Hotel Review: Hôtel Cap-Estel

A look into staying at one of the French Riviera’s hottest hotels

Overall: ★★★★★

Location: ★★★★★

Amenities: ★★★★★

Guest rooms: ★★★★★


Hôtel Cap-Estel is a luxury five-star hotel in Èze, France (just outside of Monaco). The hotel was originally built as a mansion in 1899, but it has since been renovated and completely modernized. The boutique hotel is secluded and discrete, with a gate to the entire estate. So what makes this seaside hotel so dreamy? We rated Cap-Estel on a scale from one to five-stars based on location, amenities and guest rooms. Take a look:

Location: ★★★★★

15 minutes from Monaco, 30 minutes from Nice and 40 minutes from the Nice airport, Èze is a perfectly situated French Riviera gem that is both convenient and very relaxing. Nearby, you can go up to the hillside village, or go down to the beach and party at Anjuna – both within minutes from Cap-Estel. Hôtel Cap-Estel is on its very own peninsula – yes, you read that right. It’s a whole peninsula of luxury hotel. With all three sides surrounded by water, the views are insane. The whole estate is also encompassed by beautiful landscaping and greenery.

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Private beach at the Cap Estel // Image from Hôtel Cap-Estel
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A stunning location for the cliffside hotel // Image from Hôtel Cap-Estel

Can we just talk about the views again? Depending on which room you’re in, you’ll either have a view of Cap-d’Ail (with Plage de la Mala) or Beaulieu-sur-Mer and Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. If you’ve never visited the French Riviera, this is the perfect hotel to find the most stunning views of the Mediterranean. You will be amazed by the turquoise blue waters that contrast against the dramatic, hilly coastline. It’s also a popular diving spot, with loads of divers coming to look at the many species of fish in the local waters.

Amenities: ★★★★★

One of the best amenities at the Hôtel Cap-Estel is the spa. They have a full-sized workout room with the latest equipment perfect to keeping your beach bod while you’re on vacation. Now for more of the fun stuff: spa treatments. The Cap-Estel spa offers sensory treatments, which are designed to completely relax and revitalize your body with sound, smells and other technology mixed with traditional techniques to give you an amazing boost. In addition, there is hair and makeup on demand, custom coaching sessions, a sauna, indoor pool, relaxation room and tea area, outdoor pool with a jacuzzi and its own private beach. Get ready for some serious relaxation!

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Infinity pool with a breathtaking view // Image from Hôtel Cap-Estel
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Michelin-star restaurant // Image from Hôtel Cap-Estel

Once you’re feeling pampered, enjoy fun whether you’re with a special someone or the whole family. Every Friday evening in the summer they have live music around their scenic swimming pool. Sit back and relax with a view of the Mediterranean and a chilled glass of Provençal Rosé in hand while you dip your feet in the pool and enjoy the summer sounds of live music. This is a great opportunity to spend some quality time with family and friends, or branch out and meet some fellow fans of the Mediterranean. Other amenities include complimentary breakfast, as well as a Michelin-star restaurant called La Table de Patrick Raingeard.

Guest rooms: ★★★★★

As much as you will want to explore the rest of the estate of the hotel, the breathtaking rooms at Cap-Estel make it very easy to stay in bed all day. Or forever. There are multiple buildings and a variety of room options for the hotel. The main building is the original mansion (although very much so renovated), called Le Cap, has luxury double rooms and individual suites ranging from 50 to 500 square meters. La Mer is on the east-side of the peninsula, with three bedrooms furnished in the style of an ocean-liner’s cabin. La corniche, currently under renovation, will be an Italian style building on the hillside of the estate with six suites with panoramic views of the sea.

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Living area in the presidential suite // Image from Hôtel Cap-Estel
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Double room with a balcony by the sea // Image from Hôtel Cap-Estel

All the rooms are fully stocked with an espresso machine, Wi-Fi, air conditioning, a mini bar, and either a view of the sea, balcony or terrace. The most notable include the presidential suites. With over 500 square meters, the suite includes four bedrooms that each have their own private bathrooms. The main living room in the suite also includes a kitchen, another guest bathroom, a dining room, an office space and the stunning 45 square meter terrace. The hotel is decorated elegantly, with modern mediterranean style apparent in every room. Trust me – you will never, ever, ever want to leave this paradise.

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