60 seconds with Bérangère Bonardi from Hôtel La Pérouse

Tell us about yourself Bérangère!

“I’ve been the Director of Sales & Marketing at La Pérouse now for almost one year. Before coming to Nice, I was working in Toulon where I ran my own DMC, and I’m originally from St Tropez. So I know the South of France pretty well!”

How are you settling in to La Pérouse?

“Very well, especially thanks to my colleagues who made me feel welcome since day one. It feels like a big family! We have a great GM who, like a lot of the team, have been there for many years.”

What makes La Pérouse really unique?

“The location, and the feeling you get when you are at the hotel. It’s a feeling of being in a very special place. You’re right in the centre of Nice, but you’d never know it.”

What kind of groups are you looking for at La Pérouse?

“La Pérouse is not a large hotel, so we are looking for small groups, meetings and incentives. We’re a luxury hotel, but a very relaxed hotel.”

When can planners get the best deal at La Pérouse?

“Nice is very seasonal, and the best time to visit is the spring and the autumn when the weather is great and the city isn’t too crowded. We also offer some great rates during January and February.”

Tell us something we don’t know about la Pérouse?

“Well, we have a new chef, his name is David Chauvac and he is Michelin starred. He oversees the entire F&B operation, including breakfast and meetings and events.  I can also tell you that we get quite a few celebrities at the hotel, but what I can’t tell you I’m afraid is who!”

Tell us about some fun activities for incentive groups in Nice.

“For something very French, it’s possible to hire vintage Citroën 2CVs and take off for a rally in the countryside. It’s also possible to organise sailing regattas to Monte Carlo and St Jean Cap Ferrat, or over towards the Iles des Lérins by Cannes.”

Where else would you recommend in the South of France?

“We belong to the French group Maranatha Hotels, which is a collection of over sixty hotels throughout France, including in Paris and the Alps. Here in the South of France we have some gems, including city centre hotels such as ours and also very typical Provençal hotels such as le Mas des Herbes Blanches and le Moulin de Vernègues. ”