Just returned from the French Riviera where Menton was my home base, Hotel Club Vacanciel Menton... aka L'Orangerine. 10 nights there and absolutely loved it! The hotel is a bit like an old peoples home, but don't let that put you off. It makes for a very safe and quiet hotel, very beautiful from the inside and out. The wifi worked like a charm in my room, the main areas and the breakfast high terrace. Breakfast was great - croissants, pain du chocolat, french bread, yogurt, sausage, ham, cheese, omelette, jams, yogurt, fruit cocktail, fresh fruit, apricots, dates, figs, juice, tea, coffee... everything! Everyone speaks french in the French Riviera, so if you can't speak french and aren't willing to give it a go... maybe it's not for you. Everyone is very polite and very kind, however, I did speak french my entire trip. This hotel is very close to the train station, and bus station - bus 110 takes you to and from the airport terminals for 20 euros - it's your best bet. I took the train to Cannes, Nice, Antibes, Monaco, La Villefranche and Ventimigillia. It's cheap, reliable and fast! My room was clean, but very tiny - a single bed, no safe (you definitely don't need one, it's a 3 euro per day charge anyhow), and the shower was a handheld nozzle but it did have a plastic hanger, mine was broken, so I had to balance it so that I didn't have to hold it the entire time. There are shops, restaurants and grocery stores all very close to the hotel. It's very close to the beach - 5 min walk, bring your own beach towel or buy one at the shop near the beach, they sell umbrellas as well. I enjoyed running the waterfront to Plage Buse, you go through Carnoles, Roque-Brun. There are views of Monaco, in fact, you almost hit it. It's a great run/hike - did it everyday! The old town in Menton is also very cute! Tried many restaurants and liked them all. I recommend the restaurants along the beachfront - service is really great and so is the food! June 21 is a music festival for all of France - it's a night to remember! I travelled alone, but to be honest, it's an area that you should share with someone else. The French are very much about being with friends and family, so it can make you feel a little lonely when you're on your own. It was a very relaxing trip and I enjoyed being able to speak French the entire time, without people trying to speak to me in English - haven't had that experience anywhere else in the world.
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