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.
- 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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