Sufiyeh

Fashion & Luxury Lifestyle Writer

MONACO’S OTHER PALACE | HÔTEL HERMITAGE

In the heart of the hustle and bustle of Monte-Carlo, Hôtel Hermitage has elegantly imposed itself as a 5 stars Palace Leading Hotel, in true Belle Époque style.

At the dawn of the 20th century, Monegasque architect Jean Marquet built an upscale and luxurious hotel, a neoclassical edifice amongst the olive trees dotting Monte-Carlo, facing the Mediterranean Sea.

Eminent designers and artists engraved in stone and printed the hotel’s style. The dining room, named Belle Époque, is one of Hôtel Hermitage’s most iconic rooms, embodying the character and opulence of the establishment. The ceiling is the work of artist Gabriel Ferrier, Prix de Rome and 1889 Universal Exposition Gold Medallist who was inspired by François Boucher and Jean-Honoré Fragonard’s fresco.

Another of the hotel’s art de vivre wonders: the Jardin d’Hiver (Winter Garden), owes its prestige to the glass conservatory created and erected by disciples of the undisputed master of metal architecture, Gustave Eiffel. All is meticulously designed to achieve a harmonious marriage between classic authenticity and technology. While architect Joseph Lori leads the refurbishments to match the original Belle Époque style, mirroring the facade of the Prince and Beaumarchais wings, the hotel strengthens its position as a Palace and is raised by two storeys.

The Diamond Suites are the showpieces of Hôtel Hermitage. There are 12 crown jewel suites overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, distinguished by their luxurious spaces. And to name a few: the Diamond Penthouse Suite, the Diamond Presidential Suite and the Diamond Duplex Suite with Jacuzzi. Then there’s the Penthouse Diamond Suite; this unparalleled suite holds no comparison in Monaco, welcoming guests to the greatest luxury of the contemporary palaces: space. It spans 361sq.m, including a 23sq.m terrace and a second 70sq.m terrace. Each room is delicately infused with haute-couture tones of taupe, aubergine and gold. While 2 terraces offering a 360 ° view of the port of Monaco, the Monaco rock and the sea create a truly unique experience.

Hôtel Hermitage devotes the top floor of the Prince wing to an exceptional 200sq.m apartment: the Diamond Duplex Suite with Jacuzzi. It is worth adding the private terrace to the living area. This roof top apartment offers from a 95sq.m space of totally exclusive living area, facing the sea, unobstructed, with a solarium and a Jacuzzi, this duplex suite is decorated in shades of white and is complemented by a glass staircase, which highlights the effect of space, clarity and weightlessness.

The Limùn Bar on the ground floor offers luxury food, on the go. Located close to the lobby, it is an intimate and elegant space decorated in pastel hues. In the great tradition of hotel bars, the Crystal Bar, created by interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon, prides itself in its unique selection of Grands Crus wines served by the glass, in an exceedingly refined setting. Adorned with exceptional pieces made and signed by the greatest master glassmakers of the prestigious crystal makers such as Daum, Baccarat, St. Louis, the Crystal Bar is a unique place celebrating the incredible creative fantasy of “Art de vivre”.

Jaunting rakes should also note this hotel offers one of the best views of the Grand Prix race over Monte Carlo. Jet set and go!

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