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HOTEL LA PONCHE
ST-TROPEZ

HOTEL LA PONCHE, ST-TROPEZ
HOTEL LA PONCHE, ST-TROPEZ
HOTEL LA PONCHE, ST-TROPEZ
HOTEL LA PONCHE, ST-TROPEZ

To understand what first drew the bohemian élite to this fishing village during the early part of the 20th century, base yourself at the Ponche. The hotel is situated just above the tiny beach of the old fishing port on one of the maze of narrow, cobbled streets that give this somewhat hilly quarter such character. Sandwiched between the yacht harbour and the citadelle, this is St-Tropez at its most picturesque. No wonder that it won the hearts of the Impressionists. In what were once fishermen’s cottages, you’ll find bistros and galleries now jostling each other for your custom.

The Ponche has prime position within this charming ‘village’. It doesn’t look much from the outside but that’s part of its charm. Once inside, delightful staff will show you the accommodations which are bright and very discreetly stylish (no bling here); those rooms without full or partial sea view overlook the inner courtyard or the largely-predestrianised, cul-de-sac street. A few are blessed with a balcony; Romy Schneider’s favourite was the suite with a gorgeously romantic view from its terrace.

Snarl ups engulf the town all summer so, when you eventually find the hotel, stash your car away in the Ponche’s private garage (valet parking recommended); alternatively, find a parking space somewhere, anywhere. Either way it will cost you the earth but St-Trop is not for the budget-conscious.