Sumptuous restaurant and bar, and a courtyard with sunny terrace and pool
Fantastic location just a short stroll from the historic center's shops, restaurants, bars and galleries
Attentive staff that seems to anticipate your every need
What To Know
Some renovations are ongoing — notably the pool and main entrance (but should be done by late Spring 2014)
Some rooms overlook the relatively busy street
Not for gym bunnies: no spa or fitness center on-site
Parking on site
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A plush 134-room escape moments from the historic center of lively, art-infused Aix-en-Provence
Behind the hotel's grand façade is a sumptuous interior built around a pool and a large, sunny terraced courtyard. Inside, a soothing palette of gray, black, teal and deep purple is brightened by vibrant reproductions of rococo paintings, with the same colorful images repeated around the hotel corridors. The furniture and decor favor a bold contemporary take on classic themes, with chunky white chandeliers hanging over the breakfast buffet, and pillars covered with quilted fabrics. Velvet sofas and chaise longues invite you to take it easy in the bar.
Bed and Bath
The guestrooms are quite compact (the smallest category starts at 182 square feet) but cleverly designed, with superthin flat-screen TVs, small writing desks and plenty of storage that make good use of the space. Cozy carpets are sharpened up by the clean lines of contemporary furniture. Some rooms have a view of the hotel's large courtyard and pool; some are streetside. The bathrooms (which have separate toilets) are no-nonsense and functional, with Roger & Gallet products and soft white towels. Suites have more personality, with bolder design choices in the living areas and more space.
The plentiful buffet breakfast is served in the restaurant, with fruit, pancakes, cereals, fresh bread, patisseries, dairy products and cold meats. Help yourself to eggs, sausage, bacon and the local speciality, ratatouille, from large Le Creuset iron pots. The restaurant serves lunch and dinner and features classic French cuisine and more exotic dishes. Think salmon with wasabi to start, then guinea fowl with truffle followed by crème brûlée infused with local lavender, served by the attentive staff.
In the Area
Aix-en-Provence has attracted artists for centuries. Stroll down Cours Mirabeau, the main drag, and wander down the side streets to find out what inspired them; check out the dual-site Musée Granet to see some of the results. For shopping, you'll find everything from American Apparel to Agnès B, as well as one-off boutiques and a whole bunch of bookshops. In the evening, try Le Formal for modern French cuisine. If you want to party, check out the town's buzzing bars; Aix knows how to let its hair down. Then clear the cobwebs in the spectacular surrounding countryside.
Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix en Provence MGallery By Sofitel
24 Boulevard du Roi Rene
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Grand Hotel Roi Rene Aix en Provence - MGallery Collection is Marseille (MRS-Marseille - Provence) - 20.3 km / 12.6 mi. Distances are calculated in a straight line from the property's location to the point of interest or airport and may not reflect actual travel distance. Distances are displayed to the nearest 0.1 mile and kilometre.