Hotel Gray D'Albion
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... energy. Electricity in the cabin is shut down unless the key card is inserted completing the electrical circuit. OK, science lesson over, I check the slot and key card was intact. I headed back to my netbook and typed ‘Lidgrs piyf h]d’ thus demonstrating that I can’t type without looking!! It should have read ‘Lights went out’. I got the ‘L right’ and the space bar!!
I heard Roisin say, ‘I can’t hear the engines ...
... apartment I settled in for the evening and Tim went out. (signs I am getting old).
On Monday I woke up not feeling great and with very little energy so I had a particularly quiet day in the apartment. I managed to drag myself out for a brief walk around near Tim's apartment and stopped to do some grocery shopping as there was no food in the apartment. I had a quiet and early night in the hope of feeling better the next day. Sadly, this was not the case and ...
... do not say Bon jour. They say buongiorno and have luxuriant mustaches and big white aprons and they talk with their hands. But on Sunday the place expands to the wildest flea market we've ever seen. Huge piles of clothes, some still in their original wrapping, cashmere sweaters, pashmina shawls, a whole row of socks, bras and lingerie. Need a new mattress? They got several and you can buy them on time! Need a fur coat or mink ...
... little bit of red cabbage sweet corn and perhaps a slice of tomato We took a ride to LaSpezia twisting up to hillside towns . Each town with a church tower and clocks that chime all the time . Sad to say goodby to Enzo . He told me to hit David if he went too fast and David to be careful. Next stop Tuscany via the leaning tower of Pisa . How tinny were we ,parked the bike 50 m from the tower. We were surprised that the tower is all open not walled off so ...
... up. But they understand what I am saying and I pretty much can understand everything they say so we are doing well. The breakfast they served this morning was great! We had fresh croissants and breads from the bakery and homemade jams (Richard's favourite), and fruit and yogurt. Afterwards we spent the entire day walking around Nice. We really enjoyed the day. I especially like how it is a busy city but there are still small pedestrian areas with lots of history as well as a ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Gray D'Albion Cannes
Not a 4 star hotel
The bad things - not a 4 star hotel. But, I guess 4 stars in France is little different than 4 stars in US. The hotel is very outdated, carpet and the furniture looks old. The wall color in the room is pale nude depressing color and is chiped and cracked. Tile in the bathroom has cracks and some tiles has fallen off. Hair dryer in the bathroom matches the browunish orange color of the tile -both looks like 60s design. The worst of all is the matress. Hard as a rock, pillows are not better. I had to put a bed spread under my sheets to make it little softer.
The good things:location, nice toiletries (including Hermes colone), clean, quiet.
I booked it on Expedia for $245 a night. (money does not buy you much in Cote D'Azur)
We stayed at the Gray d'albion a couple of weeks ago for a week and it was lovely. Beautiful, grand reception and friendly english speaking receptionists.
We were shown to our room and it was very luxurious with a massive bed, cute little balcony and well stocked bathroom.
The private beach is just over the road and loungers, parasols and beach towels were included in our booking at no extra cost (its advisable to check with your travel agent or the hotel if this is included when making your booking).
All in all it was a very pleasant stay indeed and the room, breakfast and staff cannot be faulted at all. I would definately highly reccomend this one.
I spent 5 nights at the Gray d'Albion while working at the Palais des Festival (which is a 5 minute walk from the hotel). The hotel is perfectly fine, nothing special but then again nothing offensive. The room and bathroom were clean but worn. I had a balcony that looked out on to the inner courtyard (nothing spectacular) but it was nice to get a breeze from the sliding door. The only really great part of the hotel is the outdoor dining area where breakfast is served. Lovely! The staff was friendly and accomodating and the location is quite convenient to the Croisette/beach & main shopping area. If you get a good deal on this hotel, stay there. You can't beat the location....so, who cares if the rooms are only average? How much time will you be spending in your room while in Cannes?
Checked into what was supposed to be a renovated deluxe room with a balcony and a view. Right from the lobby where the carpets seem to be in dire need of a cleaning..to the room, I was in for a rude shock given the rate of the room. The staff was pleasant occassionally, however they didnt appreciate too many questions.
We stayed here for 11 nights over Christmas and New Year 2004. The Hotel is modern and not as impressive and fancy as the Carlton or the Majestic. Service is excellent though, very friendly, effective and fast. From the bellboy to the breakfast service in the room (until noon!) and the maids who smile to you even if you only let them into your room by 3 PM. Look for one of the packages they offer for stays of four nights or more and for a room on the higher floors which offer a great view over the old town. Extras are expensive as mentioned in other reviews but overall the price/quality ration is very good for the region. Rooms are not really big but perfectly furnished and equipped and have very comfortable bathrooms. Overall: EXCELLENT
Luxurious and Friendly
This hotel is not by the water, although only 2 short blocks away. The room I got was an average size corner room with a spacious balcony overlooking the busy shopping street below. Best part of the room is the bathroom, with lots of marble, nice toiletry and a foot-cleaning toilet :) The hotel is large but has an intimate feel to it, more like a boutique hotel with extremely friendly and helpful staff. However I didn't realize the use of beach chairs and towels was not complimentary to hotel guests until I was slapped with a euro$30 fee PER DAY. Overall I enjoyed the experience, although I probably won't stay there again unless the price is very good. (I stayed at this hotel in September 2004.)
Lots of extra fees
We stayed at the the Gray d'Albion in June for 7 days. The one good point was the hotel is very near the beach. However the decor was a bit shabby and dated and the room was small which you wouldnt expect for the price. Also I was suprised at how many extras you have to pay for - the hotel beach cost us £26 for 2 people for 1 day. We ended up using the free public beach when the reason I chose this hotel was for its private beach. Also parking is really expensive (around £70 for a week). I think this is probably in common with all central Cannes hotels though so if I went again I would stay outside Cannes and just visit for the day.
A great place to stay
The best thing about this hotel is that it is in a quiet street between the Croisette and the shopping eldorade rue d'Antibes. Rooms are spacious by French standards. They seemed a bit worn, though. The hotel is close to everything in Cannes and has its own part of the beach. Service and food there was good.
Hotel Gray D'albion is a perfect place to stay in Cannes. We spent 3 days there in August 2003. The hotel is in an excellent location for shopping and the beach. Staff is friendly, rooms are clean, spacious and furnished nicely. We spent most of our time on the beach and the staff there was amazing. The beach restaurant food is very fresh and tasty...I'm still craving the salad I ate everyday.