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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.

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.
  • Finally what about a charming B&B with contemporary styled rooms (three with jacuzzi bathtubs), charming walled garden and pool, in the village of Saint Laurent des Arbres (15 minutes from Avignon)? Maison Felisa also provides excellent table d'hote dinners on two nights every week, featuring the best in local and seasonal ingredients.

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.
  • Le Petit Figuier is situated in pretty La Roque d'Antheron, a charming town renowned for its annual music festival and a great base for wider exploring. It's an intimate adults only property in the centre of town with just two berooms, plus a pretty garden and pool.
  • 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 are 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:


Written by Leonie Glass

posted Monday, 17th April 2017
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