HOTEL COLUMBUS MONTE-CARLO’S $15 MILLION MAKEOVER

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When Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo opened in 2001, it quickly became the favourite weekend pitstop for the fast and fabulous, thanks to its original owners Formula One racing car driver David Coulthard and hotelier Ken McCulloch. Now in the hands of London and Regional Properties and on the heels of a ballpark $15 million spent on renovating the property, Hotel Monaco Columbus is now banking on lapping the rest of the hotels on the French riviera.

Sneak peak at the newly renovated Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo
Sneak peak at the newly renovated Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo

“We want to change the cliché of Monaco by bringing a young city vibe to an area that has traditionally been classic high-end luxury. We want to be disrupters”, says Hotel Columbus’ Director of Sales and Marketing, Gerard Arazo. The French riviera is known for its abundance of incredible classic properties that ooze yesteryear luxury – so the London-based hotelier group set out to rewrite the future by creating contemporary luxury for the next generation of travellers.

The light goes green with today’s start of the 2018 Grand Prix – and Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo has been revving up the motor on progress with refurbishments over the past year, which include the addition of 12 long-term stay luxury apartment residences, a brand-spanking-new penthouse, and updated bar and dining areas.

Hues and Views

Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo
Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo

Architectural designer Mario Nicolau brought the cool hues of the Mediterranean palette into the nine-level building to create a tranquil canvas of blues, natural stone and warm wood. The 181 designer rooms and suites – ranging from 25-square-foot superior rooms to a 1,300-square-foot top floor apartment – each are given an epic view, whether it’s of the Princess Grace Rose Garden, the marina and Mediterranean sea, or the Rock (aka old town Monaco).

While not every room has a balcony, each has a view – and even more importantly, a bathtub. Additionally, all the rooms are decked out with a load of tech goodies (from Samsung SMART TVs to complimentary wifi), along all the other delightful necessities: think Elemis beauty products and a sleep-focused menu of amenities (pillows, scents and mattresses). The cool tones and effortless style are consistent across the 12 luxury residences, too.

Lobby at Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo
Lobby at Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo
Lobby at Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo
Lobby at Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo

Hotel Columbus Mont design intent is to redefine Riviera hotel space as a final destination, not a stopover – a focus that pervades every area of the hotel, especially the multi-space mezzanine. Its lobby – a sleek, open space where a San Souci chandelier is the centrepiece – is both for checking in and hanging out. Marbles and metals mingle in its minimalist-chic living room area, which wouldn’t feel out of place either in London or New York – it’s the ultimate place to catch up. And the same vibe holds true for Bar at the Columbus, a cool slate-blue cocktail bar that hosts DJs from Thursdays through to Saturdays. While the Bar has been on the circuit for a few years, restaurant Tavolo is Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo’s new entry. The Italian cuisine restaurant has a menu that specialises in all things organic, and expands to an outdoor terrace area facing the Rose Garden.

Outdoor terrace facing the Rose Garden at Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo
Outdoor terrace facing the Rose Garden at Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo

It wouldn’t be the Riviera without a white-on-white pool terrace overlooking the Mediterranean – Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo obliges, with 180 degrees of unobstructed blue horizon. After such a panoramic view, there isn’t much more needed deckside.

At a Crossroad

French riviera

Geolocate the hotel, and you’ll find yourself at the crossroads between three countries: France, Monaco and Italy. And although Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo may have its address in Fontveille, one of Monaco’s seven districts, it likes to dip its toe into France during the summer season, with its partnership with the Cap Marquet beach club.

[Photos are via Hotel Columbus Monte-Carlo]

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Erica Firpo
Erica Firpo is a travel journalist and digital storyteller with bylines on Fathom, WallPaper, Wine Enthusiast, Travel + Leisure, The Guardian, The Telegraph and more, as well as her own site, CiaoBella.

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