We booked a junior suite in the building across the courtyard from the main hotel, but overlooking the tiny La Ponche beach. The room was large -- we guess 450 square feet -- with a couch and two arm chairs all clad in bright white nubby cotton chenille slip covers placed around a small marble table upon which a vase contained a bunch of white lilies, the scent of which perfumed the room during the three days we were there. There was a large desk on which sat a temperamental little LCD television with cable box, a chair to sit in at the desk and a lovely king bed set in a bright brass bedframe and dressed in Frette sheets and a spread matching the chairs' slipcovers.
A large bathroom with French doors that opened onto a tiny balcony facing the building next door was equipped with a large tub, a walk in shower, double sinks and a heated towel rack (great for drying hand washing).
There was a small half-height refrigerator, some utensils and crockery and a tiny two burner cook top, all of which would have allowed us to picnic in the room on the rotisserie chicken, paella and other offerings sold at the Tuesday/Saturday market in the Place de Lices, except we didn't buy anything.
The weather was perfect when we were there: bright, sunny with cloudless blue skies, just like in Vadim's "And God Created Women," which we had watched shortly before leaving on this trip that I felt that I had been there before; deja vu all over again.
The only drawbacks were finding the place (the streets are picturesquely narrow) but the staff took our car at arrival and parked it until we were ready to leave, so parking is not a problem at all, and, of course the stairs to the room would make handicapped access impossible.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Saint-Tropez, Hotel de la Ponche is dedicated to the artworks of Jacques Cordier. This 5-star hotel offers luxurious rooms and a bar-restaurant with a terrace overlooking the sea. Each rooms has air conditioned and soundproofed. Each has a TV and a minibar. A dressing room and a seating area are available in some rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom with bathrobes and a hairdryer. The air conditioned restaurant of the Ponche Hotel serves Mediterranean cuisine, with French seafood specialties. Breakfast is served in your room or on the terrace of the restaurant sea view for a breakfast buffet. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel and relax in the lounge decorated with works of art on the walls. Located in the center, 200 meters from the port, 10 meters from the beach and 9 km from Port Grimaud. It also offers PRIVATE GARAGE AND VALET PARKING SERVICE ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Ponche St Tropez
- La Ponche Hotel