Idiosyncratic period property in leafy suburb.
Posted Oct 26, 2014
Upon arrival, the staff were very welcoming and helpful. The room was spacious and clean. French windows opened onto a small balcony, overlooking the garden. The whole building had the air of faded gentility. The area itself is in the historic Ville d'Hiver, once the haunt of the fashionably wealthy who came in pursuit of the spa waters and mild climate to improve their health. Sadly, like a Grand old Dame of the Belle Époque, this hotel has seen better days and has lost her youthful lustre. She, too, is in need of a cure, or at least a stylish makeover. Though, renovations have already begun. However, it was a fabulous stay. The ability to self cater was enormously helpful for two Veggies in a town built on oysters. The whole area is amazing, a cross between the Hollywood Hills and a Hammer Horror film set. I loved it. A short stroll through the park and either a lift or steps will lead you directly into the fashionable end of town, full of chic shops, boutiques and cafes, and of course, the golden beach. The location could not be better. And so peaceful at night that you can sleep soundly even with the windows open, if you can tear yourself away from standing on the balcony to count the stars.