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
Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix-en-Provence has the best staff ever. My journey started with the super professional and lovely Melanie at the front desk. Melanie not only ensured all my booking details, she also offered many insider tips in regards all the good dining options in town. Her friendliness really set the tone for my stay. Her passion for the guests were genuine, I felt very welcomed by her. Another shout-out to Julien, a very helpful guy working at night at front desk. He's very elegant and yet he provided all the help that I need. Room is clean with lots of storage space. Bathroom is equipped with L'Occitane products. Location wisely, this property is super close to all the actions, all within walking distance. A tip for even more pleasant stay here: indoor car park within the property is available for 20 Euros per day. But be sure to reserve a spot in advance, since public parking around the hotel is pricier and even harder to get.
This hotel is amazing! It's conveniently located within walking distance of the Cours Mirabeau and the rest of the amazing sites of Aix en Provence. Since the first day of our stay, we've been treated like family by everyone, especially Vikash! He always greets us with a smile and gives us plenty of recommendations for restaurants and things to do in the city. The rooms are clean and modern with comfortable beds, towels, and other nice amenities. We'll definitely be returning to this hotel when we visit Aix again!
I stayed at the Roi Rene about 6 years ago and it is still at the very high standard that I remember. The room was very comfortable and the service was excellent.
It is centrally located and almost everything you could possibly need is within walking distance.
We had two stays at the hotel in October 2018. It is located within easy walking distance of many shopping areas and restaurants in the Cours Mirabeau. The amenities are great. The rooms are clean and very comfortable. The AC was turned off for the season, which some people who are temperature sensitive did not like. The staff was outstanding! Always with a smile, ready to help. They were very fluent in English and offer a high degree of professionalism. Our contact there when we were booking, was Aurelie, a true gem to work with. She helped us make all the arrangements and made a point to come out and greet us when we got there. Our first group size was 12 and the second was 18. The hotel is beginning to show some age, but the staff and the service more than make up for it. We are planning on staying there again on our next trip.
I stayed 4 nights as we had full day meetings in this hotel. Overall the service is really excellent. The front office folks, like Aurellein, were particularly helpful and answered all our requests efficiently. Nice bed and pillows.