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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Napoleon Menton
Offers excellent value
Stayed in this very well situated, welcoming, well decorated hotel with very good facilities for the price. The rooms are spacious and the bathrooms clean and modern. Pleasant terrace but sadly a lot of traffic on busy road at the front of the hotel. The bar and breakfast areas are bright, comfortable with excellent service from the friendly staff. The old town is a pleasant and easy walk away. It absolutely essential to walk up the hill behind the hotel to admire the splendid views of Menton and to appreciate why this resort became a favourite haunt of the English over 100 years ago. It is now the favoutite haunt of Italians. I believe we were the only English couple staying in this hotel over the New Year period.
The best restaurants we ate at were Le Darkoum, where we enjoyed a splendid Moroccan meal and Au Pistou, specialising in regional fare. There are very many mediocre eateries in Menton. Use guidebooks to inform you decisions. It is not necessary to hire a car from Menton because the train and bus services are outstanding and cheap. If fit, walk along the coast from Menton to Monte Carlo; you will enjoy it!
We stayed at the Hotel Napoleon in October 2005 and spent a very relaxing week exploring both Menton and the surrounding area. I would recommend both the hotel and its location. We booked a room with a mountain view which was fine, very clean and importantly a good sized comfortable bathroom. Excellent breakfast including copious amounts of good coffee. I particularly enjoyed the local produce (can recommend the lemon confiture). The staff were all quietly efficient and very pleasant.
The hotel is very handy for Menton Garavan railway station, but bear in mind the ticket office has restricted hours (Monday to Friday only), just carry a supply of coins for the ticket machine!
We travelled across into Italy a couple of times and east to Monaco-Monte Carlo. Villefranche-sur-Mer is another lovely spot to chill out and watch the world go by. It's also relatively easy to get to the Hanbury Gardens near Ventimiglia by train and bus. It was worth the bus fare for the entertainment on board.
The only problem was there was too much to see and do in the time and therefore we hope to return in the not too distant future.
The Napolean at Menton is the perfect holiday destination.
We have just returned from our annual holiday in Menton. We love it and have been coming here since 1985.
We always stay at the Hotel Napolean, 12 Promenade de Mer ---. The hotel changed hands approximately 3 years ago, and during this period has undergone a complete renovation and refurbishment creating a chic and luxurious environment as you enter the main lounge, bar and reception. There is a choice of rooftop suites, bedrooms at the front with balconies and sea views, whilst the bedrooms at the back are cheaper and have views of the Maritime Alps. All bedrooms are of a similar standard are light, airy, comfortable with air conditioning and modern bathrooms.
There is an air conditioned restaurant and traditional courtyard garden area where an excellent petit dejeuner breakfast is served. At the front of the hotel there is a swimming pool which is screened from the road and there is a small secure car park.
The hotel also operates a private beach - Napolean Plage - with beach loungers for hire, a bar and restaurant serving lunch and dinner and the latest operation a Buffet de Glaces - a very smart Ice Cream parlour where you help yourself and pay by weight - brilliant.
The staff are a delight. From the moment you are greeted at reception with a smile by the charming Andrea or Mariella, looked after during the night by Bob, served breakfast by a team led by Annee, with an evening drink prior to going out for a meal drink served by Fulvio.
This time our holiday coincided with the last test for the Ashes. Mathew the charming English owner made it possible for us English to watch the test on the Hotel plasma screen and we celebrated the win with a glass of champagne.
For us the Napolean at Menton is the perfect holiday destination.
I enjoyed my stay at the Hotel Napolean. It is very modern and clean and the staff are very friendly and all speak english too. The location is at the Garavan Bay end of Menton and handy for old town, beaches and port. It is only about 1KM from Italy too, and the resort seemed to have more Italian then French.
We got the train to Monte Carlo from Menton Garavan Station (5 mins away). The train cost 4 Euros return and only took 10 mins, much better than driving.
The hotel has a private beach and we thought it would be free, however it was about 12 Euros a day each for a lounger. There is also a fantastic ice cream palour caller Glacier Napolean. Breakfast was expensive tho, and cost 11 Euros per person for a continental.
I would stay again for sure.
Good location, Nice Place to Stay
We stayed at the Hotel Napolean in mid-September and found it very well situated, the rooms (although a bit small) very nice and clean. The staff were friendly and helpful. There is Internet available (a small charge).
The breakfast is nice but overpriced I think, but it is nice to sit out in the patio garden. The swimming pool was great and they had a nice bar.
We found we got a good dinner, lots of food, and a very reasonable price just across the street and down the stairs over to the right at the Pub on the beach.
We love the napoleon
We have stayed at the Napoleon for seven days in Sept for the last three years. The weather in Menton is great, the Napoleon is lovely, very friendly and the rooms and bathrooms have just been redone in clean, modern style. The front balconies are great - but noisy because of the road. This is one of only two hotels in Menton with a pool and also has a private beach - but avoid the restaurant there. It looks like a Moroccan brothel and the food is both dire and expensive. La Marina on the opposite side is very good - and reasonably priced. Drawbacks at the Napoleon are a very small car park, noise from the road if you sit by the pool and overpriced breakfast. The staff are very friendly - especially Mariella on reception.
Just returned from a 5 night break at the Hotel Napoleon and I couldn't fault it in any way. Just a 10 minute walk from Garavan station. If you arrive by train get off at Menton Garavan instead of Menton, you will save an expensive taxi ride. The hotel is right on the sea front and we had a mountain room overlooking the courtyard. Couldn't hear a thing even though the main road at the front was very busy. The rooms were modern and clean with plenty of space and excellent air con. The staff were extremely pleasant and helpful and breakfast was more than adequate. There is no restaurant at the hotel but Menton has plenty of choice although it can be a bit pricey. The beach front cafes should be avoided as they are a rip off. Go into Menton town centre and go down any quiet side street and you will find plenty of reasonable places to eat. We found one on the main pedestrian area called Colomba which served salads,omlettes and other light meals with great service,good wine and very reasonable prices. The hotel itself serves up very good value bar snacks and beer at the hotel is cheaper than most of the bars in town! There is a large supermarket across the road which is very handy. Menton is beautiful,especially at night and the Hotel Napoleon is in the perfect location overlooking Garavan bay. The hotel only has 3 stars but deserves 4 for it's excellent rooms and facilities and the superb staff. Highly recommended!
Loved it all, well almost.
We have just returned from an excellent holiday in Antibes and Menton. Our flat in Antibes was booked through Yacht-View and I would recommend them highly. The flat was exactly as described, delightful, well situated, well maintained and equipped. Zena Rose who runs the letting agency is very efficient, helpful and pleasant.
In Menton we stayed in the Hotel Napoleon. The hotel has recently been refurbished and is very tasteful. It is located on the Garavan end of the bay and has a wonderful view over old Menton from the front. The sea view and balcony however come with a busy road. The balcony is double -double glazed so no problems with noise at night. Another time we would save the supplement and have a mountain view and quieter position.
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