Provence & the French Riviera Guidebook
Best and worst accommodations:
Best: Hotel d'Europe, Avignon
Why: Rooms were spacious, good location and had all the amenities a traveler would need.
Carlos Molina in LasVegas, Nv USA 10/15/2013
Best: Hotel Les Florets (Gigondas) and Le Mas du Loriot (between Joucas and Murs).
Why: We only stayed in two places, each for four nights. We would recommend both. The first was Hotel Les Florets outside of Gigondas. The accommodations were lovely, the dinners were wonderful (we ate there two nights), and the staff were very helpful. The second place was Le Mas du Loriot near Murs; the new owners, Claude & Christophe, purchased this lovely hotel in the spring of 2013 after running a hotel in San Remy for the previous ten years. The grounds and the rooms are beautiful and very comfortable -- even when there is an October downpour. The views from the terrace rooms are spectacular and very restful. The breakfast was great and we had dinner there on Friday and it was quite good with a menu fixe and a fine wine of the region. (In October, dinner was only available for guests and only on Friday and Saturday evening.)
David Fidanque in Eugene, OR USA 10/06/2013
Best: Domaine de Laforest
Why: Stayed there a week; it was very nice and Sylvie was very helpful.
Ed Lowitz in Philadelphia, PA USA 05/29/2013
Best: Les Florets - Gigondas
Why: I had been at Les Florets 6 years ago and wanted to go back. The hotel is in a pretty, quiet area above Gigondas. Being November there were not many people there and it was very peaceful. The restaurant is a good reason to stay there. It is excellent and has wines from the family winery. It is fine dining at a reasonable price. And you just walk up the stairs to your room afterwards. It was as good as I remembered.
Jim Perschbacher in Mableton, GA USA 12/02/2012
Worst: Hotel Reves d'Ocres, Roussillon
Why: We arrived late, with 7 seven teen girls. The hotel had rerented our rooms for both nights and would not help us out finding other accomodations. On arriving hhome I discoverd that they had charged me for all 3 rooms for both nights, even though they had rented them out before we got there - horrible business - I will actively discourage any visitors and recommend that you remove them from your recommended list.
Mark Lannan in Avondale, PA USA 08/07/2012
Best: Hotel Regence, Arles
Why: Exactly as described - great value for the money, well located, and super clean!
Marie in Pasadena, CA USA 06/21/2012
Best: Hotel de la Darse, Villefranche-sur-Mer
Why: Reasonable price, wonderful veranda for enjoying breakfast on nice days, quiet location (in April 2012), and helpful manager. It's not in the center of the action, but we considered that a good thing. We had a street side balcony room - wonderful views! The walk to the Old Town and the Lower Corniche are as described in guidebook - very convenient. We are good walkers and schlepped wheeled luggage from bus to hotel without too much effort (there are some stairs or you can take the longer road route).
Barbara in Sacramento, CA USA 05/25/2012
Best: Hotel Modern in Antibes
Why: Laurence could not have been more accommodating and friendly.
Bill and Rosemary in Springfield, VA USA 05/13/2012
Best: Hotel du Globe, Aix-en-Provence
Why: Friendly, helpful service Modest, clean , a good value with breakfast.
Worst: Hotel Le Manoir, Aix en Provence
Why: Hot, stuffy, masses of mosquitoes when one opened the window to get air. No fans. Very unkind, rude and unhelpful front desk person. He implied that I lied about the air conditioning at the Hotel du Globe. My child got over 50 mosquito bites in one short night and the front desk person acted like I had no right to complain. I spent the whole night trying to kill mosquitoes. The concierge offered no help and no compensation for a miserable hot, buggy night. It was late and we were leaving the country early the next morning or I would have attempted a plan B. I would never ever recommend this person or his establishment. It was the worst service I have ever experienced. This man epitomized the most contemptible personality one could imagine. Its lucky my child did not contract malaria or West Nile or I would go after him with a lawyer.
Linda in Boulder, CO USA 09/02/2011
Best: Auberge du Presbytere
Why: Very cool funky rooms on a lovely little square. Whitewashed walls, original artwork, quirky furniture and books, and intoxicating lavender smell when you open the windows! Great restaurant and friendly service too.
Sara in Philadelphia, PA USA 07/28/2011
Best: La Ferme Degoutaud (near Malaucene)
Why: Veronique and her husband were very friendly. The simple breakfast included just-picked cherries.
Worst: Domaine des Tilleuls (in Malaucene) and Hotel Reves d'Ocres (Roussillon)
Why: It's incorrect to say this place has Wi-Fi. We had to ask track down Arnaould to have him turn on the router. He was not very adept at getting it running. And then we were told that the Wi-Fi is turned off about 9:30pm as the office closes then and the router is turned off. Why the router is turned off is incomprehensible. And why they don't have repeaters throughout the small building is also hard to understand. Further, we didn't find the owners very friendly and they were never in the office, which meant we had to go searching for them.
Runner up worst is the Hotel Reves d'Ocres. There was a big rainstorm the night we were there. Our celiing (room 15) leaked in two places. We heard our neighbors (room 14) complaining that there were several ceiling leaks right over their bed! We asked the manager if would could show him where the leaks were (as there was no visible clues), and he said "no." He apologized for the "small problem" and that was that.
Robin in Menlo Park, CA USA 06/17/2011
Best: Bonnieux and St Remy
Why: Le Clos Du Buis in Bonnieux and Mas Des Tourterelles in St Remy were wonderful B&B's. Good breakfasts, helpful owners and comfortable rooms. Free parking too.
Judy Johnson in Alexandria, MN USA 04/25/2011
Best: La Ferme Degoutaud and Hotel de la Muette, Arles
Why: Friendly, comfortable lodgings. Well located and a reasonable price. Also the hosts were helpful and friendly in telling us about local sites and attractions.
We stayed at Hotel Belle Meuniere in Nice. In contrast to the other two Belle Meuniere was older, smaller so it paled in comparison. Mme. Marie-Pierre Arnaud was exactly as you described, lively, personable, very helpful so she made up for the physical constraints in terms of her helpfulness and welcome
Warren Lo in Columbus, OH USA 04/03/2011