Room Reaction: Our superior room on the 7th floor was light and pleasant and we loved the pretty light blue color scheme although the decor was a little too traditional for our tastes. It was also smaller than we expected. However, the bathroom was sumptuous with Bulgari toiletries and Elgydium toothpaste, plush bathrobes and towels, a deep tub and Hermitage slippers.
Amenity Madness: Aside from the bathroom toiletries, the room had both wired and wireless internet for free, a mini-bar and a control panel for the room, entirely in French.
Internet Connect: While the internet is free in-room, the hookup kind of confused us. Nevertheless it was our vacation so we weren't tied to the web for once. However, we did need to print out our boarding passes and so we meandered down a long hallway off the lobby to the business center. This was one of the poshest business centers we'd ever been in with gorgeous desks, great technology and a fast color printer.
Public Spaces: The hotel's Belle Epoque lobby is stunning and a great to while away some time and engage in Monte Carlo people watching. There is a small area reserved for tea time, with Lauderee macaroons as well as a fancy Crystal bar that serves luxury bar and cocktails (think foie gras and Grand Cru wines by the glass.) For dining, the hotel's Le Vistamar restaurant serves "original gastronomic concept orchestrated by chef Joel Garault" with views overlooking the harbor.
Hotel Spa: Guests can choose to shuttle bus down to the sister Monte Carlo Bay Resort for spa treatments or indulge in the The Thermes Marins Monte Carlo adjacent to the hotel. Here guests can prep for a big night in MC in the two swimming pools, gym, hammam, sauna and a solarium.
Bottom Line: These superior rooms start at 515€ which is an awful lot of cash for a small room. We were able to book our rooms via Leading Hotels of the World for a special rate of 321€ a night in early September. Since the hotel is part of the Societe des Bains de Mer, we also received a SBM Gold Card at check-in that gave us free access to the Casino de Monte Carlo, a 50 percent discount on tennis and golf fees, and access to the Monte Carlo Bay Resort spa.
We'd say this is a great pick for someone who needs to be flitting about the scene and shops of Monte Carlo and doesn't mind a hotel with dress codes such as "chic attire" and "elegant attire, jacket strongly recommend." Just be sure to request a room with a view. But there is another option to consider in Monte Carlo and we'll tell you about that tomorrow.