Hotel Pastis

Saint Tropez, Cote d'Azur, France Book from

Reviewed by Tom Bell
A super-smart, very private bolthole in St. Tropez with exquisite rooms, exceptional art and a shimmering courtyard pool
This gorgeous small hotel is just the spot for those who seek the life of Riley down in St Tropez. It's almost a gallery with rooms, given the exceptional art on the walls - Matisse, David Hockney, John Hoyland to name a few. But most of all it's a magical place to do nothing at all: to laze about on sofas in the shade and scoff a late breakfast; to chill out by the sun-drenched pool and top up your tan; to hide away in your magnificent room and watch movies on a flatscreen TV; or to snooze on your terrace.

Airy interiors are sublime - contemporary French chic with no expense spared. Everything is designed to look beautiful, be it a cabinet of Pastis jugs in the entrance hall or a plate of seasonal fruits on the breakfast table. There are poolside sun loungers at the foot of palm trees, and you can slide into the bar for strong coffee, a cold beer, fresh orange pressée or champagne aperos. Elsewhere: stone floors, white walls, cool tunes and Andy Warhol lurking on the walls. This hotel is hard to leave, but don't miss the still captivating markets, beaches, yachts and humming streets of St Tropez.


  • Serious style, magnificent art, fabulous interiors
  • Bedrooms, all with balconies or terraces, aren't cheap, but nor is anything you'll find in them
  • Staff and owners go the whole way - this is a much-loved hotel
  • When the summer crowds are hot under the collar, you can escape to the peaceful pool
  • Free off-street parking in St Tropez is a real boon


  • The area gets extremely crowded in July and August, with traffic jams that stretch for miles
  • You're not in the centre of town, rather an 8-minute stroll from it (but this keeps you away from the crowds)
  • The hotel stands on the road that leads into town and a couple of rooms at the front may get some noise in summer
  • Breakfast costs extra (see Rates)

Best time to go

St Tropez heaves in summer, so you may want to avoid July and August. Having said that, if you left your car in the car park and hired a scooter, you’d be the fastest thing on two wheels in town and you could nip down to the beach in five minutes, then park without problem. The same cannot be said of cars, and it is worth knowing that in high season it can sometimes take 3 hours to drive from St Maxime to St Tropez, a distance of 14km.

Festivals - for which you'll need to book very early - include La Bravade in May, when people process through the streets carrying a bust of the patron saint (St Torpes), accompanied by singing, dancing and gun salvos; the Rolex Cup in mid June (one of the town's biggest sailing regattas); the International Polo Cup in June-July; the Ramatuelle jazz festival in mid August; and the Voiles de St Tropez, an even bigger gathering of yachts both classic and modern, in early October.

Our top tips

This is one of the coolest hotels in St Tropez, but it’s also one of the most private. It’s a perfect spot for honeymooners, hedonists and art lovers. If you want to be left alone to do your own thing, you’ll love it here.

Great for...

  • = Recommended
  • = Best in region
  • = World favourite
  • Boutique Hotel
  • 10
  • Breakfast only
  • All ages welcome
  • Closed: 2 Nov 2016 - 17 Feb 2017
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • WiFi
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Beach Nearby
  • Off-street Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room: Room 1


First and foremost, you can expect some serious luxury here, whatever the price you pay, whichever room you take. Each of the rooms is different, and they are priced according to their size and position within the hotel. But rest assured all are doubles with outside space - either a balcony or terrace.

Don’t expect to find a single corner cut; on the contrary, expect the best of everything: beautiful fabrics, crisp white linen, exceptional art, the ubiquitous fancy TV. The feel throughout is airy and uncluttered. You’ll find a mix of the following: limed oak floors, super-comfy leather armchairs, contemporary kingsize beds; there are washed armoires, voile curtains and shuttered windows, the odd sofa, perhaps rugs on the floor.

All rooms have air-conditioning and views of the pool, there are DVD players and a selection of movies, and minibars come with nibbles and chocolate. Rooms on the ground floor open onto the terrace, with private space for each room. In the summer, beds are turned down when you’re out on the town. As for bathrooms, they’re equally lavish. Room 7 has a copper bathtub, while others are claw-footed or have a marble surround; all have overhead showers (except the copper bathtub), and everyone gets double sinks and bathrobes.

Features include:

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Cd player
  • Central heating
  • Coffee tea making
  • Cots Available
  • Dvd player
  • Extra beds
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Internet access
  • Internet access
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Phone
  • Safe box
  • Tv
  • WiFi


Continental and a la carte breakfasts are served informally until midday. You can eat in the bar or out on the terrace, or the Pastis 'signature' breakfast can be brought to your room if you prefer. Presentation is beautiful (a mandatory requirement for all things at Hotel Pastis). Breakfast is likely to include a basket of croissants and breads, strawberry and apricot conserves, jugs of hot chocolate, tea or coffee any way you like it (cafetiere, cappuccino, expresso, latte). Cooked dishes and cold meats cost extra, but you can tuck into fantastic hams and cheeses, fruit plates or omelettes, even bacon and eggs if that’s what you want.

Light lunches are also available for those who want to lie low by the pool. Expect jambon cru with melon, smoked salmon, tomato and mozzarela salad, plates of cheese or a club sandwich.

A whole raft of restaurants offer lunch on the beach (2km south of town). These are very much part of the St Tropez myth, and worth the considerable price for the people-watching opportunities alone.

The hotel doesn’t serve dinner, but there’s lots of choice in town; anything from simple street pizzerias to Michelin-starred restaurants. The team have excellent recommendations and are happy to help.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee tea making
  • Light lunch snacks
  • Minibar/fridge
  • Restaurants nearby


  • Explore the town, with its mazy backstreets. There's a labyrinth of posh shopping (every international designer name you’ve ever heard of is here), local family businesses and cafés
  • And there's no shortage of bars, cafés and nightclubs, so come to have fun and - if you can afford the 'champagne service' - to mingle with filmstars, models, F1 drivers
  • The old port is strictly for the beautiful people who want to be seen, so wander the quay and enjoy the matchless superficiality
  • The historic Citadel offers magnificent views over the water and comes complete with decorative canons. It is flood-lit at night and hosts frequent firework displays
  • There’s also an 18th-century church with bell tower; and don’t miss La Place des Lices, where you can watch the old boys play boules
  • St Tropez’s long association with art has left a legacy, best seen at the Musée de L’Annonciade. You’ll find the work of Signac, Matisse, Bonnard, Seurat and many others - unmissable
  • The main beach action is at Pampelonne - Ramatuelle, a couple of miles south (you may want to hire scooters and leave your car at the hotel). It runs for 5km from Cap du Pinet to Cap Camarat, where you’ll find a lighthouse and some fine rock formations jutting out to sea, well worth visiting. The beach, which can get crowded in high season, moves from public areas to private areas; there are sun loungers to hire at the latter, sailing and jet-skiing on offer, and those legendary restaurants for a spot of lunch
  • The coastal villages to the south are well worth exploring, as is Gigaro beach, 7km south
  • There are ferries to the 3 unspoilt Hyeres islands - Porquerolles has some stunning beaches around La Courtade

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Nightlife
  • Sailing
  • Shopping / markets
  • Swimming
  • Traditional cultures


Children are welcome - but to be honest, the atmosphere is more geared towards couples.

Family friendly accommodation:

Room 7 has the most flexible accommodation with space for 2 children (or 1 child and 1 baby). Rooms 1, 3 and 10 can take 1 child and/or 1 baby, and Room 6 has space for 1 baby cot.


Babysitting is available by arrangement.

Baby equipment:

Baby cots are available on request.

Remember  baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking

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