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The Hôtel de Paris pop-up suite pays tribute to F1 driver Juan Manuel Fangio and gives guests access to a Maserati GranCabrio to get around Paris.Meryl D'Souza July 21, 2016
Before Michael Schumacher whizzed his way into the record books there was Juan Manuel Fangio. The Argentinean dominated the first decade of Formula One notching up five World Drivers' Championship titles with four different teams – a record that’s yet to be broken. It’s no wonder that even science says he is the greatest Formula One driver of all time.
The last of Juan Manuel Fangio’s five World Drivers' Championships came in 1957. The Argentine had returned to Maserati for that season after successful campaigns with Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz.
Three days before Fangio won the 1957 Monaco Grand Prix, Alfonso Portago, Edmond Nelson and nine spectators died in a crash during the Mille Miglia. The crash made the Argentinian reflect on his age and he even thought about hanging up his gloves. His young British rivals called him “Old Man”, but they didn’t seem to realise he had enough in his tank for another triumph.
Ironically, Fangio took the chequered flag at Monaco thanks to his experience - the young Brits weren’t prepared for and hence couldn’t manoeuvre the tight confines of the Monaco circuit as well as the veteran.
Now almost 60 years since his triumphant win, Maserati look to pay homage to the legend with a pop-up suite at the Hotel de Paris between July 1 and September 30. The pop-up is part of three-month-long initiative by Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer, where they collaborate with premium brands to reinvent Suite 321 for a limited time with Maserati being the second after Dom Pérignon.
The Italian luxury automaker has roped in Italian interior design virtuosi, L + R Palomba (Ludovica and Roberto Palomba) to design the suite with Maserati’s minimalistic, elegant grey tones and other luxury materials not least of which include the bed’s headboard in refined fabric by Ermenegildo Zegna.
Guests who make the booking will be treated to Maserati airport transfers and will have access to a Maserati GranCabrio for the duration of their stay (though they won’t be allowed to take it beyond 50km around Monte-Carlo). The key to the GranCabrio will double as the key to the suite.
Throughout their stay, guests will be treated to a cocktail buffet of Modena-style dishes accompanied by Laurent Perrier Cuvée Rosé champagne, while guests who stay in suite 321 for three nights or more will enjoy the added bonus of a free cryotherapy session at the Thermes Marins Monte-Carlo.
Guests who wish to book the suite overlooking the Mediterranean and Casino de Monte-Carlo should be willing to part with €3,500 (about AED 14,000) for three nights for two adults.