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Maison 9 – Cassis, France

Only a 10-minute walk into Cassis, this luxury maison d’hotes, fully renovated by a German couple in 2009, is situated in the middle of vineyards looking across to the Cap Canaille. With only four suites located apart from the main house, the feeling is one of peace, tranquillity: it’s the perfect place for serious grown-up relaxation. Beautifully decorated rooms have fantastic beds, small sofas, lovely large bathrooms with walk-in showers and a small kitchenette with espresso maker. The mini-bar contains free wine and water and each suite has its own private terrace. Check-in at 3pm / check-out at midday.

SCENE:

  • Mid-thirty, forty, and young fifty-something couples and honeymooners, mainly Northern Europeans, Belgians.

FUEL:

  • Restaurant – As with any maison d’hotes, there’s no restaurant but a full and delicious breakfast is included in the tariff and served every morning from 9am on in the garden or on the terrace.

PLAY:

  • Swimming pool – Beautifully situated swimming pool within the gardens of Maison 9 with comfy loungers and a swing. 
  • Beach – A 10-minute drive down to Baie de Cassis or a long hike to the nearby Calanques.

CONTACT DETAILS:

  • Maison 9 – Quartier Les Janots, 9, Avenue du Docteur Yves Bourde, 13260 Cassis (t: +33 (4) 42 08 35 86 / www.maison9.net).

VISIT DATE:

  • 5-7 September 2010

WEATHER:

  • Hot and sunny 24/27°C, with blue skies.

ACCESS:

  • For flight and TGV connections, Marseille is a 40-minute drive and Toulon about 50-minutes drive.

TOP TIPS:

  • All rooms are fantastic but 1 and 4 probably have the most private terraces, with 2 and 3 closer to the pool.

THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:

  • The Good – This is the place to come if you need sunshine, good food, to sleep and rejuvenate.   
  • The Bad – Minimum two-stay night.

MACARON RATING:
0 0 0 0 ¾

September 19, 2010   No Comments

Au Vieux Panier – Marseille, France

Renovated and recently opened maison d’hotes in the up-and-coming Le Panier quarter run by half-English, half-French Jessica Venediger and her boyfriend, Paco. Super-central, just 5-minutes on foot from the Vieux Port, the five rooms have been creatively and stylishly decorated, with art installations by French artists. Comfy beds, with great showers. The owners are super-savvy locals who know their restaurants and are happy to share their favourite addresses. Check-in can be flexible / check-out at midday.

SCENE:

  • Young, twenty and thirty-something professionals and travellers from far and wide.

FUEL:

  • Restaurant – As with any maison d’hotes, there’s no restaurant but a simple French breakfast is included in the tariff and available every morning from 8.30am at the communal dining table on the ground floor.

PLAY:

  • Roof terrace – Amazing views can be had from the roof terrace five floors up: a great place to start the day over breakfast.
  • Beach – Similar to Barcelona, this city has plenty of easily accessible beaches such as Les Catalans, Le Prophete and Les Goudes (take the 83 bus from the Vieux Port or a 15-40 minute walk).  A 30-minute drive east will take you to the Calanque de Sormiou (head towards Cayolle/Les Baumettes).

CONTACT DETAILS:

  • Au Vieux Panier – 13, rue du Panier, 13002 Marseille / (t: +33 (4) 91 91 23 72 / www.auvieuxpanier.com.)

VISIT DATE:

  • 8-11 September 2010

WEATHER:

  • Warm and sunny 24/27°C, with blue skies, strong winds and a rainstorm one evening.

ACCESS:

  • Marseille is three and a half hours from Paris on the TGV or a short flight from London.

TOP TIPS:

  • White lines is the best and most spacious room; close your shutters at night to block out any possible street noise.

THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:

  • The Good – Friendly bobo owners who will greet you with a cold beer on arrival; very reasonably priced and centrally located. 
  • The Bad – There’s no on-site parking so if you have a car, factor in around 20 Euros a day to park in nearby public car park Republic.

MACARON RATING:
0 0 0 0

September 19, 2010   No Comments

Story Hotel – Stockholm, Sweden

Office block renovated and redesigned by a group of well known Stockholm nightclub and restaurant owners which opened in February 2010. Super-central, a 15-minute walk from the train station, five minutes down to the water and located in the heart of the up-market Ostermalm district. Rooms are very stylishly decorated with comfortable beds and cool bathrooms. Some of the rooms are very small and can be noisy but the web site is honest and clear about which ones these are and the price (and ear plugs) reflects this. Staff can either be very friendly and helpful, or a little cold and slightly aloof. Check-in is 2pm / check-out at midday.

SCENE:

  • Young, twenty and thirty-something creatives, professionals and travellers from far and wide.  Locals hang out in the bar and restaurant.

FUEL:

  • Restaurant – Stylish restaurant with a good menu.  Food is tasty and fresh.  Breakfast is not included in the room.
  • Bar – The ground-floor bar is large and gets busy at the weekend.  As there is no room tab, full payment is expected every time you buy drinks.

PLAY:

  • Patio – A lovely garden courtyard is open in the summer months at the back of the hotel with a bar and food is served.

CONTACT DETAILS:

VISIT DATE:

  • 1-5 July 2010

WEATHER:

  • Hot and sunny 24/26°C, with blue skies during the day; fresh evenings.

ACCESS:

  • Three-hour flight from London; take the Arlanda Express train from the airport into town.

TOP TIPS:

  • The small rooms on the street are cheap but they’re a false economy.

THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:

  • The Good – One of the city’s only boutique hotels to have launched in the last ten years and the only one in the Ostermalm area; brilliantly located for the city’s best sights.
  • The Bad – No room tab available; slow reception & concierge service; rooms don’t have wardrobes and space for suitcases/bags is limited.

MACARON RATING:
0 0 0 0 ¼

July 8, 2010   No Comments

The Halcyon – Bath, UK

Bath’s first boutique hotel is housed in a beautifully restored stone townhouse in the middle of the city and run, on behalf of the owner, by a couple who recently relocated from London. The stylish reception doubles up as a café-cum-bar and the vibe is a world away from the usual stuffy, chintzy hotels Bath has to offer. A contemporary design runs through the hotel and bathrooms are particularly nice with mock-croc tiles in the showers.  Each bedroom has a mini-dualit kettle, plus coffee, tea bags and cups and beds are high, but comfy.

SCENE:

  • A mix of local and foreign tourists, groups on girlie weekends and trendy grandparents.

FUEL:

  • Café/Bar – By day the café is bustling and serves a great breakfast (croissants, toast, cereals, crumpets, freshly squeezed orange, carrot & ginger, marmite & nutella).

PLAY:

  • Bar & terrace – By night the café turns into a bar and in good weather, the wide terrace in front of the hotel is perfect for a sunny open-air breakfast or nightcap. 

CONTACT DETAILS:

VISIT DATE:

  • 26 – 27 June 2010

WEATHER:

  • Hot, sunny, clear blue skies, 26°C.

ACCESS:

  • Less than a two-year train journey from London’s Paddington.

TOP TIPS:

  • Best views are from rooms at the front of the building, looking out towards the Somerset countryside.  There are some fantastic deals with rooms as cheap as £85 per night during the week.

THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:

  • The Good – Location is fantastic; service with a smile; contemporary décor; sunny outside terrace.
  • The Bad – Windows open on a hot, summer’s night can mean noise for rooms at the front overlooking the outside terrace and the bar; rooms are very compact; showers are stylish but don’t allow for Georgian plumbing and trays overflow quickly.

MACARON RATING:

  • 0 0 0 ¾

July 1, 2010   No Comments

Home Hotel – Buenos Aires, Argentina

The security guard outside this discreet, bunker-like façade is the only clue that you’ve arrived somewhere a little bit special. Located just on the wrong side of the train tracks in Palermo Hollywood, the address is perfectly situated within the city’s edgy, creative, media hub yet only a ten-minute walk from posh Palermo Soho and its fantastic boutiques.

As the name suggests, the welcome is warm, friendly and the décor reminiscent of a 1950’s living room – but with a definite 21st century edge and a South American twist. The brainchild of English record producer Tom Rixon and his wife, Argentine-Irish PR Director, Patricia O’Shea, Home is, right now, the only boutique, design hotel with a garden and swimming pool in BA.

Rooms are spacious and the polished concrete flooring downstairs in the common areas runs through into bedrooms and bathrooms. This practical, utilitarian look contrasts with the greenery from the garden and terraces, as well as the Orla Kiely style floral wallpaper and brightly coloured cushioned and throws.  The all-important blackout blinds work perfectly and beds are super-comfy, especially after a long 14-hour flight from London. There are 12 standard, standard plus and superior rooms on the first and second floors, with four suites on the third (all have jacuzzis).  There is a very quiet and slightly removed garden suite at the bottom of the garden with its own private pool and roof terrace.  Two further loft apartments are accessed through a side entrance and are well suited to families or groups as each has its own patio, kitchen, roof terrace and BBQ.

Check-in is a relaxed affair – a chance for the friendly & efficient reception team to get to know their guests.  One of the first things they hand out are maps of the area and a small Home-designed and created notebook containing all their recommended dinning, drinking, dancing, shopping and sight-seeing spots in Buenos Aires.

Check-in at 2pm / check-out at 12noon.

SCENE:

  • A real mix of ages and nationalities, yet all sharing a common goal: design-conscious, independent travellers using Home Hotel as their launch pad into the very best and most fashionable scenes Buenos Aires has to offer.

FUEL:

  • Restaurant – The restaurant is constantly busy serving great bar snacks such as homemade guacamole and nachos, as well as pasta dishes, burgers and of course, there’s the ubiquitous BBQ for grilling steaks the size of plates.
  • The ‘Home Breakfast’ is included in the room rate and served every morning either in the restaurant, on the terrace or by the pool.  It’s the best hotel breakfast you’ll ever eat.  Actually, it’s probably the best breakfast ever invented, full stop.  Juices are interesting and exotic – apple and basil, mandarin and mint – and come in shot glasses.  Divine scrambled eggs are also served in a large glass with warm bread, mini croissants and pain au chocolates.  Condiments change daily with chocolate butter and orange salted butter being house favourites, along with cream cheese with chives and apple jam.  Yoghurt comes with blueberry coulis, and fruit such as sliced strawberries or bananas, is presented with a twist of lime juice topped with an exotic herb or flower and of course, there’s plenty of freshly brewed tea and coffee to finish.
  • Bar – The bar is always busy and frequented by guests and locals alike, opening onto a patio and the garden; it’s particularly pretty at night.

PLAY:

  • Swimming pool & garden – The lovely lush, tropical garden and fantastic wooden-decked swimming pool is a little slice of heaven after a hard day shopping or sight-seeing in steamy BA.
  • Spa – A range of body and facial treatments is available every day in the tranquil, relaxing spa in the basement of the hotel, that looks out onto a peaceful terrace.
  • Clubs, bars, restaurants – The Palermo Hollywood, Soho, Viejo area is teeming with every kind of bar, restaurant or club a local or visitor could need.

CONTACT DETAILS:

  • Home Hotel – Honduras 5860, Buenos Aires (t: +54 11 4778 1008 / info@homebuenosaires.com / www.homebuenosaires.com).

VISIT DATE:

  • 30 December 2009 – 5 January 2010

WEATHER:

  • Hot, sunny, clear blue skies, medium humidity, 28/30°C.  BA’s worst storm in several years took place in mid-January.

ACCESS:

  • Home Hotel can arrange a private car to meet you at the city’s international airport which is only a 25-minute drive away.  The domestic airport is closer still, while trains and catamarans for the rest of the country, continent and Uruguay all leave from central BA, just a short drive from the hotel.

TOP TIPS:

  • The #1 tip has to be to book as far in advance as possible!  Standard and standard plus rooms are perfectly fine for two people (#4 has no views but is quiet with an internal window); garden-facing rooms have pretty views and are also slightly quieter (#11) than those on the street (#1); for stays over Christmas and New Year sign up to join other hotel guests and Patricia & Tom for a delicious dinner and celebrations in the garden; get to know one of the drivers that Home uses and book for cheap, private trips around town or for airport/bus/ferry transfers.

THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:

  • The Good – Can’t fault the design, location, price or service.  There are several boutique hotels in BA and many copycat attempts but this is the original and the best.  Did I mention the breakfast?
  • The Bad – Quite simply, there is no bad! 

MACARON RATING:

0 0 0 0 0 +

January 20, 2010   No Comments

La Coluccia – Sardinia, Italy

A member of the exclusive Design Hotels portfolio, La Coluccia has a lot to live up to.  Its sleek low-rise design and chic interiors ensure it stands out amongst the traditional bland hotels that Sardinia generally has to offer and the location is outstanding: just enough north of the Costa Smeralda to avoid the bling, yet right on the doorstep of some of the finest beaches the island has to offer.  The hotel looks out onto the Arcipelago della Maddalena – a  group of islands granted National Park status in 1997 – and is only a 25 Euros cab fare away from the pretty northern port of Santa Teresa di Gallura and the jumping off point for Corsica.

Rooms are simple and contemporary but do verge on the small side.  The open-plan style bathrooms are intimate to say the least:  apart from the toilet, they are essentially configured within the actual bedroom meaning that the round shower wall provides the divide between sleeping and washing spaces.

The small team of staff are very friendly and happy to help whatever the query – look out for Marina at Reception during the day and Andreas on night duty.

SCENE:
The feel of the hotel epitomises grown up, Italian designer beach chic; the gardens are manicured within an inch of their lives, the pool and sun beds are perfectly styled and the lobby oozes dark, atmospheric lounge music.  An international mix of mostly European thirty and forty something lounge lizards, almost no children (surprising given it was the UK’s half-term week), couples on their first holiday with a new baby, several honeymooners and the odd elderly couple, made up the clientele.

FUEL:

  • Restaurant – Breakfast 8-10am; Lunch 12.30-2.30pm; Dinner 7.30-9.30pm.  Don’t even think about tipping up late, even by five minutes!The food is very good.  Breakfast is buffet style offering up all the usual suspects and while the lunch menu is short, it consists of delicious Italian staples such as melt-in-the-mouth mozzarella, juicy tomato and basil salad and fresh lobster linguine, along with nice surprises like an excellent croque monsieur.Dinner is a feast.  The evening’s set menu changes daily and consists of four courses with each course comprising two or three tapas size portions of different local dishes.  A starter might involve an out-of-this-world puff pastry log filled with pecorino cheese, aubergine and sausage pizzette and grey mullet bottarga.  If you can’t or don’t wish to eat everything, you can always opt for larger portions of just one or two of the dishes.Second course tends to consist of two small dishes, again on the same plate; perhaps a seafood risotto along with penne pasta in a delicious herby, red pesto sauce, while the third course might be something heavier like roast beef with mushrooms and grana cheese or suckling pig, plus a portion of local monkfish with capers and olives.  If that sounds hard to beat, it’s nothing compared to the pudding plate featuring three exquisitely presented portions of desserts like honey and walnut parfait, yoghurt and meringue mousse, plus chocolate and banana profiterole.

    Wine is specifically and knowledgably recommended depending on the menu with wine by the glass also noted, paired ideally to each course.

    Wine by the bottle is pricey with the cheapest local white coming in at 33 Euros but the good news is that if the bottle hasn’t been finished by the end of dinner, it’s labelled and kept aside to be polished off the following evening.

  • Bar – The über-friendly bar manager, Riccardo, will mix any cocktail expertly, bring drinks to anywhere in the hotel grounds and prepare delicious brushetta and great Italian sausage baguettes from 10am until midnight.  He’s also the man to know when you accidentally miss dinner.  With his 1950’s film star looks, flair, local knowledge, service-oriented patience and friendliness, Riccardo is surely La Coluccia’s Manager-in-waiting.

PLAY:

  • Pool – Open from 9.30am until 7.30pm, the resident Bagnino dishes out beach towels, keeps the sun beds in perfect order and presumably saves lives should they need saving.  Except between 1-3pm when he’s at lunch of course!
  • Spa – If you like your spa experience to feel like a return to the womb – warm, dark and relaxing enveloped by a mass of beautiful bizazza mosaic tiles – this one will hit the spot.  Open from 9am until 1pm, then 3pm until 7.30pm, the treatment list is concise with only one facial, a body scrub and five body massages available and prices start at 50 Euros for a 30-minute vital leg massage.
  • Boat hire – New, high quality and easy to operate Lomax/Yamaha speed boats are available to hire from the beach allowing you to visit the incredibly beautiful islands which make up the Maddalena archipelago and their stunning beaches and limpid waters.  Budelli, the Eastern side of Spargi and the Northern and South Eastern side of Caprera, are simply idyllic.  Giovanno can sort you out: full day (9am-5pm/160 Euros) or half day (1-5pm/100 Euros), cash only.
  • Car hire – The hotel uses Avis; prices are around 80 Euros a day for a small car (Fiat Punto).

VISIT DATE:
24 – 30 May 2009.

WEATHER:
Warm and sunny, 24/25°C. Breezy, with strong wind on two days but blue, cloudless skies.  Evenings often fresh and called for a cardigan or long sleeved shirt.

ACCESS:
Two-hour flight from London Gatwick to Olbia (easyJet), followed by a one-hour taxi ride (90 Euros) or a two-hour and ten minute flight from London Stansted (Ryan Air) and a further two-hour taxi drive (160 Euros).  Taxis are definitely pricier than the Rough Guide suggests!

CONTACT DETAILS:

  • La Coluccia – Localita Conca Verde, 07028 Santa Teresa Di Gallura (t : +39 0789 758 004 / lacoluccia@mobygest.it / www.lacoluccia.it).

TOP TIPS:
The hotel is pretty isolated so take plenty of Euros for taxis and boat hire – there’s a cash point at Olbia airport.  Always agree prices in advance for things like airport transfers and check for hidden costs such as the additional cost of petrol used when hiring a boat, or before accepting a glass of wine from the hotel following a missed dinner.  The cost of Wi-Fi can be reduced significantly by agreeing a package with Nadia, the hotel’s officious Manager.

THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:

  • The Good – Chill out heaven.  The gardens are large and utterly peaceful, leading down to La Coluccia‘s private beach.  The views and proximity to the Maddelana islands are unparalleled and apart from booze, boat and car hire, there’s really little else to distract from the tough business of relaxation and enjoying the sunshine.
  • The Bad – Wi-Fi costs an astonishing 10 Euros an hour.  The restaurant could be more flexible – flights are late, people sometimes get times confused, dietary requirements are becoming more and more the norm – and the beach really needed a seaweed sweep before the new season kicked off.

MACARON RATING:
O O O O 1/4

June 12, 2009   2 Comments

Nevaϊ – Verbier, Switzerland

The Nevaϊ is a breath of fresh air: the only truly chic, contemporary hotel within a renovated traditional chalet-style building located right in the centre of Verbier and next door to well-known sister hotel, Kings. The small team of Swiss and English staff are ultra friendly, welcoming and accommodating. The pale, almost Scandinavian wooden floors throughout juxtapose perfectly with the icy white fixtures such as the bar stools, reception desk and bed linen. The fabrics used throughout are rich in colour and texture – deep pinks, reds and turquoise – and the overall feel is very Designer’s Guild. The rooms are a decent size, stylishly decorated with large LCD TVs, large wardrobes, desks, generous balconies with gorgeous views across the village or mountains and super-comfy beds, duvets and squishy feather pillows.

Location-wise, the hotel is right in the middle of the postcard-perfect village but somehow it’s not noisy. A mini-bus service is at everyone’s beck and call to drive skiers the 500 metres to the nearest ski lift. The service is excellent: just take the hotel’s telephone number, call when you’ve almost finished your vin chaud and a silver Mercedes mini-van will pick you up and whisk you back to the hotel!

Check-in at 3pm / check-out at 11am (although you can ask for an extension if quiet or the expected guests are arriving late.

SCENE:
A lot of Russians kitted out in Channel and Prada making the most of the snow, especially during their Orthodox Christmas period. Otherwise, mostly British, French and Swiss 25-30 somethings.

FUEL:

  • Restaurant – Breakfast 7-10am; restaurant closed for lunch; Dinner 7.30-10pm. Unusually excellent food with an imaginative menu for a hotel restaurant. Expect dishes such as Virgin Mary risotto (tomato risotto with a spicy celery salad), perfect steaks to order direct from the grill and goat’s cheese, polenta and Portobello mushroom stacks on a bed of sundried tomato & olive tapenade. For dessert, crème brulée comes with a lime twist and chocolate fondant oozes melted white chocolate. The wine list is expensive and only comes by the glass if you ask specifically for the cocktail list.
  • Bar – There are two very cool bars. The ground floor bar /cafe is open all day and it’s position opposite a fantastic fire which runs the full length of the sofa area means it can get busy in the early evening. Grab a paper, a JD + coke and a bowl of wasabi peanuts and relax! The upstairs lounge bar comes alive in the evening and is a great spot for a drink before or after dinner, although it can get a little smoky.

PLAY:

  • Spa – The Spa is good, if expensive, with a sauna and hamman and plenty of great face and body treatments. A word of warning: the sauna area is mixed and, despite the signs asking otherwise, you might stumble across the odd naked Russian.
  • Ski hire – Ski Centre, North off Place Centrale (t: +41 27 771 40 10 / ski-center@verbier.ch / www.skicenterverbier.ch). Partner ski shop with the Hotel Nevai. 10% off all ski and snowboard hire. Excellent, brand new kit and knowledge.
  • Nightclub – Infamous Verbier club, The Farm, where Prince Andrew reputedly met Fergie, is attached to the hotel.

CONTACT DETAILS:

  • Nevaϊ – 1936 Verbier (t: +41 27 775 4001 / nevaihotel@kingsverbier.ch / www.nevai.ch).

VISIT DATE:
2 – 8 January 2009

WEATHER:
Very cold -5/2°C, but sunny.

ACCESS:
Best bet is probably a cheap flight to Geneva. From Geneva it’s a two-hour train journey, followed by a 30-minute St Bernard ski train and a short Post bus ride to Verbier.

TOP TIPS:
Ask for a room on the second or third floors to avoid being too close to the nightclub and if you’re not keen on heavy smoking naked Russians, aim for later in January.

THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:

  • The Good – Not an inch of orange pine wood in sight!
  • The Bad – Apart from the smoking policy which comes as a shock to us Brits now, the only criticism might be that since the hotel only opened in December 08, staff lack real local, insider knowledge.

MACARON RATING:
0 0 0 0 ½

January 18, 2009   No Comments

Zazpi Hotel – St Jean de Luz, France

An imposing stone town house, architecturally renovated and extended, ideally situated slap bang in the middle of perfectly pretty St Jean de Luz, 20-minutes south along the beach from popular Biarritz on France’s Atlantic coast. Walking into this striking monolithic building is like stepping into a Conran Shop catalogue or the Milan Design Exhibition, with every piece of furniture specially chosen to complement the hotel’s stunning design. Indeed, everything sourced with an exacting love and attention by the owners can be purchased or ordered during your stay.

The Basque translation of ‘seven’ is zazpi; indicating the number of bedrooms within this bijou hotel (including two suites), as well as reminding guests of its cultural roots and geographical location on the edge of South Western France.

Each room is decorated differently but all have gorgeous, high quality wooden flooring, high ceilings, designer furnishings and technology throughout, with well appointed bathrooms and huge walk-in showers.

Check-in at 3pm / check-out at 11am.

SCENE:
Thirty and forty-something couples, honeymooners, female friends on a weekend break; families with small children are made to feel very welcome.

FUEL:

  • Restaurant – Breakfast times in the downstairs cafe space are flexible (continental breakfast, 12 Euros extra). There is no restaurant but baguettes and delicious cheese and meat platters can be knocked together at a minute’s notice and served in bedrooms or either of the terraces until around 11pm. Carmen and Michel, the proud owners of the Zazpi, delight in giving recommendations and advice on local restaurants and cafes.
  • Bar – No bar but hot drinks and soft beverages are available in the cafe or on the pretty ground-floor patio.

PLAY:

  • Sun terrace – The fantastic wooden-decked roof terrace affords beautiful views across red-tiled rooftops to the Pyrenees and Spain. With stylish sunbeds, tables and chairs, a small raised swimming pool with built-in current, and innovative ‘step-on’ shower, the roof-deck is a suntrap, oozing peace and tranquility. Wi-fi access and Bose speakers neatly positioned around the terrace bring the science of sun-bathing into the 21st century.
  • Beach – A 10-minute stroll through the gorgeous, narrow and bustling streets of St Jean de Luz, with their signature rust-red and green wooden shutters contrasting against white-rendered shops, houses and cafes. The huge crescent of golden sand is glorious and safe for families.

CONTACT DETAILS:

  • Zazpi – 21 Boulevard Thiers, 64500 St Jean de Luz (t: +33 (0) 5 59 26 07 77 / info@zazpihotel.com / www.zazpihotel.com).

VISIT DATE:
16 – 20 June 2008

WEATHER:
Warm and sunny 22/25°C, with a couple of cloudy days.

ACCESS:
St Jean de Luz has a small train station and Biarritz is a 20-minute drive away.

TOP TIPS:
All rooms are fantastic but a room either on the second floor at the front or on any floor at the back will avoid possible street noise.

THE FAT MOUSE VERDICT:

  • The Good – The owners, with their fantastically friendly and sparkly-eyed zest for life, make this hotel the huge success it is – they literally fall over themselves to help with requests and guidance, ensuring their guests want for nothing. The comfiest beds EVER with black out blinds at every window make for a truly deep and rejuvenating night’s sleep.
  • The Bad – The occasional early-morning street cleaner.

MACARON RATING:
0 0 0 0 ¾

June 15, 2008   No Comments