The Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage is the first Curio by Hilton hotel in France and a great addition to the portfolio of the chain. In this review, I’ll explain what you can expect of staying at the hotel and why I think it’s a great choice for enjoyable holidays.
As a big fan of individual hotels participating in loyalty programs, I was very pleased to see a new Curio Collection by Hilton option popping up in the South of France.
While most luxury properties are actually located in Cannes, Nice or near Saint-Tropez, the Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage is located in a small village near Toulon.
It’s a little tough to access without a car and there’s not too much around (a few restaurants, a supermarket, …), but it’s a beautiful and tranquil spot for holidays. The totally individual and newly renovated hotel is a real gem in Hilton’s European portfolio!
Even though we only stayed two nights at the hotel, we had the chance to stay in two different rooms. That’s because we found some moldy areas in our first room (despite the hotel being newly renovated) and were then moved to a suite. First, I’ll speak about the King Deluxe Sea View Room, which I already enjoyed very much.
This category (like all normal rooms) is on the small side, but comes with a beautiful and very individual design. There’s a King Bed flanked by two nightstands, a small desk with two chairs and a flat screen television.
There’s also a very funny chest with some storage as well as a coffee machine and a minibar, all complimentary for your stay, but not refilled.
The bathroom is located right next to the room and has a sink, a bathtub and a small walk-in shower. The toilet is in another small room near the door. While everything in the bathroom was tiny, I liked the design very much.
With the window to the bedroom, the bathroom was very bright, too. The indefinite highlight of the room was the balcony though, not very big, but equipped with two chairs and a table, it allowed for an incredible time overlooking the see. I not only enjoyed working here, but also loved the amazing views of the sea.
While the Deluxe Sea View Room at the Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage was already amazing, the Tropezienne Suite was another step up. Located on the highest floor, this category is at least double the size and comes with a very open layout.
The toilet is located close to the room door again. Then you go up a little stair and find yourself in the room. To the right, there’s the bathroom with a very open bathtub, a large walk-in shower and a double vanity.
The King Bed is located pretty much next to the bathtub and comes with two nightstands.
Opposite of the bed, you can find the same chest as in the other category as well as a flat-screen television. Behind those, there’s the living room with a wardrobe, a couch, another chair and a coffee table.
The suite even comes with two balconies, one with two chairs and a table, the other one with a fancy whirlpool and a sun chair. The only downside here is that the walls of the balcony are quite high, allowing for sea views only when standing.
Nevertheless, both room categories I got to “sample” at the Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage were just amazing. The only real downside was the mold in the first room, but that issue was handled very well.
Sadly, the breakfast offerings at the Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plege were not on-par with the rooms and everything else at the hotel. That’s particularly sad because of the beautiful terrace, where you can enjoy breakfast with the sea view.
The buffet is quite disappointing with just a few hot options, some cheese, cold cuts, baguette, pastries and a few other options.
Not only didn’t I enjoy the selection of items available, but I also found the quality to be not very convincing.
Furthermore, service was hardly existing. Tables weren’t cleared and everything looked totally messy. Coffee could be ordered from the bar, but the barista was neither very happy to help you nor any quick.
It’s quite sad, but breakfast is really one of the weak spots of this Curio property.
The dining options in general are quite widespread with up to three restaurants for lunch and dinner. However, when we visited only one restaurant, the main one, was open. If there’s just one option, I sort-of expect a somewhat balanced menu. Not here, there was just a very fancy of sorts menu with somewhat crazy options, which sounded more like a fancy restaurant than a casual all day dining option. That’s not too bad per se, but the food was obviously not good and – it’s a shame to even say that – was obviously reheated instead of being brought to the table freshly cooked.
Both dishes arrived after just five minutes with one being totally cold and the other one barely heated. Oh my… that definitely shouldn’t happen when you are charging prices like this.
Let’s get back to the positives. The Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage offers a very nice Spa, which offers treatments and comes with a range of different complimentary relaxation options. Addtionally, there’s a medium-sized indoor pool, which is surrounded by a couple of beach chairs, but lacks proper loungers.
Inside, you can also find a small whirlpool, a sauna with a window and a steam bath. The sauna is overlooking the somewhat bigger, but still not large, outdoor pool and the sea in the distance.
The outdoor area also comes with more proper loungers, which are nice for sunbathing. Here, you can also access the beach via the promenade. All in all, very nice relaxation offerings, but I suspect that it gets crowded when the hotel is fully booked.
There’s also a gym, but that’s located in a different wing of the hotel and the staff needs to open a door for you for access. The gym is equipped with modern machines, but focuses on cardio training.
There are no free weights, but rather just one strength machine. The lack of water was something else I found sort-of odd. Nevertheless, the gym is alright in theory despite the lack of views.
My review of the new Curio Hotel in the South of France might sound overly negative here and there. Obviously, things didn’t work out to well during my stay. The mold in the room, the disappointing breakfast, an even more disappointing dinner and some smaller issues. But that doesn’t make me think any less of the Grand Hotel des Sablettes Plage being a less amazing addition to the Hilton portfolio. If the small kinks are sorted out, I’m sure you’ll love the great location, the amazing views and the incredibly beautiful, while small, rooms. All in all, I’d return in a heartbeat, just because of the amazing value for the money.