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“Fit for a princess!!” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel Princess & Richmond
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   617 promenade du Soleil, 06500 Menton, France   |  
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Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in Menton
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“Fit for a princess!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2011

We stayed at this hotel in September and the rooms were absolutely superb. They were spacious, comfortable, lovely balcony, triple glazing to keep the noise out, tastefully decorated, good quality furniture and linens. I couldn't fault the hotel itself and the staff were absolutely lovely. Friendly and professional with excellent English. The hotel is located just opposite the beach and a lovely promenade, so well worth paying for the seaview. We took a train from Nice where we had stayed a few nights. On our return journey we took the bus direct to Nice airport. The stop was just behind the hotel!! The hotel is a bit of a walk from the old town of Menton, which is the kind of place we like to hang out, but it was a nice walk along the promenade.

Room Tip: Rooms with a seaview and balcony are worth it.
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  • Stayed September 2011, 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011

My girlfriend and I have just returned from a week’s stay at Hotel Princess & Richmond. Would recommend the hotel to any Tripadvisors seeking somewhere in Menton and here’s why:

Staff – Couldn’t be friendlier. We never walked past reception without receiving a friendly smile accompanied by a bonjour. I saw three different front of house bods, each of them were the personification of good customer service. Any questions we asked about bus time tables etc were given their full attention. Cleaners were bubbly too. Only wish I’d left them a bigger tip.

Room – Our budget couldn’t stretch to a sea view, if you’ve fortunate enough to afford such a treat then waking up / reading just before crashing out with that huge ocean and clear sky looking back at you must have been magical. Our room was 4 floors up and looked out onto the busy main road below. Some Tripadvisor reviewers that stayed on this side have complained about the noise; of course when it’s the morning, the (double) patio doors are opened and the French are driving into work there’ll be a din but at night the electric shutter came down and only sound breaking the silence was my snoring.

Fairly bog standard room – large bed & TV (that actually works rather than displays channels obscured by a static snowstorm). The bathroom is small and contains no bath, just a shower. Brown swing doors separate both rooms making me feel like Clint Eastwood staggering into a saloon bar whenever I brushed my teeth. For obvious reasons too crude to explain on a family website - Never forget there’s an absence of a lock! Rooms were cleaned thoroughly daily.

Services – Despite paying a price that should have included all my meals (!) we were on the room-only rate so I’m unable to comment on the breakfast. We just bought a chunky, buttery croissant from a nearby supermarket or treated one another to a petit dejeuner at one of the many nearby cafes. Expect to pay €6 for a croissant, crusty bread with strawberry jam, tea, orange juice and – if you’re particularly luck – a yoghurt.

On the top floor of the hotel there’s a small fitness room. Who on earth goes on holiday and wants to exercise?! Any Daley Thompson types will probably be disappointed with the equipment on offer. There are 3 battered machines – a weights bench, and a cycling machine and some device for those that would rather walk indoors than outside, in the sun, with fantastic views. On this floor you’ll also find a Jacuzzi that provides a refreshing way to conclude several hours spent baking in the sunshine. Not particularly built for parties though; I’d guess there’d be a capacity of 4 people. This floor seemed fairly quite during our stay, the tub was only full once and we NEVER witnessed anybody pumping iron / working through cardio exercises.

Decent sized lobby with a English paper (The Times - Hotel Princess & Richmond obviously believes Sun readers holiday elsewhere…) to read through for those (numerous) evenings spent waiting on your girlfriend to choose which of her various dresses she’ll wear that evening.
Location: Just opposite a small, pebble section of the main beach. This area can squeeze in a dozen sun tan seekers so waking early to place down those mats and towels is advisable. For those sensible many that value a lie-in on their holiday / or any large families, there’s only a 2 min walk to reach a significantly larger section of the beach, one (occasionally!) manned by lifeguards. The beach was clean, the sea water deep blue and – despite the popularity of the place – I was surprised how little I grumbled about noise, especially from excitable Frisbee throwing kids, normally the bane of my beach going experience.

A couple of reviewers here have remarked on the lengthy walk from the Hotel to the hub of the town. It’s just under a half-mile walk and took us – two relatively healthy types – 15 minutes to march in. I had no issues with this, especially when the journey runs alongside a coastline that looked magnificent in the light of the evening sun. The centre of Menton is essentially one street crammed with dozens of restaurants and gift shops and without the relaxing walk in and out of town each evening would have consisted of nothing but a meal and a couple of cursory glances inside a gift shop that we’d already looked round several times. That aside, you know whether a 30-minute walk every night is going to cause issues. I’d probably tell my Mum – a sexagenarian with a dodgy leg - to look for a hotel closer in.

Activities – The Italian border is only a 10-minute train trip away and we popped in twice during our stay. Ventimiglia is the closest Italian town and fairly unremarkable. I do recommend taking a bus (journey time: 20mins) to Dolceaqua though. This is a tiny, medieval village inland with a beautiful old bridge, a fairly tale castle that’s crumbling away that’s reached by wandering through brilliant collection of narrow, stone-pathways. There’s also a restaurant next to the river that serves pizzas larger than the moon.

I also visited Monaco. That’s a 10 minute train journey in the opposite direction. Only €4 return although that sum would probably fail to buy you even a bottle of water at your destination! Monaco likes to show its wealth. Nothing wrong with that; wandering round, marveling at boats bigger than my street was quite fun but and I’m glad I was able to see first hand some of the road bends that F1 drivers tackle each May. Unless you’re Richard Branson though, Monaco as a family day out will break your finances in two.

Restaurants – Whether you’re a foodie or not, I expect that nothing grates more than paying money for a crappy meal. Menton has a good share of terrible places that are happy to exchange your €20 for a lousy 3 course meal and miserable service. I should’ve taken note of these places to warn you all off them. However, I remember that names of two restaurants that I guarantee will fail to disappoint: ‘Al Dente’ and ‘La Cantinella’. The first has superlative views across the Menton harbor so try grab a table by the widow. The second was just brilliant. Don’t be put off by the seemingly surly lady that runs the place. She’s alright and the 3 course meal deal is the best culinary treat you’ll get in many a mile. Just searched for this place on Tripadvisor and found I’m not alone in singing it’s praises: ‘La Cantinella’ has been voted the best restaurant in the town.

Conclusions – Menton is a lovely spot and this hotel is great. I’ve not awarded five stars because of the price we paid to stay there. To be frank, for this money I expect bloody excellence! That said, due to poor planning we booked the final week of the summer holidays, the one with the bank holiday, so perhaps you’ll enjoy a better deal.

I’ve rattled on somewhat here. My girlfriend claims that users of this site are only interested in whether or not the hotel is much cop. Feel free to ‘dislike’ this review if that’s how you feel!

Room Tip: Don't book the last week of the summer bloody holidays!!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2011

My husband and I have stayed at Hotel Princess and Richmond 3 times. Our last visit was last October.
The hotel itself is very comfortable. The rooms are very nice. We have always had one facing the Sea.
Breakfast is served downstairs in the lobby and on the terrace or if you would like you may have it delivered to your room. We always took ours on the terrace. The breakfast consists of lot's of breads and rolls, ham, cheese, nice assortment of jams and honey. The best part of breakfast is the egg cooker. You have to go to see it!!! So fun. Oh yes the coffee is outstanding. If you would like to eat dinner at the hotel you may eat at the restaurant next door. They have a wonderful selection and nice helpful staff.

The staff at the hotel when we were last there in October was very nice and helpful.
I have heard from a fellow guest that the staff has changed since October.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2011

We spent 4 nights at the Princess & Richmond. The staff is really nice, gives you a warm welcome, and will help you with everything. We thought that the room was quite expensive (110,- pn excl. breakfast) since the location was quite far from the centre, but I guess that hotels in the south of France are overall pricey.
The room itself was nice: very clean, with a good sized balcony and bathroom. My only thing with the bathroom was, that there was nothing that could hold the showerhead up. What's up with that?? Showering with one hand holding the showerhead is far from ideal.

As I said, the location was a bit far from the centre for us (and we are a young couple) a good 15 min walk, which can be really long after a day of shopping. The hotel also lies directly across the beach, but the beach is ridiculously crowded and consists of huge stones which are not really comfortable. We had a room at the back, also next to a very busy road, but with the doors closed, we never heared a thing. Would not recommend sleeping with a door or a window open because you will have a sleepless night.

There are 5 parking spaces in front of the hotel which are free, so that came in handy, but in the area surrounding the hotel are lots of free parking spaces.

I would recommend this hotel if you are looking for a less crowded environment (except for the beach) and are willing to walk in the heat. Next time, we'll take a hotel a bit closer to the harbour, where there is a nicer beach and more to do.

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2011 via mobile

Terrific seafront hotel. We have visited many times during last few years. Great attention to detail & super service. Resturant owned next door brilliant and friendly.

We shall re visit :..:..

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Zurich
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2011

Perfect location for us, away from the center, with a less busy beach across the road. About 10 min. on foot to the old town, either on the shopping street or on the seaside promenade. The room was spacious and the furnishings, floor, bathroom etc. seemed quite recent. Good balcony to the seaside, perfect for a drink (minibar in room). The reception staff were all very friendly and helpful.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Runaway Bay QLD
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2011

We had a tiny glitch at check-in, some uncertainty about accepting our preferred credit card, but this was sorted out pretty quickly. We stayed in a suite, and thoroughly enjoyed our time at this seafront hotel.

The only downsides were, firstly, the poor quality and variety of equipment in the gym (please think about getting a couple of decent devices - maybe one stationery bike, and one cross-trainer) and that the beds were a trifle hard for my taste.

The food and service in the hotel restaurant are both first class. The buffet breakfast is also very good. The hotel is not that far from the main shopping centre, and there are some cafes and restaurants around for lunch.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 617 promenade du Soleil, 06500 Menton, France
Location: France > Provence > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Menton
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 31 Hotels in Menton
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Princess & Richmond 3*
Number of rooms: 46
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