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“Hard to beat the location” 4 of 5 stars
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Garden Beach Hotel
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   15 - 17 Boulevard Baudoin, 06605 Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, France   |  
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Ranked #29 of 53 Hotels in Juan-les-Pins
Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Hard to beat the location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

At the outset you need to know this is not much more than a 3 or 3.5 star property even if it has 4 or 5 star type amenities and location. As long as you know that going in then you'll likely enjoy your stay for the wonderful location, its beach and access to the restaurants of JLP.
The hotel is not cheap, and the public areas of the hotel have seen much better days, but it would be a pity to come to the south of France and then not have a room with a sea-view and balcony so you are going to be paying a pretty price to stay - and you are going to pay extra for almost everything you can think of including most TV channels.
The service of the front desk staff is equal to any 5-star hotel I have stayed in - Katerina and her colleagues are super - multi-lingual, helpful and reliable in every way.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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GARDENBEACHHOTEL, Responsable relations clients at Garden Beach Hotel, responded to this review, December 3, 2012
Dear Guest,
We thank you for your comments which are always useful to us.
Please be assured that we have taken good note of your various suggestions.
Regarding the TV programs, we have the pleasure to inform you that during winter we will change all our TV screens and system. We will therefore be able to propose to our guest a larger and varied choice of programs, free of charge.
We hope that you have appreciated every other aspects of your stay and that we will have the pleasure of welcoming you again at the GARDEN BEACH HOTEL.
Best regards.
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Launceston, Australia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
45 hotel reviews
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

We booked a superior room and were very comfortable. Beautiful views from our room and terrace, and valet service excellent. Didn't eat in the restaurant - it looked far too bright (lights). Staff very helpful, and dry cleaning service excellent. Going to sleep listening to waves on beach was superb

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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GARDENBEACHHOTEL, Responsable relations clients at Garden Beach Hotel, responded to this review, October 26, 2012
Dear guest,
We are very pleased to learn how much you enjoyed your stay with us. Your comments are a great encouragement for our team to continuously strive for outstanding guest service.
We hope that we will have the pleasure to welcoming you again in Juan les Pins and that you may, that time, enjoy our restaurant and the cuisine of our new Chef Jean Michel Lebeon.
Best regards.
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Greensboro, Georgia
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Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Sipping a glass of wine on the balcony watching the sunset over the Mediterranean on the French Riviera...it was wonderful! Fairly priced, on the beach, a restaurant and bar on site, in the middle of shopping, cafes, bars, etc. we enjoyed the Garden Beach very much. The beach setup was extra (not unusual) but they offer beach food and beverage service and take good care of you.

Rooms can be hit or miss, make sure you don't an old smoking room, they still have that smell. Ours was on the 5th floor and was great!

The staff was very patient with us, we speak very limited French and that not very well, but they were pleasant and helpful and went out of their way to take care of us the whole week.

If you've traveled Europe at all, you'll be very pleased!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

A great spot on the beach and right in the heart of Juan Les Pins. Make sure you aren't in one of the old smoking rooms (ours originally was level 2) as they smell strongly of stale cigarettes. Sunbeds and gym are extra even for hotel guests!

Staff were a bit stressed and some unfriendly and short.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Biggleswade
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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

We were booked into this hotel by Railbookers, we don't know what price we paid, but the overall holiday cost was good value so we must have paid a sensible rate for 3 nights. The sky-high published rates behind reception must be just their little joke! At first sight this hotel seems more the kind of place you would go for a business conference, but we found the staff were friendly and helpful, especially the bell-hops/car park valets.( It always takes me a while to get used to the idea of valet parking but it makes sense in such a crowded location as it is at the front. Be aware it will cost you 25 euro per day if you have a car there, I don't think that's unreasonable.) Our room was big enough and comfortable, otherwise just like any other. But, once you go out of the back doors it is a different world, the sea view and beach are wonderful to behold. It may be expensive to lie on a sun-bed but we just wanted to look at the boats and walk along the beach - we spent our days sightseeing in other places, but it was great to come back in the evening. The beach restaurant is pricey, of course, but a fabulous location after dark - we had to have one dinner there and just swallow the cost! You can eat and drink more cheaply in the town, just have a look around the station area - we found a nice pub-style bar, and a cheap & cheerful Italian restaurant, within 5 mins walk. I agree with the person who said the mini bar prices are a joke - my tip (don't tell the management) is go to the little supermarket round the corner, then take their stuff out of the fridge overnight and put yours in. In morning put yours in a cold-bag for the day and put their's back in. Be discreet and don't leave your empties lying about! (Unfortunately all minibars are like this and are only for people whose bills are paid by someone else.)
Overall we felt that we had a holiday at reasonable cost in one of the smartest resorts in Europe, full of life and with a firework display on the beach as a bonus on our last night.

Room Tip: Get a sea view if you can - we didn't, but we booked late.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Blackburn, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

Just stayed four nights at this horrible hotel whilst doing a driving tour of Europe. We booked two rooms through Cresta in the UK. Prior to going to the Garden Beach we stayed two nights in the IBIS hotel just on the outskirts of the town centre - just wished we'd stayed there all the time. I called at the Garden Beach the day before our arrival.I explained to the unhelpful duty manageress that we would like at least one room near a lift as one of our party has slight mobility problems. I once again mentioned this when we checked in the following morning.

The rooms they gave us were 322 & 416. Both quite a distance down corridors. My wife and I took 416 and basically unpacked and went out for the night. The following morning I opened the room window (Street view room) but was utterly horrified as this room is where the curved glass part of the structure is located. And a haven for birds.

The smell of pigeon droppings and mouldy feathers was absolutely disgusting. My wife at the time was in the shower - which incidently poured water on to the floor - and when she came out, immediately announced that we would seek another room. It was at this point we noticed huge patches of paint stuck to her feet. It appears that the hotel must spray some sort of paint on the bathroom floor tiles - but they should note that it isn't working!

We spoke to the extremely offhand desk man (Hubert I think) and after initially saying there were no other rooms available, he moved us to 404.

This room was better - until about six the following morning when the drone from the hotel lifts made sleep nigh on impossible. We found the beds hard and uncomfortable anyway.

Breakfast was very poor, on the first morning I was told that the problems were being caused by the fact it was raining. Bacon and sausages were greasy and lukewarm - and as for the eggs!
Tea and coffe was a shambles - just a lot of flasks on a table with nobody responding to requests for refills.

The indoor pool (very small) was available at 10 euros per person but the outrageous parking cost was completely over the top. If you let the hotel park for you it's 28 euros a day but if you prefer to do it yourself then its a whopping 58 euros per day.

You can park on the street outside but as there is no restriction on time - finding a space is almost impossible. Hardly any cars at all moved whilst we were there.

This hotel is not a value for money experience, as I wrote at the start we were doing an 18 night driving tour of Europe and this was the worst hotel that we stayed in by a long way.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Cornwall
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 hotel reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2012

My wife & I stayed for 5 nights from the 2nd Sept. We had booked a standard room but tried to get a sea view room on arrival, unfortunately this was not possible, however all the front of house staff we came across were particularly helpful (Victor especially) The room we had overlooked the town but was not noisy at all just slightly tatty but adequate. We found the breakfasts fine & staff helpful, however we don't tend to leave it to the last minute.The beach was clean well looked after with lifeguards in attendance & we were made well aware of the different charges for the beach. The food & service at the beach bar & restaurant were very good, not cheap but what do you expect at a prime beach location. All in all a pleasant stay probably my biggest grumble the exterior of the building, not very attractive to my mind & if you do have all that glass it has to be kept clean.

Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 15 - 17 Boulevard Baudoin, 06605 Juan-les-Pins, Antibes, France
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Location: France > Provence > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Antibes > Juan-les-Pins
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#7 Luxury Hotel in Juan-les-Pins
#7 On the Beach Hotel in Juan-les-Pins
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Garden Beach Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 175
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Garden Beach Hotel is superbly located in the heart of Juan les Pins, one of the most famous resorts on the French Riviera. Leisure and corporate guests will enjoy the superb amenities this world class hotel has to offer including two restaurants, a relaxing spa with indoor swimming-pool and business corner. The Garden Beach Hotel offers direct access to a private sandy beach with breathtaking views of the Cap d’Antibes and the Bay of Cannes. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Hotel Garden Beach
Le Meridien Juan-Les-Pins
Juan-Les-Pins Le Meridien

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