Sequestered in the heart of Monte Carlo, the Hotel Metropole offers visitors a new experience in the Principality. Constructed atop of an underground four-story shopping mall, the hotel retains its elegant, early 19th-century architectural splendor. Originally built as a Papal Residence, the converted hotel began welcoming guests in 1886 and quickly became known for its glamour and refinement. A century later, the property changed ownership, becoming what it is known as today: The Hotel le Metropole. Today, the hotel has become the “it” destination in Monaco, attracting a young, international jet-set crowd: At any hour of the day, a constant parade of exotic sports cars line the front courtyard and the long driveways.
Jacques Garcia, the internationally known architectural and interior designer based in Paris, extended his signature luxurious—yet full of whimsical touches—style throughout the decor of the hotel. The lobby exudes a sophisticated, yet warm and inviting, atmosphere reminiscent of the famed chateaus of 16th- and 17th-century France. Upon first entering the main lobby through imposing double doors, you see an enormous 18th-century Gobelins tapestry depicting a scene from the L’Allégorie à l’Antique on the back wall. Dark jewel-toned fabrics drape the Garcia-designed furniture that has been placed throughout the skylit room, creating an atmosphere of modern royal splendor—surprising in a resort region of the Côte d’Azur, where most hotel interiors are light, airy, and traditional in design.