What We Love
- Opulent interiors and tree-lined gardens at a beautiful former convent near Saint-Tropez The mixture of grand interiors and cosy décor
- Shelling delectable seafood in a sophisticated Saint-Tropez beach café
- Sipping a fine glass of wine by the hotel pool at dusk
What To Know
- The hotel restaurant serves traditional French cuisine
- Views from the rooms vary between the the sea, pool and Port Cros and Le Levant islands
- Free onsite parking and WiFi are available
With its shimmering sandy coastline, designer shops and yachts aplenty, Saint-Tropez truly is an enviable European holiday destination. Once a 1900s convent, Hôtel l’Orangeraie is set within tree-lined gardens and offers peace and relaxation, as well as the glistening panoramic views that anyone hopes to find in the French Riviera.
Large arched windows and a pale terracotta façade are punctuated with tall palm trees. Cushioned wicker loungers line the poolside and a grand stone stairway gives way to a long terrace. Everything about this hotel, including the hospitality, is simply charming. Inside, grand communal spaces painted in shades of yellow and white are furnished with chic furniture. A spiralling marble and wrought iron staircase leads up to individually-styled bedrooms with enchanting vistas over the Côte d’Azur.
Saint-Tropez really has it all, from old town landmarks and delightful boat tours, to restaurants and local food markets seemingly made to enrich your palate. When you aren’t buying out its designer stores or lounging about by the hotel’s pool, indulge in a wine cellar visit with wine tasting at the Château de Chausse, three kilometres away (available for stays until 30th June).
How to Get There
The hotel is very well presented, with an elegant eighteenth-century facade and a pleasant swimming pool (though close to the road, and therefore a bit noisy ...). The location is excellent.
The interior, however, is a bit neglected ... the common areas are not very well maintained (not a flower), the corridors a bit … dismal, our room was ok, but very simply furnished. Also, you get the feeling that the whole hotel needs a good maintenance session: the door of our room could not be closed, and the bathroom door ... came off the door jamb, and was literally in my hand! When we informed the reception, the reply was: "Sorry, but you know, we are at the end of the season ...".
In the area there are a number of more pleasant accommodations.
Such a beautiful château, inside and outside. Was a convent before. Lucky nuns ! You can’t really walk to the town centre because there’s nothing planned for pedestrians. We reserved a sea view, overlooking the pool, impressive. Very big bedroom and lovely bathroom except that it was impossible to have a bath because of the way the bathtub is placed. Anyway, the shower was very nice, even though the floor was always inundated due to a leak I imagine. Big comfortable bed. On our 1st night (we stayed 4) we met Gérard, the head of the restaurant, a true gem for the establishment. Personnel like him are hard to come by. Dedicated and friendly but not overbearing. Another very nice person is Nazim ( ?) at the reception. The dinners we had there were absolutely delicious. However with our cocktails, decent apéritif snacks should have been given, and not just a couple of salty finger biscuits. Large quantities and very tasteful dinners. Bravo to the chef. The gardner too was friendly and seemed to work hard. This is where the compliments stop. We had no soap in the shower (plastic bottle stuck to the wall) and a maid gave us a full bottle in our hands but didn’t bother to unscrew/screw back the bottle in the shower, made us do her job. Took us a while to figure out how to open/close the contraption. One Russian trainee, (on her iphone most of the time) when asked at the pool if I could have a cup of coffee, pointed me to the breakfast room and said « Serve yourself ». !! Though she wasn’t being rude or said this in a nasty tone, (didn’t smile either) it was quite shocking. The biggest let down was breakfast and the personnel and trainees there. The cutlery is not laid out on the table, you have to get everything yourself, the hot water, the tea bags, the cups, the food etc even though there were 2 French ladies and 3 trainees just standing there against the wall staring at you ! You must ask for warm milk as it was never available. Most off-putting and annoying. Especially the lady who was in charge, talking loudly to the trainees about her personal life, instead of helping us out with our breakfast. She stated that there was no olive oil (to dip with bread) the 5 days we were there. In the south, no olive oil ?!!! And on the last day, even though there were many people at breakfast, when I asked why there were no bacon and eggs, she said that there weren’t enough guests !!! Anyway the Manager was a charming lady, who listened to all that I had to say (good and bad) and she rang the breakfast manager right away to ask what was going on. Had it not been for our breakfast experience and the personnel there, I would have said that this was a perfect stay and a perfect hotel. Perhaps in a couple of years we’ll go back because it was so beautiful. The food, the grounds, most of the personnel ….
If you want the standard treatment and room, go to a big chain. If you want to truly experience the south of france, come here (make sure you book a room with seaview: all the difference). Rooms are small but cosy and really french. You don’t want a standard bathroom as any hotel. You want an old one that feels like how old the building is. As soon as you are at the pool, order a drink and relax. That’s all. If at that time the vibe did not hit you... well I cannot help. For me it worked :-). 1960 james bond style. Love it!
It was such a nice hotel, all stuff was so helpful, view of the room was the best. We didnt have time to use hotel pool but looks so good. Takes around to st tropez beach/old town around 20 min driving.
The property has a marvelous look, especially the pool which is surrounded by palm trees and heated, even late September. But inside, the house is very old and the bathroom doesn't look like a 3 stars hotel should look. Moreover the house keeping was not perfect. The restaurant offers nice dinner and the waiter was very nice.