Hôtel Hermitage: The Fine Art of Living on the Côte d’Azur
Built at the dawn of the 20th century by Monacan architect Jean Marquet, this majestic neoclassical hotel has continued to develop into a veritable palace. Its history blends respect for tradition with bold modernity. Today, the Hôtel Hermitage is an elegant example of the art of living in Monte Carlo.
The Hôtel Hermitage was almost entirely renovated between 2003 and 2011, with an extraordinary attention to detail that smoothly marries classical authenticity and technological progress. For instance, the Salle Belle Époque restaurant, one of the hotel’s treasures, and the winter garden, built by disciples of Gustave Eiffel, are emblematic of its elegance. The rooms were renovated in a classical style with contemporary touches. Louis XVI shepherdesses keep elegant company with graceful furnishings made of mahogany and ivory stained wood to create a refined décor.
A number of suites were enlarged and now include spacious private terraces. The Diamond Suite Penthouse on the fifth floor is particularly impressive. It has three bedrooms, three sitting rooms and three baths and opens onto two magnificent terraces with a panoramic view of the port of Monaco. The hotel also added two storeys, strengthening its position as a palace.
A Palace that Welcomes Families
With its 278 rooms and suites, the Hôtel Hermitage offers incomparable comfort and leading-edge technology. Sea and light are welcome guests in all five wings of the hotel, where they create a feeling of space and an atmosphere that is both light and warm.
The romantic Hôtel Hermitage defines prestige with privacy and discretion that suits both business travelers and tourists. Families are also welcome. Game and projection room, reserved pool, children’s club on the private beach: the hotel has everything to make children feel as much at home as if they were at the family cottage.
The hotel is directly connected to the mythic Thermes marins Monte-Carlo and invites guests to use the spa, seawater pool, fitness room, aquacize classes led by a coach, solarium, hammam and Jacuzzi, and to take advantage of the many health and beauty treatments offered. The cherry on the sundae is the Vistamar Restaurant (one star in the Guide Michelin), located right in the hotel, which offers Mediterranean cuisine in an exceptional setting.
Text: Diane Stehle
Photos: Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer