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“Used as a base it's ok”
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Hotel le Provencal
Calgary, Canada
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“Used as a base it's ok”
Reviewed May 17, 2012

We spent one night in this hotel before moving into our villa. The room we were in was extremely small but this is pretty consistent with most French hotels in this price bracket. Really nothing too much to complain about. The breakfast was good and there was a nice ambience drinking coffee on the terrace amid the vines. Everything is within walking distance which is a good job as once you found a nearby parking spot you really don't want to give it up. Villefranche itself is a pretty town with a slower pace than Nice.

Room Tip: Leave your large bags in the car - the elevator/lift is very small!
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  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed April 22, 2012

Villefranche-sur-Mer is the best town to stay in la cote d'azur. It's perfect, it's beautiful, it's close to everything, the people are great!

With that, Hotel Provencal is a nice hotel. Yes the building is old and the beds are ok as far as comfort, but it's perfectly situated in the middle of town, it's clean, and the family was nice. The breakfast is a typical European continental breakfast - juices, coffee, tea, bread, cheese, yoghurt, fruit, etc...

I think it's best suited for a short stay for young travelers or if you are by yourself.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed January 13, 2012

The hotel is located in what we consider to be the best town in the Riviera. The hotel is quite old, although at the time of our visit (June 2011) the guest rooms had undergone a recent refurbishment. Our room was extremely well kept (thanks to the renovation), clean and spacious enough to be comfortable for my wife and I during our 5 nights there. Our bathroom was tiny, so for a larger size couple, this could be a problem.

In terms of location, the hotel is within 5 minutes walk of 'the old town', which is the more quaint part of Villefranch-Sur-Mer (where the picturesque harbour, cafes and restaurants are located). The location of the hotel is up a fairly steep hill, which could be a challenge for anyone with mobility issues. The town of Villefranche is a lot less touristy than the other more well known towns of the Riveria. It has a real village feel to it and on most days we were there we felt as though there were more locals wandering the streets, rather than tourists. That said, for the days when the cruise ships pull into the bay, the tourist numbers go up dramatically! We found all the locals we met to be extremely hospitable and genuine people.

The town and hotel are within 15 minutes drive of Nice and 30 minutes drive of Monaco.

In terms of value for money, we were extremely happy with what Hotel Provencal offers and will stay there again next time we visit. Our only advice would be to ask for a room which has been renovated.

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

We originally booked a hotel in Nice but inasmuch as we had a car found it inconvenient and decided to check out Villafranche su mer. We came into the town and came across Hotel Provencal. It is in a wonderful location with easy access to the bus going into Nice. We found the hotel slightly run down but the rooms were in the process of being renovated. We paid a little more and got one of the renovated rooms. It was a very large room with a sitting area on the corner of the hotel. We had 2 sets of floor to ceiling glass doors which opened to a fabulous view of the inlet and harbor of Villafranche su mer. Parking was nearby on the street and we were able to walk all over the town and down to the harbor easily. I would recommend this hotel but ask for a renovated room overlooking the water.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled with friends
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redwood city
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Reviewed October 14, 2011

This charming older hotel has a great location - short walk to old town as well as public transportation. This is a great place to stay while adjusting to time difference. Breakfast downstairs, fruit around the corner and Pizza across the street. Tourist info office across the street as well. No good wifi that I could find.

Room Tip: Ask for ocean view - and lift is good, as the hotel is TALL
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  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
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California
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

I first stayed at the Provencal as a child in 1961 when my Dad was with the U.S. Navy 7th fleet and the Navy put families up at hotels until we could find local rentals. I remembered it as beautiful and elegant, making me feel like a little rich girl. So it was nostalgia that led me to book at the Provencal for a couple of nights at the end of a two week tour of Italy with my long time best friend, before we flew home out of Nice.

I'm generally a "go with the flow" kind of traveler, but what a disappointment this was! The only thing this place still has going for it is the location. The Provencal has aged badly and suffers from lack of care in both the physical sense and the attitude of its staff: Peeling paint, spartan furnishings, no shower curtain, threadbare towels - and not particularly clean. Having stayed in two different rooms on the two nights (therein lies a tale), I can report that the attempted renovations have only replaced threadbare carpets with cheap vinyl flooring and shabby bedclothes with spartan white sheets and a thin folded coverlet. The redecoration of the lobby removed all remnants of charm and left it looking like a McMahan's floor display. The elevator is so tiny and rickety that a couple with a suitcase apiece will probably want to ride up separately. If arriving by car, be aware that there is not only no parking, but no place to pull off the steep, narrow street to unload luggage or passengers without blocking traffic (unless you get very lucky and there happens to be an empty parking spot along the street.) And don't expect any of the staff to leap to your aid!
If you do choose to stay here, don't pay for the breakfast option - coffee, sad fruit and a croissant aren't worth 10 Euro, even in a pretty garden setting.

I'm so glad that Villefranche itself is still the beautiful and charming place I remember!

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
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Alexandra_Hotels, Propriétaire at Hotel le Provencal, responded to this review, September 27, 2011
Dear Madam,
Thank you for your feedback, we really do care about our customer reviews.
I am really sorry that you did not have the same feeling about your stay than in 1961.
The hotel has been renovated but we will achieved next opening in february. Some bedrooms are "old fashion", but our priority is the cleanliness.
We do have a place for you to stop just in front of the hotel and if you ask, we would explain with pleasure where to park. We are really in the center but there are places to park in Villefranche.
Our garden is beautiful and all our staff is really nice and welcoming.
Thank you again for your feedback, we will welcome you with pleasure in our hotel and in Villefranche, which is really a nice little town, you are right !
Kind regards,
Alexandra Duchateau
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Reviewed September 18, 2011

The review sof this hotel scared me a bit to be honest before we went! I have stayed in several hotels in France and am not bothered about star ratings in terms of desks and trouser presses, and am also not really desperate for a sea view, particularly in Villefranche which is so beautiful you can see it all the time when out and about. We were really lucky to get a refurbished room as they are currently doing the hotel up. Our room had nice furnishings, was clean and comfortable. However, I have two complaints. One, the rooms that aren't sea/garden view are advertised as 'Mountain View' - well it's true to say they do have a view of the mountain, but in reality it should be advertised as view de la rue! We were right by a busy main road and it was really noisy, we came on holiday to relax, not be woken up by lorries and scooters at all hours of the night! We did ask if we could move but the hotel was fully booked. The second complaint is that there was no door on our bathroom!!! Now in a small ish hotel room this could have been a bit of a problem if we were newly weds or in a new relationship or in fact are just humans who have a bit of a problem with no privacy when using the toilet! Myself and my husband thought it was quite funny but really it's a bit strange. Overall, Villefranche is AMAZING and well worth the visit, we had a great time, and this hotel is reasonably priced if you get a refurbed room, the other rooms looked awful when we peeped in one morning when the cleaners had some doors open, old carpets, dodgy looking furniture, but I will say that the hotel is clean so that's not a problem. The hotel is also really well located. We also had a shower head that didn't stay up when you used it (we didn't have shower over bath so bath not an option) so we rigged up our own way of holding it up with some rope from a bag I had - take rope for shower rig is my advice!!! Vive la Villefranche!

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Property: Hotel le Provencal
Address: 4 avenue Marechal Joffre, 06230 Villefranche-sur-Mer, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > Villefranche-sur-Mer
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Ranked #5 of 12 Hotels in Villefranche-sur-Mer
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel le Provencal 2*
Number of rooms: 45
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