Fabulously colorful interiors by Christian Lacroix
The spa, with Cinq Mondes treatments and a relaxation room overlooking the hotel’s courtyard herb garden
Outdoor pool with a top-notch snack bar in warmer months
What To Know
Hotel Jules Cesar is on a busy boulevard but the guestrooms overlook quieter streets or gardens
Arles has plenty of lively cafés and restaurants
The spa is open only on Tuesdays throughout the summer
Parking on site
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A 17th-century convent turned eccentric boutique hotel with flamboyant interiors by Arles native Christian Lacroix
Christian Lacroix was born in Arles, and he's made his mark on the town with a flamboyant redesign of this former convent. The rulebook has flown out the Provençal window: There are clashing colors, oversize patterns and plenty of surprises. From carpets that look like stone tiles to wood paneled doors that are actually flat, trompe-l’oeil is everywhere; you’ll find yourself touching things to see whether they're real or an illusion. The corridors are candy-pink, the walls in the stairwell are bright yellow, and the black and white bar area is dotted with mismatched, brightly colored Louis XVI chairs. The super-stylish exuberance of the hotel will leave you smiling.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 50 guestrooms is different. Colors, patterns and textures clash dramatically, there are Lacroix textile designs on the carpets and walls, and it’s all offset with traditional and contemporary furniture. The redder-than-red courtyard rooms are popular with matadors, who stay during the festivals at Arles’s Roman arena. All rooms have tea- and coffeemaking facilities, a dressing table, TV and free WiFi. The bathrooms are subtly toned down, with Cinq Monde products, white porcelain sinks and shiny silver fittings.
The breakfast room is all about cool tones; let blues, grays and whites wake you gently while you choose between delicate patisseries and a very good full English breakfast. The Lou Marqués gourmet restaurant combines traditional decor with heavy hints of Lacroix, a somber backdrop lifted by crisp white tablecloths and mismatched, mutlicolor chairs. Dishes come with a local accent; think creamy risotto made from rice grown in the Camargue. Leave room for the chef’s special dessert, crepe suzette with a soufflé filling. And make time for a divine Cinq Mondes treatment at the spa, which features a sauna, a hammam and a sunny relaxation room overlooking the courtyard garden.
In the Area
Arles has the typical Provençal narrow streets and houses with shabby-chic shutters, as well as ancient Roman buildings scattered throughout the town. The Roman arena hosts bullfights, which are traditional in this part of France. Twice a year the Feria sees the quiet streets come to life with festivities. Not your thing? Arles also has a busy cultural scene. Visit the Musée Réattu, the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh or, in July, the internationally renowned photography festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles. Arles is a gateway to the Camargue, marshlands that are home to wild white horses and pink flamingos; you can explore them on horseback or in a kayak.
Hôtel & Spa Jules César Arles - MGallery by Sofitel
9 Boulevard Des Lices
How to Get There
The preferred airport for Hotel Jules Cesar is Marseille (MRS-Marseille - Provence) - 54.4 km / 33.8 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.