I recently stayed at La Grande Bastide with my partner and our 11 year old son for 3 nights during a 12 night holiday to South of France. We had room 15, a superior room right at the top, with a lovely semi-wrap around balcony with views towards St Paul de Vence and Cannes to the west. You could also see the sea directly ahead in the far distance; the views were really nice. The room itself was an adequate size for 2, slightly tight with the extra bed that we needed for my son, although the hotel did advise us of this and recommended we take a different room with more space but no balcony. However, we felt that a balcony was more important than internal space so opted for this room instead. I am glad we did. It was very tastefully decorated in a typical French style with individual furniture, gorgeous heavily lined curtains (no bright sunlight waking you!) and little paintings and knick-knacks dotted around the place. The bed was extremely comfortable. There were robes and slippers in the wardrobe, plenty of soaps and toiletries in the bathroom, a mini bar (extortionate prices - 5 Euros for a Kit Kat!) and a reasonable sized flat screen TV with several cable channels such as NBC, etc. All in all, a fantastic room.
The pool, although fairly small, was adequate to accommodate the number of guests. I think there are around 15 rooms in this hotel and the pool area has about 10 loungers with really comfortable cushions, and a basket of fresh towels nearby. The pool are did sometimes get a little busy in the afternoon but there are additional loungers on the lawned area - not ideal as they didn't have cushions and are further from pool, but they were usually available if you needed them.
The jaccuzi area was also very nice. The guests seemed to use it considerately and in short bursts so others could to take a turn.
The staff were very helpful when we asked about maps of the local area. They were also very considerate and unobtrusive. I woke early on several occasions and sat on the balcony watching them prepare the breakfast tables; they were virtually tip-toeing around so as not to disturb the guests.
The lounge and terrace area was relaxed and homely. The lounge had several sofas, chairs, newspapers daily, books, free biscuits (that my son kept eating!) and various board games set up so a nice place to escape the sun/pool area for a while and relax. This is the area where they serve breakfast and lunch.
Breakfast was expensive, as several other reviwers have stated. 20 Euros each. Granted, it was very nice and the fruit and pastries were fresh and tasty, but we only had breakfast once out of principal because we did feel it was overpriced.
We had a nice baguette for luch one day - more reasonably priced at 9 Euros each, but still a little on the expensive side. A cup of coffee was 5 Euros - again, quite expensive!
Other reviewers have also mentioned the car parking, which can be an issue when the hotel is full to capacity. We had an estate car and struggled to manouvre into the tight parking spots on several occasions, although if you're a competent driver then it's not a deal breaker.
To conclude - a charming, well kept clean boutique hotel with immaculate lawns and pretty flowers and plants, unique and charming rooms, lovely views from the room and public terrace/lounge area but let down ever so slightly by the expensive food/drink and tricky parking. However, I would recommend and I would return.
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