We stayed here on our very first trip to France so it brings back happy memories. There is nothing like the first trip when you learn you can survive in a foreign country.
We were camping around France and decided to stay in Pensione Ste. Therese as it was then called. After a couple weeks in campgrounds, a nice soft bed, clean sheets and our own bathroom seemed wonderful.
They still do! We attended Mass at the Pensione and ate dinner there. As it turned out one of the priests was having his birthday so in addition to an absolutely wonderful meal, we got birthday cake!
UPDATE: The Pension Ste. Therese became the Hotel Ste. Therese and is now the Mandarina Hotel. We had our marvelous experience at the old Pension run by nuns. It is now a professional hotel and all I can recommend is the view which is spectacular. If someone visits the Mandarina Hotel, I would love to hear their experience. I did notice that it is now part of the Logis de France hotel chain and we generally love those so I would probably recommend it on that alone. Certainly check it on Logis de France.com.
Unique Quality: The friendly family-like atmosphere is the outstanding characteristic of Ste. Therese. Here is my journal dinner entry from that first trip.
We had a totally Provençal dinner at the pension — course after delicious course — chicken soup with pureed vegetables, a tomato baked with an egg in the center, a potato salad with artichokes vinaigrette, a cheese board, homemade applesauce and coffee. It appeared to be the priest’s birthday, so the sisters brought out a large chocolate cake and lit a sparkler on it. We all sang Happy Birthday in French and again in English. Our young waitress spoke English quite well and has been a help to us. The pension is high on a hill with a large veranda overlooking Grasse and in the distance are Cannes and the Mediterranean. Our room has the same view, only another story higher.
Note the default on VT is price per person and French hotels charge per room so this hotel is in the 80 to 100 euro range per room. The suite is much more, of course.
Directions: Off the Route Napoleon in Grasse. Get a map at the tourist information bureau or ask directions.
RN 85 Route Napoleon, Le Logis du Pin, La Martre, Dar, Provence, 83840, France
78 rte. de Nice, Grasse
10 Traverse du Pont, Grasse
Avenue Pierre Semard, Grasse