21 July 2010

Sign of the Times


Closed since 2006 this beautiful old hotel has an uncertain future. Renovation, demolition? One day we'll find out.

10 comments:

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Hopefully it will be renovation, not demolition.

It is truly a sign of a worldwide recession if hotels on the French Riviera have remained closed for years.

Jilly said...

Dave, sometimes these hotel palaces are bought by rich foreigners and then,for whatever reason, are simply closed down. I am not saying that is the case here, I don't know but I do recall some new owner/political problem as to why this hotel closed and it wasn't the recession.

boyfrombeach said...

As uninvolved observer it is often hard to understand why nice buildings or sites become wastelands (Promenade du Soleil in Menton between 1990 and 1995) to then get replaced by not really eye-catching housing for tax evasion and other sources of money we not even dare to think about.

BTW, whatever happened to Le Provencal in Antibes/Juan les Pins? From what I see on the web it looks like a project stopped dead.

puddinglane said...

I find it rather sad that this establishment may end up being demolished - let's hope not! it's obviously in a beautiful location.
Dianne xx

domino said...

If you think long enough about a project, the building will not be used and so not be taken care of. So in the end when everybody decides to go on with the project, the building has to be destroyed anyway because it has been neglected. It is a bookkeepers thing, new buildings are more worth then old buildings. If I was one of the owners, I would do the same thing as what they did with the Riviera Palace in Beausoleil and not wait for any decision to make.

Ola said...

Such places should be renovated

Jilly said...

boyfromthebeach - no idea about Le Provencal in Antibes. A web search perhaps? Further along the coast than my territory really.

B SQUARED said...

Sounds like politics is involved, somewhere.

ann said...

I went to Hotel Metropole's website, and unfortunately the English translation wasn't the best and neither is my French. What I could gather is that the whole endeavor started in 2004, so, as Jilly said, the recession doesn't seem to be the issue. According to the site though, I think renovations should be happening now and aren't. So maybe that's a result of the recession, but it does sort of sound like some politics are involved. Like B Squared, I tend to think politics are often at the root.

It IS sad to see these old "institutions" neglected and/or demolished. I hope something good comes of it.

Bob Crowe said...

Even in this city, with all its money. We'll send over Lady Gaga and her entourage to revive it.

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