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
- 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
The hotel looks great from outside.
the lobby, bar and restaurant are very nice and comfy,
gym is not real gym
the room is small and basic and without balcony
but the location is the best you can choose
parking cost about 17 euro per night
breakfast is nice and good, you have all what you need and more, fresh and tasty
, The reception guy is very kind and helpful, ready to support anytime
I stayed during 2 nights and the experience was great. Warmly welcomed by service (specially on first night by reception guy called Vikash), I enjoyed my stay thanks to the good facilities, tasty food and good location. The non crowded fitness room and bio food selection of the breakfast are also recommended.
Stayed for 2 nights recently. Staff were all very friendly and helpful. Rooms are great and even include l'occitane toiletries. I only ate breakfast in the hotel and it was great, quite expensive though. Lot's to choose from and you can even order omelettes etc. Location is good, 10 min walk to the bus station and a few minutes walk into the heart of the old town. I would definitely stay here again next time I'm in Aix
I organized a meeting there it everything was perfect. All my team really enjoy the hotel and also the restaurant. We went in the city to try to find a place to eat but when we saw the menu in the restaurant of the hotel we decided to eat there. It was a very good experience. The quality was there. Don't go outside the team will take care of you.
Good first impression with a friendly reception from the car valet and front desk. However, the carpet in our room needed cleaning & the bathroom door was grubby and the cushions on the bed were dirty. The mugs we had used for a cup of tea on the first morning were not washed.
The glass screen on the shower bath did not extend far enough to stop water from the power shower splashing and neither was it sealed where it adjoined the wall so lots of water went on the floor until we noticed & mopped it up.
The bed was very comfortable and the room was nicely quiet.
Breakfast had a good continental selection and a small choice of warm items - bacon, sausages, potatoes, eggs and ratatouille although more warm items were available to order. Alot of the 'fresh' fruit on offer was going off or was actually bad leading to a large number of fruit flies in the restaurant which could have easily been remedied.