St-Tropez hotels

By Anthony Peregrine, your St-Tropez expert

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expert-rated hotels in St-Tropez
Best for Romance -
Expert overall rating:4.8 (out of 5)

"For God's sake, girl, cover up" .. the hotel owner said to Brigitte Bardot.

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Expert overall rating:4.7 (out of 5)

The discreet charm of the (Provençal) bourgeoisie - as interpreted by British designers.

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Expert overall rating:4.4 (out of 5)

Star hairdresser's former home now the perfect stop-over for sleuths and sloe-eyed beauties.

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Let me give you a cast-iron tip: if you’re going to St Tropez in the holiday season, don’t even think about a day-trip. On a busy summer day, some 100,000 visitors head for the place. There’s just one main road in, and the same road out. You may imagine the jams.

You’ll be queuing for at least a couple of hours each way, and a lot more if you’re unlucky. Then there’s the nightmare of parking. All that, for perhaps four hours in the resort, most of which will be spent worrying about when to leave to avoid the crowds.

Ice-cream lickers

It’s madness, to be avoided unless you want to end up slaughtering your fellow passengers. To do the job properly, you need to think longer-term. In truth, you need to book into one of the hotels in St Tropez

That way, you can relax, appreciate the place properly and also become a semi-insider, so looking down your nose at the day-trippers. (Locals call them “ice-cream lickers”.)

Granted, St Tropez hotels are not cheap (if you wanted cheap, you wouldn’t be in St Tropez in the first place) but they are numerous: more than 60 in the district for a permanent population of 6,500.

Movie legend

Because there are so many, competition is acute, especially in crunch times and especially at the top end, for this is a top-end location. Luxury hotels in St Tropez can’t afford to be left behind in the matter of standards, service or innovation. Show me a Tropezien hotel without all-round WiFi, walk-in power showers and a smiling, anytime attitude to serving food - and I’ll show you a hotel going bust.

Pressure will be compounded with the 2010 and 2011 opening of yet more four and five-star establishments, currently under construction. They’ll all vying to be among the best hotels in St Tropez.

You don’t have to be a movie legend to benefit. Most people – notably in what pass for cheap hotels in St Tropez (ha!) – are no more glamorous than you or me. They’re simply revelling in the spin-off glitz and the warm pleasures of a Mediterranean evening…once the ice-cream lickers have gone.

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Hotels in St-Tropez have been chosen because they're particularly friendly and excellent in their categories.

Simonseeks has given star ratings out of five for all accommodation recommendations. With hotels, these will tally with the hotel's official star rating where it exists. Where a hotel has no official star rating, and in the case of b & bs and hostels, the experts have made a judgment as to how many stars the accommodation deserves, in terms of comfort, level of facilities and so forth.

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