We tried several other 4* hotels in St Tropez such as the Pinede and the Yacca before discovering La Ponche, about 15 years ago.....and we're so satisfied we've stayed nowhere else in St Tropez ever since. Its about 50metres from the sea - near enough for a dip in the Med before breakfast, close to the shops, restaurants and galleries for which the town is famous....and actually situated in the old town itself.
The hotel has enormous character - situated overlooking the old fishing port where Brigitte Bardot was filmed in 'And God Created Woman', BB actually used La Ponche as a dressing room! But its not only for the past that La Ponche is notable; it has recently won a major Interior Design Award and original paintings by Jacques Cordier (1937 - 1975), one of the finest artists ever to paint in St Tropez, hangs in every room. The value of any one of these paintings is probably more than most 4* hotels would spend on furnishing an entire room!
La Ponche's location is superb - quiet, but within the busy, atmospheric old town and a 10 minute walk from one of the best beaches in St Tropez 'La Plage de Graniers'. Dozens of restaurants are within a 3 minute walk, and the hotel's own restaurant is one of the best in town.
The standard of service is particularly high - valet parking in the hotel's own secure garage - expert guidance from the Reception staff for any shopping queries; nothing is too much trouble. Its also spotlessly clean and very comfotable.This is all due to the personal attention of the owner Simone Duckstein, who was born in the hotel, and who inherited it from her mother a few years ago.
Its not cheap! But neither is anywhere else in St Tropez. And it doesn't have a pool - but who needs a pool when the Mediterranean is a stone's throw away and some of the world's most famous beaches are at hand? What La Ponche does have is comfort, location and a character which truly represents the very best of St Tropez.
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- Also Known As:
- La Ponche St Tropez
- La Ponche Hotel