Vence List of Hotels from 1924
This is a wonderful little find, a four page brochure from 1924 listing all the hotels and “Pensions de Famille” for the 1924-1925 tourist season. It measures about 24cm by 11cm when folded. It’s an excellent glance back at a time in history when Vence was a true tourist destination for many. The copy I found is in excellent shape, a bit of wear and one small tear, but overall very nice.
[click on any image to see sample pages – more info after the samples]
The front of the brochure acts as a small billboard with information about the town and the contents. Vence is described as a “Station Touristique” (a tourist resort). For more information you are invited to send a letter to the Président of the Tourist Office, with the reminder to enclose a .25 franc stamp for your reply. You can also ask for a brochure about Vence for 2.50 francs.
Inside you’ll find a listing of five hotels, none of which are still in operation today. The Domaine de la Conque is now the EHPAD Onac La Conque, a retirement home for war veterans, located on the west side of town next to the Parc de la Conque. The Hôtel du Lion-d’Or is now the L’Auberge des Seigneurs located next to the Vence Museum in the old town.
There are twenty-one “pensions” listed, what we might think of today as bed and breakfast accomodations or guest-houses. Some basic information follows each listing and in some cases a phone number, which is just one or two digits!
I found this at “Chine & Bouquine,” a wonderful little bookshop here in Vence. If you have a chance, stop by and visit them (4, rue saint Véran, near the Porte d’Orient).