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Reviewed 6 February 2013

From the second we arrived at Chateau Eza, we knew it was going to be a one of a kind experience. Located at the top of the town (lots of uphill walking on cobblestone streets to get there---if you are the least bit fit, it is no problem but if you have a walking issue, beware)..when we arrived, we were ushered out onto a private balcony (which would be ours for teh duration of our stay) so our private concierge could give us an overview of the experience and the property. The view was breathtaking..spread out below you lies the Bay of Villefranche and in the distance, Nice. The concierge brings a magnificent welcome spread to enjoy...watermelon fruit shooters, some fancy appetizers and champagne cocktails served in delicate Lalique crystal flutes. They give you the lay of the land and ask if you want a reservation for dinner or breakfast. Here are the details:

Choice: if you are looking at this hotel, you are probably debating whether to stay here or Chevre D'Or, the other 5 star hotel that is next door. Altho we peeked into Chevre D'Or, we didn't really explore it but I can say I am 100% happy that we chose Chateau Eza.

Hotel: the hotel is built on the side of the mountain so it is sprawling and spread out...the front desk is kind of in a cave and the tiny lobby is just a pass thru to get to the balcony I mention above...there are a few of those balconies. Our room was perfectly fine.....it was 2 floors and I got the feeling that it had been someone's tiny house at some point. Sofa and TV on first floor and upstairs, bedroom and bathroom.....very very tiny but very very elegant...all new amenities, clean, and luxurious. We did not have a view but a lot of the rooms share the sea view that the balconies have.

Restaurant: The hotel is famous for its five star dining experience but we did not eat there. Too fancy for our tastes. We did enjoy a cocktail at the hotel bar (also has balconies with sea views) before we headed out to dinner. Just could not get enough of the wonderful views. We ate at a cute Italian restaurant just a few meters from the hotel. There are a few choices for dining but for sure one of the joys of staying here is that you don;t have to drive down the mountain for dinner...to be able to enjoy Eze after the day trippers leave is wonderful.
We also had breakfast the next morning. Yes, it was lovely to eat it on the balcony (that balcony got a lot of use) but the breakfast itself was very disappointing. For 25 Euros each, I expected something more than a coffee and criossant....skip it.

To Do: Try to arrive early enough to stroll thru the town and visit the unique art galleries and shops. And a MUST is the Cactus Garden which is even higher up than the hotel but so worth the hike. There are sculptures strewn about the beautiful garden and the views are stupendous. Seriously, do not miss this experience. Much better than the cactus garden below is Monaco.

Overall, if you can afford to splurge on a night or 2 here, do it.....it is a beautiful romantic experience .

Room Tip: All rooms are different. If you don;t want to splurge on a sea view, there re plenty of balconies you can relax on and enjoy the view
  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 5 February 2013

We had a great time here and we extended our stay by three days! I guess that is the great thing about travelling in the low-season. We really want to comment about the staff - they take this small five star hotel and make it feel like a warm, inviting candle lit home. Yes it is not a casual house - it is romantic, high-end and cozy, we loved it for that reason.

The ambiance in the restaurant was super, I could not imagine a more romantic setting and the food was well presented and perfect. This place takes the prize for romance. It is just so rare to find a European setting like this with all the right elements. Comfort, class, elegance and warmth.

We spent a fortune, but with smiles on our faces the whole time.

Room Tip: Stayed in the Prince of Sweden's library - it has a natural wood fireplace!
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Johan B
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Reviewed 2 February 2013

No doubt about it- the location is fantastic, we had a superior room with balcony and the view over Nice bay, Villefranche etc. was just fabulous. The room itself was done in a sort of 'medieval' theme, but, although comfortable enough, it just looked rather dated and twee. But, the restaurant (1 Michelin star) was a big disappointment. Again, great views but there was just the one 'tasting menu', (plus a la carte), and frankly, some of the courses were very ordinary. The service was pretentious, overly-formal and there was some quite loud, very unrestful, 'background' music. Needless to say the wine list was very expensive. So, although we had booked in 2 nights, after 1 night we said 'no more' and went down the hill to Le Troubadour which was excellent, good quality, good value cuisine with affordable wine and perfectly acceptable service of the 'non-fawning' variety.

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank JimC2013
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Reviewed 23 January 2013

Stayed at Chateau Eza for two nights (Christmas Eve and Christmas day). Went there with very high expectations, specially considering the nightly rate. While the view from our room of the French Riviera was quite spectacular, the room itself had very old decor: beds were not very comfortable, coverlet looked dated....guess I prefer modern hotels with white comforters and modern furnishings. Bathroom was the only thing that looked updated and it also had a great view. I do have to say that staff was very nice and attentive. From the valet guy to the ladies at the lobby. We had dinner at their Michelin star restaurant on Christmas day. Food was ok but not worth the $300 dollars it cost - note this was for their smaller tasting menu. Also, please note that since cars are not allowed in the very charming Eze village (it's a tiny village with narrow walk ways), you need to walk (on an incline) for at least 10 mins to get to the hotel. It's a work out!

  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank cdmolinam
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Reviewed 13 January 2013

Deserving of every one of its recognitions (including a recent placement on Condé Nast's Gold List).

L'Occitane products in the bathroom. Duplex standard rooms with cool satin sheets and thick robes and towels. A wonderful one Michelin star restaurant hovering above the Côte d'Azur (we personally think it deserves another). And to top it off, it is located in an ancient village that has never lost its rustic touch.

Great service, tasteful room and wonderful meal... This really is worth every cent.

Stayed: January 2013, travelled as a couple
2  Thank ml8878
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