Maple Leafs, Ontario
August 15, 2006
Chateau Eza was the former residence of Prince William of Sweden from 1923 to 1953, but has now been transformed into artists' studios and shops on the ground floors and suites on the upper floors. We occupied the Marie-Antoinette Suite.Upon arrival, we were greeted at the base of the Village with a friendly host. He took care of taking our luggage all the way up the village into our room (and we had a lot of luggage!). We were greeted at the hotel by another host who took us out onto the restaurant patio, which had a fabulous view, and served us complimentary cocktails until our baggage arrived.The room was quite lovely, with a rich, old-time feel. You actually feel like you are Marie-Antoinette! The room was spacious, with a desk, dresser, armoire, bed, built-in television set, safe, and small fridge. We did not have a balcony, but the view was still spectacular, looking down the mountain and over the wide expanse of the Mediterranean Sea. Upon browsing the room, we came upon a handwritten personal letter to us from the general manager. This was a nice personal touch, one of many, during our stay.Cleaning was done as you requested it. The staff was friendly, professional, and very accommodating to our needs. They were helpful in directing us through the village and even through town outside the village.They were not intrusive, as sometimes is the case, but very discreet.Pricing during summer (high season) is quite high. We were fortunate to go at the end of March, and we checked their website. We found a great special they had, staying 2 nights for the price of 3! Our room at that time was 150 Euros/night; therefore, we paid 300 Euros for 3 nights. Suites can get as high as 1,000 Euros, especially during the Monaco Grand Prix. Book early and be sure of travel plans, as cancellations can only be made up to 2 weeks prior to your stay. A credit card and 50% deposit of the full stay is required during booking.There is a restaurant located in the hotel, but it is fine dining and quite pricey. Continental breakfast is 22 Euros/person. Fixed price dinner begins at 90 Euros per person. You may wish to opt for the local boulangerie located at the base of the village. You can also pick up water a lot cheaper at the "convenience" store across from the boulangerie. We did not dine at Chateau Eza, but opted for another fine-dining restaurant at the base of the Village called Mas Provencal (see my other journal).If you go to Eze Village, I highly recommend staying there. It makes things much more enjoyable!
From journal Romantic Eze, Cote d'Azur, France Getaway