Contributor/ Christina Miller
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Glamour. The hotel lounge is the place to see and be seen; whether you order coffee or champagne, sit back and watch the beautiful people play their fabulous game within a glamorous yet soulful atmosphere.
The Good Stuff
Each season there’s a new theme and, usually, a new cocktail to go with it. Over the Rainbow is the hotel’s current theme, celebrating the return of spring until the end of May. The suites are classic and elegant, and Don Draper wouldn’t look out of place in the bathroom, which, with dark wooden finishings, could have been based on that of an established gentleman’s club. Hermes products are the perfect finishing touch. What’s more, the laundry service is impeccable; items are collected and returned swiftly, in pristine condition.
When you step into Hotel Metropole you step into a cloud of Ambre du Nepal, a heady, luxurious fragrance that will stay with you for months after you check out. Upstairs, the Odyssey bar and pool – designed by none other than Karl Lagerfeld – echoes the old school glamour of the hotel but with a modern twist; think monochrome details and chilled Ibiza-esque soundtracks. The black and white mural of more beautiful (albeit, Roman) people makes for a great photo opportunity.
Inside the hotel – 4/5
Hotel Metropole is tucked behind some perfectly positioned (and perfectly pruned) greenery, ensuring total privacy from the busy streets of Monaco. It’s a large hotel, but it feels small and intimate thanks to the low lighting in the main reception areas and quiet corridors. Thus, the experience is more that of being a guest in a grand house. There’s always something to see at Hotel Metropole, and yet, somehow, it doesn’t seem busy.
Outside the hotel – 5/5
The hotel is very central. Just a short walk from the famous casino and surrounding designer boutiques, Hotel Metropole is in a great location for seeing Monaco by foot. Make sure you visit the marina and yacht club for breath taking views, and the Palace is a must-see for any history buff.