There are great reviews for this hotel and on arrival first impressions were as expected. I had read that the hotel had undertaken a refurbishment - however this appears only to be on the front facing rooms. I had a mountain facing room which in fact was on the road side of the hotel with a balcony with views of both the harbour and the mountains which immediately countered my unfavourable impression of the old fashioned and tired room. The road down the side of the hotel is quite busy and noisy which combined with the disappointment of the room didn't make for a great start.
However.........you soon start to relax and it all falls into place - the location is superb - overlooking the marina with mountain and coastal views. You can get up and walk around the marina before breakfast or amble up to the town and have a great breakfast in many of the small cafe and bars should you want a change from the hotel - a great breakfast in the town averaged 6 euros.
The staff on reception were professional, imformative and extremely welcoming and friendly in fact they were outstanding!. The room was fully serviced each day to a high standard with fresh towels - they were unobtrusive and extremely friendly.
There is a pool and a roof terrace adding to the facilities of the hotel. The roof terrace is a "must see/use". Amazing 360 degree views with sun loungers and tables and chairs. Although it appeared you can have the Terrace to youself a lot of the time - it turned out to be a great place to meet/mix with the other guests.
The swimming pool is relatively new and placed right next to the hotel entrance - if you look on Google Earth, at present, it is not the one at the side of the hotel - this is a large pool belonging to the appartments behind the hotel. The hotel swimming pool is much smaller with loungers and would benefit from some more screening from the road with some support services - like food etc. However there are great beaches to be had at just a short walk.
Overall, this is a great option in Beaulieu, even with the refurbishment only half way through. The staff and management really care and are there to help - this will be a fantastic hotel when all the rooms are complete - nearly there!!
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- Also Known As:
- Minotel Beaulieu
- Beaulieu Minotel