Reviewing La Bomboniere & Spa -South of France

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Since my husband Chris bought his BMW convertible he always wanted to drive to Monaco to do the Grand Prix driving rout. As Monaco is super expensive to stay in the summer we decided to book ourselves in to La Bomboniere & Spa located in the nearby village of Roquerbrune-Cap-Martin. As always I used my favourite site Booking.com to find and book the accommodation. .

Location

The B&B was located in beautiful medieval village surrounded by breath-taking views of Monaco and nearby area. The hotel itself was located at the top of the heel and was pretty difficult to find. In my confirmation email there wasn’t any useful instruction on how to get there. We stopped to ask few locals for directions but even they were struggling to help us. Eventually after an hour of searching we managed to get there. The B&B was located in one of the small, narrow street of the village. There is not direct access by car so or you have to leave your car in one of the free public car parks and walk up the hundreds of stairs with your suitcases or you can pre-book yourself private garage space with your room. It costs €10 per day and is a bit closer to the hotel but you will still need to be prepared to drug your suitcase on the cobbles for about 5-10 mins.

South of France medieval village

La Bombonier & Spa

The Accommodation

We booked the La Bomboniere & Spa for 4 nights. It was a 3 star B&B style accommodation. We rent out 2 out of 3 available rooms as we were traveling with my parents in law. Our host Natalie showed us around the property and asked if we would like to book our continental breakfast for the next morning. Natalie was very friendly and helpful. She answered any questions we had. She recommended us lots of places we should visit, local restaurants and how we could explore the local area.

The COCO apartment

The first room was a family suit located on the first floor named after Coco Chanel. It was spread over 2 floors. Downstairs there was large modern kitchen, seating area with a huge plasma TV and dining room seating 4 people.

La Bombonire & Spa kitchen

La Bomboniere & Spa dining room

Upstairs there was a huge family bathroom with bath and separate shower, double bedroom, dressing area with washing machine that you could use free of charge and a wide hallway with a pull out bed.

La Bomboniere & Spa bedroom

The apartment was very clean and well looked after. It had lots of information about the local area and activities. There was also a Nespresso machine to use free of charge, but there was only one cup in the entire apartment.

The Brel apartment

The second apartment was located on the second floor and again, it was all it over 2 floors. Downstairs, there was a modern bathroom. It had large walking in wet room and mirror with docking station for your phone so you can listen to music.

La Bomboniere & Spa bathroom

Outside of the bathroom there was a double wardrobe and stairs to the bedroom and outside terrace with a hot tub. The room was ok. Pretty basic for the money we have paid.

La Bomboniere & Spa bedroom

There was kettle to make yourself coffee or tea, small fridge that suppose to be fully stocked with wine and juices, yet it only had water. I was disappointed that there wasn’t coffee machine like there was in the other apartment.

The other thing that we discovered on the first evening was the fact that there was no key for back door terrace which means we had to leave it unlocked. I really didn’t like the fact I had to leave my valuables unsecured in our room especially that there was no safe ether. Natalie was ensuring me that no one will break in but some how that didn’t put me at ease.

I guess the only good thing about this room was the terrace with an amazing wives and the Jacuzzi bath.

La Bomboniere & Spa jacuzzi

La Bomboniere & Spa tarrace

La Bomboniere & Spa view

The good and the bad points about La Bomboniere & Spa

Good

The family apartment was nice and spacious

Both rooms were supper clean

Having an Nespresso coffee machine in one of the apartments

Beautiful location with many fantastic restaurants near by

Jacuzzi bath on the terrace

The B&B had lots of character and cute small touches around such as old suitcases full of French novels, or Chanel Perfume bottles in COCO room

The not so good points

The Jacuzzi bath was taken forever to fill, probably about 2 hours and you had to fill it up each day as the water will go dirty very quickly.

I don’t think our host was entirely honest when it came to prices and charges. Outside of the hotel there was a price list with the room rates and extras. When it came to an end of our stay she charged us €40 for our continental breakfast we had one morning. On the price list it only said ” breakfast €10″. We assumed it was per room but as we find out later it was per person. In my opinion 4 croissants, 2 baguettes and yours are not worth €40.

La Bomboniere & Spa breakfast

La Bomboniere & Spa

The other thing she tried to charge us was using the Jacuzzi bath. Apparently it cost €35 per fill. Even so, in the room information pack was clearly stated that this was included in the package. After I challenged here on this and refused to pay extra €70 ( we used it twice) she said yes it’s inc in the package but we didn’t have a package. When I asked her about what package she had in mind as she never mentioned this before, she said you had to buy one of her. In the entire brochure, price list or even booking site we used there was no mention of any package so I blandly refused to pay.

This situation really put me off this place as I don’t like sneaky people that just trying to get extra cash from you.

Overall

Overall the La Bomboniere & Spa was nice and clean but I don’t think it was worth the money we paid for it. The whole situation with different price list and charged also put me off from staying there again. Not entirely sure why this hotel was awarded 9.4 out of 10 on booking.com as I don’t think it was special. I stayed in many more cooler places that had a lower score, but that’s my personal opinion.

If you have any more questions regarding La Bomboniere & Spa and my experience there, comment below and I will answers them all.

51 thoughts on “Reviewing La Bomboniere & Spa -South of France

  1. This apartment and views are breathtaking. That’s awful that she tried to up-charge you for things, and good for you standing your ground! Did Chris get to do the Grand Prix driving route?

  2. That’s a shame that your stay wasn’t as pleasant as it could of been. I would have argued the upcharges as well, that is ridiculous. The views are spectacular and the rooms seemed nice enough. I just hope that you had an amazing trip regardless!

  3. I saw this place and thought, “Wow. That is the perfect combo of old school and modern.” Then I saw that the owner basically tried to cheat you, and I was immediately turned off. That is such a bummer.

  4. This looks so luxurios! That tub though! Looks like an awesome getaway and worth a return visit for sure!

  5. Omg, the apartment is sooooo breath taking! I have been to France but as a child–I can’t wait to go back and experience it as an adult.

  6. What an incredible place to visit. I was surprised at how beautiful and modern the suites were from the inside, not to mention how large the 2 floor apartment is. Then the exteriors of the buildings look so historical, it is like the best of both worlds.

  7. The pictures are beautiful and looked like it was a really good place. That’s crazy to charge for the Jacuzzi you would have thought it was included.

  8. It looks like such a beautiful place. It’s unfortunate that your stay was marred by her bad behaviour. Likes can be bought and many companies do this to increase their rankings. I generally go for places with 6 or 7 rating with a 100 people rating rather than the ones in 8 or higher with 15 people or so rating.

  9. Wow a spa stay in the South of France… AWESOME!!!!! The photos are lovely and If I would have closed my eyes while reading, I would have been able to imagine I was there too. Glad to hear that your list of the “good” was longer than the “not so good.” The 2 hours Jacuzzi fill seems kinda strange. Too bad there was no timer that you could hit to have it begin to fill in advance!

    Thanks for sharing what seems to have been an amazing time away!

  10. I am sorry your stay wasn’t everything you wanted. The Jacuzzi tub looked amazing — too bad it didn’t live up to the hype.Thank you for sharing — it’s unfortunate when your trips is not quite what you expected!

  11. What a great experience! The views looked amazing. It’s too bad that the charging situation overshadowed the overall good experience you had. It’s never good when someone tries to overcharge you.

  12. The views surrounding this place are stunning. So serene, so cozy. i do love me a spa experience and I must say your honest review is refreshing, it’s always good when people actually speak the truth about their experience. Sorry to hear this didn’t quite do it for you. Thanks for sharing x

  13. Driving to this beautiful location in your BMW convertible would have been fun. The place looks really amazing.. but ouch.. paying that extra at the check-out time without knowing always hurts.

  14. The place looks beautiful with the breathtaking views and the building itself. It is a shame that she wasn’t honest about the up charges and how much things cost. Maybe others have noticed this problem too?

  15. Beautiful place, but I appreciate your candor in expressing your opinions. Upcharges can be very sneaky, and travelers can sometimes get taken advantage.

  16. I have always wanted to go a spa, let alone a spa in France. It looks so luxurious, especially the bathtub. Thanks for sharing.

  17. It looks like a lovely place but it’s a shame that it didn’t live up to your expectations. Glad there was a lot of good points to the holiday too though

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