We spent good 4 nights in this nice small French villa hotel in June 2012. I have located the hotel from HoteldotCom and compare the reviews from TA. The hotel deserves its great reviews in TA.
-It is well situated right before the center Ste-Maxime. If you have a vehicle, which you should in this part of France, it takes about 5-10 mins to drive to Ste-Maxime center where majority of restaurants are located.
-You don't actually want to stay in Ste-Maxime center, as it is crowded and busy with tourist actions. So, this hotel being away from the center and needed a car, as indicated by few other reviewers is not an issue and liability I would say.
-Hotel is located on an approximately 2 acres land right inf front of the road cutting beach from it.
-The hotel itself is small, as big as a large villa, with I think no more than 10-15 room. Its garden is large with full of mature Mediterranean plants.
-It has a small but sufficiently sized , nice and clean pool, mostly filled with no more than 4-5 guests if any.
-The rooms have well working individual AC systems which cool well.
Behind the lobby, in an area which looks like a large living and dining room, there is a bar and sitting and living room for guests.-
-This place does not feel like an hotel but a nice B&B.
-The bed was very but very comfortable
-Bathroom and shower were finely design, with minimalist approach. (I would however make a small recommendation and suggest to have a soap holder to be installed into the shower).
-Paul, the owner, takes care of the place like his own home..Because it is so.
-In fact, it is staffed and operated by a husband and wife team, very successfully I might add.
-He makes sure the place is clean and well maintained.
-The hotel has a large parking area on the side which can accommodate dozens of car. However, given the size of the hotel, there are always empty spots covered by canvas to keep your vehicle cool under hot Mediterranean sun. the owner, kindly, build nice shady areas covered by canvas for guest vehicles..Very nice tough..Thanks Paul.
-Since the hotel is operated and serviced by the owner and his wife, who take care of the guests like they are hosted them in their own. So, they are considered, kind and friendly. You don't experience a commercial ignorance of an employee who is not happy with his/her salary.
-We have nothing buy excellent things to say on service
-We experienced the breakfast one day only, as we wanted to go out and experience local bakeries. But per our experience, for less than 10 euros (which is very inexpensive in comparison to other hotel), we were happy.
-If you are lazy to go out for breakfast, it remains as a good option.
- All the beaches in the area are divided in two, each beach has a public area that can be used by anyone. The other part is leased by a restaurant which also operates its beach part, renting beach hairs and umbrella. Based on Paul's suggestion, we went to Mahi Beach, which is about 40 meter on the left side of the hotel. It is more family friendly and has calmer waters.
-Chair rent was about 20 euros for each, umbrella included. They serve drinks to you while you chill on the beach. We had the lunch there. The grilled Mediterranean Bass was awesome.
It was a good 5 days at this place..
Tip: if you need to shop, go to Carrefour, the French supermarket..Superior to German chains in the vicinity. It is about 4K away.
Also..Thanks Paul and the family for hospitality !
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