My husband and I love staying at the Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat and have been coming back each year for the last 7 or 8 years. To us it is the perfect place for a long relaxing weekend. The annual stay here is one of the few constants in our year, and equally the hotel continues to provide constantly excellent service. The refurbishment of the main house some years ago has improved the room standard in the main building and added a gym, and some additional rooms - mostly suites, as I understand. We still prefer to stay in the main building in a room looking out onto the sea. Those rooms are small-ish but, don't necessarily have a claustrophobic feel, and are quite a bit larger than the rooms of a similar category at the Hotel Splendido in Portofino. Additionally, as we are always going during the last week in June, the amount of time that we are spending in the room is minimal.
A couple of years ago the hotel added Le Veranda as a "cheaper" alternative to their gastronomic restaurant Le Cap. We had dinner in both restaurants: Service at Le Cap was impeccable; the Maitre D' has been with the hotel for a long time (which is true for a lot of the staff), and never fails to make one feel truly welcome; though I am not sure, how Robert Redford at the next table felt, when the Maitre D' told him that "The Great Escape" was one of his most favorite movies of all time. The food at Le Cap was the best dinner (and most expensive one as well) that we had during our four day stay. Le Veranda is a bit more of a mixed bag. Service took a rather long time to make an appearance with the menus and an equally long time to take orders; though the quality of the food is good, it is rather bland. It was the first time we had dinner here, and I wouldn't return, as it definitely was not worthwhile the money. It is a general trend in the area for hotels with Michelin starred restaurants to introduce a lower key restaurant; Eden at the Chevre D'Or is another example and was actually more expensive and worse than Le Veranda; it seems to be concept that does not work (yet). My advise is, if you feel like non-gourmet food: Try one of the beach restaurants like Paloma Beach or Plage de Passable; both are excellent and value for money - as far as one can say that on the Cote d'Azur - is much better.
The Club Dauphin is the pool area of the hotel, and has direct sea access as well as a restaurant. Whilst the hotel refurbished the pool itself, they left the changing rooms as they were. The logic of this totally escapes me, as they are somewhat ratty; the paint in the restrooms is coming off every now and then, and the showers are rather moldy. The pool is a salt water pool and is a decent size; having said that, we always try to make it into the sea, as the swim to the point where the lighthouse sits is a really nice one. The restaurant at Club Dauphin serves fresh fish and everything else, you would expect to find on a menu - the food and choice here is actually better than at Le Veranda. One thing I will say, though, is that the choice of lighter food, such as salads is rather limited. After the fourth day of tomato and mozzarella, I was sure that I had this year's supply covered. Staff here are friendly yet very efficient, which they have to be, as the turnover especially on weekends can be huge.
So, are we going back next year? Definitely; we love coming here, escape the usually rather coolish English summer, and just do very little. We do a 8km run every morning, read a lot, have a light lunch, then swim 1km in the afternoon in the sea and ponder where to have dinner in the evening. Staff at the hotel - at least the one which has been there for a long time - is usually very helpful and friendly. Would we stay for a week? Apart from the fact that we had to remortgage the house in this case, no, we wouldn't. The maximum I would want to stay here is 5 days and that is pushing it. Usually after day 4, I had enough of the good life and need to get a little more active again. If you expect this to be an activity holiday, don't go, as there is not a lot around. Even golf is a fair bit away. There are other - more suitable places - on the Cote d'Azur and Provence for that. Is it value for money? Difficult to say; we stay in a lot of places where the cost per room per night is around the GBP 1,000 mark, but - aside from the fact that the rooms for that price are usually bigger - the additional cost in most places are usually less. Thinking of your bank account when staying here is definitely not advisable, but again, this is true for a majority of the Cote d'Azur.
NB - the different restaurants and their very different quality is the reason why I am saying that I am not sure in regards to the quality of the restaurant below.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy the glamorous resort lifestyle of the Cote d’Azur – close to Nice and Monaco – in the iconic luxury of the Grand-Hotel du Cap-Ferrat, A Four Seasons Hotel. Among the 74 light and airy guest rooms – including 24 suites and one villa – some feature private terraces and swimming pools. Chic, modern design by Pierre-Yves Rochon features gleaming white marble and textures of white and beige, putting the emphasis on colourful artwork and signature French Riviera views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Grand Hotel Du Cap Ferrat
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