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The village
Place de l'église
Bed room Biloba
Bed room Biloba
Bed room Ginkgo
Dining Room Biloba
Plan Biloba
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2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 4
St-Paul-de-Vence, French Riviera - Cote d'Azur, Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur

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Kelli N
Cedar Park, Texas
Level 1 Contributor
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“a magical village”
Reviewed October 25, 2014 for a stay in October 2014
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I was on a personal "soul vacation" looking for inspiration and relaxation, and Maison aux Bonsais far surpassed all of my expectations. The Ginkgo suite was the perfect size, at half the cost of a hotel room, and yet provided unquantifiable value to my stay. From rustic stone floors to arched doorways to antique decorations, the look and feel of the property holds true to the medieval origins of the village, but also has touches of modern art and (more importantly) modern conveniences. Luc, the owner, is a gracious and generous host who does everything imaginable to make your stay perfect - fresh flowers, fresh fruit, locally baked croissants every morning, stocked kitchen and bath, personal tour of the village, etc. St Paul de Vence is a magical place, and every day I wandered about finding new treasures around every corner. At the end of a beautiful day, Maison aux Bonsais was the perfect place to rest and prepare for the next day's adventure!

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Liked best: modern and antique combination
Traveling group: Solo
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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AKER_NB
New Brunswick, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Beautiful & Unique”
Reviewed October 3, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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To wake up in Saint Paul de Vence as the sun is rising and walk the narrow streets gives you a strong connection to this magical village. Sounds an smells of a small community waking up to greet a new day!
The accommodation is Art in itself. A centuries old setting with modern conveniences. A perfect host who really makes the stay more a one of kind experience. This is not just a place to sleep. You will fall asleep easily perhaps with the windows open wide and a view of the starry sky. No mosquitoes! Wake up to hot Pain Chocolat or Croissants. As the days and nights tick by you have to prepare yourself for the inevitable. The hardest part of staying in one of these suites is leaving. But you will feel gifted to have had the experience and have met Luc. Enjoy!

Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Jacqui L
2 reviews
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“100 per cent PERFECT”
Reviewed September 24, 2014 for a stay in August 2014
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Luc is a Perfect Host. He is a very kind, gentle and generous man. The location is wonderful and the accommodation is luxurious and somewhere that you just do not want to leave. We have stayed with Luc two times now and would be back tomorrow if possible.

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Liked best: The kindness and generous nature of the Host. Luc is wonderful.
Liked least: Having to leave
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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Peter B
York, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Every word is true”
Reviewed September 16, 2014 for a stay in September 2014

Having read all the reviews and wondering whether a place or a person can be so special,believe me both the place and the man are exactly that.We had visited St Paul before but this was the first time we had stayed and being in the village in an absolutely beautiful , characterful property with a host that helps and guides you to get the best from your time was magical.
Do yourself a favour and go and sample the amazing experience.

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Liked best: the whole experience
Liked least: nothing to dislike except leaving
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Families with young children
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Samiseal
Australia
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Luc says he only does what he would like to have when he travels!!!! This is a fabulous place to stay!!!”
Reviewed September 12, 2014 for a stay in September 2014
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person found this review helpful

Almost too good to be true! You arrive to a modern provencal renovation with an eclectic collection of decorations to keep you guessing the origins. The TV has lots of channels for the lazy couch days. The Ginkgo suite has a big bath.

In the fridge you will be welcomed with an assortment of eggs cheese ham yogurt wine beer soft drinks etc. a fresh fruit bowl, fresh flowers. Everything you can possibly need and things you haven't thought of yet!

Especially the best part is Luc (and Wookie)...if you come to stay you can be lucky enough to join the Maison Aux Bonsais family...with Luc's contacts and experience you can be sure of spending your time well in St Paul and will never waste your time on the second best restaurants coffee or ice cream, just ask Luc to steer you in the right direction.

Home away from home, super relaxing and the best host ever.... There can be only one and that is Maison Aux Bonsais!

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Sandra G
Sao Paulo, SP
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Charming and very complete. Excellent host.”
Reviewed July 25, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
2
people found this review helpful

The Biloba suite is not just nice. It is a delight. The decoration is perfect and the location inside the walls of St. Paul is awesome . Luc is one of those persons born to make others happy. He is delighted in serving his guests. The apartment has everything you may think. It is amazing. I have never been in a place offering that amount and quality of amenities. Including flowers and fruits at your arrival. I recommend you park your car outside the walls of the city as parking inside, particularly during the high season, could be a challenge. But Luc will help you in any problem you may have and meet you in the city gate, guiding you through the very narrow streets. I hope I can get back one day. Thanks Luc.

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Liked best: Decoration and the amenities.
Liked least: That the bathroom has a curtain instead of a door.
Traveling group: Friends
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway
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HJandPP
Adelaide, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great place, great location and a great host!”
Reviewed July 13, 2014 for a stay in July 2014
2
people found this review helpful

Stayed for a week and the apartment (Ginko) was excellent, wish we had stayed longer! Luc was a most friendly and helpful host. Location is excellent, parking a little tight so make sure you have a small car. Lovely town, nice people and has plenty of good restaurants and shopping. Monaco, Nice and beaches easily accessible by car or bus from St Paul de Vence.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: A lot of day tourists
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Older travelers
  • Was the property as advertised?
  • Would you recommend the location of this property?
  • Was it a good value for the price paid?
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Was this review helpful? Yes
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