Provence towns may not be as glamorous as those of the Cote d'Azur, but neither are they so overdeveloped or expensive. Prosperous and cultured, towns such as Avignon, Aix and Arles all play host to annual international festivals, and all still bear the fascinating historical signs of the Roman occupation. Some of our hotels are in sleepier country towns or the lovely hill villages that dot Provence, and the hotels themselves range from simple yet charming village inns to magnificent converted town mansions. The order of the hotels in this list bears no reflection on our preference.
Immaculately decorated and furnished former Cardinal's mansion in the city centre. Courtyard with sculptures, romantic reception rooms and sumptuous bedrooms, Michelin-starred restaurant.
Quirky townhouse hotel of literary heritage restored with elegance and Moorish touches. Famous Bohemian bar, lively with locals. Exquisitely decorated, excellent central location, romantic.
18th century family mansion and boutique maison d’hôte. Relaxed atmosphere, with four large, tasteful bedrooms with chic bathrooms, and a lovely garden and a pool. Fantastic local antiques market.
Very central hotel with spa and small pool next to the Amphitheatre. Pretty provencal decor, spacious rooms with views, with exposed stone walls and beams, and a lush garden.
Modest but delightful inn. Cosy atmosphere, friendly personal service. Vaulted dining room, attractive bedrooms. Rough stone walls, terracotta floors.
Crillon le Brave, Provence
Smart Provencal hotel of fine dining with luxurious rooms in a charming hilltop village, with stunning views. Ideal for a luxury break.
Vaison La Romaine, Provence
Good value traditional hotel in aristocratic houses in medieval hill town. Golden stone, wooden beams, tiled floors. Large rooms with antiques, a good restaurant, a pool and views.
Elegant farmhouse hotel on the edge of St Remy. Glorious gardens, swimming pool, elegant rooms, good restaurant. A short walk to the town centre.
Authentic stone-walled 19th century house. Wonderful views, secret gardens, swimming pool, breakfast terrace. Chic Provencal-style rooms, full of character. Good for a romantic break and local exploring of Gordes.
Art deco townhouse B&B with character. Varying bedrooms with Persian carpets, chandeliers, tiled floors. Pretty salons, flower garden, swimming pool, close to the Arena.
Small and charming B&B. Ground-floor rooms, private terraces, garden with fig trees. Artists workshop, painting classes. Peaceful atmosphere.
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.
Very elegant boutique hotel in a classical mansion, a mix of contemporary and traditional decor in two wings, from sleek monochrome to period furniture. Small pool for cooling off.
Large rooms in a great location, elegantly decorated with unbeatable prices. Full of character, no restaurant but easy to walk everywhere from here. Perfect for a budget break of local exploring.
Beautifully renovated mansion of rose gardens, small pool and lovely terrace in a charming medieval village. Cool, contemporary rooms and excellent food. A good base if you have a car for local highlights.
Luxury hotel on the outskirts of Aix, with fine gardens, terraces, and large pool. Lavish decor, fabrics and fine dining. Romantic and pampering, for a special treat.