savory dishes from the beach restaurant. 

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

Nikki Beach  (Fairmont Monte Carlo)

2. Swim and sunbathe in the nearby Larvotto Beach

Larvotto Beach, which is only 10 minutes away from the hotel, is an epitome of a beachgoer’s luxury. The pebble beach is right by the clear water of the Mediterranean. The venue is great for enjoying water sports and sunbathing.

Once there, you can hardly ignore the wealth the beach gives off. Guests can enjoy a royalty treatment when they rent their own lounges that comes with plush mattresses and parasols. Should you go hungry, the streets near the beach also have a range of budget and luxurious meals.

Those who love water sports – or those who want to try it – can do jet skiing, play beach volleyball, or go parasailing.

Larvotto Beach

Larvotto Beach

3. Rent a boat or yacht

When in Monaco, rent a boat!

Fairmont Monte Carlo allows you to connect to hosts that offer boat rentals for a range of reasonable prices that suit your budget. Inquiring through the hotel concierge guarantees a smooth rental process.

Each boat has beautiful living and leisure quarters that you’ll feel like you’re living in a movie. The yachts all differ in accomodations, even if you want to speed through the gleaming Mediterranean waters or smoothly sail across them.

4. Play casino games

Monte Carlo is the gamers’ paradise with four casinos focused on different interests. If you’re new to casino games, don’t worry, the casinos can still make playing enjoyable for you.

Gamers can enjoy Monte-Carlo Bay Casino for its modern style with a lively yet sophisticated aesthetic. The casino has 140 slot machines.

The next casino, Casino Café de Paris, is open 24/7. You heard that right! It is also the spot to enjoy thrilling table games like blackjack, roulettes, and poker.

The third casino is Casino de Monte-Carlo, known for its popularity towards international guests. The building has a renaissance vibe, with high ceilings and grand decor. It houses three restaurants. The casino is even better in the summer where table games can be played in the special terraces while taking in the view of French Riviera.

The Sun Casino at Fairmont Monte Carlo, on the other hand, caters to wider interests. Sports fans can watch games throughout their stay. Moreover, it houses a total of 195 slot machines and accompanying table games that intensify the thrill of gaming.

5. Shop luxury items

After winning from the games at the hotel casino, it’s time to treat yourself to luxury shopping! Designer brands like Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, and Piaget can be found at the Monte Carlo Pavilions.

Visiting the pavilion itself is also a treat as every shop is designed uniquely and can stand out from the rest. A visit to these stores is a must when you stay at Fairmont Monte Carlo.

6. Spot some supercars

Monaco is a great place for luxury sports car spotting. With the arrival of wealthy holidaymakers in the summer, supercar enthusiasts also show up with their cameras to take photos of the million-euro motors.

Conclusion

At some point in our lives, we have all envisioned a vacation in the Mediterranean, with the wide open sky above us and the sparkling water on our feet. Dreaming of it is one thing, making it happen is another. 

A visit to Monaco is like fulfilling this vision in your head. Supplementing this visit with services from a top-notch hotel like Fairmont Monte Carlo is an even greater bonus, so make it happen!