Côte d'Azur, France

Monte-Carlo Beach

Rates from (inc tax)$196.88

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21EUR), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.


Jetsetters’ paradise


1930s Riviera resort

Along with all the glamour you’d expect just over the border from majestic Monaco, the Monte-Carlo Beach hotel has kept its 1929 elegance, Olympic-sized swimming pool, heavenly sea views and first-class service designed to delight even the highest society guests. But, it’s added colourful India Mahdavi… and a room key that gives you access to Monte Carlo’s top hotspots.

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Need to know


40, including 14 suites.


12 noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.


Double rooms from $196.88 (€181), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €2.50 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR199.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates include access to the Casino de Monte-Carlo, resort shuttles, admission to the Beach Club and the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo fitness complex and spa. A buffet breakfast (for over-12s) is extra (€40); children pick from the charged à la carte.

Hotel closed

25 October 2015 to 3 March 2016.

At the hotel

Spa, tennis courts, golf course, beach club, WiFi (charged). In rooms: La Prairie bath products, flatscreen TVs.

Our favourite rooms

Ground-floor rooms have beach and pool access, so you can pretend you’re not in a hotel at all; room 34, a Junior Suite, is at the end of the row so feels the most private. Room 71, a Loft Suite, is an open-plan space that gets plenty of natural light. If you’re planning on spending lots of time in your room, book room 59, the One-Bedroom Duplex Suite: its bed is very round, and very big.


The hotel’s original 1929 salt-water swimming pool is as glamorous as ever, flanked by white-parasol-shaded loungers, and is open every day from 9am–7pm. Guests also have access to pools at three neighbouring hotels.

Packing tips

Bring your most elegant resort wear… and ladies, remember a headscarf and sunglasses if you’ve got your heart set on a chic coastal-road drive.


Welcome. Extra beds (free for under-12s, otherwise €125 a night) and cots (free) can be added to parents’ rooms for under-12s; babysitting is available for €20 an hour.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

At Elsa, indoors, Mahdavi’s nautical blue-and-white décor is almost as lovely as the view from the picture windows; outdoors, the terrace has white parasols and jaw-droppingly beautiful vistas. Either way, every seat’s a winner.

Hotel restaurant

Elsa, the Michelin-star-holding main restaurant, is named for American socialite Elsa Maxwell, who oversaw the hotel’s glamorous launch in 1929 and was famous for her flamboyant fancy-dress parties. Today, executive chef Paolo Sari serves up creative and detailed dishes influenced by both Monte Carlo’s neighbours, France and Italy. Le Deck is an informal poolside café, open for lunch each day.

Hotel bar

With plush white sofas, a dark wood floor and the Med as its backdrop, Sea Lounge Beach Bar brings Ibiza to Monte Carlo.

Last orders

Elsa opens for breakfast 7.30am–10.30am, lunch 12.30pm–2.30pm and dinner 7.30pm–10pm. Drinks are poured at the Sea Lounge Beach Bar 4pm–1am.

Room service

Anything you want, any time you want it.


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Monte-Carlo Beach
Avenue Princesse Grace


Touch down at Nice Côte d’Azur Airport, a 45-minute drive from the hotel (www.nice.aeroport.fr). Regular flights go from London’s Gatwick and Heathrow as well as destinations worldwide.


The closest train station is Monaco-Monte Carlo, 10 minutes from the hotel, which has services from Nice with SNCF.


If you arrive by car, there’s free parking on site.

Worth getting out of bed for

Monte Carlo has the full complement of outdoor fun, from parachute rides above the millionaires’ villas in Cap Martin to jetskiiing in the Med or sailing along the Riviera (all of which can be arranged by the Monte-Carlo Beach hotel’s beach club). If you’re after something a bit more sedate, from golfing to gambling, you’ll find it nearby…


The classic Casino de Monte-Carlo (www.casinomontecarlo.com) has been attracting a monied crowd for nearly 150 years, and its Belle Epoque architecture has been inspiring writers and filmmakers for almost as long. Try your hand at the tables, slots or wheels – or just admire the scenery.


Monte-Carlo Beach hotel guests have access to facilities at the Monte Carlo Country Club (www.mccc.mc), including the squash court and 28 tennis courts. Guests also have discounted access to the Monte Carlo Golf Club (www.montecarlosbm.com/wellness-sport/leisure/monte-carlo-golf-club): with views of both the French and Italian Rivieras, these 18 holes are a golfer’s paradise.

Local restaurants

The outdoor Las Brisas restaurant on Avenue Princesse Grâce has a south-facing terrace by the sea and a decidedly family-friendly atmosphere, especially at lunch time.


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Anonymous review

As I swung open the car door next to a pair of shiny Lamborghinis outside the reception of Monte-Carlo Beach, I ignored Mr Smith’s sharp intake of breath and glanced out across the white umbrellas of the Elsa restaurant balcony to the shimmering Mediterranean Sea. Jetsetters whooped with delight, propelling themselves off their yachts to swim ashore for cocktails, in unconscious homage to the early-1930s photos on the walls of the hotel lobby. Here, too, wealthy, golden bodies still laugh and mess around in fashionable abandon against a backdrop of inimitable glamour provided by the Monte-Carlo Beach.

As the valet dragged our ordinary-looking suitcases out of our ordinary-looking hire car, we looked every inch the competition winners compared with the elegant Russians and Louis-Vuitton-loving triple-barrelled Euros wafting insouciantly through the lobby to take the air or sunbathe by the pool. One of the great achievements of the hotel, fortunately for us, is a level of service so discreet but friendly there is nary an eyebrow raised if your handbag is high street or – worse still – your derrière is quite clearly stranger to the deck of a superyacht.

Remodelled and restored in 2009, this 1929 collection of buildings comprises small luxury hotel, spa, pool and restaurants – one of which is perched vertiginously on the cliffside; it’s summer only, as is the kids’ club. Designer India Mahdavi has tiptoed successfully along the tricky design tightrope of creating a modern interior that makes the most of the hotel’s heritage and its original art deco exterior. A diagonal grid motif with bright-yellow-tiled bathrooms, duck-egg blues and whites echo the summer sky and sea without feeling clichéd; a little Palm Springs, without the kitsch. Elegant banquette seating, art deco piping on chairs and tactile, smooth circular walls ping you back to the roots of this airy, minimal space.

As Monaco hit the big time, so did the Monte-Carlo Beach, and the pièce de résistance – the 50-metre seawater swimming pool, glimmering against palm trees and overlooked by the original deco diving platforms still in use today – promises ‘take my breath away’ glamour. Discreet, efficient and – surprise – smiling waiters waft from beachside bar to sunloungers delivering cocktails, while the managers direct guests to their lounger of choice, laden with fluffy white towels for Monsieur and Mademoiselle (oh, ok then, Madame). Mr Smith made an about-turn in his duck-egg Orlebar Browns and white shirt the moment someone tried to order a drink from him.

The suites overlooking the Med are breathtaking; the whitewashed wood balcony and cosy seating framing the whole of Monte Carlo and its bays. Set at the Roquebrune-Cap-Martin end of Monaco, there’s just enough distance to allow you take in the sights of boats and revelers without feeling you’re in the hurly-burly of town, and you can drift off in your super-soft bed to the sound of the waves lapping at the shore.

Turbo-charged relaxation is aided by the genuinely friendly, efficient interaction with staff; from the lifeguard chatting away to us about triathlons and jellyfish (worth watching out for des méduses if you plan a dip; tiny ones very occasionally slip through the hotel’s nets), to Laetitia the massage therapist slipping me into the hammam for a stretch after my incredible treatment, since it happened to be available at the time. The general manager has spent years drumming into his staff to ‘take the job seriously, but not themselves’, and his efforts have paid off.

Now breakfast in the Smith household is considered one’s main meal when vacationing, and at €39 per person it’s worth squeezing the most out of it. And worth it, it was; ‘those poached eggs rock!’ exclaimed a sated Mr Smith, sprawling a little inelegantly, I thought, across a banquette. The maître d’ explained that everything is organic and mainly local – a level of consideration for the planet not often associated with the excesses of Monaco.

In the evening, the chef gets a chance to really show off in the Elsa restaurant; I didn’t know it was possible to even ingest metals, but live to tell the tale of the tastiest cuttlefish risotto known to man, topped by a square of real gold leaf. OK, so it’s a little bit ‘last days of the Raj’, with a serving of F Scott Fitzgerald thrown in for good measure, but if you’re going to eat gold, it probably ought to be in Monte Carlo. For more relaxed dining, or for dining with kids, the Deck poolside restaurant serves fish dishes to perfection and you need only crawl to the lounger/pool to cool off afterwards (note to self: a bottle of rosé and a diving-board do not Tom Daley make).

Feeling that one ought to explore Monaco a little, Mr Smith and I swerved taking out the hire car (the road system is like a living Escher painting and the police are handy with their ticket machines) so instead we used the free hotel shuttle bus to Monte-Carlo’s centre. If, however, you fear walking into the famous Monte-Carlo Casino (for which hotel guests receive free entry) and asking for five euros worth of chips to last you the night (ahem), Monte Carlo has bars and restaurants galore and, of course, Jimmy’s (in)famous nightclub for which the hotel can organize your table. Feeling the call of our hotel oasis, Mr Smith and I opted for a return to the Sea Lounge bar on the water’s edge, complete with a pizza and a sundowner.

The Monte-Carlo Beach is a place to play at being Princess Grace or a Kennedy for the weekend. Stick on some early jazz, lounge on the balcony with the newspapers and have your every need catered for. Abandon all normal life and enjoy the role-play. Headscarves optional; and, might I add, tricky to pull off.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Monte-Carlo Beach’s Guestbook below.

We loved

Fabulous food (breakfast, deck, dinner), Olympic pool and pool and beach area, location, friendly and attentive service worth 5 stars, fast valet service. Locally, Maya Bay Asian restaurant is great and within a walking distance. 

Don’t expect



Stayed on 17 May 2016

We loved

Service and layout of the Hotel


Stayed on 26 Jul 2015

We loved

The design of the rooms and amazing views from the balcony and Michelin starred restaurant. Ten out of 10.

Don’t expect

Facilities within the hotel (although there is access to a gym and spa at other beach club hotels) or quick access by foot into the central area of Monaco. We were made to feel welcome but there is no childrens menu so we paid for smaller portions off the adult menu. We went at Easter (classed as out of season) so our 3 year old ate well off a Michelin starred menu and we paid a healthy price.


Stayed on 2 Apr 2015