My dilemma - Do I mark according to the hotel this was for our first 2 nights, and probably usually is, or do I mark down because of the very obtrusive refurbishment that was still under way and went into full swing on our 2nd morning? I'll compromise; this might have been pushing a five star a bit further into the season, but was no more than a 3 as we sat at breakfast listening to the sound of drilling, having picked our way down the stairs past a variety of toolboxes, the lift being entirely occupied by builders.
We did come, to be fair, on the very first day this was open for the season; naturally you expect a few teething problems & of course I wasn't planning to use the pool. However I would usually expect to be told if I was staying in a hotel that was in the middle of reburbishment. It looks like they had just finished our floor; we had a beautiful room, with a stunning sea view and a large comfortable bathroom. The Old Town location seemed to us to be a great improvement on the vast majority of hotels, which are in the New Town. La Perouse is minutes from the flower market and the many restaurants and interesting little shops that surround it. Staff were polite and friendly; the layout of the hotel is quirky and full of history. I was also thrilled to realise that it's in virtually the same location that Katy Carr stays in in What Katy Did Next (presumably the next-door Hotel Suisse is the actual descendant of her Pension Suisse, but the layout and age of the La Perouse buildings make it much closer).
If I return to Nice, I would definitely consider staying at La Perouse again. But hopefully they'll tell me in advance if they've got the builders in.
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