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Grand Hotel du Lido
Ranked #9 of 21 Hotels in Argeles-sur-Mer
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Reviewed 26 September 2012

We stayed in this hotel at the beginning of July -myself, husband and baby. We booked it only a few days in advance and did not have high expectations. We were very pleasantly surprised once we were there. The room was spacious and very clean. I loved the toiletries as well.
The hotel's location is very good as it is in a quiet area but still in walking distance to all the attractions. There are plenty of restaurants around the hotel.
Staff were friendly and we felt very welcome.

I think that the hotel has only 3 stars because there is no coffee and tea in the room, and no fridge with a minibar. The fridge would be very much appreciated in the hot summer days.

Otherwise, I strongly recommend it to anyone.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 September 2012

My wife and I stayed for 10 days just after all French children had returned to school. Our expectations had been lowered by earlier comments on TripAdvisor. The location is superb and well away from the "kiss me quick" funfairs and cheap holiday stalls in Argeles. Our room was in the main hotel which is certainly a much better position than the "annexe" across the road. Our view, overlooking the swimming pool, was of the beach and the mountains. As good a view as we have ever had from an hotel in France.

The hotel guests were either retired or with children under school age; mainly French, but with Germans, Belgians and even a party from Russia! It certainly was appreciated that we both tried to speak our very rusty and inaccurate French, but most of the staff had adequate English.

The staff were excellent, hard working, very friendly and responsive. We learned that the same "equipe" had worked together for the past four years and their obvious contentment in their jobs really gives the hotel a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Our towels and (cheap plastic) glasses in our room were changed every day, which was perhaps un-necessary.

We agree that the breakfast was great, except that the arrangements for getting coffee (and warm tea) from a machine were slow and tedious. Perhaps the hotel has a new chef, but the food was actually very good and not overpriced. The twice weekly buffet was exceptional in terms of quality and quantity. It would be hard to criticise other than for being just too much. Each evening there was a choice of two starters and two main courses followed by an extensive and excellent cheese trolley and a wide variety of sweets or ice creams. We spoke to many other of the guests of various nationalities (it is a friendly place) and none were critical of the food, indeed rather the opposite.

If you want a beach holiday on the Mediterranean then this hotel has the same sea and the same sand and the same sun as the expensive offerings in Nice, Cannes or Monte Carlo, but at an affordable price. It may not be as smart, but it is much better value.

Room Tip: The best rooms are in the main hotel, overlooking the pool and the higher up the better!!
  • Stayed: September 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

Hotel Le Lido is superbly located, right by the beach which is immense. We had a junior suite (for three of us) with fabulous sea, beach and mountain views. The suite itself was perfect for us, beds comfortable and had everything we needed (including a fridge). It's not 4 or 5 star quality and there's various water pipe noises, but it's pretty much what you'd expect from a French 3 star, and suited us just fine. The swimming pool is sort of figure of 8 size, not suitable is you want to do lengths but fine for a dip and a play, with plenty of sunloungers and parasols. But the beach and sea is much better...

Breakfasts were great, lots of choice, buffet style, so no excuses for going hungry.

Dinner on the other hand was very poor - sounds great on the menu but execution was extremely weak - needs a decent chef in our opinion and somewhat amazing that the management don't realise. We were even served bloody pork one evening (and I'm not swearing :-)). Just to put this into context, we love good French food, but unfortunately this was not anywhere near that category. Unfortunately and somewhat amazing for a hotel in France, the wine list was very limited and what there was was not any good. Service was fine though.

We'd happily stay there again, just not choose demi-pension. In fact the best decision we made was to eat out on our last night.

  • Stayed: July 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 15 June 2012

What this hotel's rooms lack decor is more than compensated by the wonderful beach side location. There is no road between the hotel and the beach so it's ideal for families and those who wish to escape traffic noise. Breakfast is taken outside on the pool terrace, which is sheltered if the weather happens to not be in your favour. The customers tend to be older rather than a young crowd. This has the major benefit of ensuring that service is good and the offering of food at breakfast is broad and of good quality. We werer not so impressed by the evening meals available as you feel you are being 'processed' through in 1.5 hours flat along with the rest of the crowd! But there are lots of options for a good value evening meal overlooking the beach nearer to the nightlife . We come back to this hotel for a few nights each year to relax and find it always delivers exactly what we need: a quiet environment with good service in attractive surroundings. Give it a try - in our opinion it's the best that Argeles has to offer!

Room Tip: Have a beach view room
  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jon E
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Reviewed 2 May 2012

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 September 2011

Stayed there for 5 nights at the end of August. Got a standard room in a villa with a view to the courtyard.
Hotel is perfectly located concerning the beach - only a few meters and you are on the wide sand beach (notice, the sand is coarse, not fine, as I supposed before). Sea was clean, and entrance quiet good for children.
Hotel is 15-minute walk far from the city center. It's ok, because you can avoid the noise of crowds of tourists on weekends, but creates some inconvenience, taking into consideration the fact that food in the hotel is overpriced (for me it looked heavily overpriced; big Carrefour store is in 7-10 minutes by car).
Room was quite spacious and had a terrace with view on the Pyrenees (for me it looked better than having a “sea view” in a villa actually facing the road and the hotel itself). No bath, only shower. No shampoo (only specific shower gel and lotion). Walls are thing, so in the night you can definitely hear your neighbors speaking (and not only speaking…). Not the best trained stuff as you can expect (It looked for me that they hired students for part time job; you can feel it at the fool strength in the restaurant). Changed used plastic glasses and floor-towel only when I asked for.
P.S. Swimming pool is much, much, much less than at the pictures of the hotel…))))

  • Stayed: August 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 31 July 2011

Comfortable hotel with friendly staff. The hotel is close to the beach and downtown.

  • Stayed: July 2011, travelled with family
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Address: 50 Boulevard de la Mer, 66700, Argeles-sur-Mer, France
Region: France > Occitanie > Pyrenees-Orientales > Argeles-sur-Mer
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 21 Hotels in Argeles-sur-Mer
Price Range: £71 - £154 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Hotel du Lido 3*
Number of rooms: 66
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