The hotel was a good choice, the rooms were quite big, it was very clean, the location is ideal (between station and city center), breakfast was as it should be. Downside was that the airco didn't work as it should, so when it was hot outside, it could be an oven inside and that the hotel is often frequented by groups. But hey, when you're out and about all day (and evening), that's no bother.
View from our window
front garden of the hotel
The next day, we went exploring Menton. It's located near the Italian border and it's simply quite beautiful. You find a lot of art by Cocteau in the street (including the wonderful Salle des Marriages at the city hall), a beautiful graveyard overlooking the bay, a lovely market place, lots of restaurants and bistros, etc.
Hotel de ville
The graveyard of Menton - This is the grave of the Russian prince who killed Rasputin
grave of the inventor of baseball
Art by Cocteau
We had lunch at Le Gambas Rouge (Rue de la Marne), a Sicilian restaurant where they serve very good food (fish mostly) and one of the best pasta alle Vongole I've ever eaten. It's not a fancy restaurant, but the service is good and the owners are immediately very familiar with you. Good quality at a good price. During our trip, we went there 4 times.
In the evening we went to Le Nautica, again Italians (almost all catering is provided by Italians at the Côte d'Azur it seems) where we had Mussels. Again, good service at a good price. I can recommend the Minuty Rosé wine. very very yummy. :-)
Once the sun sets, it tends to get quite chilly, something we weren't prepared for on our first day there especially because it was very hot during the day! :-)