Hotel Review: Monte Carlo Bay
Monte Carlo is located in Monaco, an independent principality along the Mediterranean coast just east of Nice, France. The city is famous for its Grand Prix, yacht show, and it's casino. This is probably one of the most luxurious destinations along the French Riviera. You can see the entire principality in a day.
Where to Stay
Located on the far end of Monte Carlo is the Monte Carlo Bay Resort. The resort is currently celebrating its tenth anniversary. It's perched on the coast with sweeping views of the Mediterranean and the hills in Monaco.
This hotel is a good example of modern luxury in a high end destination. Unlike some of the other famous hotels in Monaco, the Monte Carlo Bay Resort has the feel of a coastal beach resort (minus the beach). The resort has amenities similar to destinations in Florida and the Caribbean.
We booked a tenth anniversary package that included an upgrade to a sea view room and breakfast for two each morning. The room was bright and modern and decorated with colors that fit the destination, blues and oranges. The bathroom was large and included a separate tub, shower and room for the toilet.
Our room featured a large balcony overlooking the Mediterranean and the mega yachts anchored just off shore. A lounging couch on one of the balcony was my favorite spot. This was the perfect spot to have a drink and look out at the scenery.
The room also featured a high priced mini bar and complimentary teas. Internet is available for about €10/per night.
One thing to keep in mind, this hotel charges for just about everything. Expect resort pricing. Espresso was about €7 in the casual lunch restaurant. This is high for Europe, but in like with what you'll pay Monaco. The one free feature this hotel offers is its shuttle. It goes between the resort and the Hotel de Paris, which is right in the heart to town. This is a great option for getting to and from the casino or dining. Make sure you check with the concierge for the shuttle schedule.
One of the biggest amenities at the Monte Carlo Bay is its pools. The resort features a large sand bottomed lagoon pool and a traditional indoor/outdoor pool that seemed to be popular with families. There are pool chairs surrounding both the lagoon and pool. Cabanas are available for rent.
The Monte Carlo Bay hotel is part of the Monte Carlo casino group and guests can enter the Casino Monte Carlo by showing their room key. The hotel also features its own casino the Monte Carlo Bay Casino.
If you want to dine on property there are several options. L'Orange Verte is just off the lobby and offers guest lunch and dinner. Las Brisas is poolside and open during the summer. Blue Bay is a One Michelin Star restaurant that serves dinner with a menu created by chef Marcel Raven. Blue Gin is a bar and nightclub and a great spot to finish the evening with a cocktail.
Overall the Monte Carlo Bay hotel is a great destination, but it's pricey. If you're looking for great beaches this is not the place to go, but if you are looking to experience Monte Carlo for the night or a few days this is a good option.