Special Travel Feature
Hotel Metropole of Monte Carlo Re-opened June 2004
4, Avenue de la Madone, BP 19, MC98007, Monaco Cedex

A new spa and two superstar chefs highlight.

The 146-room Hotel Metropole in Monte Carlo is set to reopen in June with a banquet to be attended by the ailing Prince Rainier and his family. The interior of the hotel, which closed its doors in September 2003 to begin extensive refurbishments, will highlight interior designer Jacques Garcia, whose previous work can be seen at the Hotel Costes in Paris, and Hotel La Reserve in Geneva.

The palazzo-like experience begins at the driveway of the hotel, which is lined with Roman Cypress trees and almost tropical style landscaping. The lobby will feature natural light streaming through the glass roof, a perfect compliment for the elegantly crafted sofas and chairs designed in pastel hues.

The guest rooms will consist of richly colored fabrics and upholsteries of gold and cream, dark woods and Pierre Frey linens. The bathrooms, which are described as spacious in the press releases, are constructed of solid wood, marble and slate, double sinks, oversized bathtubs and jet message showers.

The business person will be well served with a large work desk, Internet access, safe deposit boxes, mini-bars and 24-hour room service. The hotel has 64 Junior Suites as well as a 1,302 square foot penthouse that houses two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a 930 square foot patio with expansive views of Casino Square.

One of the exciting new additions for the hotel will be 9,300 square foot Spa constructed by ESPA that has 13 feature rooms, three VIP suites and a fully equipped fitness facility. The suites will be equipped with large bathtubs and a hamman-style steam shower, saunas and hammans and signature spa therapies.

There will be two conference rooms with over 1,900 square foot of meeting space, a banquet room of over 1,600 square feet, and two boardrooms. I have been told clearly by general manager Jean-Claude Messant when I met him recently, that the level of service at the Metropole is impeccable without being stuffy. This is described as Luxury Attitude or "the Human Dimension of Luxury." If the charming Jean Claude is anything to go by, then the Metropole will indeed be something quite special.

He was particularly effusive about the new restaurant at the hotel, which will be under the direct supervision of none other than Master Chef Joel Robuchon. Christopher Cussac of the renowned two star Michelin restaurant in Hotel La Reserve on the Cote d' Azur, will be the executive chef in charge on a daily basis. An open kitchen as well as an on-site bakery will highlight Mediterranean cuisine using only the freshest of ingredients as the two chef's work closely together to make the Metropole the place to dine in Monte Carlo.

Of course, they will have some stiff competition, but Joel Robuchon's legendary attention to detail will ensure nothing goes wrong. This is a real busy person. Last year he opened a second restaurant in Tokyo, and this year he is also opening a new place in Paris. He is involved with a new restaurant in Las Vegas in 2005, and he also writes books and food columns for newspapers in France. He also opened a gourmet food television channel in France. The chef is mainly self taught and worked his way up through the kitchens of Paris where he still lives currently. He is a three-star Michelin chef, and has won far too many awards to list here.

Tel: 33.0.493.16.64.00
Fax: 33.0.493.88.35.68
Reservations: 377 93 15 15 35

Michael Hepworth, June 2004
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This article reprinted from Dine Online