17 Jan 08
Options for accommodation in Monaco range from the overly lavish to the surprisingly cost-effective. So if you are heading there on Saturday night, it pays to shop around. There are various areas of the city, from the old town of Monaco Ville, through the glitz of Monte Carlo and Casino-land itself and the port of La Condamine to the apartments of Fontvielle, where half the world's motorsport stars seems to live.
The favourite area for bargain hunters is Beausoleil, www.beausoleil-tourisme.com half a mile up from Casino Square. Crucially, it's in France, so the hotels are only quite expensive. If you want a real dose of the star glamour, though, there's always the Columbus Hotel, www.columbushotels.com part owned by Formula 1 driver David Coulthard. It's excellent, modern and chic and some rally drivers favour it. Expect to pay 180 euros a night.
Alternatively, if you'd rather watch the cars tackle some classic rally stages on Sunday, you may prefer to base yourself in the Alpes Maritimes on Saturday night. The legendary Col de Turini section returns for 2008, and is run twice on Sunday. If you want the full Monte experience then you should probably camp overnight, together with thousands of fans who get there early to get the best viewing positions. Follow the 'related feature' links on this page to see how Neil Cole enjoyed his night on the Col. If camping's not for you, then why not try a warm hotel right on the Col? www.hotel-les-chamois.com