When we arrived, the woman who I think was the owner was dealing with an unpleasant guest who was complaining about the size of their room. She was trying her hardest to help resolve his issue but he was inconsolable. When it came to our turn to check in, she was visibly frustrated and looked at us as though we were just going to be another annoying American couple for her to deal with. She rolled her eyes and asked if she could help us. We replied in French and said that we were there to check in. Her demeanor changed and she became warm and welcoming and willing to do anything in her power to make us at home. She spoke English and apologized for the previous guest then took us to our room which was upgraded at no additional charge. It was still small but big enough for us to be comfortable in. We had a queen bed and a balcony with a small table and 2 chairs to gaze out at the water. Just beautiful.
The food at the restaurant was spectacular. Everything was amazing. The chef even gave us his friend's name in Antibes where we could go and buy foie gras to take home with us. We visited his store and he spoke no English but when we told him Chef Christophe sent us, he jumped out from behind the counter and helped us spend quite a lot of money in his store. To say thank you for our purchase, he even threw in a few freebies which we took back to the hotel and gave to the chef and our amazing waitress to share between them. Oh I wish I could remember her name. She was so so good to us. Everyone was.
Lazy Americans Everywhere - You don't have to be fluent but you do have to try. When travelling to a foreign country, it pays to try to learn and appreciate the culture you are visiting. We studied French for several months before taking our 3 week long trip around France and it paid off everywhere we went. French people are extremely friendly and accommodating if you don't give them a reason not to be (double negative but it's perfectly true).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- HOTEL ON THE WATER ALL THE ROOMS FACING THE SEA 2 SWIMMING POOL (OUTSIDE and INSIDE) ... more less
- Also Known As:
- La Baie Doree Hotel Antibes
- La Baie Dore Antibes