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
The incredible boutique hotel Les Roches Rouges offers something I don’t know any other hotel has (don’t fact check me on this!) an outdoor stoned-lined pool right by the surf. This effortlessly cool hideaway is located on the coast, not far from Nice, on the edge of L’Esterel National Park. I can imagine spending all day here, listening to the waves and enjoying the sunshine!
We thoroughly enjoyed our four days at Les Roches Rouges. The location and design of this hotel are simply breathtaking, I wanted to live there forever! However, what makes this place exceptional is the staff; they are helpful, efficient, friendly, and fast. They went above and beyond to help us with any issue we asked, including calling a friend to book us dinner at another hotel in St Tropez and giving us water bottles for our hike around the Red Rocks. The breakfast and poolside menu were both amazing; eating breakfast sitting by the sea each morning was heaven. The poolside menu has the best sandwich I've ever had (and maybe the healthiest) and the heirloom tomato salad was a fave. The only small nits I have are that 1) the i-messaging service to contact reception/make reservations did not work well (they should abandon it or be more responsive), 2) the rooms are a tad small (although we really had no issue with them) and the pillows were a bit hard and 3) the food at the gastronomic restaurant, although interesting, was not our favorite and was not worth the price. Overall, I highly recommend this hotel.
While the location is beautiful and the facilities are very nice, this property misses the mark in many other marks.
The restaurant is quite bad, very poor service, and average to below average food. The service at the restaurant is awful - no order, little to no care and overall disdain. Even for French service this was awful.
The check-in experience and room are fine, but certainly not worthy of the high price tag of the property. Stayed at many other properties on the French Riviera that are well worth it (eg, royal riviera in cap ferret).
Also no recognition of SPG status.
There is nothing walking distance from the hotel, you’ll have to drive everywhere.
Would definitely pass on this property the next time around.
We were so excited to come to the hotel driving all the way from the Italian riviera. Maybe, it was partly the reason why we felt so disappointed. The nice young friendly team welcoming us, and in the rest of the stay, couldn’t compensate for the non 5 stars hotel experience!! We couldn’t feel any justification for the high prices we usually glad to pay for 5 stars hotel, and this time also. We travel a lot, we love beautiful places, and do not consider ourselves as extreme judgmental people. Never the less, we found ourselves for 4 days criticizing. It killed the joy and the pleasure. Instead we tried to focus on the beautiful amazing landscape of the sea, the rocky natural pool, and the total design of the outside garden.It helped!
So what was wrong- poor furniture in the room, doors old and noisy, poor amenities in the bathroom and not enough space for personal staff. We had like 4 pillows in the room, all of them very high and hard. In most of the hotels we have visited, definitely 5 stars, selection of pillows were offered to suit people who need flat pillows or softer. I asked reception and they were helpless. In the end, I bought one in E.Leclerc (A Supermarket).The bar out side was poor in terms of shadowing and sitting area, selection of food was so few and given in small portions, while prices were skyrocketing. The same in the restaurant- quality was so low but again not complying with the expected 5 stars quality and prices.
It is sad, because the hotel is located in a perfect way, and potential is huge. We will not come back!
We had a wonderful, relaxing 5 days here post getting married and felt very sad to leave.
- The view/situation is truly amazing, everything built and placed to maximise the scenery which was breathtaking.
- Style: design-led, so many thoughtful details and decor
- Rooms well-appointed, chic, good size, comfy bed, and we didn't miss not having a bath. Loved the Le Labo toiletires and no issue for us that you couldn't take away - would rather have expensive/luxury toiletries to use than cheaper miniatures to take away.
- Staff: super friendly, amazing welcome (and welcome cocktail) from Reception, the guys at the pool/pool bar and breakfast staff too.
- Facilities: We were never bored, great sunbed service, always easy to get one too. Activities such as the outdoor cinema and petanque were appreciated.
- Parking: at 10 euros/day is a cynical charge given most people require a car to get there/ explore the local area. Written in very small letters on the booking confirmation.
Suggestion: Remove the charge and/or implement a free shuttle into town (taxis are extortionate and nowhere is truly walking distance).
- Food and beverage offer: Breakfast was fantastic, however both times that we ate lunch and dinner at Le Plage, the fish dishes were overcooked. Limited menu and very expensive.
Suggestion: Have a separate lunch menu, not enough choice if you're staying more than a weekend. Introduce some better value options (even the toasted bread and fromage frais was 15 Euro - we could have taken some from the breakfast table and wrapped up for free, it was exactly the same thing... we ended up driving to nearby Agay where there were wonderful bakeries and you could get a salad or baguette for 5 Euro each instead...)
Also please review your beverage pricing; cocktail of the day at 17 euros! Yes there will always be a premium when staying in a hotel but it's not in central London/NYC... and an Aperol Spritz costs 6 euros 5 mins down the road... (side note, the Sprtitz de Provence on the cocktail menu delicious, we would have ordered so many more if they were reasonably priced).
Overall we had a fantastic time, albeit an expensive one. With some amendments to the food and drink prices and options we would almost certainly come back.