Whatever the top award is for the perfect hotelier - give it to the gentleman owner who looked after us here! The amount of thought that had gone into the facilities (particularly the lovely bathroom, the attention to detail (eg, soft-closing loo seat; one mirrored, one plain wardrobe door; & the silent electric black-out shutters so the crashing of other peoples' shutters doesn't wake you up!), & the general courtesy he extended to us, really 'made our stay'.
We arrived in dreadful late May weather, soaked, sore & ready to break after missing our stop on the bus (because you can't see the centre from the bus route - get off at the post office!) and wheeling our cases much farther than we needed to due to roadworks (get a really close-up detailed map before going, it's easy once you know, a few metres off the road up from the port!) Our host was quietly charming, instantly making us calm and happy again, carrying my heavy case up to an upgraded room with the most perfect full-on palm tree view (10?). He was available to us at all times, most importantly without disturbing our privacy going in and out, and happily helped us with materials to fix our broken case.
He also spoke excellent English whilst still allowing me the opportunity to practise my French! I believe the same would be true with the lady owner who seemed to be away but with whom I had a pleasant exchange of emails earlier at the time of booking. Lovely breads at breakfast &
the bed was as great quality as the rest of our experience - properly soft & padded while still supportive, and good halogen reading lights for mapping out our travels! There was also a range of terrace furniture to cover all our likely requirements - and a kettle & the supplies for it.
We arrived really too late for French lunch, but he was able to point us to Bard'O - virtually invisible from the top of the nearby Portissol beach prom - which was open right enough. Menu prices were high as usual in the south of France, but there was a cheap 17E 2 course menu du jour which gave us perfectly just-cooked swordfish, stylishly served, and a dessert.
One of the first places you pass walking into town is a small but very comfortable cinema, which was showing English language (Version Originale) selections from the Cannes Festival at the time - ideal for our first rainy night.
The daily fish & food market here has to be seen to be believed - and the 'big' market on some days is massive! There's a lot of good sushi here, for obvious reasons, amidst the full range of other choices. Great independent shops too, in a thoroughly French- rather than foreign-tourist, harbour resort. Rather than people-watch by the port, we found a cute little restaurant on a peaceful back square (Alisette et son Assiette?), which had a delightfully friendly lady running it and tasty good value food.
We also looked at H de la Tour, which is right on the port, but it had a busy road running right past it instead of the Synaya's garden-with-pool. And HdlT has one of those tired-looking open terrace restaurants, so you definitely wouldn't want a low floor - you'd only need to stay there if you really couldn't walk, as the Synaya is slightly uphill, just over 5 mins away. Hostellerie la Farandole looks fantastic, but you would need car or bus to get to Sanary port/shops/restaurants as it's all on its own up hills then down a private road on another bay nearer Bandol, with exceptionally expensive food & drink.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The hotel is located 200m from the beach Portissol. The outdoor pool is open from early April to late October. The rooms are equipped with air conditioning, a safe, a flat-screen TV, hairdryer and minibar. Some rooms have a terrace or balcony. A WiFi connection is free and daily newspapers. A buffet breakfast is usually served every morning in the sunny garden. The hotel favors fresh, seasonal, artisanal and / or organic food. The port / Sanary center is about 8 minutes walk from the hotel. Two very good restaurants recommended by customers are 200m from the hotel. According to your requests, we recommend the best restaurants we test regularly. Drive from the hotel, Bandol is 10 minutes, the station of Ollioules-Sanary 10 minutes, 20 minutes Le Castellet, Toulon 20 minutes, 30 minutes Cassis, Hyeres 40 minutes, 45 minutes Marseille, Aix en Provence 50 minutes, Saint-Tropez and Nice 1h30 to 2h. ... more less
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