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Hotel Les Santolines
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   30 Boulevard Jean Moulin, 83120 Ste-Maxime, France   |  
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Ranked #20 of 28 hotels in Ste-Maxime
North Yorkshire
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4 hotel reviews
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“Serious Option”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

It is very disappointing that this hotel does not receive more reviews (of any nature) as it is worthy of being a real option for your stay in Sainte Maxime.

Firstly I will address the positives. The staff are very helpful and pleasant and, for those who can't speak much French, speak very decent English.

I understand someone's comment about more motel than hotel as there is no public seating area or bar (drinks can be bought ajacent to the pool but are only that which is in the mini bar in the room. You do have to go hunting for a staff member during the day. If you use the hotel as a base point with a pool it is absolutely fine. The building is rather quaint and is typical Provencal architecture and was probably a farm building originally.

People have sometimes moaned about the cost of breakfast. The Cote d'Azur is EXPENSIVE full stop and, for the money, the breakfast is very acceptable if a little limited and repetitive but it is 100% French/Continental and if you want English food either stay at home or go to the Costa del Sol.

The rooms are cleaned and tidied every day with regular towel changes etc. Towels for the pool are available from reception.

The pool area is very pleasant and has plenty of space/beds etc. for everyone. Someone mentioned that the pool is never cleaned. Well, I certainly saw the beds being straightened and matters tidied up but no, i did not actually see the pool itself being cleaned but it was clean and when I'm on holiday I have better things to do with my time than sit watching to see if someone was cleaning the pool!!

It is said that the hotel is 500 metres from the town centre well it's a very long 500 metres. Not a problem as such but it's a good fiften minute to walk into what I would call the town centre, namely where the Casino is. Further afield it will take you 15-20 minutes by car to get to Grimaud up into the hills. There is a lot of traffic just outside the hotel as it is the main thoroughfare to Saint Tropez that certainly didn't concern us.

There are a couple of public beaches just across the road from the hotel. One has lovely sand and the other is pebbles and has a very acceptable restaurant the Diamant. Beaches get cleaned daily. Indeed the whole town is pretty much litter free.

Now, as there always are. a few negatives. If you are hyper critical the hotel definitely needs a makeover. The bathrooms are tired and old fashioned but functinable. I could not stand up straight in the bath and thus using the shower was most uncomfortable. The bracket for the shower was loose but we just put up with it as it wasn't anything more than a minor annoyance. The bed was a standard 4'6" which was a little disappointing and not very supportive - back ache sufferers will understand.

In summary I am giving this hotel 4* and I would not be unhappy to stay here again. It is some Euro100/night cheaper that Montfleuri where we stayed last year and, over twelve nights, the diffrerence is not worth Euro 1200. Ideally I would give it 3.5* but 3* would be unfair.

Room Tip: Only the upstairs rooms have a view over the gulf of St. Tropez from their balconies. We had a stand...
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  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

This is a well presented hotel, the grounds are neat and tidy and pretty. The room we had was tucked away in a corner but still had a table and chairs to use on a small patio area. The room was clean and linen changed every 3 days,however the bathroom didn't have a proper shower which was a pain and was quite shabby and tired with mould around the bath and the vanity unit splitting where water has been left. The pool is welcome and the sunloungers were plenty and we didn't have a problem obtaining one at any time of day. However, the pool wasn't cleaned the whole time we were there (9 nights) and it started to get a little dirty. Our neighbours brought this up with the hotelier but nothing happened.
The hotel set up is a little strange. You didn't really see any staff during the day, you needed to track someone down to get a drink. The breakfast room is like a marquee and is not worth the 12 Euros being charged. A croissant, roll and preserve, coffee and juice just didn't seem worth it. Best go to the many fantastic bakers, grab some fresh bread etc and bring it back and eat on your terrace which is what we did every day, and fair play, they didn't seem to mind at all. That's why it was more like a self catering motel, you could come and go as you pleased and didn't really see anyone from the hotel in the precess. They do have a restaurant attached to the hotel, it was rather expensive in comparison to some that were in town.
The traffic going past the hotel is a problem, the first thing I smelt was petrol fumes and the trafffic noise was pretty constant. At 5am you could hear HGV's thundering down the road, this is the main coastal road into Port Grimauld (defo worth a visit) and St Tropez and is pretty much gridlocked the whole day. The best option to get to St Tropez is the shuttle boat which is great fun and only costs 13 Euros return, no hassle sitting in traffic! Pick this up from St Maxime harbour.
Hotel is only short distance from centre of St Maxime, but I wouldn't stay so close to the road next time, as I felt I was living on top of the M25!!

Room Tip: Rooms at the back will be quieter but the view is obviously not at pretty.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Norway
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79 reviews 79 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

We spent one night here, and were very regretful that we did not have more time in this wonderful location.

Our holiday in France, Italy and Spain this year had a few surprises, and St Maxime certainly was the biggest of them all. Wonderful small city with very good restaurants.

Les Santolines was a clean and typically French hotel in the very best sense of the word. We had an apartment over two floors with outdoor fireplace/barbecue and a nice view. Walking distance from beaches and the charming city centre.

The hotel also has a restaurant being recommended in Guide Michelin, being one of the better in the area.

Nice pool and very nice staff.

Would absolutely return!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2012

This is an ideal location with easy access to the town and nearby beaches. Rooms are nicely decorated and clean and the pool area is very peaceful. We ate in the adjoining restaurant, Sarment de Vigne, which is excellent. Walk into town and catch the Bateau Vert over to St Tropez, especially on Tuesday and Saturday for the great market there. We have been here for a few years and love the informality of the hotel. Breakfast is pricey so we either go to the beach or walk into town.

Room Tip: Rooms on upper floor have a good view of the sea.
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with friends
    • 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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Anglaise en France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2011

We had three nights at this hotel to get a taste of the coast and St Tropez without the price tag and it really paid off.

The hotel is well appointed with comfortable, well equipped rooms and good bathroom. The bed and bedding were very clean and comfortable. Our welcome was excellent and the staff very obliging, we took breakfast each day on our private terrace which just required a phone call to reception and about a 10 minute wait, perfect.

The grounds and pool area are very well kept. Our only reservation on arrival was the road between the hotel and the sea, I had read prevous reviews citing this as an issue so was apprehensive. However, the road can be busy but only at peak times during our stay, it didn't cause a problem at night as the room is well sound proofed when the windows are shut and the air con was easy to use and very effective. It was a small and inevitable price to pay to have a view of the sea and St Tropez in the distance from our first floor terrace.

Sainte Maxime is smallish and friendly and the hotel is ideally situated with a 15 minute walk to the town centre where restaurants are in abundance. We caught one of the regular shuttle boats across to St Tropez where we spent an afternoon. It is worth getting to the boat early as they can get over subscribed.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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King's Lynn
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2011

The hotel does not have bar or lounge. The adjacent restaurant is not owned by the Hotel, according to the staff, and chooses whether to open or not. The result is we would call this a Bed and Breakfast establishment

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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north devon
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18 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2010

We stayed here for two nights at the end of May. Room was very small but clean. it did have a room safe but we could not open the door to the cupboard in which it was situated and informed reception who said it would be opened, but it was not. Well situated and easy walk into Ste Maxime where we took the ferry to St Tropez and Port Grimaud. took breakfast the first morning but at 11 Euros was vastly overpriced and would not recommend it. Very warm when we were there and lots of mosquitoes so shut windows at night but air conditioning is switched off at night as there are no staff on duty during the night so it was a case of being eaten alive or baking alive. Good parking. If having drinks or food at at the restuarant on site (run independantly to the hotel we were informed on check in) check prices (we foolishly did not)- we paid 60 euros for four espresso and four "run of the mill" calavados which I think is more than we have paid in five star hotels.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 30 Boulevard Jean Moulin, 83120 Ste-Maxime, France
Location: France > Provence > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Ste-Maxime
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Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #20 of 28 hotels in Ste-Maxime
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Les Santolines 3*
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