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Monaco, Monte Carlo and the Hotel de Paris
The location and reasons to visit:
Monte Carlo is one of Monaco’s administrative quarters. Monaco borders the French
town of Beausoleil. One of the Formula 1 races is held on its street every year,
when hotel prices quadruple. Reasons to visit include having coffee in the Cafe de
Paris, opposite the Hotel de Paris and next to the Monte Carlo Casino. Another reason
is to have lunch in one of the stupidly expensive restaurants that overlook the harbour.
People with serious amounts of money actually pay the equivalent of US$ millions
for a tiny apartment, overlooking what is essentially a boat-park. Okay, it’s a boat
park full of $million boats, but if it was a car park, people wouldn’t be so stupid.
Review of the Hotel de Paris, Monte Carlo:
Really excellent. But, don’t expect to get into the hotel to look around unless you
have a reservation. Do try to book a room with a view of the harbour, otherwise the
magic might just not be as good. The view from the room I had of the harbour was
pretty good. Breakfast was up to the expected standard, with fantastic service. Lunch
was equally as good.
I spent most evenings in the bar, drinking the extremely expensive local beer and
eating the bar snacks, which were a meal in themselves. Yes, there were celebrities
there, not that I recognised them, but when ladies walk in with two bodyguards behind,
I guess they at least consider themselves famous.
Also, expect rich, old, fat men who are constantly talking on mobile phones, accompanied
by beautiful girls in very short dresses, who are clearly not their daughters.