Hôtel de Paris and Hôtel Métropole earn ‘Michelin Key’ status in new prestigious guide

In the very first edition of the Michelin Hotel Guide, two of Monaco’s most prestigious establishments, the Hôtel de Paris and the Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo, have earned high praise. 

Launched earlier this month for the first time in the history of the legendary Michelin Guide, the new Hotel edition celebrates the finest establishments in France and Monaco. In the months to come, other nations around the world will be added to its scope, from Italy and Spain to select cities in the US and Japan.  

Though around 600 hotels come recommended in the newly published France and Monaco guide, less than 200 have been honoured with the equivalent of the iconic Michelin star. 

For hotels of the highest calibre, it is a Michelin key that designates their status as among the best.  

One key means a very special stay in a place of character and personality, two keys stand for exceptionality – “Somewhere truly unique and exceptional in every way,” according to the guide’s inspectors – while the ultimate accolade of three keys equates to the extraordinary. 

“It’s all about astonishment and indulgence here – this is the ultimate in comfort and service, style and elegance,” explains the guide, “a trip of a lifetime.” 

The courtyard of the Hôtel de Paris. Photo by Monaco Life

Just 24 hotels received the elevated honour of three keys, including Monaco’s famous Hôtel de Paris in Casino Square.  

The beautiful 19th century building, which benefitted from a spectacular renovation in 2019, is also home to the three Michelin star Le Louis XV – Alain Ducasse restaurant and the one-starred Le Grill, headed up respectively by chefs Emmanuel Pilon and Dominique Lory.  

The Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo has also been rewarded by this new reference in hospitality with two keys. The news comes just weeks after the hotel celebrated the awarding of two Michelin stars to its flagship restaurant, Les Ambassadeurs by Christophe Cussac, a feat achieved less than a year after its doors first opened.  

The Hôtel Métropole Monte-Carlo, photo by Monaco Life

Beyond the borders of the Principality, a number of other prestigious hotels in the French Riviera have earned recognition in the Michelin Hotel Guide. Among those to claim three keys are the resplendent Grand Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, Antibes’ glorious Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc and Saint Tropez’s  beachfront enclave of La Reserve Ramatuelle. 

Provence’s spread of luxury hotels scored highly with the Michelin Guide’s inspectors too, with three keys going to the Hôtel du Castellet, which recently earned three Michelin stars for La Table du Castellet, Gordes’ La Bastide de Gordes and Baumanière in Les Baux-de-Provence. 

See more: Michelin Guide 2024: New stars awarded to French Riviera restaurants

Nice’s famed Le Negresco picked up two keys, as did Château Eza and the Château de la Chèvre d’Or in Èze, The Maybourne Riviera in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, Saint Paul de Vence’s Le Domaine du Mas de Pierre, the Airelles Saint Tropez Château de la Messardière and Cheval Blanc Saint Tropez, and Cassis’ Les Roches Blanches. 

To explore the full list of hotels to win acclaim in the new guide, click here


Michelin Guide 2024: Les Ambassadeurs by Christophe Cussac earns two stars in its first year

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