My husband and I stayed at this hotel as part of a 3 week tour around France – we hadn’t pre-planned or booked anything, so all the hotels we stayed at were found along the way. We knew we wanted to visit Nice & Monaco for 2-3 days, but also knew that in the 1st week of August accommodation was going to be at a premium!!! If you could find any that is...
We decided not to head right into the centre of Nice, especially as we were driving - so we just found some random hotels using our Sat Nav on the eastern side of Nice so that we could do Monaco from there as well. After about 6 instances of "We're full, sorry" we were getting worried. We set the Sat Nav for what seemed a very random, remote hotel as a last throw of the dice. We ended up driving 15min up the hillside from Nice, following the famous Grand Corniche - really felt like we were in the middle of nowhere and that we would never find a hotel!! Came across an amazing viewpoint over Villefranche's harbour (see photos) and then realised the Hotel Saint Michel was directly behind us!
It's not the sort of place you just come across - so we felt very lucky! They have one self-catering block of small apartments and then a bigger hotel block of rooms. The staff were amazingly helpful and explained exactly what bus to get (bus stop 1min walk) so that we could leave the car parked up in their free car park and go and visit Nice for the day (for the sum of €1 each way!).
There's no restaurant for dinner (unless you pre-book a couple of days in advance and they'll arrange to cook for you), but they explained to us how to drive 10mins down the Middle Corniche road to the wonderful medieval village of Eze for dinner - an amazing place, with great food, which really has a lovely feel in the evening when a lot of the tourists have gone home! Again, probably not something we would have found by ourselves, so a great recommendation.
They did do a lovely breakfast buffet at the hotel, which you could sit in the main dining/reception area and eat, or have in the lovely garden outside - the young lad that was on duty deserves a special mention here (we think he was the son of the lady that ran the place, and he was very friendly and courteous - also speaking fluent French, Dutch & English) as he would bring you out any top-ups you required, whether it be fresh coffee or more croissants!
There was a decent sized swimming pool at the back of the property, with a few big inflatables for the kids (whether they be young or old!!) - only complaint here was that there were a few wasp-like bugs floating in it when we were there, so could probably do with someone swishing a net round it a bit more often to keep it free of dead insects.
Rooms were of a very good size, with well-equipped bathrooms. The only downside (still not enough to knock them down to 4 stars though!) is that there is no air-con. All windows have heavy shutters, so you can leave your room in shade with the windows open and the wind does blow across the hillside. Was probably still a touch too warm for me, but then we were there at the absolute hottest time of the year, so I wouldn't say it would be a huge problem.
Overall, a remarkable value hotel (total bill for 3 nights, inc breakfast & tax, was £255 - amazing value for the Nice area!), with great staff, in a truly beautiful setting.
We discovered that the BBC block-book this place for all their staff during the Monaco Grand Prix, and I can understand why!!! And they might now not thank me for filling the rest of the world in on the little secret they've found....
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