Fodor's Expert Review La Colombe d'Or
Pl. Général-de-Gaulle, St-Paul-de-Vence, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 06570, France Fodor's Choice
Often called the most beautiful inn in France—and winner of the Best Art Experience in a Hotel category in the 2015 Leading Culture Destinations Awards—"the golden dove" occupies a rose-stone Renaissance mansion just outside the walls of St-Paul-de-Vence, and is so perfect overall that some contend you haven't really been to the French Riviera until you've stayed or dined here. Walk into the dining room and you'll do a double take—yes, those are real Mirós, Bonnards, and Légers on the walls, given in payment in hungrier days when this inn was known as the heart of the town's artistic revival. Back then, it was the cherished retreat of Picasso and Chagall, Maeterlinck and Kipling, and Yves Montand and Simone Signoret (who met and married here). Upstairs, the guest rooms are bewitching, replete with Louis XIII armoires, medieval four-posters, wood beams, Provençal borders, and painted murals (even rooms in the two annexes are flawless in taste).
- original art, including works by Picasso and Rodin
- some rooms in the adjoining villa have blocked views
- menu often outshone by the art
Rate Includes: Closed Nov.–Christmas, Free breakfast