Published on January 10, 2019Updated on June 19, 2023
A quick flight of steps takes you from the Place du Casino to the grand lobby of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. As soon as you enter, old memories will instantly be reignited. When we return, it's like we never even left. It's a memory lane paved with familiar gestures and the magic of simple rituals.
A legendary welcome
Treading on the marble floor of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo means following in the footsteps of heads of state, artists, entrepreneurs and socialites who have stayed there and left their mark, just like Colette. Once a year-round resident, she had a spontaneous encounter with a young Audrey Hepburn who she was wanted for the role of Gigi in the theatrical adaptation of her eponymous novel. This is just one story among many that feeds the legend of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, where the lobby is forever the precious guardian.
If paradise exists, it's right here. The setting for an enchanting episode, the lobby instantly expresses its vocation: to whisk you off to heaven. Look up at the domed ceiling with its rich polychrome ornaments of naiads and Tritons. Here, everything is reminiscent of the maritime vocation of the Principality. The sea is not very far, but makes eyes with the sun. Also playing a part in the show is the equestrian statue of Louis XIV, a reproduction of the work of Girardon which was to rise on the Place de la Concorde in 1983, standing triumphant just like Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor who inspired the work. The patina of age has no hold on the horse's knee, as "touching its knee brings luck". No one should leave the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo without honouring this tradition.