The butter-colored stucco terrace of the Hotel Metropole’s Restaurant Joël Robuchon overlooks Avenue des Spélugues as it curves sharply toward the Place du Casino and the port of Monte Carlo. Few locations provide a finer view of the action during the Monaco Grand Prix, and no hotel in the principality offers a better base for race fans and other Monte Carlo habitués. Accommodations The 146 rooms include six one-bedroom suites on the penthouse floor. The Carré d’Or Suite features a 1,184-square-foot private terrace overlooking Monte Carlo and the Mediterranean. Facilities Don’t be surprised if friends staying elsewhere invite themselves over to lounge by the Metropole’s seawater pool, which is a destination unto itself. The hotel’s spa spans three levels, and the Villa facility has two meeting areas and an open-air terrace with views of the Monte Carlo Casino’s gardens. Dining Cocktails and afternoon tea under a glass roof at the Lobby Bar; cocktails and light Mediterranean meals at the poolside Spa’s Restaurant and Bar; and more cocktails—followed by contemporary cuisine from a French master chef—on the stucco terrace at Restaurant Joël Robuchon. Concierge Recommends Take off in an L-39 Albatros fighter jet from nearby Le Castellet Airport in France. Following a safety course and review of flying techniques, pilots customize your flight plan, which can include flips. Rates High-season Rates begin at $485, with junior suites starting at $790 and suites at $1,650. The Carré d’Or Suite is $8,000.