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What We Love

  • A scenic hilltop château on the French Riviera, with breakfast and a junior-suite optionThe elegance and history of Chateau le Cagnard – part of the hilltop town’s original city walls
  • Sampling complimentary breakfast, then drinking in the view on the peaceful sun terrace
  • The magical restaurant, with its hand-painted frescoes and retracting ceiling
  • Choosing between a room or a junior suite

What To Know

  • The building dates back to the 13th century
  • Nice and the Bay of Antibes are just a few miles away
  • Hotel staff is helpful but sometimes has an aloof attitude
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Overview

A boutique château hotel on the French Riviera, with glorious sea views, a suite option and breakfast

The Lowdown

A little local history when you’re staying in a hilltop château in Provence is expected, but the Michelin Guide-recommended Hotel Château le Cagnard has it in spades. Built in the 13th century as part of exquisite Haut de Cagnes’ city walls, it’s a beautiful maze of medieval stone arches, grand old fireplaces and tumbledown turrets – all dripping with deep-green vines.
From the intimate lounge to the charming guard room, there are plenty of nooks to sneak off to with a book, and the sun terrace is the best of them all, with its spectacular views of the Mediterranean. The pièce de résistance here is the magical restaurant, where fine Provençal cuisine can be served under the stars on warm nights, in the frescoed dining room with a retracting ceiling.
The prime location is just as dreamy at this TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner. Nice and the Bay of Antibes are just a few miles away, so be sure to drop in on some of the stars’ favorite haunts while you’re in the area, from Belle Epoque Cannes and moneyed Monaco to the gorgeous beaches of Beaulieu and Villefranche.
Good to know
Please note that a city tax of €1 per person, per night is payable at the hotel upon check-out.
The village has two complimentary public parking spaces, as well as parking spaces along the many alleyway. However, finding a space during high season can be quite difficult. You can also park at Le Planastel, a parking house near the entrance to the village, and there are some convenient parking lots at the edge of the village, where you can park and take a complimentary shuttle into the village. Please visit the hotel’s website for more information.

Rooms and suites

Each of the rooms and suites has been named after a prominent artist associated with Haute de Cagnes. The slate floors and original stonework keep the rooms cool in the summer, with beautiful antique seating areas and great big beds to keep things cozy. The en-suite bathrooms have elegant stone sinks and heated floors. Opt for a Junior suite instead of a Deluxe room if you want a spacious seating area and beautiful views.

Dining

Château Le Cagnard’s restaurant serves Provençal cuisine in an elegant dining room, with a frescoed ceiling and open-air terrace looking out over the Bay of Antibes.

Location

Château le Cagnard is in the hilltop village of Haute de Cagnes, on the French Riviera. The village itself is extremely pretty – full of narrow, winding streets around a sleepy village square – and the sea is just a couple of miles away.

How to Get There

Chateau Le Cagnard
54 Rue sous Barri
Cagnes-Sur-Mer, 06800 France

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 452 Reviews
Absolutely wonderful
Reviewed 1 month ago

We stayed here for 2 nights over New Years Eve
And it was perfect in every way
The staff we so friendly and helpful
The room was very luxurious and great views with a balcony
Everything was very social
The location in the top part of the old historic part of town was idyllic
The hotel was so close walking distance to the town, the sea, the train station.
We had a lovely time and a lovely New Year thank you Chateau Le Cagnard

My warmest recommendations
Reviewed 4 months ago

This is a little gem. I love it because it is such a treat compared to boring business hotel. However, it is located in Haut des Cagnes so it's not easily accessed, but that's part of the charm. I have booked through Small Luxury Hotels of the World and get treated extremely well. I have been upgraded to suits and a bottle of wine has awaited me in my room. I mostly travel here during low-season but that is only a positive thing because of lower rates (within corporate travel policy) and the tranquility. The beds are super comfortable and the view is fantastic. This hotel is worth visiting all year around but provides the most incredible value for money during low-season. The only disadvantages is lack of gym and the short breakfast hours. (8-10)

Weekend away for a birthday
Reviewed 4 months ago

Very quaint, we stayed in a luxury suite which was very well equipped and spacious, lovely little terrace overlooking sea and countryside. There was no bath in the bathroom however the shower was excellent. Bed was the most comfortable I have slept in. Hotel restaurant was a bit too “goody” for us with lots of squid ink and limited menu! Local restaurants within two minutes walk all of which were great. Staff very friendly and helped us sort a taxi back to the airport. Would stay again ! Thanks to all the staff for being polite and attentive.

Superb Hotel and Brilliant staff
Reviewed 5 months ago

The hotel itself is situated in a breathtaking medieval village, with beautiful views and excellent transportation options, which made exploring the surrounding towns very easy. Our junior suite was very charming and had a wonderful view of the sea. However what made our stay the most special were the people; the staff could not have been more helpful before and during our stay, they were extremely kind, attentive and couldn’t do enough for you! We’d like to thank the hotel for the wonderful memories they helped create and shall visit again in the future.

Interesting hotel with fantastic staff in amazing medieval hilltop village
Reviewed 5 months ago

We stayed here for 4 nights and have probably never come across such helpful, friendly staff. We stayed in Valtat, a deluxe room, on the top floor, very large and with French doors at one end of the bedroom which opened on to a stand out on balcony with outstanding views including towards the sea. When it rained, we were happy to sit at the window reading our books and drinking wine while admiring the view. We didn't have dinner in the hotel but thoroughly enjoyed breakfasting outside on the sunny terrace with similar view to our room. There is a small, cute, lift but there are many steps to negotiate in the hotel and also in some rooms (ours had a step down into the room, two steps up into the bathroom, and also steps up and down to the wardrobes) so something to bear in mind for the less mobile - or if you're inclined to indulge in a lot of wine over dinner. Our bathroom was huge and had two showers, so no queue in the morning! There were however a few things which I felt would have improved the room from an aesthetic point of view - the curtains had seen better days and some of the furniture could have been nicer (eg a coffee table in place of the high table in the sitting area). Having caught a glimpse of some other rooms in passing, some of the furnishings looked nicer, albeit each room is different and they may not have had our view. We hope to stay again and would probably request the same room due to it being quiet, large, with great views and a bed which was very comfortable. Haut de Cagnes itself is lovely - bags of character, many nice restaurants, lovely vistas, easy to get to and from Cagnes sur Mer via the regular free bus and easy onward journey from there to other places of interest in the area. Above all, everyone we encountered in the hotel and restaurants who either worked or lived (or both) there were really friendly - it's a really great community with a nice feel to it. On our next visit we just hope it won't rain as much!