Hôtel Metropole Monte-Carlo
Turn into the secluded, cypress-and-sports-car-lined drive of this 1889 landmark, and it immediately hits you that there is no better place to experience old-school, Monte Carlo glamour at its finest. Reimagined in 2004 by legendary designer Jacques Garcia, the Metropole beautifully melds past and present, with modern furnishings sitting alongside 18th century French Gobelins tapestries, Egyptian vases, and 19th century Italian paintings. There’s not one, but four Joël Robuchon restaurants on-site; a spa by Givenchy; and a secluded “Odyssey” pool deck, elevated above street level and designed by none other than Karl Lagerfeld. Eighteen panels ring the pool, projecting black-and-white photographs while diners feast on brilliantly prepared, light dishes such as octopus salad with pesto and soft marinated vegetables and fresh strawberry chilled soup. Meanwhile, the 126 guest rooms are a more low-key but no less luxe affair, done in warm, earthy tones with Carrara marble bathrooms.
Room to Book: Ask for a sea view room on an upper floor.
Doubles from $971.