Hotel de France Rates and Deals
Hotel de France Reviews
Jul 24, 2007
Ok, so the hotel itself is not exactly cheap, but for Monaco prices, I would consider it a good deal and, well, less than "average". These dollar signs are a bit tricky when trying to describe Monaco.
The Hotel de France is easy to walk to from the train station -- just be sure to exit the station in the direction of Fontvielle. You will walk for a while, but at least there is a people mover (it is almost like being at the airport, but much nicer). When you finally leave the station, the hotel is about a five minute walk, perhaps less if your bag is not as enormous as mine. The front desk is staffed 24 hours a day so it does not matter what time you arrive in Monaco (which is also pretty handy if you stay out late at a club or the Casino).
I had a single, and it really was a single room -- with a twin bed. I saw some other rooms that had double beds and also a sofa, too. The comforter was not the nicest, but I have also seen worse in hotel rooms. Then again, it was so hot in Monaco there was no need for a comforter. The hotel has top and bottom sheets, which is good considering how warm can get on the Mediterranean coast. There was a ceiling fan in the room that worked really well, and the large window also opens completely. The nice thing about the windows is that they also have shutters -- so you can still keep the windows open to keep the room cooler, but also make sure the room is still dark at night so you can sleep.
The bathroom was tiny -- honestly, it is about the size of a bathtub at home -- but this bathroom had a shower, sink, toilet, and mirror all in it. The water for the shower was connected to the side of the sink -- efficient, I guess. I don't know how people manage to keep the water from getting all over the bathroom floor, but whatever the floor is made from, it dries pretty quickly.
I paid 84 euros/night for my single, but that included breakfast. Breakfast consists of orange juice and either coffee, tea, or chocolate (I think hot or cold). Breakfast also includes a small (plain) yogurt, and four breads -- about a third of a baguette, a croissant, a small chocolate chip croissant-like pastry, and some melba-toast-like things. But the latter come pre-wrapped, so they are a good item to just take with you and snack on later in the day (remember, it *is* Monaco and everything is pricey). You also get an assortment of margarine, jams, and honey for your breads.
The hotel is just at one end of Rue Princess Caroline, one of the pedestrian streets, which ends at the Port. And you are basically at the bottom of the Rock, with the palace towering above on the cliff. Considering how expensive staying in Monaco is, the Hotel de France is not a bad option -- or, at least it will still leave you with a few euros left to gamble with!
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