Getting from NIce to Monaco is easy, the hotels in Monaco are not that much more expensive than in Nice and it obviously saves on the transport costs. Monaco is actually not that expensive with some exceptions.
If Monaco is truly what you are going for, stay there. The time, cost and aggravation of trying to get back and forth a few times from Nice will far outweigh paying a few bucks extra to stay in Monaco. I was there in may and actually stayed at the Monte Carlo Beach Hotel which is just over the border back into France (on the far end of Monaco if you are coming from the direction of NIce). It had a free shuttle that could get you to about the center of Monaco by the casino and from there you could easily take the buses for cheap to see anything. Except for my hotel, I kept my costs pretty well in check. Take a peek at my Go List for Monaco on a Sort Of Budget.
Just got back from six weeks in Europe where I spent one of the weekends in Monaco (end October, 2006). It is very easy to get to Monaco from Nice on the frequent trains. I had wanted to visit Monaco for many, many years but unfortunately, it was one of the very few places that I have no desire to return and one of the least favourite parts of my trip. (My favourite was Brussels due largely to the absolute stunning magnificence of the Grand Place, the chocolate, the beer and street waffles!) I was hugely disappointed with Monte Carlo. Although the Grand Casino was architecturally beautiful, it was anti-climactic. We never had the feeling of it being glamorous or exciting. The food and drinks were ridiculously expensive (even by European standards) and the people were very aloof, to the point of being snobby and rude on more than one occasion. We were often ignored by waiters and waited more than 30 minutes just to get a menu. That being said - the gardens and the buildings are quite lovely. Monaco's streets are quite steep. It is literally minutes from Beausoleil, France - the sidewalk of one of the streets is in Beausoleil and the road is in Monaco. We stayed at the Azur Hotel in Beausoleil - nothing special, but clean and reasonably spacious and not too expensive. Also, be aware that most shops are closed on Sundays. Hope you have a better time than we did.
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