If You’re Going to the Monaco Yacht Show, You May as Well Go Big

Our top picks for hotels and restaurants in Monaco.

Monaco Yacht Show Hotspots

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You'll have to commute to the boat show if you stay at Grand Hotel du Cap-Ferrat. But since it's one of the most famous hotels in the world, leaving it to walk the docks might be a trickier proposition than getting into the city. This white palace on the tip of the peninsula of Cap-Ferrat is set amidst 17 acres of lushly landscaped gardens with panoramic views of the Mediterranean. About 10 miles from Monaco, the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2009 with the addition of "The Residence," a sea-front wing with eight suites: each with its own private swimming pool. Still, we'd opt for the old-style glamour of the hotel, with its 73 rooms and suites and a Michelin starred restaurant called Le Cap. MYS attendees arrive in time to enjoy the spectacular Club Dauphin, with its Olympic-sized heated seawater swimming pool, reached by private funicular, which is still open for the season. And if choosing your new superyacht proves stressful, you can shed your worries at the brand new Spa that overlooks the gardens and the sea. Superior rooms for the three nights of the MYS are still available at Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat for $2628. Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat, 71 boulevard du Général de Gaulle, Saint-Jean, Cap-Ferrat, France; www.grand-hotel-cap-ferrat.com

For those who want great accommodations without the commute, The Hotel De Paris is in the center of it all. Right on the Place du Casino, this sumptuous hotel has 182 rooms, 74 suites, direct access to the spa Les Thermes Marin du Monte Carlo, and is directly across the street from the casino. It's also home to two great restaurants — the popular if unimaginatively named Le Grill and Alain Ducasse's Louis VX, considered to be one of the finest dining experiences in the world. Book early, though — the Hotel de Paris is everyone's first choice. Hotel de Paris, Place du Casino 98000, Monaco; www.en.hoteldeparismontecarlo.com