Where to stay for the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix 2024. The best rated accommodation in Monaco, Nice, Menton & further afield.
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Staying in Monte Carlo itself for the Grand Prix is out of reach for most fans, but nearby Nice is a good compromise. This stunning city has accommodation to suit all budgets and is just a short train ride from Monaco. Speaking of trains, you can also easily reach Monaco from Menton to the east or even over the border in the Italian Riviera (Ventimiglia). Transport in and out of Monaco over the race weekend is frequent, with cheap options by rail and road.
Trackside Luxury in Monaco
Monaco is known as the ‘Millionaire’s Playground’ because of the people who have always chosen to reside there, and because of its decision not to tax their income. Many F1 drivers only have to step out of their apartments in order to race on the streets each season. In spite of this, there is a surprising amount for a tourist to see within one of the world’s smallest countries, wedged into the corner of a mountainous region. Monaco has a zoo, it also has a rosary and Japanese garden both named after Princess Grace, and a surprising number of green spaces, such as the Parc Princesse Antoinette.
There are only a handful of hotels within the principality, most of which are in high demand and priced accordingly on Grand Prix weekend. These include Le Méridien Beach Plaza, which contains breathtaking views of the Mediterranean, a private beach, and indoor and outdoor swimming pools. The rooms are spacious and filled with anything you could need or hope for.
If you want to stay in Monaco at all costs, we recommend the Hotel Metropole Monte Carlo, which has the five-star luxury you would associate with the era of Princess Grace. When you get to your room, you’ll be captivated by the marble bathrooms, and the spectacular city and marina views. Leave the hotel, and the famous casino is just a short walk away, as is the F1 circuit. Access to a spa, fitness center and outdoor swimming pool are included in the price.
The Port Palace is similarly grand, sitting just next to the legendary harbor, and six minutes’ walk from the casino. With a private dressing room and a whirlpool bathtub in each room, you’ll find your every need is catered-for. If staying in Monaco itself is beyond your budget, then it’s also worth checking out Fontvieille, which is located just to the west of Monaco and is easily reached on foot from Circuit de Monaco.
Staying in Nice for the Monaco Grand Prix
The atmosphere in Nice is vibrant on Grand Prix weekend. You won’t feel like you’re missing out by not being in Monaco, because the die-hard F1 fans stay here! If you have a little more time to spare, we highly recommend Nice as a tourist spot in its own right. With a beautiful old town, stunning beaches and plenty of history and culture, it’s worth taking an extra few days to explore the city and its surroundings.
In terms of accommodation, if you can afford something really classy, the Hotel Aston La Scala boasts an excellent central location, and a chic rooftop terrace with bar, which really kicks off in high season, becoming one of the best outdoor nightclubs in the city. The Hôtel Helvétique may not host such extraordinary parties, but its good central location, just 700 meters from the Promenade des Anglais (the main road that skirts the beach), and the beach itself, makes it an excellent choice. Hostel Ozz Nice is a budget hostel that doesn’t scrimp on style, and is two minutes from the railway station or 15 minutes’ walk from the beach.
Among the attractions of Nice for tourists are long, unblemished, sandy beaches, next to rugged stony beaches, all of which are filled with happy vacationers throughout the spring and summer. The aforementioned clubs are world-renowned, if on the expensive side. If you want to get away from the crowds, the hills surrounding Nice – which are the secluded home to the likes of Elton John – feature Roman ruins, and the most Instagram-worthy views of the coastline you’ll find anywhere.
The city is just a short – and seriously picturesque – coastal train ride from Monaco, and with a thriving social scene all year round, Nice is the perfect place to base yourself, even if your budget is restricted.
Staying in Menton for the Monaco Grand Prix
Menton is a pretty village just 10km east of Monaco. Founded by pirates back in the 13th Century, it features a picture-postcard old town with houses and shops of every color and type. It’s also known for the hills surrounding it, which loom over this charming destination. Menton might not be the place to go if you want a booming nightlife (that’s Nice), but there are many other charms that you’d miss out on if you didn’t give its smaller neighbor a try.
The Hotel Princess & Richmond is a good option for Menton, while if you want to save on the room and instead put your money into Monaco, then Menton’s Ibis Styles Menton Centre is reliably no-frills and no-surprises. Menton is just a 20-minute train ride from Monaco, making it one of the best places to look for accommodation for race week.
Staying on the Italian Riviera for the Monaco Grand Prix
There are towns small and large dotted along the Mediterranean cost near Monaco, both on the French side and the Italian side. A little further east of Menton, the first town on the Italian side is Ventimiglia (and Sanremo is not too much further). You will find lots of F1 fans in these towns on Grand Prix weekend, and there are trains and buses to get you to the circuit. Prices are also significantly lower than in Nice.
Ventimiglia is a Liguria coastal town with none of the pretensions of its near-neighbors, the locals preferring instead to go about their business in an understated way. This might make it a great choice for you if you prefer booking a haven away from the hustle and bustle of Grand Prix weekend, though you can expect crowds in town for the regular street market, which attracts people from all over the vicinity. If you’re looking for a nice place to stay in Ventimiglia, we recommend hotels such as the Hotel Posta, and the Hotel Kaly, neither of which will break the bank in spite of impressive facilities and service.
Sanremo is host to one of the biggest cultural festivals in Italy, and also a major cycle race, and long-time motorsport fans will also be aware of the rally which used the town as a hub. Bussana Vecchia is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city, with multiple other ancient ruins that are sure to capture the attention of any history geeks in your group. We also recommend you take a walk through the beautiful Piazza Bresca, which features orange trees and palm trees, and has long been a gathering spot for locals and visitors.
Hotel Belle Epoque is an excellent choice if you want to stay in Sanremo, with a pool and a panoramic ocean view plus concierge service, but all at three-star prices. Hotel Belsoggiorno is also only a short walk from the beach, and Sanremo’s own historic casino.
The train, departing every 30 minutes, will take you from Ventimiglia to Monaco in 41 minutes, or from Sanremo to Monaco, at hour-and-a-half intervals, in 81 minutes.
Monaco Grand Prix Camping
Monaco is the only race on the European F1 calendar that doesn’t offer campsites within walking distance of the circuit, but there are some good options not too far away, particularly next to the beach between Nice and Antibes. From this area, you can take regular direct trains to Gare du Monaco. More information: 2024 European F1 Camping Guide.