Hôtel Les Roches Rouges
What We Love
- The free weekly pétanque lesson, held at cocktail hour
- Watching “Jules et Jim” in the open-air cinema
- Checking in from a lounge chair, because why not?
What To Know
- Rooms don’t have televisions, though they do come with tablets
- The hotel’s location isn’t within walking distance of much else
- Free WiFi
Everyone compares the feeling of looking out at the sea through this hotel’s picture windows to being on a boat, and they’re not wrong. Even the modernist interior, with its rattan touches, has a nautical air, though you’ll find also rustic oak consoles and Maison de Vacances blankets scattered throughout. The hotel’s cycled through a number of decorative styles since it opened in the 1950s but Parisian architecture firm Festen strips them all down admirably, leaving the elegant, mid-century bones on view. All the rooms have balconies and almost all have sea views, too. Personalized playlists on the tablets filter through bluetooth Haier docking systems, a nice touch. Don’t miss a dip in the saltwater pool, with its lap lane cut out of the rock, or just hop onto the pontoon for a swim in the sea. Provencal food, very well-executed, stars at the restaurants and there are three—count ‘em—cocktail bars, to fill the evenings.
In the Area
Les Roches Rouges’ advantageous position on the cliff-lined coast and the quiet, near-isolation of its spot between Saint-Raphaël and Agay means that there’s not much you can reach on foot nearby. The hotel offers a number of activities that don’t involve a sun lounger or a cocktail, though. An experienced guide leads walks through the mountains that back the hotel, and snorkeling, kayaking and paddle-boarding equipment is all provided for those who want more of the sea than just a quick dip. Or you can get up before the sun for a fishing expedition. If you want to head to either of the nearby towns, you’ll need to rent a car to drive the curved, amazingly scenic corniche.
How to Get There
My wife and I have a passion to travel “our way.” Our expectations are to be at a hotel/region, where we never have to turn the TV on in the room, have ample WiFi, fantastic views, good food, a staff that is fantastic, and a great location. This hotel checked all the boxes. After spending a week in Cannes, we stayed at the JW Marriott and also had a great trip, we took the train from (we are original New Yorkers and prefer trains to cars, plus there is a Starbucks at Cannes train station) to the stop by the hotel. It was extremely cheap fare (5 to 10 euro) and on time. A quick walk down the block and we were welcomed to the hotel. Our first view was the view, or the water and property, followed with a cold towel as well it was hot. The hotel was exactly what we wished for. Modern but modest but elegant. A blend of hip hop and rock and roll. The rooms were comfortable, clean, white (huge bonus as this radiants warmth,) and perfectly positioned looking out at the water. Both pools were fantastic, the dock was great to go into the sea for a swim. The service was flawless, ample towels, umbrella, and a good outdoor shower to rinse the salt off. The hotel was quiet. Dining was good French cuisine. Having an American Palette the hotel was also close to a good beach restaurant, if you want to take a walk for beer/burgers/beers. Overall I am so happy we ended our trip here. The south of France as a region is amazing, and I have told my family to visit this hotel which is why I wanted to make sure they get the recognization online that it is a fantastic, five star, and you should have already booked your trip here. Thanks to the staff and thank you for opening this hotel.
We arrived and were amazed at the service we received. The only thing we didn't know until the last day (we slept in, or left early to go bicycling) was that breakfast was included.
The staff is very professional and attentive. We were in and out of the hotel swimming, bicycling, running, and paddle boarding.
La Terraza (I think that's the name of the Michelin rated restaurant) was amazing and delicious.
There is definitely a WOW factor when you arrive at the hotel and a warm reception, including a welcome drink. Sadly the experience went down from there although the bedrooms are nice enough and the views are amazing but the service in the La Plage is diffident to say the least and that is when you actually get served! It seems totally chaotic in there with seemingly no one in charge and one evening we waited so long that we ended up going back to our room and ordering room service! There were two very helpful waiters who seemed to care about the guests but the others could not have cared less. It is also quite disconcerting, when you are sitting outside, to be served by a too cool for school waiter wearing mirrored sunglasses - somehow it doesn't feel right. The poolside waiters were very helpful. The Michelin star restaurant was excruciatingly pretentious and there were only 6 diners in total when we ate in there, in a very unwelcoming room, with no ambiance whatsoever. The Spa treatments were mediocre to say the least and when you are paying 110 euros for a 50 minute massage you expect them to be pretty good! It was clearly the end of the season and it felt like there were not enough staff, although the hotel was full and the majority of staff who were there had clearly run out of steam. The trouble is that when you are paying 450 euros a night, you do have certain expectations and these were not met. Also the nearest town isn't the nicest so you're a captive audience.