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Hotel La Residence de la Pinede
Ranked #4 of 73 Hotels in Saint-Tropez
Certificate of Excellence
London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Lovely but..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2012

This really is a lovely hotel with very friendly staff. The prices are sky high but we were aware of that before we went. What was, however, unforgivable was to be made to feel cheap when we had dinner at the restaurant, particularly when we were spending the best part of €5,000 to stay there. Regretably, when we booked we chose an option which included a dinner for two. What we did not know was that this meant we were restricted to the set menu which consisted of four fish courses. Much as we like fish we did want a meat course. When we asked for this the waiter had to go away and check if this would be "ok". While he did come back with a couple of very limited options we really did feel like we were those people who had arrived with the disount tokens and you are being accomodated rather than welcomed. A small thing in many ways but it is these things that can make the difference when you are spending hard earned money.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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DirectionGeneral, Directeur général at Hotel La Residence de la Pinede, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Many thanks for taking the time to share your impression about your recent stay at La Résidence de La Pinède. I am very sorry that your experience at La Vague d'Or was not up to your expectations. Indeed, our packages include a set diner menu, which is orientated on sea food. Our Restaurant Manager is always very attentive to our clients preferences and I regret that the alternative offered was not sufficient. Your satisfaction is our prime concern and be assured that they did not mean to make you feel that way. Also some corrective action will be taken to avoid reoccurence. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly should you consider returning and I will ensure you are spending a memorable time with us. Olivier Raveyre. Manager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2012

Petit accommodations fit into this lovely boutique hotel. It is located just outside of the center of the ville,which is within walking distance. The staff is very attentive and professional. The most outstanding feature is the 2 Michelin star rated restaurant.
We have dined in many of the outstanding restaurants in NYC and Paris; and can honestly say chef Arnaud is among the best. The flavors, presentation and creativity are sensational. He is absolutely deserving of this 2 star rating. We dined there our 1st night and will go back again during our stay.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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DirectionGeneral, Directeur général at Hotel La Residence de la Pinede, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
Our sincere gratitude for this wonderfull comment left on tripadvisor about your recent stay. Your very kind words will be passed on to Arnaud. We look forward to welcoming you back at La Résidence de La Pinède. Olivier Raveyre
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SANTIAGO
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

I have known this hotel for years, and it still continues to outshine other hotels in the area of the same standard. This porperty has to boast the BEST of locations on the outskirts of St Tropez with stunning views of both the town and whole of the bay. A silent oasis compared with the terrible traffic trying tget both in and out of St Tropez. Just enjoy the views whilst sipping a glass of champagne.

The be fair the decor hasn't changed. It is still caught in the "cruise ship" style without sole of any real style, and public spaces are limited. Make certain you reserve a room facing the see. All the views are superb. The hotel boast an infinity pool and private beach and a stunning terrace to breakfast and lunch.

The hotel boasts a 2 Michelin star restaurant without a "foam" in sight! The food is superb, beautifully served from a good menu offerering the very best that France has to offer, without trying to be too modern. First class ingredience. The lamb was the best I have ever eaten. Lunch and breakfast on the terrace are a "must do."

Without doubt, the hotel is in first class condition, but what stands out are the OUTSTANDING staff, who do their jobs with panache and a genuine desire to please. Whereever you go someone if there at hand.

As should be expected, this all comes at a cost, both for the accomodation and food. For a special treat it is the place to stay. Your Bentley or Rolls Royce, will find plenty of friends!!

Room Tip: I suggest the room with a huge terrace on the second floor over the infinity pool!
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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DirectionGeneral, Directeur général at Hotel La Residence de la Pinede, responded to this review, September 16, 2012
Thank you very much for taking the time to write this positive feedback about La Résidence de La Pinède. The trip advisor community will appreciate the quality of your review too. Your appreciation regarding the service and the team will be passed on to the colleagues. Best regards. Olivier Raveyre
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2012

This hotel is located in Saint Tropez's bay, offer great accomodations and the best view of the bay and its boats. Very chic, classy and has one of the best restaurante in all over st tropez. Worth a visit.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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DirectionGeneral, Directeur général at Hotel La Residence de la Pinede, responded to this review, September 16, 2012
Thanks a lot for sharing your impression of the hotel and the restaurant. Best regards, Olivier Raveyre
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2012

This was our first time experience in a 6 star upmarket hotel and it was amazing. The staff could not do enough for us. We had a beautiful large room with a terrace with a view to the beach and the pool. Bathroom was large and the room very clean. We actually dined in and used the terrace a couple of times it was so comfortable and had a beautiful view.
The hotel had valet parking and a private beach and it was perfectly located near the main town, only 10 mins walk.
Wifi was slow and average in quality. Breakfast should have had more of a selection considering it was 6 star hotel.

Well worth every cent, and we are definitely coming again.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
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DirectionGeneral, Directeur général at Hotel La Residence de la Pinede, responded to this review, August 30, 2012
Many thanks for this review. Very pleased to read that you enjoyed your recent stay. I made note of your comments and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Olivier Raveyre
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2012

We went as a family of 10. My husband and I have a 4 month old baby. The staff could not have been more helpful. The resturante served the best food we have ever had. My husband and the children loved the water sports. The pool is kept at a good temperature so was perfect for the baby. The rooms were a little small for the money but were lovely. Only downside it's that it was very expensive. We are going again next year. Can not wait!

  • Stayed August 2012
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1 Thank MrsAThomson
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DirectionGeneral, Directeur général at Hotel La Residence de la Pinede, responded to this review, August 22, 2012
What a great feedback thank you very much. Happy to read that you enjoyed your stay at La Résidence de La Pinède as well as the water leisure facilities. Look forward to welcoming you back next year. Olivier Raveyre
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2012

We own several restaurants and only dine at the best so when I learned that this restaurant had recently garnered its 2nd Michelin star we decided to make a reservation. We were not disappointed. Chef Arnaud is a genius and his creativity combined with powerful flavors is unique with this type of dining. So often the cuisine looks beautiful but lacks taste. His cuisine nails it from top to bottm. Plus, the setting of the outdoor dining room on the water is stunning. Very romantic and perfect for this menu. We have dined with Jean Georges, Ducasse, Boulud, Keller....a lot of great chefs. Arnaud will be among the greats before he is finished.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
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DirectionGeneral, Directeur général at Hotel La Residence de la Pinede, responded to this review, August 12, 2012
Thank you very much for this excellent review about La Vague d'Or. Arnaud will be thrilled by your comments. Best regards. Olivier Raveyre
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Property: Hotel La Residence de la Pinede
Address: quartier de la Bouillabaisse | Plage de la Bouillabaisse, 83990, Saint-Tropez, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Saint-Tropez
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Saint-Tropez
#2 On the Beach Hotel in Saint-Tropez
#3 Business Hotel in Saint-Tropez
#4 Luxury Hotel in Saint-Tropez
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel La Residence de la Pinede 5*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set within a beautiful natural park, la Residence de la Pinede is place of tranquillity opening out onto the sea. The only hotel in Saint-Tropez with its own private beach, it is the ideal setting to enjoy both seaside pleasures and escapades at the heart of the mythical village. In true Saint-Tropez style, the 36 rooms offer a postcard-worthy view of the sea, the pine forest and the famed village of Saint-Tropez. Most rooms feature a terrace or spacious balcony embalmed by the scent of pine trees. As for gastronomy, Chef Arnaud Donckele's cuisine is a true rustic journey through the Mediterranean. La Residence de la Pinede has two restaurants and one bar. Awarded three Michelin stars, five toques and a rating of 19/20 by the Gault et Millau, la Vague d'Or invites guests on a magical journey between land and sea. For a relaxed lunch in front of the water, La Terrasse offers modern, simplistic cuisine with hints of the Mediterranean, highlighting local, seasonal ingredients. With a nautical-inspired decor, Le Bar invites all to a refreshing interlude. The hotel also proposes 24/7 in-room dining. The white sandy beach of Bouillabaisse hosts sixty loungers available for guests, a prime setting for lounging in privacy with views of the Bay of Saint-Tropez. Continually at 30 degrees, the infinity pool extends the sweet sensation of a swim and pleasantly enlivens the hotel. At the end of the beach, boats may dock at the jetty, the departure point for sea excursions and water sports. La Residence de la Pinede is a member of Leading Hotels of the World. 2017 Season: Thursday, May 18th to Sunday, October 8th ... more   less 
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