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€2 million refurbishment for Château Eza

Voted one of the world’s most romantic hotels, Château Eza has undergone a €2 million refurbishment.  With uninterrupted panoramic views over the Côte d’Azur, Château Eza has reopened its doors after five months refurbishment. Only the 400 year old walls have remained untouched at this world famous boutique hotel and Michelin stared restaurant. Set on the side of the ancient rock walls of Eze, a thousand-year-old medieval village more than 400 metres above the Mediterranean Sea, the refurbishment came with its logistical challenges due to the only access to the hotel being via the 500 metre staircase from the village. Helicopters were deployed to remove rubble, bring in construction materials and deliver the private outdoor Jacuzzis to the terraces of the suites. Once home to Prince William of Sweden, architects Alain Bennati and Alain Cecchetti of Cabinet Art-Tec had to incorporate authenticity and conservation aspects into the brief. Only the most exceptional European materials were used including; warm terracotta and Italian Emperado for the bedrooms and Travertine and Carrera marble for the bathrooms. Golden Fleur-de-Lis adorns the in-suite fabrics combined with the finest Egyptian cotton linens for the bedding. With a focus on creating the ambience of romance, featured rooms have been masterfully accented with tones such as ‘lavish noble whites’ and ‘French royal inspired blues’. Six out of the 11 rooms have real working chimneys and the rustic Sarrazin bedroom rock walls give an air of authenticity. LED lighting has been used throughout the hotel, in-floor heating, geothermal windows, LED flat screen TVs and only the finest reclamation practices have been used to retain exposed ancient wood beams and rare parquet hardwood flooring. All of the 11 exquisitely refurbished suites have luxurious en-suite bathrooms with some of the toilets costing €9,000 each. In the ‘Royal Suite’ the Côte d’Azur’s finest views of St. Jean Cap Ferrat can be savoured whilst douching in the luxurious Trevertine Champagne marble shower. With a nod to the Roman presence throughout the village the ‘Romantique Suite’ bathroom has two hand-carved stone fireplaces next to the showcase Jacuzzi. Both the ‘Chateau’ and ‘Panoramic’ suites feature large private outdoor terraces with Jacuzzis and the indoor shower/steam rooms are set to be a luxurious trademark of the hotel’s signature suites. The Michelin star restaurant now offers private balcony dining as well as the 50 covers. Recessed French styled ceilings give an illumination of air to the restaurant and full length mirrors reflect the breathtaking panoramic views in this elegant and well designed dining room. Chef Axel Wagner continues to focus and pay special attention to the exceptional menu creation, sourcing only the finest local, international and organic ingredients. Château Eza was recently voted no.11 in Europe’s Best Hotels by Travel & Leisure Magazine readers. It has consecutively been placed in the World’s Top 100 Hotels (#43 Worldwide in 2010) and was by Conde Nast Johansens as the 2011 “Most Excellent Room with a View”.

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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