Hotel Helios Hotel 4 star
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3 Avenue du Docteur Dautheville, Antibes Juan-les-Pins Antibes, France -
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Everything 70's is cool again so if you believe that, then Helios is the ultimate retro pad in the heart of Antibes Juan-les-Pins. This four-star hotel was built in 1973 and it shows, however renovations have taken place as recently as early 2011. The lack of leisure facilities is somewhat a letdown but the hotel does boast two private beaches only minutes away.

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    Location 7.28 /10

    Barely a five minute walk from the beach at Juan-les-Pins, Helios is also within easy walking distance from the bars, restaurants and boutiques of the area. The bus and train stations are also nearby, meanwhile, allow 25 minutes for travel to and from Nice Côte d'Azur Airport.

    Accommodation 7.45 /10

    Of the 65 rooms at Helios, 14 of those belong to the standard otherwise known as classic category. Moving upwards, they are followed by superior rooms, deluxe rooms and suites; of the latter there are three with stunning panoramas from their lofty, top floor location. A few rooms do not possess a balcony, while only deluxe rooms (on the 4th, 5th and 6th floors of the building) and suites boast sea views.

    The rooms are well-lit and comfortable but differ in size depending on their category. Classic rooms are decorated in neutral shades and not particularly spacious (the bathrooms' décor recall the 1970's but what's old is new again), while the superiors are also simply furnished and somewhat on the small side. We preferred the deluxe rooms with their more modern furnishings and bathrooms with lovely deep tubs. The parquet floors give the rooms a natural, contemporary look (as opposed to the carpet seen in other room categories), while the raspberry-hued furnishings inject some much-needed colour. Meanwhile, the suites are airy and spacious and feature large, furnished balconies perfect for admiring the view over Juan-les-Pins bay.

    Overview 8.20 /10

    There are 65 rooms at Helios spread across seven floors, with the restaurant and bar found on the ground floor. The theme throughout the rooms and common areas is one which evokes the 70's, from the graphic print carpets on the curved staircase, to the tile work in some of the bathrooms. The impressive ceramic artwork seen in the lobby and restaurant are by the late French artist Roger Capron. There are no leisure facilities on-site (pool, games room, etc.) but Helios claims two private beaches within five minutes of the hotel.

    Food and drink 8.45 /10

    Helios boasts a number of bars and restaurants both on and off site. The restaurant on the ground floor of the hotel also acts as the breakfast room, where a hot and cold continental buffet is served between 7:00am and 10:30am. This large space features intimate alcoves decorated with ceramic art by celebrated local artist, the late Roger Capron. Only a few steps away Le Bar Bleu (the Blue Bar) exudes a Moroccan feel with furnishings in graphic shapes and upholstered in yards of velvet. The 70's style seen elsewhere is no more evident than here but a snazzy refurbishment should bring it back to life.

    Helios also has two restaurants on the beachfront, open for lunch and dinner from April until September; Helios Plage serves Italian and Mediterranean cuisine (famous for its light lunches of grilled fish and salads, or its lobster risotto reserved for the evening), and Le Colombier which offers "world cuisine" - we hear they're quite proud of their lobster pizza and Jack Daniels burger...

    Beach 7.20 /10

    Helios has two private beaches in Antibes Juan-les-Pins, no more than five minutes walk from the hotel. In high season, the entire beachfront is extremely crowded so don't go expecting a secluded spot in the sand. Both Helios Plage and Le Colombier charge approximately 14 euros (£12.30) for the use of a sun lounger and mattress for the day, which is slightly cheaper than many other private beaches in the area. Food and drink are available from the on-site bars and restaurants.

    To know

    Free WIFI connection is available throughout the hotel.
    The hotel is open between March and October.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Safe
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Handy, central location in Juan-les-Pins
    • Two private beaches with food and drink facilities

    disadvantages

    • The décor is quite 70's; successful in some places, not so successful in others
    • No leisure facilities on-site

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