on June 6, 2003
I went with La Perouse sight unseen at the recommendation of the agent I spoke with at e-vacations, and was it ever a pleasant surprise. Located on the edge of the Promenade des Anglais, just steps away from the Cours Saleya and the Marchè aux Fleurs, it boasts available sea-view rooms. We requested a room with a view, and we were not disappointed. In addition, I had written an email to the hotel a month or so earlier, to request a completely non-smoking room, as I was allergic. They responded quickly, in broken English but very politely, that they would do whatever it took to make my stay a pleasant one.
The room was decorated beautifully, with blue toile comforters and curtains. And there was no trace of smoke to be sniffed out. The bellman set up our luggage and then proceeded to open the window to show us the stunning view.
Included in our stay was a continental breakfast – usually running at an extra charge of around 15 euro. I never did get used to the room-temperature milk, but the cocoa krispies as a cereal choice was amusing. Yogurt, fromage (cheese), and quiche were all part of the fare, as were my favorite – pain au chocolate (a chocolate-filled croissant.)
The hotel had a great pool on the fourth floor, it was built to look like it was spilling over at all times. Just behind the pool was a huge rock wall, and just in front of it was a wall only barely hiding the sea. Just inside was a café, bar and lounge, where you could get some refreshment as you lay by the pool. On the top floor was an “exercise center” – essentially a bike and a treadmill, and a “solarium” to sun yourself or partake of some jacuzzi time.
The front desk staff was amazing – always helpful and considerate. We couldn’t check in right away when we arrived, but our bags were taken care of while we did a little walking around the city.
I would recommend this hotel to anyone, and would return myself without hesitation. I give it a solid 9 out of 10.
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