After reading hundreds of reviews on Trip Advisor and reading Rick Steves, I decided on staying at Hotel Le Relais du Postillon in Antibes, France. We originally had planned to stay in Cannes, but that luckily fell through, because we were so happy that we stayed in Antibes instead. The hosts of this lovely quaint hotel, Emmanuelle and Gregory, are a wonderful, sweet couple, and the hotel is near everything we needed. We could walk to all the restaurants, shops, and beach. And we were literally a few hundred yards from the indoor parking garage (which we opted for) and the little trolly that takes you through Juan les pins and Cap d'Antibes. Antibes was a great jumping off point to all the places we visited (inland villages like Tourrettes-sur-Mer, Vence, Gourdon) and coastal towns like Villfranche-sur-Mer, Cap Ferrat, Eze, and Monaco. We took an evening train to Cannes one night, which was easy.
There were six of us (two double and two single rooms); each room was different, some bigger and in better condition than others (but appropriately priced). We teased our cousins who had the most elegant room in our group, the "Nice." You can see that this hotel is a work in progress; this young couple bought it from a previous owner and I believe they are working hard to make improvements. On our arrival, which ended up being a hot day, we walked from the train station to the hotel, and Emmanuelle and Gregory graciously welcomed us with a cold glass of water. Gregory insisted on taking our suitcases up to our rooms for us. We had reserved a car rental, which we thought was right in the heart of the town, but Emmanuelle informed us that it was quite a way from the hotel. She insisted on driving my sister and me to the car rental, which we so appreciated since we may never have found it on our own. You would never get this kind of service from a large hotel (or any hotel I know of).
We knew that the hotel did not have air conditioning so we would not plan to stay there in the middle of the summer (unless they added a/c), but we figured that it would not be hot at night in the third week of September. Although the first night was unusually hot for that time of year, we just opened up the windows and used the fans that were in the rooms. We ended up opting for the buffet breakfast in the hotel each morning, which to us was both convenient and a very fair price for the selections of food and coffee that was offered (we really enjoyed the coffee; some of us had cappuccino; others had cafe au lait). We enjoyed sitting at the tables on the front terrace for breakfast or a glass of wine before dinner. If you want a fancy hotel with all the amenities, this would not be for you, but if you want a hotel with a lot of personal touches and terrific hosts who really want to please, this hotel is for you. I have nothing but wonderful memories of the kindness and hospitality shown by Emmanuelle and Gregory.
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