Port Palace

7 Avenue Président Kennedy, Monaco, Monaco, 98000

Price from: £119

Restaurant terrace, Port Palace Hotel - Monaco Press Centre

By Anthony Peregrine, your Monaco expert

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#4 of 6
expert-rated hotels in Monaco
Expert overall rating:4.6 out of 5
Location:
4.8
4.8
Bedrooms:
4.6
4.6
Eating/drinking:
4.9
4.9
Public areas:
4.5
4.5
Leisure facilities:
4.5
4.5
Service:
4.7
4.7
Value for money:
4.8
4.8
Recommended for:
Business travellers, Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Seasoned travellers, Great views / scenery, Relaxation, Romance, Sightseeing, Special occasions

Expert review of Port Palace

Monaco style without chintz or arrogance: good evenings guaranteed.

One of the principality’s newer luxury hotels, this place rises by the port, giving a contemporary slant to a classical Monaco setting. There are yachts the size of the Graf Spee just outside and, inside, comfort, fine wines and photos of Bruce Springsteen.

So, sitting on your balcony – or, better still, having dinner in the sixth-floor Mandarine restaurant – you’ll feel you’re doing the Monaco thing properly. If you’re as lucky as I was recently, you’ll also have a clever and beautiful companion across the table. And, beyond the picture windows, the lights of the port and of the old town headland will reflect in the water, spangling the night with promise. It looks pretty dramatic by day, too.

I was won over pretty smartly, and not only because of my dinner companion. Despite its status and location, the Port Palace has a winning lack of arrogance and an evident willingness to please. In Monaco, believe me, the slightest hint of modesty is to be cherished. 

Clint Eastwood

Built into the rock rising to Monte Carlo centre, the 50-room Port Palace majors on urbane and top-class simplicity. It's a pretty sleek-looking item from the outside.

Inside, there’s a cool white lobby and those pictures of Springsteen, not to mention of Clint Eastwood and the Stones. Also some rather lovely flowers from the in-house florist. Floors stack up above, each one themed differently. The rooms are light, airy and eminently welcoming in the modern manner: all creams and whites, with outbursts of sharper colour and soft, rather rustic matching fabrics. It works very well, as it should: the design director of Hermès was in charge.

Breathe easy

Without exception, they offer the splendid views over the port and beyond. Real rare woods and Carrara marble (the sort which Michaelangelo whacked into David shape) abound. Four of the suites boast private hammams, most rooms have Jacuzzis and, should you be there at the appropriate time (and have the appropriate funds), they all afford a decent perspective on a stretch of the F1 track below. 

This is, then, a spot where you may breathe easy – there's none of Monaco's trademark gilt or chintz - before swaying off to the Fleur de Peau beauty institute or, in my case, the top-floor terrace bar, prior to dinner at La Mandarine.

Michelin star

The restaurant recently bagged its first Michelin star. No wonder. I've not eaten so well in Monaco for ages, if ever.  I resisted the temptation to spit olive stones into the boats way down below. Beautiful dining companions rarely appreciate this, even if you hit the target. But, Lord, it was difficult. 

Later, we followed the sommelier to the extraordinary wine cellar - hewn out of the rock face - for a tasting. This was indeed a good Monaco evening.

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Location: 

In the lee of Monte Carlo, bang on the port.                                                                                     

Bedrooms: 

See text above.

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Service: 

Anxious to please, but not to the point of obsequiousness.                                                                            

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Who stays there: 

The brighter sort of business person; also those who want to do Monaco in Monaco style, without the chintz and without necessarily having to take out a second mortgage.

More information on Port Palace:

Price from:
£119
Type:
Hotel
Address:
7 Avenue Président Kennedy, Monaco, Monaco, 98000
Amenities:
Business Centre, Fitness Centre, High-Speed Internet, Parking, Pets Allowed, Restaurant, Room Service

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