THE TOURNAMENT: ATP MASTERS 1000 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
From 04/13 to 04/19
Surface: Clay outdoor
Prize money: $ 4,273,775
Tournament location: Monte-Carlo Country Club – 155 avenue Princesse Grace, 06190 Roquebrune Cap Martin, Monaco
How to get: Perfectly located between Nice and San Remo, Monte-Carlo Country Club is easy accessible by car either from France or Italy. The closest airport is the Nice Intl Airport at just 34 km.
Recent winners: 2016 Rafa Nadal – 2015 Novak Djokovic – 2014 Stan Wawrinka – 2013 Novak Djokovic – 2012/2011/2010/2009/2008/2007/2006/2005 Rafa Nadal
Entry list: Andy Murray (Gbr) – Novak Djokovic (Srb) – Stan Wawrinka (Sui) – Milos Raonic (Can) – Rafa Nadal (Esp) – Dominic Thiem (Aut) – Marin Cilic (Cro) – Jo Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) – Gael Monfils (Fra) – David Goffin (Bel)
THE TOWN: Monte Carlo refers to an administrative area of the Principality of Monaco, specifically the ward of Monte Carlo/Spélugues, where the Monte Carlo Casino is located. Informally the name also refers to a larger district, the Monte Carlo Quarter. The permanent population of the ward of Monte Carlo is about 3,500, while that of the quarter is about 15,000.
Lonely Planet writes about Monaco: “Squeezed into just 200 hectares, this principality might be the world’s second-smallest country (the Vatican is smaller), but what it lacks in size it makes up for in attitude. A magnet for high-rollers and hedonists since the early 20th century, it’s also one of the world’s most notorious tax havens (residents pay no income tax). It’s also famous for its annual Formula 1 Grand Prix, held every year in May since 1929.
Despite its prodigious wealth, Monaco itself is a long way from the prettiest town on the French Riviera: it’s basically an ode to concrete and glass, dominated by high-rise hotels and apartment blocks that rise into the hills like ranks of dominos, not to mention an utterly bewildering street layout that seems solely designed to confound lowly pedestrians.
It’s a rather different story on the rocky outcrop known as Le Rocher, which juts out on the south side of the port and is home to the royal palace, as well as a rather charming little old town which feels a world away from Monte Carlo’s skyscrapers and super yachts.”
TOP 3 ATTRACTIONS:
- Princely Palace of Monaco
- Monte-Carlo Harbor
- Real Monte-Carlo Casino
BEST PLACES TO STAY:
- Novotel Monte-Carlo. Very good *** hotel located in the heart of the Principality of Monaco, at a short walk from Casino, and rated 8.3 Booking. It features a seasonal outdoor pool with lounge chairs, a fitness room and a hammam. Wifi for free in all areas. A superior 25 mq2 double room costs 295€ per night in b&b.
- Port Palace. Port Palace is a 4-star boutique hotel in Monaco overlooking Port Hercule. It features a location at the center of Monaco’s legendary Grand Prix circuit. Guests can relax at the on-site spa with a hot tub and hammam. Restaurant La Marée serves fresh fish and seafood, and guests can dine on the terrace overlooking the marina. The price for a standard room with amazing harbor view is 245€ per night with breakfast and free WiFi included. Rated 8.8 on Booking.
- Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo. Exceptional and extra luxurious ***** hotel set in a building dating from 1864 next to the Casino and rated 9.3 on Booking. It features an American-style piano bar and 2 restaurants with views of the famous Place du Casino. Guests receive a pass allowing free or reduced admission for properties run by Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer. It includes free entry to the 7,000 m² Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo spa. The price for an incredible 55 mq2 junior suite is 1200€ per night!!!
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