Quick summary: This is a very comfortanble luxury hotel with much comfort and stunning views.
Chateau Eza is the former summer mansion of Swedish nobility. We spent two delightful nights with the comfort and views that you hope await in heaven.
It starts with a greeting of very good champage (or cocktail of your choice) when you first check in, served in a Lalique (I think) flute, sitting on the terrace with that stunning view over Cap Ferrat.
We had the Eza room, which I assume is one of their nicer rooms because it is very spacious hard to image how it gets better. The windows overlook the stunning panorama. The room used to the library in the complex, and tastefully decorated in burgudy and gold and with well-functioning antiques. The king-sized bed was very comfortable, with separate sheets and blankets (thank you! I usually find duvets much too warm for comfort.) There was a real chaise lounge, as well as other chairs and a desk in the room. Free wifi. Very quiet rooms, whcih I imagine is the ase throughout.
Like many hotels retrofitted into historic buidlings, there were a few quirks here. The toilet and small hand sink are in a small room in the closet area, which is on the opposite side of the bedroom from the larger bathroom room with the sink and shower. The Eza room is up a small staircase of stone steps -- not bad, but can be a little slipper and eat the backs of your Manolos if you're not careful, or have mobility trouble with stairs (but really, would you stay in mountainous Eza if you had the latter problem?)
This room has a shower only, which can be a disappointment to someone like me who prefers bathtubs. However, here all is forgiven because you shower with a large window with that that lovely view. It is beautfully outfitted in stone/marble tile, with lovely L'Occitane toiletries.
I'm sure that each room in this property is quite unique, so you may want a good description of the features to expect.
Excellent bath and bed linens. Excellent housekeeping. Very friendly and professional service throughout.
There are very handsome public rooms for cocktails and dining, and lounging. The terraces provide a sense of both sociability and intimacy.
The continental breakfast is good -- not a buffet, but served to you. It consists of a basket of assorted pastries, fresh fruit cup, slices of meat and cheese, juices, and a quirky thing of small endives (?!?) You can have cooked eggs and meats for a nominal charge. Breakfast is served on the terrace, a delightful way to wake up. I loved how they answered when my husband asked when they served breakfast: something like, "7 a.m. sir, until when you get up."
We had dinner both nights here at the excellent restaurant. The menu has a variety of fish and meat dishes, from classic to inventive. We strongly recommend sampling the cheese chariot.
Valet parking takes care of your car in a secure lot.
There were a few minor glitches that I mention only because they were surprising at this level of general excellence. To be sure, whenever there was a problem, it was corrected immediately. On check, in, they forgot the hand towels. While immediately corrected in one of the bathrooms, they forgot the other small toilet area. Also: we had champange on one evening on the terrace. They serve a lot of champage, but the glasses they poured were flat. Immediately corrected, but you'd thik they'd automatically check this.
The hotel also an association with one of the beach clubs in Eze-Sur-Mer (Najuna.) There are chaise lounges and embrellas on a pebbly beach, typical of the area. The accompanying open-air restaurant looks very good, and we would have used it had we not had a big breakfast late in the morning. You can also order food and drinks when on the chaises. To be clear in the logistics, which were not explained clearly to us: you park on the street, and need coins for the meters (about 5 euros should cover the afternoon.) Park near the tourist information booth, and find the underpass on the opposite side of the street that takes you to the beach. This underpass takes you under the railroad tracks that are on the coast. There is also a public beach here, but it's so much easier and enjoyable to go to the beach club.
The take-away: this feels like a true luxury experience with views you only find in very special places. We'd love to return.
Also: I strongly recommend that you join the Small Luxury Hotels loyalty program (no charge.) The htels in this association are not cheap, but membership often results in some very nice perks, like an upgraded room when available and complimentary continental breakfast, not a small consideration at these places. I don't know if these perks are consistent across all properties, but they have been very much appreciated and provide very good value in these exceptionally nice hotels. We now look for properties in this association when we travel. I'm sure that our room here was an upgrade.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A BOUTIQUE HOTEL ON THE COTE D' AZUR, Chateau Eza is the most stunning, with a Michelin-starred restaurant, tucked away in one of the most enchanting locations on the Cote d' Azur.Exquisite and intimate, the 14 room and suite chateau clings to the side of the ancient rock walls of Eze, a thousand-year-old medieval village more than 400 metres above the Mediterranean Sea. Chateau Eza offers 14 luxurious rooms and suites. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau Eza Èze
- Chateau Eza Hotel Èze