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Hotel La Grande Bastide
Ranked #9 of 12 Hotels in St-Paul-de-Vence
Certificate of Excellence
Leuven
1 review
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“Bad experience in "La Grande Bastide"”
Reviewed 26 August 2012

To start some nice remarks: very attentive service and a beautiful location with a nice view from the room on the village of St. Paul de Vence! Very nice to have the possibility to use the transport of a "deux chevaux" of the hotel to the neighborhood, such as the restaurants, etc..

...bad experiences...: due to the high temperatures at that time, and the climatisation always in service, a lot of humidity was available into the room. As a result of a non aerated room: the towells were smelling not well, the television device not working(oxidized batteries!), the hair drier in flame(short circuit!) and the main light of the room also in short circuit!. Further, rust water standing into the shower location near the schwimming pool..

Sorry, but those are the facts, as they are! We hope that, by writing on paper those expereriences, we will put the the owner a wake.

To stay at the level of a 4 stars hotel, bad experiences as such, can not be allowed!

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 July 2012

We spent five very comfortable days at La Grand Bastide in July. The room accommodations were fine -- an upper loft for the two adults, and a convertible daybed in the main room for our daughter. Bathroom was large and well furnished.
The breakfast buffet was excellent, with the room and terrace giving a wonderful view of St Paul about 2 kilometers up the hill. (We prefer that breakfast not be charged separately, as a matter of style in a "boutique" environment, but this is a matter of policy and choice.) The rooms also have small individual terraces or gardens where breakfast can also be taken.
The hotel does not have a restaurant, but there is a good choice of cold dishes at lunch -- salads and the like. And there are an abundance of restaurants near-by including two in walking distance.
The hotel has a beautifully restored Citroen 2 CV used as a shuttle -- always available and simply "good fun." It is recommended over driving -- parking in the Vence/St Paul area is beastly, and the hotel's own small parking lot is sloped, cramped and difficult.
The pool and its terrace are well-sized and equipped. The other guests were mainly there for shorter stays -- several including families -- a very international clientele passing through the region.
Well-advised, for those not wishing to stay on the beach in the Cote D'Azure.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with family
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Oslo, Norway
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Reviewed 24 July 2012

We enjoyed our stay at the Hotel La Grande Bastide very much and would highly recommend this hotel to anyone who is interested in nice hotels. It is well-situated, comfortable and with excellent staff! We were most impressed with the friendliness of the staff and their willingness to book events and restaurants for us and to help in any way. Breakfast is served on the terrace with wonderful view to St. Paul de Vence. We will definitely stay again and recommend to friends. Thank you

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 July 2012

We stayed for three delightful days and nights in June. LGB is situated right off the main road to St Paul de Vence. From the minute we entered, we encountered incredibly attentive service in a beautiful location. Our bags were taken and the proprietor showed us through the tastefully decorated salon, open air terrace, through to our rooms which included our own outdoor table and chairs. The view of the old town of St Paul de Vence from our deck was beautiful. Our room, although not huge, was quiet, and charmingly decorated. The bed was extremely comfortable. We enjoyed the bathroom and its amenities-- large tub with jacuzzi, towel warmer, delicious smelling bath products, cozy terry cloth robe and slippers.

The pool was beautifully situated and surrounded by large comfortable lounge chairs. It was a great place to have a drink, a dip, and just relax after a day of touring around.

Breakfast on the outdoor terrace was a delightful way to start the day, even if a bit expensive.

Every employee we encountered went out of his or her way to make our stay enjoyable-- especially Sylvia. She brought us complementary welcoming drinks by the pool. She made our breakfast in the morning, brought us afternoon tea and coffee during our stay. Took good care of us with a, smile. I hope she reads this!

The proprietors Heinz and his wife, as well as everyone at the front desk made sure we experienced the best of the area answering all our questions and recommending sites and restaurants. Some people walked into town, but we opted to drive. The staff told us exactly where to find the best parking.

Highly recommended. Worth the euros.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Thank Hannah W
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Lappeenranta, Finland
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Reviewed 10 June 2012

A very good choice when visiting Provence. Near St Paul and Foundation Maeght. If you rent a car - I would recommend to stay rather here than in Nice. Easy to visit Eze, Monaco, Vence, Grasse and many other villages...and avoid Nice's traffic jams.
Hotel itself was very good, cozy, still elegant, service was excellent and the staff friendliest I have ever met. Staff really made you feel that you are more than welcome - very helpful and e.g. their restaurant recommendations were very nice.
The room was very nice with a view to St Paul, big bathroom and own little terrace. This hotel also had a free transportation service to St. Paul ( an old-fashioned and stylish Citroën fixed just for this purpose). In some reviews it was said that you can walk to St Paul - but I think that village was a little bit too far for that. Breakfast was fresh and delicious by the way.
I stayed there three nights but I could have easily stayed little longer. This time I was traveling with a friend - but I could absolutely take my family there.

Room Tip: Room number 6 was very nice with its own little terrace - view from the room to St Paul and from ter...
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Tucson, Arizona
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Reviewed 11 May 2012

Based upon prior reviews we reserved two nights at this quaint and charming boutique hotel on the hillside overlooking the village of Saint-Paul and with the Mediterranean Sea as background. The staff was attentive and responsive to our requests, including providing transportation to a local restaurant. The breakfast buffet in the mornings was as delicious and inviting as our surroundings. The hotel and staff exude charm and warmth. You don't find many jewels when traveling, but this is one of them.

Room Tip: Request one of the upstairs and larger rooms overlooking the lawn/pool areas as the view to the east...
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vienna, Virginia
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Reviewed 9 December 2011

We are two professional, married couples in our 40's to 60's. No children.
The staff was remarkably helpful and accommadating.
The rooms were small, with limited closet space, but to be expected in an old manor house. The interior decor was charming.
The bathrooms were modern enough, average sized and had plenty of hot water. Only problem was that our shower door didn't seal well at its bottom. So the water streamed down the door and onto the floor, requiring we use a bunch of towels to soak up the water.
The grounds were kept tidy and manicured and had beautiful views of St. Paul De Vence, across the valley.
The breakfast buffet was European country style with a good and wide selection of healthy foods. It did not resemble the tacky buffets at American hotel chains. There were no donuts, processed muffins and waffles. Thank goodness. Instead, Hotel La Grande Bastide offered a delightful selection of cheeses, different breads, croissants, sweets, dates, figs, fruit, yogurt, scrambled eggs, three different juices, cereals, granola and much more. Espresso was also available.



We chose and enjoyed this location because of its charm, pool, its open space, privacy, and its position away from the hustle and bustle of the city atmosphere. So, yes, you will need a car. Consider that the other hotel guests will also have the financial means to rent / own a car.
The Hotel La Grande Bastide is situated right up along a two lane road. The roar of cars, motorcycles and trucks were occasionally noisy when outside near the pool or on the terrace. But I think the vehicle traffic noise was conspicuous because it pierced the solitude and quietness this hotel offers most of the time. It was certainly more peaceful than any hotel located in the heart of Nice.


We had a very poor wireless internet connection in my room, which was frustrating.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel La Grande Bastide
Address: 1350 avenue de la Colle, 06570 St-Paul-de-Vence, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > St-Paul-de-Vence
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Luxury Hotel in St-Paul-de-Vence
#6 Romantic Hotel in St-Paul-de-Vence
#8 Family Hotel in St-Paul-de-Vence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel La Grande Bastide 4*
Number of rooms: 14
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