Concierge.com's insider take:
A gem of a place on the seafront at relatively unspoiled Villefranche-sur-Mer which, while no great metropolis, makes a great touring base between Nice and Monte Carlo. All 36 rooms have satellite TV, minibars and a/c, and the standard ones, with their louvered doors onto curly-iron-railed balconies, are an amazing value. The decor, with its light blue walls and nautical stripes—or all-over florals in the suites—is adorable, too. Meanwhile, splashing out on a still reasonable corner room with a pair of balconies buys you one of the best views on the Riviera. Beaches and boats to Cannes and Monaco are close by the hotel, and a dive shop lies right in front. There's also a cute wine bar with seafront terrace, and lots of nearby restaurants. As management is fond of pointing out, Jean Cocteau was among the fans of this longstanding institution.
Closed November 11th through December 21st.