Le Saint Paul
- Style Painter’s historic house
- Setting Bohemian Saint Paul de Vence
With shimmering Côte de Azur views from every window and original Chagalls adorning its silk walls, Le Saint Paul hotel in contemporary art mecca St Paul de Vence is an eye-opener. Rooms are airy and filled with light, and the Michelin-starred restaurant is ravishingly romantic with its flower-filled patio overlooking the town's labyrinth of cobbled alleys and slate rooftops.
Need to know
- Rooms 16, including 13 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $419.12 (€308), excluding tax at 7 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast (€22 for Continental).
- Facilities Library, free WiFi in the lounge, and a terrace with a walled garden. In rooms: flatscreen TV, free bottled water and minibar.
- Check–out Noon (flexible, depending on availability). Check-in from 3pm.
Children Little Smiths are welcome, with cots and sofa beds free for 12 year olds and under. Babysitting with a local nanny costs €20 an hour. The restaurant has a menu tailored to tots.
- Also Petite pooches can come too, for €50 a night. Smokers should request a smoking room, but remember not to light up in communal areas.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Room 28 is a deluxe room with a warm autumnal palette of ruby reds and russet browns, and pretty village views. Peek out of the windows and you can admire the village’s winding streets. Room 36 is a spacious junior suite, with high ceilings and a soft dove grey and pink colour scheme, as well as a big bathroom, and dazzling views. If you want a roof terrace to remember, book Suite 50, which overlooks the mountains and the Med beyond.
- Packing tips Pared down elegance for the restaurant; cobble-friendly shoes; a sketch pad and water colours for aspiring artists.
- Also Help yourself to home-made biscuits and cakes, such as delicate apple tarts, in the lounge. Team with tea or coffee, or take a tot from the decanters of whisky or brandy.
Food and drink at Le Saint Paul
- Hotel restaurant There are two dining rooms; one with wooden vaulted ceilings, decked out with flower and fruit murals, lit by candlelight, and one with a romantic fountain. A walled garden, trailing curtains of bougainvillea, surrounds a little terrace, where you can dine in seclusion outdoors. The food is sophisticated and decadent, with an emphasis on seasonal ingredients and opulent flavour-combinations. Dishes range from the exotic (peach gazpacho with roasted king prawns) to the traditional (foie gras with apricots and rhubarb compote), to the inventive – lobster lasagne with wild salad. Leave room for some salty toffee ice-cream and banana sauce, or iced lavender macaroon with peach and strawberries.
- Dress code The Côte d'Azur calls for elegant attire: cashmere in the evening, a tailored shirt or tea-frock in the day.
- Top table Sit close to the fountain, by the tall window – you can peer out and admire the walled garden as you eat. On warm days, make a beeline for the terrace and breathe in the scent of bougainvilleas.
- Last orders You can linger over breakfast between 7.30am and 10am (although late risers can breakfast in their room until noon), and lunch is served between 12.30pm and 1.45pm. Dinner is dished up between 7.30pm and 9.45pm.
- Room service In-room treats can be ordered from the room service menu during the restaurant’s opening hours.
- Hotel bar The small bar area is situated in the lounge, with a scattering of bar stools, clusters of contented guests sipping martinis, and gold-framed paintings hanging from the cream walls. The open fire and plump sofas provide extra cosiness, and the glass cabinets are filled with a gallery’s stash of ceramic Barbotines animals – a quirky and colourful touch.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details