Affordable Monte Carlo

Despite its reputation, Monaco can cater for a limited budget. C&IT looks at options that won't break the bank

€49.50
Solution: Novotel Monte-Carlo
Number of rooms: 218
Largest event space holds: 200

The lowdown: For a convenient location without the five-star price tag, try the three-star Novotel Monte Carlo hotel, located in the centre of Monaco's capital city. The hotel boasts 17 junior suites and offers high-end touches such as a heated outdoor pool, solarium and fitness room complete with a Turkish bath. It also has 11 meeting rooms with video projectors, broadband access and a touch screen console. Translation and secretarial services are available if requested. Customised menus can be ordered to suit desired timings and served on the hotel's panoramic terrace on the seventh floor, which has an unrestricted view of Monaco landmarks such as the Palace, as well as the mountains. This space can also be used for cocktail receptions. The bronze delegate package starts at EUR49.50 (£41.66) per person and includes use of a meeting room with two coffee breaks and a one-course lunch with cakes, while the gold package, at EUR69.50 (£58.46), includes a three-course lunch.

The verdict: DMC La Fayette managing director Lucas Coenen says: "It is centrally located, which makes it a convenient place to hold events. It also offers good meeting facilities. It is efficient and practical for business people or congress visitors."

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Contact: Alexia Engelhard
Tel: +377 99 99 83 05
Email: dtc.london@gouv.mc
Web: www.novotel.com

€89
Solution: Fairmont Monte Carlo
Number of rooms: 602
Largest event space holds: 1,000

The lowdown: The Fairmont Monte Carlo is a four-star luxury convention resort located in the heart of Monaco. The hotel is one of Europe's largest with 602 rooms and suites, two restaurants and bars and a mix of leisure facilities to keep delegates entertained between meetings. When business is on the agenda, the hotel's 18 meeting rooms provide ample opportunity to talk shop. The spaces are suitably equipped for large conferences, conventions, seminars or smaller meetings. The hotel's daily delegate rate includes the use of a meeting room with two breaks for coffee and lunch. Post-meeting, guests can relax in the hotel's Turkish baths or unwind in the fitness centre. They can opt to eat in the new in-house restaurant on the seventh floor, with its 360-degree view of the principality.

The verdict: Montblanc PR director Ingrid Roosen-Trinks, who held the firm's International Executive Team World meeting at the hotel earlier this year, says: "The kindness of the staff, the hospitality, views, food and location made this meeting an unforgettable one."

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Contact: Claudia Batthyany
Tel: +377 93 15 48 66
Email: claudia.batthyany@fairmont.com
Web: www.fairmont.com/montecarlo

€108
Solution: Hotel Metropole
Number of rooms: 141
Largest event space holds: 160

The lowdown: The Hotel Metropole is located in the Carre d'Or district of the capital, just a few minutes from the city's bustling centre. The property underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2004 and claims to be 'unostentatiously luxurious'. While the hotel's conference facilities are not as extensive as some venues in Monaco, the property can cater for a range of events. The 150m2 Mediterranee Room, which can hold 160 standing, offers views over the property's casino gardens and the sea. The theatre, which is located in the centre of the hotel, is entirely soundproofed and can be customised for all kinds of events and gatherings. Suitable for banquets as well as meetings, the lounge opens on to the foyer, which is ideal for small meetings or coffee breaks. If guests want some time to unwind, they can retire to the hotel's spa, which has two private suites that can be reserved for a minimum of three hours. The hotel also offers several restaurants, including Yoshi, which serves Japanese cuisine, and a sushi bar for lighter bites.

The verdict: CMX Event Management director Adam Morriss says that while the hotel has more limited conference and incentive capacity than some other hotels in the principality, the facilities it does have are impressive.

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Contact: Odile Firmin-Guion
Tel: +377 93 15 15 41
Email: o.firmin-guion@metropole.com
Web: www.metropole.com


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