It is very disappointing that this hotel does not receive more reviews (of any nature) as it is worthy of being a real option for your stay in Sainte Maxime.
Firstly I will address the positives. The staff are very helpful and pleasant and, for those who can't speak much French, speak very decent English.
I understand someone's comment about more motel than hotel as there is no public seating area or bar (drinks can be bought ajacent to the pool but are only that which is in the mini bar in the room. You do have to go hunting for a staff member during the day. If you use the hotel as a base point with a pool it is absolutely fine. The building is rather quaint and is typical Provencal architecture and was probably a farm building originally.
People have sometimes moaned about the cost of breakfast. The Cote d'Azur is EXPENSIVE full stop and, for the money, the breakfast is very acceptable if a little limited and repetitive but it is 100% French/Continental and if you want English food either stay at home or go to the Costa del Sol.
The rooms are cleaned and tidied every day with regular towel changes etc. Towels for the pool are available from reception.
The pool area is very pleasant and has plenty of space/beds etc. for everyone. Someone mentioned that the pool is never cleaned. Well, I certainly saw the beds being straightened and matters tidied up but no, i did not actually see the pool itself being cleaned but it was clean and when I'm on holiday I have better things to do with my time than sit watching to see if someone was cleaning the pool!!
It is said that the hotel is 500 metres from the town centre well it's a very long 500 metres. Not a problem as such but it's a good fiften minute to walk into what I would call the town centre, namely where the Casino is. Further afield it will take you 15-20 minutes by car to get to Grimaud up into the hills. There is a lot of traffic just outside the hotel as it is the main thoroughfare to Saint Tropez that certainly didn't concern us.
There are a couple of public beaches just across the road from the hotel. One has lovely sand and the other is pebbles and has a very acceptable restaurant the Diamant. Beaches get cleaned daily. Indeed the whole town is pretty much litter free.
Now, as there always are. a few negatives. If you are hyper critical the hotel definitely needs a makeover. The bathrooms are tired and old fashioned but functinable. I could not stand up straight in the bath and thus using the shower was most uncomfortable. The bracket for the shower was loose but we just put up with it as it wasn't anything more than a minor annoyance. The bed was a standard 4'6" which was a little disappointing and not very supportive - back ache sufferers will understand.
In summary I am giving this hotel 4* and I would not be unhappy to stay here again. It is some Euro100/night cheaper that Montfleuri where we stayed last year and, over twelve nights, the diffrerence is not worth Euro 1200. Ideally I would give it 3.5* but 3* would be unfair.
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