The striking similarities between Miami and Monaco’s most legendary hotels

Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo
Image courtesy of the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo.

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senior travelers visiting Monaco today they tend to gravitate towards the principality’s most legendary five-star waterfront properties, many of which were built in the late 19th century in line with the birth of the city’s yachting scene and the simultaneous flourishing of yachting tourism. elite. On the other side of the Atlantic, the bathers of miami they are drawn to coastal icons that blend high design with Riviera-inspired seaside living stemming from the city’s hospitable heritage. On both sides of the world, these two distinct seaside locations share a sense of cultural kinship and a historical period of architectural evolution.

Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo
Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo. Image courtesy of TripAdvisor.

the palatial Hotel de Paris Monte Carlo opened in 1864 as the vision of French businessman François Blanc, who was also behind the creation of the Monte Carlo Casino, as part of the development of the city. The opulent places, together with the Monte Carlo Opera and several other hotels and restaurants—are part of the Société des Bains de Mer, which was established by Charles III, Prince of Monaco in 1863 and has been responsible for making Monaco the destination that it is today for more than a century and a half. Nearby is the neoclassical style Hotel Metropole designed by Danish architect Hans-Georg Tersling in 1889. La Belle Époque Hotel Hermitage Monte Carlo, which was built soon after in the 1890s by architect Nicolas Marquet and engineer Gustave Eiffel stands in a prominent position overlooking Monaco’s harbour. These palatial properties were joined by the waterfront Montecarlo Beach Hotel designed by French architect Roger Séassal in 1929 with its Roquebrune-Cap-Martin location offering a more serene setting and the ideal spot for the then new wave of luxury travelers looking to explore the French Riviera.

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Hotel Plaza Roney
Roney Plaza Hotel. Image courtesy of Digital Commonwealth.

The Fin de siècle period was also a time of crucial growth in miami. It meant the beginning of the transformation of the coast into a sailing destination. The subsequent rise of the yachting scene occurred alongside the development of the city’s thriving cultural and lifestyle offerings, especially its places to stay. The Hotel Miami made its debut in 1897 as the city’s first luxury resort, the royal palmwhich was conceived by industrialist Henry Flagler, who opened access to Miami by rail in 1896. These iconic establishments were followed in the early 20th century with the arrival of iconic properties such as the McCallister Hotel, opened in 1917, Miami’s first skyscraper 10 stories high. , and the Roney Plaza Hotel, opened in 1925, credited with being the city’s first major beachfront resort.

Faena Hotel Miami Beach
Faena Hotel Miami Beach. Image courtesy of TripAdvisor.

In the decades since, both Miami and Monaco have continued to expand, and their ever-evolving hospitality offerings have continued to set these two places apart with their greatest Hotels attracting the global jet set from Hollywood stars to royalty. In Monaco, the contemporary hotel scene boasts properties such as the Fairmont Monte Carlothe Riviera Marriott Hotel La Porte de Monacoand the one built in 2005 Montecarlo Bay Hotel & Resort. More recently, some of the principality’s grand dames have undergone their own evolution, with the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo drawing particular attention for its $280 million renovation completed in 2019. Meanwhile, in Miami, contemporary icons have emerged. of a growing beachfront hotel scene that fuses Miami style with a Cote d’Azur vibe. properties like Faena Hotel Miami Beachfisherman Island Club, Four Seasons at the Surf Cluband The Miami Beach EDITION combine a coastal setting with modern opulence and a focus on design, in some cases with distinctly stylish Mediterranean influence. The attraction of the Cote d’Azur, it seems, is everywhere.

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