At a time of standardised, pretentious, one-size-fits-all hotels it is good to find places like Le Panoramic. A small three star family run hotel, located in one of the most beautiful parts of Cap Ferrat, with spectacular views and a certain old flair imprinted not only by the decoration but also the kind well mannered attitude of the owners and people who work there.
Why should I give a 5 star rating to a hotel with no air conditioning, mini bar nor gym and a rather strange old decoration? Because it is all about the experience, and because probably a savy visitor wont need any of that. I write humbly and carefully “savy visitor” addressing those out there who love somehow getting big keyholders for the room, the ones that require leaving them in reception when going out or having a nice balcony with astonishing views. In a way, connecting to those who never take the time to write a review but in a funny way felt obliged to share an experience that goes beyond the ordinary. If you see yourself in that little corner of Southern France Im sure that you can change for once your expectations and enjoy what was like traveling at an earlier time. Ordering a drink to the room provides an opportunity for a chat to get some tips about places to visit and a window open at night will let some sea breeze in. If training is a must, hyperactive gym bunnies can swim in the Mediterranean or run up the hills and enjoy the smell of pines and recently watered gardens. Regarding the mini bar and for those with a need for their daily Pringles crisps fit or an old kit kat Im sure there must be a supermarket around. Air conditioning? Being friendly with the environment wont hurt once in a while wouldn’t it?
Breakfast in the terrace with the sun in the horizon is epic, and a lovely basket of croissants, pain au chocolat and crusty baguettes with butter and jams is exactly what one would expect to find in France. There are not fancy tea cups, the table cloth is probably not the one to ask to take home and hardly any piece of furniture will survive the test of time.
Yet, I wonder in how many occasions the owners had offers to sell their family hotel to a big chain, to a developer, to a speculator or they just fantasized about making more rooms, adding extra amenities to charge more, improve the category to get into the big league of the great hotel guides or simple move into a different business. Their answer to all these questions is enough to come back to Le Panoramic next time I'm passing by.
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