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The Best Hotels in Provence's Towns and Villages

Provence’s towns may not be as glamorous as those of the Cote d'Azur, but they’re also less expensive and overdeveloped. And the same can be said for the best hotels in Provence’s towns and villages!

Aix en Provence

Prosperous and cultured, towns such as Avignon, Aix-en-Provence and Arles all play host to annual international festivals, and all still bear the fascinating historical signs of the Roman occupation.

But you can also find some of the best hotels in Provence’s towns and villages in the sleepier country towns or the lovely hill villages dotting the region. Our Guru’s recommended hotels range from simple yet charming village inns to magnificent converted town mansions.

Best Hotels in Provence’s Towns and Villages

For history buffs

La Mirande

  • La Mirande in central Avignon is an immaculately decorated former Cardinal’s mansion complete with a courtyard full of sculptures and a Michelin starred restaurant.
  • The Hôtel La Maison de Sophie is a well positioned Art Deco townhouse B&B in Nîmes, just a short stroll from the old Roman arena.
  • If you want to be close to the amphitheatre in Arles there’s the Hotel de L'Amphithéâtre, which has large rooms and elegant decorations, but at very reasonable prices.

For romantics

L'Hotel Particulier

  • The Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus is a quirky but elegant townhouse hotel with a Moorish feel and a famous Bohemian bar in central Arles,
  • or, also in Arles, is the L'Hôtel Particulier, an elegant boutique hotel in a classical mansion with just 13 rooms and a small spa and hammam.
  • You might try La Maison sur la Sorgue, an 18th Century family mansion and boutique maison d’hote with just four rooms in peaceful L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue,
  • or there’s Le Mas des Romarins, another of our best hotels in Provence’s towns and villages for couples, with its historic, character-ful rooms, wonderful views, secret gardens and swimming pool.

Best Hotels in Provence’s Towns and Villages - Small Town Triumphs

La Bastide de Boulbon

  • La Bastide de Boulbon is a beautifully renovated mansion with ten rooms and a small pool and lovely grounds in the charming medieval town of Boulbon.
  • Or consider the beautifully converted sandstone B&B, Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus in a secluded hamlet setting. There are just three rooms, and a lovely pool and gardens - very rustic-chic.

For families

Hotel Spa Le Calendal

  • The Hôtel Spa le Calendal is in central Arles, right by the Amphitheatre, and has 38 spacious rooms which start from £85 per night.

For great value

Le Beffroi

  • Le Mas des Carassins is a charming stone farmhouses surrounded by lavender bushes and lemon trees and has 22 rooms starting from around £75 per night.

But there options on our list of the best hotels in Provence’s towns and villages which are even more affordable:

  • try the Auberge de l’Orangerie, in Piolenc, which has just five attractive rooms and lovely cool terracotta floors starting from £70 per night,
  • or there’s Le Beffroi in Vaison La Romaine, a traditional hotel converted from a number of beautiful old homes, with 22 rooms starting from around £67 per night.

For foodies

Villa Gallici

  • The Hotel Crillon le Brave is a smart hotel in a charming hilltop village, with luxurious rooms, stunning views and a fine dining restaurant,
  • or for something more central try the Villa Gallici in Aix-en-Provence which also has fine dining, on its beautiful terraces when the weather is right.

Best Hotels in Provence’s Towns and Villages to escape to

La Bouscatiere

  • L'Hôtel Sous les Figuiers in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence is a charming, 14 room B&B with private terraces and a garden full of fig trees. As well as the peaceful atmosphere they also run artist’s workshops and painting classes.
  • Or try La Bouscatière right on the spectacular cliff-edge at Moustiers Sainte-Marie, with just five pretty rooms and simple, home-cooked meals.

If you haven’t found your idea of the perfect place to stay in Provence on our Guru’s list of the Best Hotels in Provence’s Towns and Villages you could:

Best Hotels in Provence's Towns and Villages

  • La Mirande 21 rooms from $480

    Avignon, Provence

    An immaculately decorated and furnished former Cardinal's mansion in the city center. The suites will transport you back to another time with parquet floors, bold wallpapers, and sumptuous beds. Sit out in the sculpture filled courtyard enjoying the Michelin-starred cuisine. Chic and sophisticated.

    Local markets  -  Tuesday to Sunday from 6 a.m. onwards, you must visit the covered market, les Halles to buy fresh local produce.
    Cooking classes  -  The hotel's chefs have organised a cookery school to teach guests all their favourite receipes.
    Sights nearby  -  Situated opposite the Papal Palace.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
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  • Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus 26 rooms from $198


    Quirky townhouse hotel frequented by bullfighters, cabaret dancers, artists and writers, in central Arles. Elegantly restored to retain its original character with a few Moorish touches. You can still imagine Picasso or Hemingway at the bohemian salon bar. Romance and history combined.

    Romantic Break  -  This historic hotel is steeped in romance from its exposure to artists of the highest caliber for generations
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the 1,600 years old amphitheatre were bullfights are still held on Easter and in the second week of September.
    Great walks  -  There are a range of walking tours around the town, a particularly interesting one is the Van Gogh tour.
    Birdwatching  -  One of the last towns on the Rhone, wander down its banks and you'll spot a multitude of birds.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors
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  • La Maison sur la Sorgue 4 rooms from $292

    L'Isle sur La Sorgue

    An 18th century mansion turned boutique hotel, in picturesque L'Isle sur la Sorgue. The four large, tasteful suites come with antique furnishings, chic en suites, a lovely garden and pool. The breakfast is divine and can be taken in bed listening to the birds chirp, true heaven.

    Local markets  -  There is a world renowned Sunday Antiques Market.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool in courtyard
    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
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  • Hôtel Spa le Calendal 38 rooms from $145


    A charming hotel and spa in central Arles, next to the Amphitheater. The pretty rooms boast bright Provencal decor, exposed stone walls and beams and wonderful views. A hearty breakfast is served in the lush gardens, to prepare for a day exploring the town on foot from this prime location.

    Swimming Pool  -  Large spa plunge pool.
    Local markets  -  The market in Arles on a Saturday has a reputation among tourists as being one of the top markets in Europe.
    Sights nearby  -  A three minute walk from the Roman amphitheaters of Les Arènes d'Arles, the towns main tourist attraction.
    Views  -  Views of the Roman amphitheatre.
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  • Auberge de l’Orangerie 5 rooms from $102

    Piolenc, Provence

    A modest but delightful inn in the pretty town of Piolenc. The simple attractive bedrooms exude Provencal charm with antique furnishings, exposed wood beams and whitewash walls. However the real magic happens in the vaulted dining room, where they serve unmatched French cuisine and wine. Delicious.

    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Sights nearby  -  Check out Orange, an exceptional, UNESCO-listed Roman heritage site only five km from the town.
    Local markets  -  There is a year round flea market in the town where you can pick up a range of curious objects.
    Great walks  -  Wander around the town of Piolenc, explore the Provencal alley's and historic sites.
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  • Hotel Crillon le Brave 34 rooms from $334

    Crillon le Brave, Provence

    A hilltop hotel in the heart of Provence surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Elegant rooms offer style, views and soak baths. Fine dining on the terrace and a drink by the pool. Guests are enticed by the spa; the local charm and romantic feel about the place. A beautiful and memorable stay.

    Foodies  -  The spectacular cusine is locally and sustainable sourced- reflected in the unbeatable flavour and understanding of ingrediants.
    Total relaxation  -  Lounge by the pool and soak up the breathtaking views, pamper in the spa or gorge in the restaurant- utter heaven!
    Honeymoons  -  You could not find a more romantic or picturesque spot- plus the village set up lends a private feel to the rooms.
    Local markets  -  In typical French style, each local village has a market day, ask at the front desk for details.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Relais & Chateaux, Tablet
  • Le Beffroi 22 rooms from $115

    Vaison La Romaine (Cité Médiévale)

    A traditional hotel in a beautiful medieval hill town. Wooden beams, exposed stone and traditional fabrics feature throughout the property. A large pool takes full advantage of the rural views. The food is regional and the wine from the local Cotes du Rhone valley. An ideal spot.

    Local exploring  -  Right in the heart of this ancient town, ideally located for wandering the narrow lanes and admiring the Roman remains.
    Sights nearby  -  Beaumes de Venise has a large parish church constructed in 1507 and ruins of a 6th century castle.
    Great walks  -  Don't miss an opportunity to hike in the mountains of Chevallong.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide
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  • Le Mas des Carassins 22 rooms from $103

    Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Provence

    Charming stone farmhouse surrounded by lavender bushes and lemon trees in Saint Remy de Provence. Beautiful bedrooms and suites with exposed stone walls and rich fabrics, some with private terraces. A very countryphile spot to relax in.

    Country Escape  -  Surrounded by lush gardens of oleanders, lavender and lemon, beautiful rolling countryside leading up to the Alpilles mountains.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor Pool in lovely gardens
    Garden  -  Attractive outside space.
    Local markets  -  Every Wednesday enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Saint-Rémy-de-Provence market.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Le Mas des Romarins 13 rooms from $110


    Authentic stone-walled 19th century house, with wonderful views, secret gardens, swimming pool and breakfast terrace. The chic Provencal-style rooms are full of character and the highly acclaimed restaurant crafts wonderful food from local produce. An ideal spot for exploring.

    Foodies  -  The restaurant is committed to using only the freshest locally sourced ingrediants, thus the yummy food changes each day.
    Local exploring  -  Well situated for exploring the stunning Luberon area, start with a stroll up to the lovely hilltop village of Gordes.
    Sights nearby  -  Just a few km away is the still working monastery the Cistercian Abbey of Notre Dame de Senanque.
    Great walks  -  Only a ten minute walk brings you to the historic village of Gordes, well worth checking out.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Fodors
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  • Hôtel La Maison de Sophie 5 rooms from $198

    Nîmes, Provence

    Art deco townhouse B&B with bags of character. Elegant bedrooms with Persian carpets, chandeliers and tiled floors. Step out to the fragrant jasmine filled gardens complete with swimming pool and bougainvilleas. Well situated in a quiet part of town yet close to most of the sites. A popular choice.

    Total relaxation  -  A rare slice of tranquilty in this hectic city, relax in the jasmine infused garden and take a dip in the pool.
    Sights nearby  -  Short walk brings you to the Nîmes Arena, this splendid monument is the best preserved amphitheatre of the Roman era.
    Full of character
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Frommers, Fodors
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  • L'Hôtel Sous les Figuiers 14 rooms from $147

    Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Provence

    Small and charming B&B boasting unique design, mixes contemporary and traditional styles with particular emphasis on art. Tranquil terraces to curl up with a book, a swimming pool, artist studio and massages - this is a place designed to relax body and mind. In a great position to explore the area.

    Total relaxation  -  Purposfully no televisions, this hotel aims to 'free the mind', so listen to birdsong in the ancient gardens instead!
    Great walks  -  Explore the rugged landscapes of the Parc Naturel Regional des Alpines.
    Sights nearby  -  Just two km from Glanum, a stunning ruined Greco-Roman city.
    Full of character
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  • La Bouscatière 5 rooms from $99

    Moustiers Sainte-Marie, Provence

    Charming laid-back 18th century village house with large, pretty rooms and simple home-cooked food, dramatically positioned on cliff edge at canyon entrance. Romantic bedrooms and fine garden.

    Full of character
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • L'Hôtel Particulier 17 rooms from $302


    Very elegant boutique hotel in a classical mansion. A mix of contemporary and traditional decor in two wings, from sleek monochrome to period furniture. A small pool sits pretty in front of the property. A small but perfectly formed spa and hammam. The bar provides light meals. An excellent choice.

    City Style  -  A grown up and elegant choice- fragrant lemon trees dripping in fruit, oversized artworks, antique dressers and fantastic spa.
    Local exploring  -  Set in the cultural capital of Provence, Arles, within striking distance of all the main sights and attractions.
    Birdwatching  -  Bring a pair of binoculars and go birding in the Camargue, with over 400 species from flamingo to egret and heron.
    Sights nearby  -  Check out the 1600 years old historic amphitheatre where bull fights and ferias take place at Easter.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
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  • Hotel de L'Amphithéâtre 33 rooms from $93


    Large rooms in a great location, elegantly decorated at unbeatable prices. Full of character, the interiors are littered with antique features and personal touches. No restaurant but within easy walking distance of many of Arles' finest. Perfect for a budget break of local exploring.

    Value chic  -  Charming hotel, right in the heart of Arles, with 18th century details and antique furnishings and a leafy patio.
    Sights nearby  -  Just around the corner from the ancient Amphitheatre, where you can still watch performances and plays.
    Great walks  -  Wander the streets of Arles, this ancient town is packed with monuments and sights to explore.
    Full of character
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
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  • La Bastide de Boulbon 8 rooms from $162

    Boulbon, Provence

    Beautifully renovated mansion surrounded by rose gardens in a charming medieval village. Cool, contemporary rooms with beamed ceilings, white washed walls and enormous sash windows. Excellent cuisine served on a charming patio. A lovely base to come and completely unwind.

    Country Escape  -  A charming country house situated in a pretty quite village, with stunning gardens and centuries-old plane trees.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the medieval castle of Boulbon, the windmill and the Frigolet Abbey.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
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  • Villa Gallici 22 rooms from $454

    Aix-en-Provence, Provence

    A flamboyant hotel surrounded by Florentine gardens, terraces, and large pool. Lavish fabrics and a healthy smattering of bold wallpaper give a over wrought luxurious feel to the suites. The restaurant is one of the best in Aix and always full of locals. Romantic and pampering, for a special treat.

    Garden  -  Beautiful Florentine gardens shaded by Cypress trees.
    Restaurant  -  Recommended.
    Local markets  -  Just a short stroll down the road to Place des Prêcheurs brings you to the local market.
    Sights nearby  -  Right in the centre of town you are a few minutes walk from the beautiful Aix Cathedral.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux
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  • Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus 3 rooms from $115

    Aigaliers, Provence

    A beautiful sandstone boutique B&B in a secluded hamlet setting. Three rooms and three apartments with wooden beams, pastel walls, and fireplaces. Lovely swimming pool and garden. Fantastic for groups or families, and excellent value for money. Rustic-chic.

    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Full of character
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith
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Written by Leonie Glass

posted Monday, 17th April
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