This hotel has the best location in Villefranche no contest.
It is an enjoyable hotel to stay a week in thanks to the seaside feel and lovely staff.However this is not a cheap hotel yet the standard of finish in our room (32) was poor. Shabby chic paint effects clash with boring carpets,1980's curtains and fake flowers. Paint work is a bit thick and messy as is grouting in the bathroom. The bathroom was large enough and was a pretty colour but the loo was right against the bathroom door (which was too stiff to shut properly!). I'm not tall but I think most men would find it a awkward to sit down. For all of this it was quirky rather than dreadful but it's not a "wow" room other than the balconies.The balconies (with one at the front and a long one to the side, in our superior room) were wonderful. The floor length doors and bathroom windows also came with shutters which was an unexpected bonus. Particularily good in the bathroom where you could keep the window wide open for fresh air (hate en suites!) but close the shutters for privacy.
Really good staff ,especially the fantastic upbeat chambermaids with excellent English and the amusing bar staff. All work very hard and are charming and professional.
The hotel doesn't do food (only breakfast a nice enough buffet ) but can do snacks of the crisp or breadstick variety with drinks. Villfranche itself is small and relaxed but unusually the best value food is not in the quaint backstreets or less visited new town but along the harbour front. .Right next to the hotel are two restaurants that look like tourists traps.They were some of the best cooked and best value meals I have ever had on a holiday. Conversely the ones up the steps tucked away had horrid food and overcharged us. The exception was the Pizza place that had yummy salad, pizza and pasta.No where charged extra for bread and olives though.
Tip on buying buying a cold drink. Shops would charge up to E2.50 a can yet the vending machines (always a rip off in England) would use up your change to the tune of E1.20 and be ice cold. Even the snack shops are much better/cheaper if you eat right by the beach as we found out when we went on a walk up in the hills and tried to eat like locals. No contest.
The hotel charges E7 for a glass of wine so bring a bottle opener or sip slowly from the comfortable hotel bar as you watch the beautiful yachts and people come and go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel by the sea, within walking distance from the beaches, in the heart of Villefranche-sur-Mer old town activities. Next to the Jean Cocteau Chapel 'Chapelle saint Pierre', Charmin hotel in a warm and family atmophere. All 35 rooms have air conditionning, sea view and a private balcony. Free access to the sauna for our customers (private sessions). The Wine Pier,, the hotel wine bar is open year-round everyday. Breakfast is served on the veranda with a full warm & cold buffet or continental breakfast available in the room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Welcome Villefranche Sur Mer