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“Small cosy hotel with spectacular view”
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Hotel du Baou
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in La Gaude
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“Small cosy hotel with spectacular view”
Reviewed 22 September 2013

The Du Baou hotel is located on a small hill above the tiny settlement of La Gaude. It's strongest asset is arguably the view of the French Alps and the coastline below. That, and the peace and quiet and cool air. It's a small hotel but somehow manages to cram 50+ rooms in. It's not much to look at, but it does have its charms. It's a self-admitted 3-star hotel, so facilities are limited - no fitness center, or meeting rooms, etc. It's really just a place to stay for a short while.

The reception area is small and there's a small breakfast area to one side. The glass-sided elevator (the hotel has 3 floors) capitalises on the view. The rooms are OK for the price. My room was at the back, and was gloomy, but there was a balcony. Reasonably clean, with a nice bed for a good nights' sleep. Bathroom functional and adequate but not much else.

If you get a front-facing room, you get that spectacular view. Also some rooms had hotplates and microwave oven. One of the good features of the hotel is free wifi.

The hotel has no restaurant, and only serves breakfast, which is not bad: small selection of breads, compote, spreads, bacon, ham, etc.

The hotel closes at midnight, so guests have to come back before then or remember a password to get in. La Gaude is rather isolated, so you should have a car to get to and from the hotel. Parking is adequate and free. The isolation of the hotel works in it's favour as its quiet and peaceful here, although bustling Nice is just 20+ km away down a winding mountain road with great views.

There's a medium-sized supermarket, a pharmacy, a pastry shop, and three restaurants within walking distance. The nearest restaurant is halfway down the hill, a few minutes' walk away, so it's very convenient, but to go anyplace else, you'd need a car. Do Baou is great for a short stay, and to get away from it all, for a while, but not for an extended period.

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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Reviewed 8 September 2013

We stayed here for three days at the beginning of August. It does look old and tired from the front but inside it is clean, modern and welcoming. The bedroom we stayed in was very modern and clean, large and was lovely and quiet. I also had a fridge was handy! The bathroom wasn't huge but it was big enough and the shower was great! If I stayed again I would ask for a room at the front of the hotel as ours was on the back and the view was of trees and a fence! - I guess you get what you pay for though! The views from the front were beautiful and far reaching!
Breakfast was lovely, (there was always a great smell of something sweet baking in the hotel!), continental and lots of choice. The only thing we found with breakfast time which let the hotel down was that when something ran out you had to search for someone to replenish it (and this certainly wasn't the only hotel which we stayed in during our trip which let itself down in this way).
Hotel du Baou is off around 25-30 minutes out of Nice which at our age is what we wanted, although it was nice to drive into Nice during the day!
With the Hotel as our base we visited the lovely village of Villefranche, also Monaco and got the Italian border only to find that we'd forgotten our passports but nevermind1

Room Tip: Rooms on a high level at the front have a wonderful far reaching view.
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Prague, Czech Republic
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

I was looking for the hotel near the Nice... Promenade des Anglais is 25-30 minutes by car. I booked superior room overlooking the valley. Hotel is little bit old, room probably renovated, but bathroom wasnt clean as I expected. Rooms are not soundproof, you can hear everything from the others rooms (toilet flush was very noisy, shower...)-not for restful sleep.
There is a free parking, free wifi..
Anyway, I think, this is not 3 star hotel, 2 is OK..

Room Tip: Superior room overlooking the valley
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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We are part way through a 4 night stay here at the moment and I have to say the place isn't bad at all! Yes it's a little out of the way but its not bad really.

Initial impressions when I walked in our room were that the decoration was rather dark - I think lighter decor would really help. We also had a ground floor room with a little balcony that didn't look out on to much - I'd recommend getting first floor or above to appreciate the views. However the view from the breakfast terrace is stunning! Bed is very comfy - I had no trouble sleeping!

There is loads of parking space, and the nearest place to eat is a one minute walk (Le jam) and serves up good food (but closed on a Monday).

I would agree with others that breakfast is a little limited for the price (9 E 50 I think, per person) so we just did it for the morning after our first nights stay and bought in our own breakfast things from a supermarket. There is a kitchenette available.

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  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

I booked this hotel rather last minute during high season in the cote D'azur. With that in mind, I suppose for the price, it is acceptable. The rooms were very smelly and the bathroom was NOT clean by any means. The rooms are a decent size and there is free parking, but that's about the extent of it. It is very isolated, and there isn't anything near the hotel. Stay here only if you have no other alternatives, it is at best a 2 star.

  • Stayed July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manila, Philippines
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Reviewed 19 August 2013 via mobile

Stayed overnight arranged by our tour.its quite far from Nice. Room we stayed was very small and facing the woods. The room is quite dark because of its paint. Breakfast buffet has vey limited choices.

  • Stayed June 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 9 August 2013

We stayed in La Gaude on a road trip through the French Riviera and picked this town because of the value. It is much less expensive to stay in a small town than it is to stay in Marseille or Nice. It was rather late by the time we rolled into town and we didn't have GPS. We ended up getting lost and asking for directions at a restaurant in town (it was so sweet... literally the entire restaurant staff was helping us all at once and in multiple languages). We found the hotel easily with their directions and found it to be a good value. There was free parking on site, a comfortable bed, and great views out the front side of the hotel. The only bad thing was that I got locked in the bathroom after my shower. The piece that turns the lock fell off, in the locked position, and I suppose the humidity of the room swelled the door shut. I managed to escape after about 10 minutes of jiggling the door, but we didn't shut the door all the way again after that episode!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Hotel du Baou
Address: 246 allee Hector Pintus | Le Plan Du Bois, 06610 La Gaude, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > French Riviera - Cote d'Azur > La Gaude
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
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Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in La Gaude
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel du Baou 3*
Number of rooms: 52
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel du Baou ***, located in La Gaude, 10 minutes from Nice Airport, overlooking the Var valley and offers its guests a panoramic view of the Alps to the Mediterranean. Renovated in 2008, our 52 airconditioned rooms all have private bathroom with tub, toilet, phone, flat screen TV with international channels, hairdryer, alarm clock, free wireless internet and private balcony. Some rooms have a kitchenette. We have three rooms with disabled access. Free parking is available to our customers. Between Nice and Cannes, just 40 minutes from Monaco, it is the ideal base for visiting the hilltop villages of the hinterland of Nice, the way Matisse, as well as beaches, marinas, museums and festivals the French Riviera. ... more   less 
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