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The 20 Best Hotels in Provence's Towns and Villages

Provence’s towns aren't all as glamorous as those on the Cote d'Azur, but not all are as expensive or overdeveloped either. And the same can be said for the best hotels in Provence’s towns and villages: there's a great variety, with something for everyone, from the glamour and luxury of the Cote d'Azure to the simplicity of a farmstay in a charming hilltop village. Our Guru’s recommendedations for the 20 best hotels in Provence's towns and villages also run to simple yet charming village inns and magnificent converted townhouse mansions.

Le Mas de Romarins

As we alluded to, it's the towns and villages which make much of the difference. 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, so a stay here is a proper mini-city-break. While staying in Vaison la Romaine, St Remy de Provence, Uzès or Gordes offers more of an opportunity to expreince rural Provence, but surrounded by all the comforts and luxuries of town - including transport links and a choice of restaurants. And of course there's our Guru's top spots on the Cote d'Azure, Nice, Cannes, St-Tropez, Antibes, Cap Ferrat, Juan Les Pins, Menton, Fréjus and Saint Raphael, offering coastal charm and beach access. You'll 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 - too small to have their own recommendation pages to link through to yet.

La Bastide de Boulbon

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 a romantic stay

Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus

  • The Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus is a quirky but elegant townhouse hotel with a Moorish feel and a famous Bohemian bar in central Arles,
  • 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.
  • La Maison d’Aix, in Aix-en-Provence, is a charming townhouse hotel with just four stylish rooms and a ‘Secret Spa’. The rooms are decorated with Venetian mirrors and teak furnishings and you’re close to all the main sights.
  • 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 hot tub 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.

In Provence’s Small Towns and Villages

  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 offer incredible value for money.
  • For sunshine and Provencal views, you can't beat the Mas d'Entremont in Aix-en-Provence. Set in peaceful, green gardens, this hotel is more like a set of villas, though there's hotel room type accommodation as well. There are lots of large sliding doors allowing you to let the beautiful Provencal air and sunshine in.

The Best Value Hotels in Provence's Towns and Villages

  Le Mas des Carassins

  • Le Mas des Carassins is a charming stone farmhouses surrounded by lavender bushes and lemon trees and has 22 rooms starting from around €115 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 €95 per night.

For Foodies

Hotel Crillon le Brave

  • The Hotel Crillon le Brave is a smart hotel in a charming hilltop village, with luxurious rooms, stunning views and a fine dining restaurant,
  • 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.

For a country escape

  LHotel Sous les Figuiers

  • 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.

Still not sure?

  • Expand your search to include all the best places to stay in Provence
  • or you might consider our list of the Best Hotels in Rural Provence, the Best Wine Hotels in Provence, the Best Hotels in Provence for Foodies or one of the Best B&Bs in Provence
  • Alternatively you could contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice.
    • La Mirande Avignon, Provence 21 rooms from £399

      Historic  -  The 14th-century building was originally a cardinal's residence and the original grandeur still very much remains
      Foodies  -  The gourmet restaurant offers a five-course tasting menu which uses regional and seasonal produce
      Families  -  With painting and art classes arranged for children, this is a surprisingly family friendly stay
      Local exploring  -  Couldn't be better placed, right by Palais des Papes and 200 yards from the banks of the Rhone
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      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Frommers, Kiwi Collection

      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. See More

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    • Grand Hôtel Nord-Pinus Arles 26 rooms from £165

      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.
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      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Fodors

      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. See More

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    • L'Hôtel Particulier, Arles Arles 17 rooms from £320

      City Style  -  A grown up, elegant choice — fragrant lemon trees dripping in fruit, oversized artworks, antique dressers and a 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
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

      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. See More

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    • La Maison sur la Sorgue L'Isle sur La Sorgue 8 rooms from £286

      Local exploring  -  The hotel will happily organise guided walking tours around the town to allowing you to soak up the rich history
      Artworks  -  There is an on site art gallery and shop which stocks designer interior pieces from porcelain to furniture
      Total relaxation  -  Cycle thorugh the picturesque streets, tour the famed vineyards or simply relax by the pool
      Local markets  -  There is a world renowned Sunday Antiques Market nearby that is a real must visit
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape

      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 a pool. The breakfast is divine and can be taken in bed listening to the birds' chirp, true heaven. See More

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    • Le Mas des Romarins Gordes 13 rooms from £111

      Local exploring  -  Well situated for exploring the stunning Luberon area, start with a stroll up to the lovely hilltop village of Gordes
      Foodies  -  The restaurant is committed to using only the freshest locally sourced ingrediants and so the menus change each day
      Sights nearby  -  Just a few km away is the still working monastery the Cistercian Abbey of Notre Dame de Senanque
      Outstanding location  -  Located in Gordes, officially designated as one of France’s most beautiful villages
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays, Fodors

      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. See More

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    • Maison Felisa Saint Laurent des Arbres 5 rooms from £113

      Sights nearby  -  Easy access to Avignon, Orange, Nimes and the Gorges d'Ardeche
      Whirlpool Bathtub  -  Three rooms have two person in room whirlpool tubs
      Restrictions on children  -  Not suitable for babies
      Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
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      Recommended by  -  I Escape

      Fantastic country house with a very relaxed atmosphere. Walled gardens, sunny swimming pool, shady terraces, and contemporary chic rooms. A real home from home, if home were in the South of France. See More

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    • La Bastide de Boulbon Boulbon, Provence 9 rooms from £139

      Local exploring  -  Well set to access some Provence classic including Avignon, Les Baux, Saint-Rémy de Provence, and the Pont du Gard and Arles
      Country Escape  -  A charming country house situated in a pretty quite village, with stunning gardens and centuries-old plane trees
      Active Holiday  -  With hiking, miles of cycling trails, golf courses, and tennis courts all found locally
      Walking distance restaurants  -  There are plenty of very good restaurants in the village, just a stroll away
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      Recommended by  -  Sawdays

      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. See More

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    • Les Sardines aux Yeux Bleus Aigaliers, Gard 3 rooms from £113

      Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
      Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
      Full of character
      Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
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      Recommended by  -  I Escape, Mr & Mrs Smith

      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. See More

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    • Hôtel Spa le Calendal Arles 38 rooms from £86

      Local exploring  -  Right beside the Roman Amphitheatre, in the pedestrianised heart of Arles, ideal for exploring the medieval city by foot
      Wildlife Area  -  Explore the marshy fields of the Camargue, bursting with black bulls, white horses, pink flamingos and migratory birds
      Value chic  -  With its central location and superb amenities despite its size, you are getting alot for your money here
      Views  -  Several of the rooms overlook the moody Roman Amphitheatre
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      A charming 17th-century hotel and spa in central Arles, next to the Roman amphitheatre. The simple rooms offer clean white washed walls and each is decorated with original works from the National Photography School. Plus there's a leafy garden for lazy lunches and a superb adults-only spa. See More

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    • Le Mas des Carassins Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Provence 22 rooms from £134

      Country Escape  -  Surrounded by lush gardens of oleanders, lavender and lemon, beautiful rolling countryside leading up to the Alpilles mountains
      Romantic Break  -  Country chic rooms, lavish meals with plenty of delicious wine all add up for a truly romantic experience
      Local exploring  -  A wonderfully convienent spot for exploring 'the golden triangle' of Nimes, Aix and Avignon
      Cycling  -  Rent a hotel bike and head into the town or explore the undulating courtyside
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      A traditional stone farmhouse surrounded by lavender bushes and lemon trees in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Beautiful bedrooms and suites feature exposed stone walls and rich fabrics while some have private terraces. Complete with pretty gardens and a large pool, this is a charming rural spot. See More

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    • La Maison d'Aix Aix-en-Provence 4 rooms from £234

      Total relaxation  -  A relaxing city break with deluxe suites and rooms, pocket sized spa and a chilled out library slash games room
      Local exploring  -  Well positioned just minutes from the Cours Mirabeau avenue and the emblematic Fontaine des Quatre Dauphins
      Boutique  -  A small boutique stay with stylish contemporary interiors and additional luxuries such as a wellness centre
      Groups  -  With just four rooms, this is a good choice to rent out in its entirety with a group
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      Recommended by  -  Tablet, Great Small Hotels

      A charming hotel set in a picturesque Provençal townhouse. The comfortable rooms are stylish and elegant with Venetian mirrors and teak furnishings. The Secret Spa provides the ultimate relaxing break from the city. A great choice for a romantic weekend in Aix-en-Provence. See More

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    • Le Beffroi Vaison La Romaine (Cité Médiévale) 22 rooms from £107

      Local exploring  -  Right in the heart of this ancient town, ideally located for wandering the narrow lanes and admiring the Roman remains
      Value chic  -  With doubles starting from as low as 79 Euros in the low season, this is a very well priced stay
      Wine tasting  -  Situated close to the Côtes du Rhône wine valley for ample wine tasting opportunities
      Historic  -  The building dates back to 1554 giving the property a real sense of place
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      Recommended by  -  Good Hotel Guide

      A traditional hotel in a beautiful medieval hill town. Wooden beams, exposed stone and traditional fabrics feature throughout the property. An outdoor 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. See More

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    • Hotel Crillon le Brave Crillon le Brave, Provence 34 rooms from £278

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

      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. See More

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    • Mas d’Entremont Aix-en-Provence, Provence 20 rooms from £126

      Local exploring  -  Well positioned just 3km from the city centre of Aix-en-Provence meaning you get the best of both worlds - country and city
      Foodies  -  The gourmet restaurant showcases the best of local produce and is a real treat after a days' exploring
      Total relaxation  -  Relax and unwind at this peaceful and spacious country house, surrounded by beautiful gardens
      Historic  -  A historic hotel that has been welcoming visitors since 1958
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      A rural property set in beautiful gardens boasting open courtyards with shaded seating, old beamed living rooms and a large pool. Bedrooms are light and modern with crisp white linen. A tennis court and gym entertain the active. The restaurant serves local cuisine. The ideal country escape. See More

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    • Villa Gallici Aix-en-Provence 23 rooms from £243

      Foodies  -  Haute Cuisine in an elegant and exuberant setting, think pan fried foie gras and an antique armchair!
      Hotel Entertainment  -  Spend a evening at the chic bar sipping on dangeroursly good cocktails and listening to jazz
      Sights nearby  -  Right in the centre of town you are a few minutes walk from the beautiful Aix Cathedral
      Local markets  -  Just a short stroll down the road to Place des Prêcheurs brings you to the local market
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      Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection, Relais & Chateaux

      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. See More

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    • L'Hôtel Sous les Figuiers St Rémy-de-Provence 14 rooms from £111

      Total relaxation  -  Purposfully no televisions, this hotel aims to 'free the mind', so listen to birdsong in the ancient gardens instead!
      Local exploring  -  Set 200m from the centre of Saint Rémy de Provence, its famous market and many restaurants are easily accessible
      Other Activities  -  Lounge by the pool or wander the ancient landscaped gardens, boasting fig trees that are 100 years old
      Art Classes  -  The hotel holds workshops and art classes every Wednesday at its on site studio
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      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. See More

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Written by Leonie Glass

posted Wednesday, 13th July 2022