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
Wow. What a welcomed relief to arrive here in the searing August heat. The pool was so inviting we dumped the bags and were cooling off in minutes. Great lounges and cushions around the pool, complimentary beach towels. Super fabulous to have the helpful staff deliver drinks and snacks poolside - was such a treat after bussling around busy France. Later I noticed how beautiful the interior was decorated and the perfect lounge sitting areas. Our room was well equipped with an stunning opening window onto the tree lined street. Very very comfy bed with crisp new linens and luxurious towels. Loved the tea and coffee facilities in room - not common in Europe. Check in was very efficient and friendly. The location is 10/10 for a scenic stroll into the heart of the old town. The architecture is stunning. The town perfectly clean. Loved it. Only one issue, the hotel takes an 80 Euro shadow off your card on checking in and refunds it on departure if you don’t charge any food/drinks etc to your room. In reality the refund takes two weeks to land back in your account despite what you are told at reception. Not really a big deal but if this happens to you every few days and with the current exchange rates you can end up with quite a sum of money that is unavailable for you to use on your credit card. Would return in a heart beat to Aix en Provence and to this hotel.
My teenage daughter and I really enjoyed our stay at this hotel. It’s very well located, only about a 5 minute walk to the old town which has tons of restaurants and nice shops. The pool area is lovely and relaxing with enough sun loungers and no rowdy noisy people, even at peak holiday season. If you want a very quiet time at the pool though go in the morning as around lunchtime they start playing samba style music which I don’t have a problem with per se but after a few hours of the same kind of music, it’s a bit much. They serve drinks and food poolside. We only ate our included breakfast in the restaurant (and once in our room at no extra charge) so can’t comment on the food at dinner (places for dinner in town looked more lively and were more reasonably priced - BTW thank you to the receptionist who recommended Le Bidule - we went twice!). The buffet breakfast was good - nothing out of this world but good for pastries, orange juice and a bit of fruit. Overall a very good stay with (apart from one grumpy staff member at the desk) excellent, kind and helpful staff. Highly recommend.
We totally enjoyed our stay at this property and we warmly recommend it.
Great location, central.
Fabulous facilities, very modern and very clean.
Excellent restaurant and bar.
Very professional and friendly service at Front Desk.