From the beautiful Era
To walk into a grand hotel lobby to find the hairs on the back of your neck stand up is a rare occurrence. You can be held in awe at some, intrigued by others, but entering Monte Carlo’s Hôtel Hermitage you can actually feel its soul.
La Belle Époque (the Beautiful Era) was a carefree time in French history characterised by peace, prosperity and optimism. It was also a period of great architectural, technological and cultural innovation, which when brought together, created buildings that radiated presence, pose and demeanor. Monte Carlo’s Hôtel Hermitage, built at the height of La Belle Époque, is a jewel of the period, equaling the masterpieces of French literature, music, theater and visual arts that elevated the nation to its cultured heights. You will never be alone at your stay here, as the soul of the Hermitage is always with you during your stay.
My first liaison with the Hôtel Hermitage was a business meeting – and an early one at that. Traveling the Côte d'Azur railway from Beaulieu-sur-Mer to Monaco I had little time to enjoy the coastal delights of Eze and Cap-d’Ail, but despite the 7:30am start, I was looking forward to my first visit to the Hôtel Hermitage. At the time, I knew of it, but little about it, hence the hairs on the back of neck experience as I entered the lobby. [To be continued...]
Rock star romance
Monte Carlo’s Hôtel Hermitage offers its guest the full celebrity treatment
If you’re looking to treat yourself to an extra special weekend break, then there’s only one place on the planet that you should head too. Monte Carlo, the ultra lavish administrative area of the equally opulent Principality of Monaco, is home to arguably some of the planet’s top hotels. Clustered around most of the famous Monaco F1 circuit, you will find the like of the Hotel de Paris, the Fairmont and of course, the ultra elegant Hôtel Hermitage.
Designed and built during France’s Belle Époque (Beautiful Era), the Hôtel Hermitage, with its fairytale aura, resplendent trimmings and dashing décor is about as far away from real life as you can get.
Walking into the main foyer is like stepping back in time to more carefree days – a cliché we know, but thoroughly deserved in this instance. La Belle Époque was a time of peace, prosperity and optimism, culminating in some of France’s finest works of art, literature and architecture, with Hôtel Hermitage standing as a masterpiece in stone, marble, wood and glass. [To be continued...]