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Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat, St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 

71 Boulevard du Général-de-Gaulle
France 06230
Tel: 33 4 93 76 50 50
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You may never see more entitled-looking children than at the Grand Hôtel du Cap, a family-friendly but ultraluxurious palace on 17 manicured acres overlooking the Mediterranean from St.-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. Like its similarly named competitor down the coast, the Hôtel du Cap Eden Roc, the Grand Hôtel du Cap specializes in treatment worthy of a pasha, with prices to match (standard rooms start at $820 in high season, and suites quickly go into the thousands). The hotel reopened in May 2009 after extensive renovations and the construction of a curvilinear terra-cotta wing which has regular or deluxe suites, each with its own infinity pool. The ceilings in the old core of the hotel are dizzyingly high; the lobby is filled with light and has sea views (and includes the original glass-doored, wood-paneled elevator); the pool has its own funicular railway connecting it to the hotel; and there's a Michelin-starred restaurant on the terrace. All the guest rooms are done up in a low-key, predominantly white and beige decor, with floor-to-ceiling sliding glass windows overlooking the sea. The suites in the historic hotel are huge, with dazzling sea views from the higher floors. Other features include automated lighting and curtains as well as beyond-luxury linens, huge flat-screen televisions, and walk-in wood-paneled closets, even for the lowest-category rooms. Guests tend to check in and stay on the premises for weeks at a time: no mystery why, as you watch the sun set over well-tended cypresses and the big blue sea, knowing that the real world is a million miles away.—Ralph Martin

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
"You can't beat the location"—17 seafront, gardened acres 20 minutes from Monaco and Nice. This recently renovated 1909 hotel has rooms with beige-and-white marble as well as reproductions of artwork from French artists who have stayed there, including Matisse, Chagall, and Rodin. A formal restaurant does haute interpretations of Mediterranean dishes, like the $159 caviar lasagna with leeks in olive oil.

(73 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 90.4
  • Design: 92.1
  • Food: 87.5
  • Location: 92.5
  • Rooms: 90.0
  • Service: 90.0

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Beach, Pool, Spa, Tennis, Water sports

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