Fairmont Monte Carlo, a true urban resort by the sea
With an ideal mix of features – the perfect location along the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, home to Monte Carlo’s only NOBU Restaurant, host of the Nikki Beach concept during summer at its outdoor pool, an state-of-the-art Spa and an impressive casino – The Fairmont Monte Carlo is a destination within itself on the Mediterranean Riviera, equally attracting locals and foreigners for both leisure and corporate activities.
Built in the mid-seventies (1975), as an imposing six-sided ship-shaped structure on the sea, the Fairmont Monte Carlo set out from its early days visionary new standards in international luxury hospitality – large rooms with floor to ceiling windows, balconies for all rooms and suites, expansive meeting and convention spaces (the largest in Monaco), a large outdoor heated swimming pool with spectacular views of Monte Carlo, a luxury shopping gallery as well as a most diversified dining offering. At time, one could even feel as being on a large luxury ocean liner, especially given the all-glass facade towards the sea.
Besides the NOBU Restaurant, the Saphir lobby lounge, which enjoys breathtaking views of Monaco and the sea has been given a big boost by Chef Philippe Joannès, who has been awarded the prestigious distinction of Meilleur Ouvrier de France (MOF). The lounge is open 24 hours a day serving an international menu and catering for hotel guests who might be challenged by jet lag but also by locals.
The 616-room hotel impresses with its versatility, achieving to seamlessly cater to both large groups (cruise ship passengers or attendees of major corporate and conference events) but also to the individual guests. During my stay, I was pleased to welcomed with a consistent courteous, attentive and warm service by all members of the staff. In particular, one particular instance drew my attention. Upon my return to my suite, one early afternoon, I could not be more pleased with the housekeeper addressing me confidently by my name. There was also a genuine sense of being welcome, which made me feel special as well as taken care of.
In 2015, Fairmont Monte Carlo has once again paid tribute to the Formula One by branding the top three suites as Grand Prix Suites, each bearing the name of a Grand Prix legend. Grand Prix Suite 5002-04 is named after David Coulthard, having himself repeatedly raced on the most renowned bend of the F1 championship, the Fairmont Hairpin. Exactly there, thanks to objects belonging to him such as his race suit, his helmet, two autographed books and photos, this important driver leaves his footprint in the Principality of Monaco that he loves so much.
My suite, Grand Prix Suite 6002-6004 was named after British racing legend Sir Stiriling Moss, had a large living room with two opposite large balconies, one overlooking the city and the famous Fairmont Hairpin and the other one facing the sea. The bedroom also had a generous sit out sea-view balcony.
A third Grand Prix Suite 4002-4004 was named after Jean Alesi, “4″ being the number he used on his first Monaco race and thus, a significant one for him. Numerous are the races that Jean Alesi ran in Monaco, same for the times he entered the World’s most famous bend, the Fairmont Hairpin, which can be admired from one of the balconies of this Suite.
A video preview of the Fairmont Monte Carlo – Grand Prix Suite ‘Sir Stirling Moss’ can be watched here
Oliver Petcu in Monte Carlo