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Cap Estel Hotel
Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Eze
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed December 17, 2009

This is one hotel that everyone should have the opportunity to experience at least once in their lifetime. Located on a private peninsula, it offers breathtaking views of the Mediterranean. It's a very small hotel, with only 14 suites and 4 rooms. We had a suite on the second level on the main part of the hotel. From the left side of our large bedroom, the floor to ceiling windows overlooked the water down the coast toward Monaco. Directly in front of our bed, we had an entire wall of floor to ceiling glass looking out over the Mediterranean. The suite consisted of the bedroom, a huge private patio with electric awnings, an office/study, two bathrooms, and a huge dressing room. The study also had beautiful water views. With the blinds electrically controlled, a push of a button gave us the feeling we were in a James Bond movie. The suites are also arranged so that our suite could become part of a larger suite that includes multiple bedrooms, living room, dining room, kitchen, etc. With the small number of rooms and guests you have an experience which is very different from that of the typical larger hotel.

We arrived later than expected, around midnight, and were greeted by the General Manager. He was very friendly and spent a good 20 minutes giving us a tour around the hotel and explaining it's history. Service was top notch. We stayed there 2 nights and did not get to eat dinner there, so can't comment on the food. We had a car and Monaco is an easy 10 minute drive.

The infinity pool overlooking the water is beautiful. They also have another pool inside, which is below ground, together with the exercise room, but it also has full windows overlooking the Mediteranean. Even the sauna had water views. But don't come here expecting a real beach type experience. The hotel is situated on a bluff. They do have a small beach area off to one side of the hotel with sand, but there are large pebbles and it's a bit rocky going into the actual water. You could certainly use the beach, but it's not like a beach in Hawaii or Miami.

The pictures on their website are good, but it's really one of those places that is so magnificently panoramic that it's difficult to capture the sweeping beauty of the setting. We can't wait to go back.

Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Stuart L, Director at Cap Estel Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2014

there have been a lot of changes since your visit .we now boast a Michelin star restaurant;brand new suites in Le Parc,on the west side overlooking the ocean and coastline,as well as recently decorated rooms on the same side,within the main building of the hotel.be lovely to welcome you back again.look forward to this.

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Reviewed June 13, 2009

If it weren't so expensive I'd be back there all the time. But it's quite beautiful, the staff was extremely helpful, and I loved it. It was several years ago, but the food in the pool-restaurant was nothing special. In addition, we were staying in a new section and there were a few glitches, but nothing I cared about. The beach, at least at that time, was nothing to write home about.

If it's in the budget and you don't mind searching out some of the Michelin-starred restaurants in the vicinity, it's a gorgeous and quiet place.

  • Stayed: August 2006, traveled with friends
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3  Thank jsrnyc
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Stuart L, Director at Cap Estel Hotel, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2014

there have been a host of changes since your visit in 2006.a beautiful beach deck,el fresco dining at the pool house,a Michelin star restaurant & a series of upgraded suites.come visit soon.it'll be nice to show you around.
P.S.our Friday Jazz evenings have proved a big hit with the locals & clients from Monaco.

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Reviewed March 15, 2007

My husband and I stayed in this hotel, arriving on 8th inst., for 2 nights. It is a beautiful hotel in a beautiful situation with very charming people working there. We very much enjoyed our food. They were extremely kind to my husband who is asthmatic by providing a humidifier in the room which he used and a portable air conditioning unit and showed concern as to whether or not he was comfortable which
he was - lovely people, lovely experience and we would definitely return - the accommodation is excellent. Max and Lesley Draffen

Stayed: March 2007
4  Thank Lesley Draffen
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Reviewed September 24, 2006

The hotel is well positioned for visiting the coast from Nice to Monte Carlo. The grounds and pool area are quite breathtaking with a superb sea water infinity pool. The beach, which a previous reviewer was disappointed was not open, is nothing to get excited about. It is a few metres long and consists of sharp pebbles. However those with tough feet can sunbathe, swim and snorkel.
The management and staff were unfailingly helpful and went to a great deal of trouble to accomodate certain problems which were of our own making.
However beware! The superior rooms (currently 500 euros per night) are absolutely tiny. They have a very small sitting area. and have a mezzanine bedroom. This sounds quite attractive until you have to climb the steep steps to reach it and you find that your television is up there. It means that the only place to watch tv is lying on the bed.
The next category of rooms (currently 700 euros) was better but far from spacious.
I suspect that the suites, although expensive, represent better value.
The restaurant seems to be a bit of a disaster. We did not eat there. This seemed to fit with the general trend and the place was more or less deserted during our week there. Since we didn't sample the food I can't pass comment but the lighting was uninviting, ranging from stygian gloom outside to prison searchlight intensity inside. The general atmosphere in the evening was pretty dead, presumably because most guests went out or ate in their suites.
The pool bar area was very pleasant for lunch but the food was pretty ordinary and overpriced.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 19, 2006

A bit confused about other views if this was the same hotel.
My husband took me for 4 days to this magical hotel. We did have problems finding it as it was so hidden away, but then when we got there it was breathtaking. The amazing security, and then being greeted by the hotel manager knowing our names as we stepped out of our car, really made us feel very welcome. We stayed in one of the seperate suites away from the main hotel building over the sea, which was wonderful , basically a studio suite with a surprise kitchenette and all facilites needed. The room had everything we needed and was very modern as well as having two balconies right over the water.
The problem we had was not wanting to leave the hotel. The indoor and outdoor pools were luxurious and staff were always on hand to help or even take pictures.

During our stay the staff were wonderful and the food in the hotel room service and the restaurant was wonderful, you can in advance even ask for a special dish to be cooked.

The only issue we had was dogs are allowed and in our suite we could hear the
dog barking next door, so this is something i would check in advance. We did visit Chateaux Eze as we were originally going there till we spoke to Native French from the area, and were very happy we did not stay at that hotel, that seemed rather suffocating and allowed anyone to just walk in unlike our very private hotel, where every staff member knew every guests name.

If you want a romantic stay, where the most important thing is to relax be treated like a movie star, then this is the place to go and we will definately be going back.

  • Stayed: March 2006
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Reviewed May 20, 2006

During a two week tour of Florence and the French Riveria, we spent two nights at the Cap Estel in Eze. While the hotel is beautiful and the view spectacular, the professionalism of the staff, quality of the food and overall value for the money is severely lacking in comparison to the other hotels and restaurants we experienced.
Our only meal in the restaurant was tasteless and included a drink which was both undistinguishable and undrinkable. The steak was under cooked, the vegetables over cooked, and the service a joke. When the bill arrived, it included an extra 90 euros due to an addition error by the waiter! The poor quality of the restaurant is a problem, since there is nothing else within walking distance of this isolated hotel.
The value of the room and overall experience for the money was extremely hampered by an advertised beach which was not open and construction thoughout the day which made relaxing impossible.
In the end, we spent as little time as possible at the hotel and chose to visit other places in the vicinity. While venturing out, we dined at the Chateau Eze restaurant and had an excellent experience. The food, service and view were outstanding.
My next trip to this area will include a stay at the Chauteau Eze instead of the Cap Estel. Beware, the Cap Estel is not all it is advertised to be. It has a long way to go before it will compare with the competition and be a true five star experience.

  • Stayed: May 2006
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Reviewed February 15, 2006

If you have not been to Cap Estel, you have not experienced the magic and majesty of the Cote d'Azur. We frequented Cap Estel in the early and mid-'90s and agreed with our friends that it was time for a rennovation- but what a magnificent transformation on our last visit in June '05! Where there once were 40 rooms and suites, now there are but 11. The former staff quarter a short walk up the hillside gardens have also been transformed into more luxurious rooms and suites. The reception and staff are fabulous- warm welcome and complete attentiveness to every request. The best feature, the pools and spa, are better than ever. Cap Estel is a palace that sparkles on its own peninsula "avec les pieds dans l'eau."

  • Stayed: June 2005
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Additional Information about Cap Estel Hotel

Address: 1312 avenue Raymond Poincare, 06360 Eze, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Eze
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #4 of 6 Hotels in Eze
Price Range: $449 - $2,094 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Cap Estel Hotel 5*
Number of rooms: 28
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