Apart from a few Ibis hotels in France and a not-so-nice 2-star on a freeway somewhere south of Paris our family only ever stays at 5-star hotels. But we drove into St Tropez without a booking and after door-knocking a couple of alternatives we stumbled across this place. And I can't describe how happy I was to find it. It's not posh or plush. But it has got character and it's cute and fun and close to everything. The lady hotelier can be found sipping drinks on a table with her friend near the entrance every afternoon. Her husband - a man of few words until you force him to chat - seems to be in charge in the mornings. The rooms are small, but they have a bed and a tv, which I don;t even think we turned on. The rooms look out onto a sunny little garden courtyard, while others back onto a private little garden. We stayed 2 nights in two rooms and I didn't want to leave, but they didn't have any vacancies. The next night we stayed at the Hotel de Paris in Monte Carlo, but when it comes to atmosphere I would find it difficult to say which is more fun.. and that's saying a lot seeing as the Hotel de Paris is the one that sits opposite the casino and is home to visiting celebrities and an endless procession of the fanciest cars in Europe. Palmiers is soooooooo cheap. Look, it's not 5-star, it's not modern... it's cosy and cheap and in a great location. And I would honestly book it over the other nearby 5-stars if we return. My only complaint is this. We parked our 7-seater Ford Galaxy out the front under a tree filled with roosting birds. Needless to say, after 2 nights the car was a disgusting mess. I didn't realise how bad it was until we pulled up beside a couple of Ferraris and handed the keys to the valet at the Hotel de Paris. It would have been a bit embarrassing if our family still suffered from embarrassment - but we are now used to looking like the poorest people in the places we stay.
i would skip the hotel's breakfast and sit among the ugliest people you will ever see in those waterfront cafes with the seats all facing towards the superyachts. Have a look at the rubbery, distorted, orange faces on the people sitting in the front row of these seats in the afternoons.
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