For many years owned by David Coulthard, the champion racing driver, the Columbus Hotel in the district of Fontvieille is one of Monaco’s best-known destinations for leisure and business alike. And its reputation is set to grow under its new owners, London and Regional, world leaders in the field of hospitality with a vast portfolio of luxury hotels including London’s three Hiltons and Monaco’s largest hotel, the Fairmont.
Columbus for Travel and Business
The Columbus itself is adjacent to the peaceful Princess Grace rose garden and the green space of Fontvieille Park, and a step away from the smaller of Monaco’s two harbours, nestled at the foot of the famous Rocher and the Prince’s Palace.
For business it’s particularly well-suited: only two minutes’ walk from theHeliport, you can get from Nice airport to the comfort of your room in minutes. Rooms are light, spacious and comfortable, beautifully appointed with a contemporary look and feel by award-winning interior designer Amanda Ross.Columbus for Food and Drink
The hotel’s Brasserie is justly considered one of Monaco’s best, Head chef Laurent Sturbois, who has in the past prepared private dinners for Prince Charles, captures the intense flavours of classic French, Provençal and Italian cuisine and combines them with exotic Asian infuences to create an inspiring menu.
Prices are well within the typical Monaco budget, and the ambiance is perfect, with a pleasant sunny terrace which is great for cocktails or a light lunch. For a romantic touch, try the bespoke ‘Grace’ cocktail, an elegant blend of champagne and rose liqueur.
A change from the bustle of the Casino and Monte Carlo, the Columbus provides in its 180 rooms a peaceful and less expensive alternative to the big names of the centre of town.