On arrival at the Floréal, you cross a magnificent garden separating the hotel from the road. Stone pines, statues, little stone benches, bushes, and palm trees give this little park a real 19th century look, which can also be seen on the building's very beautiful façade. Its pale pink colour, green shutters, yellow frames, and the forged iron balconies running along its entire length make it look like the kind of large, plush residence that is not uncommon in Provence.
Entering the lobby, with its white marble floor, this initial impression might be reinforced, but soon dissipates when you start to take a closer look around. It is a vast hall containing the reception, and just behind this you can see the bar. There is a waiting lounge with very worn red armchairs and an awful blue carpet covering the marble floor to mark out the confines of this space on one side. On the other side, under the veranda, the floor is tiled. The upright piano, minus any kind of stool, seems to have been forgotten about between the staircase and the lift. The space has a chilly and slightly depressing feel to it, which is not helped by the pale lighting.
The small bar area is furnished with a few tables and imitation club armchairs, and has a slightly more welcoming ambience, thanks to its chocolate brown wall and the newspaper rack.
The entertainment hall, which can seat up to 80 guests, looks a bit like a little countryside village hall, with its stage, blue velvet curtains, spotlights, and PA system. It might do the job when it comes to keeping guests entertained here in the evening, but its faded, rickety appearance is definitely not what is going to make it the neighbourhood's next big nightspot.
Just to the left of reception is the activities area. This room is furnished with a few tables where guests can play board games, read a book from the bookcase, check out the schedule of outings and activities, and use the computer that is provided (with free Wi-Fi Internet access). It is a bright and quite a pleasant space, compared to the lobby.
The carpet in the corridors leading to the rooms is red, rather than blue. Long, white, and dull, the corridors are totally lacking in life (the old framed colour portraits of stars that hang along the walls don't help much). The contrast in style with the façade could not be much more extreme.