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Room with a view One of the most famous sights in world sport, the Fairmont Monte Carlo hotel has become an integral element of the Monaco Grand Prix.

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f all the circuits to have graced the Formula One calendar, there is none more prestigious in the eyes of motorsports fans and demanding in the eyes of drivers than that of the Monaco Grand Prix. Set amongst the winding city streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine, the track is arguably home to some of the most iconic and recognisable landmarks in world sport, two of which, the high-speed tunnel section and the aptly named Fairmont Hairpin, run underneath and up to the front doors of the Fairmont Monte Carlo. From the hotel’s rooftop terrace and pool, guests lucky enough to be staying at the Fairmont Monte Carlo on race day can expect spectacular views of both the Monaco skyline and one of the slowest but most eye-catching corners in Formula One’s long and distinguished history. It is this birds-eye view of the action that, in the mind of the Fairmont’s experienced and well-travelled regional vice president

and general manager Xavier F. Rugeroni, sets it apart from other hotels and places of accommodation in Monaco and indeed the world. “It’s the only place in the circuit where you can see the white of the pilots’ eyes as they drive though,” he says. As well as offering guests exclusive and visceral access to the sights, sounds and smells of the Monaco Grand Prix, the hotel, according to Rugeroni, has a character which complements the race, further enhancing the experience. “The important element is that the synergy is mutually strong and very beneficial to both; the DNA of both brands in their own field is synonymous with quality and prestige.” Such is the “harmony” between organisers of the Grand Prix and the hotel which it encircles that as well as providing five-star service to guests, staff at the Fairmont Monte Carlo have the further responsibility of supporting the safety teams that service both the Fairmont hairpin and the waterfront tunnel which

runs the length of the hotel’s underbelly. Having performed “beyond expectations in 2011”, Rugeroni explains that as well as offering “a few new surprises” for the 2012 Monaco Grand Prix, the hotel and its staff intend to “continue building on past success by delivering on our clients’ expectation at prices that make sense. This is in terms of service delivery, attention to detail and project evolution.” Indeed, with this year’s race scheduled for the weekend of 27th May, those interested in experiencing the race from within the hotel’s grounds can look forward to the same high level of creativity that the Fairmont’s loyal customers have come to expect for a price that, given the general state of the world economy, “will underline value for money.” To contact the Fairmont Monte Carlo call: +377 93 50 65 00 email: montecarlo@fairmont.com or visit: www.fairmont.com/montecarlo

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