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Reviewed October 6, 2013

We had a wonderful time at Astoria Villa in Cassis. The villa is beautifully decorated with a stunning view of Cap Canaille over the Cassis harbor. Breakfast was delicious, with traditional baguette and jam, plus another pastry, fresh fruit, juice and coffee. The Nespresso machine was a fun plus, with coffee available all day. Lilou the dog was also excellent breakfast entertainment. We stayed in the Panorama room, and it was always so beautiful to look out at the Cap. The owner, Caroline, was incredibly helpful, even coming to get us in town when there was confusion about how to get a taxi when we didn't have a cell phone. The setting is very intimate, and we never really heard anyone else in the building, very peaceful. The villa is about a 10 minute, hilly walk to town and about the same distance to Port Miou and the start of the Calanques hike. Probably the only drawback was that we had to ask for more toilet paper and towels, but Caroline was very quick to provide everything. My 6'5" husband wasn't crazy about not being able to stand for a shower, but given the rest of our stay, that was minor.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank heathertravels2013
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

PROS: Astoria Villa is a very pretty house. My wife and I stayed in the upstairs room with a view of the sea, which was lovely. It is right near the hiking trails in Les Calanques and walking distance to town. The hostess and kitchen staff were very nice (when they were around).

CONS:
There never seemed to be anyone around if you needed help.

There was a small refrigerator that we were told we could put drinks in, but there was no milk in it if you wanted some for your coffee. The actual kitchen door was closed and was not available to clients. We bought some beers and put them in the mini fridge, but the next day, other guests had drank them, not knowing that they had not been provided by the hostess.

The breakfast was lame: bread, croissant, little bits of fruit, juice and HORRIBLE coffee (same every day for 7 days).

I would suggest making your own instant espresso (pods) with the little machine that is available for guests. BUT - there was a large display of boxes of different espresso pods (50-60 boxes) above the machine, but when we went to get more, we found that all the boxes were empty... We also had to steal milk from the kitchen a couple of times because no one to around to ask.

Again, there was never anyone around, so when we ran out of toilet paper, we had to use tissues until the next morning (the tissues had not been provided either).

They only provided one mini soap, and when we ran out, it was not replaced. No shampoo was ever provided.

One day, the hostess's child (who is about 6) had a friend over and she let them run around the house and yard screaming and playing while we and another couple were trying to relax by the pool.

There was no phone in any of the rooms or in the house. The hostess was happy to make local calls for us, but again, was rarely around.

We love dogs, but if you're allergic, you should know that there is a big dog there who likes to beg while you're eating breakfast.

If you're looking forward to swimming in the pool (since the sea is so freezing), you should know that the pool is also quite cold, even when it's very hot out.

Room Tip: We had the room with a "view of the sea", which it did. But from other reviews, it looks like some other rooms might not have windows... On the website, however, our room showed a stand-up shower, which it did not. Just a tub with a shower hose.
  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank MichaelNorris
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Reviewed October 2, 2012

My husband and I stayed for 3 nights here and found the Villa to be refreshingly individual and charachterful. The hostess was warm and friendly, the location excellent and the view breathtaking. Would definitely recommend but do be aware that they don't take credit/debit cards.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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2  Thank ratster67
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Reviewed August 13, 2012

My girlfriend and I were very pleasantly surprised by the Villa Astoria. Caroline (the host) was extremely welcoming and helpful, booking our first meal at a beautiful harbour-side restaurant for us. The room we stayed in was very clean and tidy, as was the entire Villa.

I was concerned based on some of the older reviews on here but the Villa is now under the new owner and we were very happy with our stay there. The only piece of constructive criticism would be that the rooms do not have air con or a fan and it was very hot at night.

We treated this as a relaxing four days away and in that respect it ticked the box. The local beach was a two min walk down the hill with the port a further 5 mins away. The hill up to the Villa does get a little steep but we saw this as a little work out after all the wine and food we had consumed during dinner.

I would have no hesitation on booking again if we were to return to Cassis.

Room Tip: Amazing sea views from the top room in the villa
  • Stayed: August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed May 7, 2012

My partner and I were very pleased with our experience in staying at Astoria Villa. The hostess, Caroline (who incidentally is a new owner of the villa since about 1 year) was not only charming but very helpful in giving us suggestions for places to eat and visit. The villa has a gorgeous view and a beautiful garden\pool area. Breakfast, served on the terrace, was very enjoyable.

  • Stayed: May 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Marc G
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