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Belle Epoch beauty: The Hotel Hermitage is getting bigger
There’s much to report on regarding the tiny, pristine
principality of Monaco, nestled between France and Italy on the
As in most of Western Europe, the euro is now the official currency
The Monaco Government Tourist and Convention Authority has a new
president, Michel Bouquier. The principality also will be served by
a newly created body, the Cote d’Azur Convention Bureau. The
organization was launched late last year; its goal is to promote
the triad of Monaco and the neighboring French Riviera cities of
Cannes and Nice for large conventions.
Expect to see cruise traffic on the rise; a new jetty in
Monaco’s harbor allows the port to welcome more ships.
The 140-room Le Metropole Palace will close this September for an
extensive six-month renovation. In addition to revamping all guest
rooms, the property’s spa, restaurant, bar and meeting space will
The 619-room Monte Carlo Grand Hotel has two new meeting rooms;
they accommodate 80 and 90 classroom-style, respectively. The
property’s guest rooms have been upgraded to include interactive TV
with Internet access.
The 400-room Le Méridien Beach Plaza is scheduled to reopen its
10th floor early this year. The 32 rooms have been upgraded to
match the 11th-floor suites.
The Hotel Hermitage is undergoing a major renovation, expansion
and refurbishment of its Beaumarchais and Princes wings. The
project, slated for completion in April 2004, will add 63 guest
rooms (for a total of 292) on two additional stories. Due to the
renovations, the hotel’s Le Vistamar restaurant will be temporarily
relocated within the property through May.
The 54-room Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel has a new meeting and
function room, named Le Salon Eileen Gray. The venue, overlooking
the property’s pool, accommodates up to 80 people for receptions
and 40 for seated meals and events.
One of Monte Carlo’s most popular nightclubs, Jimmy’z, in the Monte
Carlo Sporting Club, is now available to serve private functions
for groups of 100 or more.
Societe des Bains de Mer, which owns and operates the Hermitage
Hotel, Hotel Mirabeau, Monte-Carlo Beach Hotel, Hotel de Paris and
other venues, has a new Web site for planners at www.montecarlomeeting.com. The organization is planning
to build a new 330-room property in the Lavrotto district;
completion is scheduled for 2005.
The newest property in Monaco is the 181-room Hotel Columbus,
which opened in the principality’s Fontvieille district in 2001.
The hotel has a small meeting room, which accommodates up to 20
people, and an auditorium that seats 90; it also features a gym and
an outdoor pool.
• By Lisa Grimaldi
Lisbon’s 194-room Pestana Carlton Palace Hotel, formerly the Palácio Valle Flor, opened last year. The main building, a national monument, was restored to its grand 19th-century ambience, and two wings were added to house the guest rooms. The property has 15 meeting rooms, a fitness center, formal gardens and an outdoor pool. (011) 351-291-209100; www.pestana.com
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