by: José Berrocoso //
A cocoon of serenity harmoniously uniting the Belle Époque heritage and modernity
Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo is a palace with exceptional heritage, proud of its history, but resolutely rooted in the 21st century. Its architecture is unique in the world, with a building listed as a Historic Monument, part of which is the sublime Eiffel cupola in the winter garden, designed by the master of metallic architecture. Since its creation, the hotel has been renovated and modernised regularly, to harmoniously unite classicism and modernity. Overlooking the Mediterranean, with one of the most beautiful views of the Rock and the Port in the Principality, it enjoy a fabulous location, close to the vibrant centre of Monaco, yet remains a haven of peace for its guests.
At the dawn of the 20th century, Monegasque architect Jean Marquet built an upscale and luxurious hotel, a neo-classical edifice amongst orange and olive trees facing the Mediterranean Sea.
Eminent designers and artists put their stamp on the hotel’s style. The dining room, named Belle Époque, is one of the jewels of Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo. All by itself, it embodies 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 the fresco, ‘Grâces Florentines’, by François Boucher and Jean-Honoré Fragonard. In the 1970s, André Levasseur undertook the room’s restoration, highlighting the pink marble columns, reminiscent of the Grand Trianon, amidst the crystal chandeliers.
Another of the hotel’s wonders is the Jardin d’Hiver (Winter Garden). It owes its prestige to the glass conservatory created and erected by disciples of Gustave Eiffel. Its umbrella-shaped structure was emphasised in the 1970s with the addition of pastel tones, gildings and new lighting. The setting and serenity of the venue make Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo a synonym of elegance and refinement.
Its unique universe offers a perfect blend of its Belle Époque heritage and modernity, with 278 rooms, including 54 Junior Suites, 22 Suites and 12 Diamond Suites. All of these exceptional suites offer superb views of the Bay of Monaco and the Mediterranean. The interior design creates a timeless setting with noble materials and minimalist forms, soft and happy colours, bronze and matt gold. The walls are decorated with contemporary works of art.