Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix en Provence MGallery By Sofitel
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
We had a great stay here. The staff were extremely helpful. The parking was more spacious than most parking decks in France. The breakfast was absolutely terrific. The pool was marvelous. This is a good hotel to just come to relax.
I would highly recommend this hotel. Great location, close walking distance to Cour Mirabeau. Very good restaurant- great breakfast with loads of options. Dinner was excellent, make sure to try the duck. Staff was very courteous.
The hotel is modern, clean, and tidy. The staff could not have been more helpful - they offered travel advice, restaurant recommendations, and even helped with my French pronunciations. The restaurant is excellent - the food was very very good and our waiter, Aurelien, was delightful. When I go back to Aix, this will be my hotel of choice.
As excellent as this hotel is, it is worth noting that it is just outside the old city walls so there is a short walk to get to the heart of the old city. If you are driving into Aix or will be meeting a bus tour, this is the hotel for you. The cute hotels inside the city walls are just too hard to get to with a private vehicle.
I highly recommend a stay in this hotel.
very well located hotel , close to the shopping and restaurant area. this hotel has it all ! nice rooms with quality supplies friendly staff . the pool is 31 degrees . a real pleasure.! A nice restaurant. i did not like that you have to go thrue the restaurant to go to the pool though . the room was nice but a bit dirty on the bathroom door .
This hotel is situated just a little outside the centre of Aix, but within easy walking distance. We found the bedroom, lobby and restaurant to be excellent. A very comfortablebed.WE had a very good evening meal there, adn thebreakfast was outstanding in its quality and varieety. Not cheap, but worth it.