Hôtel Welcome

3 quai Amiral Courbet, Villefranche-sur-Mer, 06230, France

Somerset Maugham holed up in one of the tiny crow's-nest rooms at the top, Jean Cocteau lived here while writing Orphée, and Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton used to tie one on in the bar (now nicely renovated) at this waterfront landmark—which remains a comfortable and noteworthy retreat. The best rooms are brightened with vivid colors and stenciled quotes from Cocteau; some top-floor rooms have spectacular views of the great Villefranche harbor; and all come equipped with L'Occitane products. During July and August, a three-night minimum may be required, but they'll work around your request when possible.

PROS

  • excellent service
  • artistic heritage makes for a nostalgic trip into the Roaring Twenties

CONS

  • style, especially on the top floor, is distinctly nautical in flavor
  • some rooms are oddly shaped—narrow and long—so they feel smaller
  • secure parking is €46/day (but the limited public parking costs approx €43/24 hours)

Location

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical, Views
Casual
Central
Design

HOTEL INFO

Phones: -04–93–76–27–62

HOTEL DETAILS

32 rooms, 3 suites
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Nov.–Christmas Breakfast

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