Magazine article Variety

Fest's Home Base Has Attractions to Spare

Magazine article Variety

Fest's Home Base Has Attractions to Spare

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GET A ROOM

Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel has emerged in recent years as the top venue for guests looking for a peaceful haven. It boasts a lagoon-style, salt-water pool with a sandy bottom. A more classic hotel choice is the Hermitage, which combines Belle Epoque charm and architecture. It features a top-notch spa - the Thermes - and the Crystal Bar, where guests can erçjoy a view of the royal harbor.

SEE THE SIGHTS

For a truly spectacular arrival, take a helicopter from Nice to Monte Carlo; you can book one atmonacair.mc/fr. Once you unpack, take in the Oceanographic Museum, visit the Palais, take a walk around the harbor, or visit the Prince of Monaco's classic car collection in the Terraces de Fontvieille.

SAVOR A MEAL

Monte Carlo is packed with top-notch restaurants. Located across from the Grimaldi Forum, where all the festival action unfolds, Bouchon serves such bites as crepes, hamburgers, Caesar salads and bagels. Another strategic spot for festivalgoers: The Café de Paris, a fancy brasserie located on the Place du Casino. …

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