Monaco’s fabled Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo isn’t just getting a new makeover but a new manager to carry the project across the finish line, as well.
Ivan Artolli has been named the hotel’s managing director and will take the reins on the extensive renovation project at the landmark Monte Carlo luxury hotel, which began in October 2014 and has seen the hotel close in stages as work proceeds. Clients can expert the renovations to be completed by the end of 2018.
The project is the most extensive refurbishment of the hotel in its 150-year history and will include the addition of a garden courtyard; a new spa, fitness, and pool area; and a rooftop villa with its own private garden and pool. Rooms and suites also will be renovated and expanded, but the work by architects Richard Martinet and Gabriel Viora will not touch the hotel’s palatial exterior, and fixtures like the hotel’s ornate entrance hall, wine cellar, Le Bar Américain, La Salle Empire, the Michelin-starred Le Grill, and Alain Ducasse’s Michelin three-starred Le Louis XV restaurant will remain.
Artolli has 35 years experience in the luxury hotel industry, including more than 15 years with the 12-property Rocco Forte group, where he served as operations director for the U.K., Russia, and Belgium. He previously led the renovation of the Hotel Amigo in Brussels and the construction, marketing, and operation of Verdura Golf & Spa Resort in Sicily.
The five-star Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo is adjacent to the French Riviera city’s famous Place du Casino. It was opened in 1863 by the Society des Bains de Mer (SBM), which continues to operate the hotel along with the casino and several other hotels in Monaco.