Pros

  • Sleek, contemporary hotel set a four-minute walk rom Port de Fontvieille
  • 15-minute walk from the Prince’s Palace
  • Fresh, modern rooms with flat-screen TVs, hairdryers, and safes
  • Some rooms have furnished terraces overlooking the Mediterranean
  • Outdoor pool with surrounding loungers open during the summer
  • Small, but well-equipped gym with free weights
  • Four conference rooms, the largest of which can hold 130 people
  • Hosts revolving array of pop-up restaurants during the summer
  • Free shuttle bus provided into town
  • Free and reliable Wi-Fi throughout
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Cons

  • No full-service restaurant for lunch or dinner
  • Hotel’s shared areas can feel somewhat sterile
  • Outdoor pool is seasonal
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Bottom Line

The three-pearl Columbus Monte-Carlo is a smartly decorated hotel in the southernmost part of Monte Carlo, a four-minute walk from the Port de Fontvieille, and 15 minutes from the Prince’s Palace. The181 rooms are elegant and fresh, with desks, flat-screen TVs, and views of the Mediterranean -- some from furnished balconies. A small gym, outdoor pool, and meeting spaces are on-site, and there's free shuttle service provided to the center of town. The restaurant offers a buffet breakfast, but no lunch or dinner, although the hotel does host a revolving array of pop-up restaurants during the summer months. Travelers looking to stay more centrally might want to try the Novotel Monte Carlo.

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Amenities

  • Cribs
  • Fitness Center
  • Internet
  • Pets Allowed
  • Pool

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Columbus Monte-Carlo

Scene

Smart and contemporary, albeit slightly sterile, hotel with views over the Mediterranean

The Columbus Monte-Carlo is smartly decorated and modern, if ever so slightly sterile, decked out in shades of beige and taupe. The lobby is a large and windowless space with lots of tan-leather banquettes, armchairs, and little nooks with sofas and dark-wood coffee tables nestled inside, as well as bookshelves housing knickknacks and a few books. Just open for breakfast, the dining room is a similar space, with taupe-suede chairs at dark-wood tables. Outside is a terrace with tables and chairs, and views over the Mediterranean and the Princess Grace rose garden. During the summer months, an outdoor pool provides another spot for sea vistas. Despite its corporate feel, this hotel tends to attract leisure travelers of all sorts.

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Location

Four-minute walk down the cliff to the Port de Fontvieille

The Columbus Monte-Carlo is located at the southern end of Monte Carlo, overlooking the Port de Fontvieille -- a four-minute walk away at the foot of the cliff -- and the Princess Grace rose garden. Although the hotel is in a quiet neighborhood, there are still several shops, bars, and restaurants nearby. Farther afield, the Prince’s Palace is a 15-minute walk away, while the Casino Monte Carlo and Cafe du Paris are 25 minutes away. The hotel runs a free minibus service into the center of town. Expect transfers to Nice Côte d'Azur Airport to take 35 to 40 minutes by car. Alternatively, guests coming in by helicopter can take a five-minute walk to Monaco Heliport.

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Rooms

Tastefully decorated rooms with modern bathrooms

The 181 rooms here are bright and modern, outfitted in elegant, if a bit corporate, decor consisting of ivory walls, dark-wood furniture, tasteful striped carpets and linens, and black-and-white photos. Some, but unfortunately not all, have furnished balconies with lovely views over the Mediterranean and surrounding area. Classic Rooms are comfortable but can feel cramped, featuring a double bed, small desk, wicker armchair, and large flat-screen TV. Deluxe Rooms are larger, with space for a couch and two armchairs around a leather-topped coffee table. These categories have contemporary bathrooms with white subway-style tiles and a shower/tub combo. Junior Suites have a queen-sized bed and separate living room with a couch and armchairs. Bathrooms are larger but similar, though tiles are brown. 

Suites are the largest of the bunch, and have walls painted a moody slate gray, contrasting with white linens on the king-sized beds. Each Suite has a separate living room furnished with a comfy couch, two armchairs, and walk-in closet, plus a big bathroom with dual sinks, a bathtub, and shower cubicle with a rainfall showerhead. There's one self-contained apartment unit, with two separate bedrooms. All rooms have a flat-screen TV, safe, air-conditioning, minibar, and free Wi-Fi.

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Features

Seasonal outdoor pool, a buffet breakfast, four meeting rooms, and free shuttle service

Although most guests here spend their days outside the property, the Columbus Monte-Carlo offers a few quality features to keep guests on-site. A small, but well-equipped gym has cardio and weight-training machines, plus free weights. A decent-sized swimming pool is located outside with loungers and views of the Mediterranean, though they're partially obstructed from palm trees. Waiter service for food and drinks is offered by the pool. Note, that's only open from May through October. A buffet breakfast is available in the mornings, but there's no lunch or dinner service. That said, the bar serves snacks and light meals through the day, and the hotel hosts a revolving array of pop-up restaurants during the summer months. Four meeting spaces are on-site, the largest of which can accommodate 130 people. A free shuttle bus runs from the hotel to the center of Monte Carlo and back throughout the day. There is free and reliable Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.

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Amenities

  • Air Conditioner

  • Airport Transportation

  • Babysitting Services

  • Balcony / Terrace / Patio

  • Beach

  • Business Center

  • Cabanas

  • Cable

  • Children's Pool

  • Concierge

  • Cribs

  • Dry Cleaning

  • Fitness Center

  • Internet

  • Kids Allowed

  • Laundry

  • Meeting / Conference Rooms

  • Mini Bar (with liquor)

  • Pets Allowed

  • Pool

  • Poolside Drink Service

  • Rental Car Service Desk Onsite

  • Separate Bedroom / Living Room Space

  • Swim-Up Bar

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