10 Traveller reviews from Holiday Watchdog
Not quite flawless...but close.
"Generally a first class hotel and the few niggles did not detract from a superb short stay.
The Royal Riviera is extremely well positioned midway between Bealieau and Cap Ferrat villages. Tastefully refurbished throughout although the bathroom was a bit small and shabby and beware the "mountain view" rooms which actually overlook the main road and railway tracks, only 25 meters away. Fortunately the trains don't run at night but late evening and early morning the noise is intrusive.
The staff are unfailingly polite and helpful, service generally is of a very high standard and the food is excellent both poolside and in the "gastronomique" restaurant (if a little pricey even by Cote d'Azur standards).
As with another reviewer, we were also charged for breakfast we didn't have and whilst the reception manager was most apologetic, there really is no excuse for this kind of sneaky practice which could easily be construed as dishonest.
All in all, a superior experience to the "Grand Hotel du Cap Ferrat" in terms of location, service, standard of accommodation and value for money. We will probably try "La Reserve" Hotel in Bealieau next time where we had one of the best fine dining experiences of our lives but would not hesitate to return to the Royal Riviera. Another highly recommended informal restaurant is "Les Agaves" in Bealieau, only a 10 minute walk away."
- Travel date: Sun 12th of June 2005
"I've brought four different travellers back to the Royal Riviera during three visits there, and all have been blown away--it is absolutely beautiful; perfectly positioned on the bay overlooking Beaulieu and the mountains behind, and the staff is warm and gracious. You definitely need a car as the little archipelago of St. Jean Cap Ferrat is tiny and there isn't much to do beside beach/pool, but if you have a car there are great day trips (Nice, Eze, Monte Carlo, etc.). We love the whole Art-Deco/Great Gatsby feel to the place, and we didn't run into many Americans (supposedly they get a lot of Brits and Russians). This is a very special place and I'd highly recommend it!!"
- Travel date: Sun 12th of June 2005
Luxurious on the Cote D'Azure
"When you first pull up to the hotel and proceed into the lobby you are greeted warmly and very friendly...just the start in a truly fabulous hotel! Luxurious in every aspect - yet unpretentious. The concierge staff is extremely friendly remembering your name within minutes upon your arrival...extremely helpful in any way and always smiling. The lovely pool and poolside restaurant are relaxing for your sun bathing. And if you are staying in the separate facility L'Orangerie building your walk from the lobby outdoors under the archway of foliage is fragrant with the scent of jasmine lingering in the air. The rooms are immaculate and bathrooms large and spotless....probably one of the cleanest bathrooms in my travels...and the staff very friendly again always with a friendly Bon Jour! The breakfast buffet is lovely...dining al frescoe with spectacular views of the sea and the coast. And in the evening their restaurant for dinner is truly Michelin star worthy....fantastic service with amazing food and spectacular wine choices inclusive of local area wines....and with their menu of the day a real bargain for gourmet food lovers. After dinner the bar adjacent to the restaurant with tables indoors and out is full of wonderful friendly guests of the hotel just relaxing and mingling....and again with fabulous staff! The hotel is situated just at the entrance to the Cap...perfect location for travelling about and very easy access to the highway and with the promenade along the sea your walk into town is full of beautiful views of the coast and sea - a definite must especially in the moon light! In the play ground of the luxurious Cote D'Azure I would highly recommend the Royal Riviera to anyone and will definitely make it my home away from home on the French Riviera!"
- Travel date: Wed 18th of May 2005
One of my least favorite "Leading Hotels..."
"We stayed at this hotel in August, 2003, so most of my comments might be dated. However, I feel compelled to voice my opinion on a few matters....
One, the hotel lists itself as a five-star hotel on the "Leading Hotels of the World" website, and then you go there and find out (printed right on the hotel) that it's only a four-star hotel - a little disappointing.
The pool and the small beach were very nice, but I found the service to be somewhat slow and not-so-friendly.
The location of the hotel is what I found disappointing. If you like going to a hotel and never leaving the property, then this might be the hotel for you. However, there's really not too much to do in the surrounding area. There's a small village a mile or so from the hotel with a few restaurants and shops, but that's about it...and it seemed to us that the hotel uses this fact to charge exorbitant prices for the things they sell (i.e. club sandwich for 25 Euros at the pool). My wife and I had just stayed at the Royal Hotel in Sanremo, Italy (highly recommended) before staying at this hotel, and we ended up being disappointed with the Hotel Royal Riviera. We found it boring, not worth the price in comparison to other "five-star" hotels, and we were basically wanting to go home the evening before checking out. Neither one of us would stay there again. It wasn't terrible...it just wasn't that great."
- Travel date: Tue 26th of April 2005
"Just come back from a weekend at the Royal Riviera, and have to say absolutely loved it. The hotel is gorgeous, had a beautiful room with a sea view, stunning bathroom. The swimming pool is lovely, didn't try the spa though and had the most fabulous brunch on the sunday there, which meant i didn't actually need supper that evening! The staff were also all very friendly and very efficient. Would happily recommend it to anyone, and i don't often do that!"
- Travel date: Mon 4th of April 2005
Classy Riviera Hotel
"Superb hotel very classy & riviera chic.. Good location and cool bar.
Superior pool & sea view rooms excellent , but warning - standard rooms are unbelievely poor - so it must be a superior room.
Overall excellent spot.
- Travel date: Tue 7th of December 2004
Great hotel but check your bill
"The Royal Riviera is in a great location at the tip of Saint Sean Cap Ferrat. They have done a great job renovating the hotel and i would recommend staying there for your stay in the South of France. The reason i am writing this to advise you that you need to check your bill before you pay! We chose not to have breakfast included with our room rate (we went a la carte instead as it is cheaper) - however - they automatically charge you for the full buffet (we were told the computer adds it to the bill regardless of whether you had breakfast)
We were told that it is up to the client to check their bill which i found rather peculiar and slightly dishonest. We don't usually check our bill but glad we did this time as there were also charges from the bar that were not our ours.
The room was good, the view is great but the bathrooms need some renovating.
All in all a very good hotel and we would stay there again."
- Travel date: Fri 12th of November 2004
Be care with your room
"The hotel has a good look, the gardens, pool and also the private beach look fine. The staff is kindly and helpful. The weak point of the hotel are the standard rooms. Really these rooms are astonishing, the bathroom looks like a bed-and-breakfast not as a luxury hotel must look, even these rooms are in front of a road and the train railways, the conditioning air system is 20 years old (at least). I'm sure if you stay in a superior room the hotel will be a superb hotel but NOT in a standard room."
- Travel date: Sun 17th of October 2004
Elegant Hotel Captures the Essence of the French Riviera
"Of the five hotels I stayed in France, this was the most luxurious. The setting and the hotel itself are just divine and I dream of returning one day with my two children and not minding paying 100 euros for a continental breakfast! Mind you, it was a stunning setting and superb food. Worth every cent. It really was the quintessential Riviera experience. One note of caution, beware of booking a standard room - these are not pictured on the website and are desperately in need of rennovation."
- Travel date: Fri 9th of July 2004
As beautiful as can be
"I stayed with my girlfriend for three nights mid july 2003 at the Royal Riviera and had a most fabulous, but non-stuffy time. The rooms were plush and very comfortable. the bathrooms were spacious and nice. Our room had a great view of the swimming pool and the mediterranean sea.
The pool was beautiful, and their private beach very clean. There are capabilities to do all sorts of water sports. We had great breakfasts everyday on the first floor restaurant balcony with great views. their spa and excercise facility was solid and nice. And BEST of all were the people who worked there, be it the doormen, the receptionists, the concierges, the waiters and waitresses, the cleaning people. Everybody was so helpful. They knew our names within minutes after meeting us, and their genuine and wide smiles added to the enjoyment of our stay.
They even washed our car rental! I will most definitely go back there if i go to the Cote D'Azur, and I so so highly recommend this place to those who look for refinement and beauty."
- Travel date: Wed 23rd of July 2003