the Good: the people at the front desk were both absolutely wonderful, warm and welcoming.
Okay, I knew that "beach views" were all booked and I was getting a "city view", but I would not call what I had a city view, unless your idea of a city view is looking at two very tanned drunks with shaved heads and huge bellies sitting on their terrace afternoon, evening and the next morning.
I thought I was coming to the Riviera of Alfred Hitchcocks's "to catch a thief", but instead I got "Rear Window, only, sadly, nobody killed my neighbors during the night. All night long I kept hoping to hear screams.
It would have taken my mind off how claustrophobic and uncomfortable the room was.
The room is not small, but it feels cheap and crowded. The entire room was overwhelmed by a really ugly photograph of a saiboat that I think maybe they pulled out of a dumpster.
The furnishings are like Ikea's idea of the french riviera: Modern but cheap.
It should have a name, like "jean claude" or something.
It's the kind of room you can't wait to get out of.
The bathrooms (there are two; the toilet gets it's own room) are not small, but again claustrophobic because they are so very badly designed. The room that is missing the toilet has a shower on one side, a tub on the other, sink and mirror at the end of what feels like a narrow closet.
The breakfast, like the room, was a huge rip off. the "continental buffet" consisted of very little:
a coffee machine, doughy bread stuff, a little bowl of fruit salad, a few other items.
The waitress was totally disengaged. She told us the price (too high) and pointed to a table.
And then she stood around hoping somebody would stare at her.
We should have skipped it. You could get a much better breakfast with the same view for one third the price within a block.
Maybe the terrace rooms overlooking the beach and sea are wonderful, but the "city view" room we had was overpriced and unpleasant.
On our way to Antibes I had been thinking that one night wouldn't be enough, that we would find ourselves wanting to stretch our visit, but after one night ,
We checked out as soon as we could, and headed to our next destination a lot sooner than we expected.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- ROYAL ANTIBES - LUXURY HOTEL, RESIDENCE, BEACH & SPA * * * * ouvert depuis Avril 2011, le ROYAL Antibes propose 64 chambres, suites et appartements entre vieille ville et Cap d'Antibes, a proximite immediate du centre ville et du Musee Picasso. Face a la mer, avec sa Plage privee, 2 restaurants, 1 lounge bar avec terrasse exterieure, parking prive et son Spa partenaire "Cinq Mondes", le Royal Antibes est le premier hotel de Luxe d'Antibes. ... more less
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