Hotel Le Pigonnet
What We Love
- The former private estate’s property, featuring 4 acres of stunning private gardens filled with mature trees and fountains and a beautiful pool
- The facade of the main hotel building, a classic Provencal scene; the inside, however, is anything but traditional, with contemporary fabrics and finishes providing unexpected twists
- Splurging on traditional French cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant, La Table du Pigonnet
What To Know
- The property is a short walk from central Aix-en-Provence
- Le Pigonnet was renovated in spring of 2013
- Accessible rooms are available
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With its romantic, ivy-covered facade and traditional green shutters, 18th-century Hotel Le Pigonnet and its gardens provide a pleasurable base from which to explore Provence. Its renovation strayed from the typical toiles and matelasse bedspreads you’ll see in many local properties; instead, rooms were given a hint of the city by the use of metallics, modern light fixtures, and textured fabrics. The gardens have stayed true to their history, and you’ll feel transported back in time as you sit with nearby mountain views.
In the Area
Aix-en-Provence is a charming, brightly colored market town in the heart of the Provence countryside. Explore the tree-lined streets and stumble upon one of the town’s renowned medieval fountains before visiting Les Deux Garcons, a brasserie frequented by Paul Cezanne and Ernest Hemingway. Shop for lavender and local textiles, then finish your day with a hard-earned glass of chilled rose.
How to Get There
Immensely enjoyed this special place. From the garden bar and jazz, to the bountiful breakfast in the window-laden dining room overlooking the expansive backyard, Le Pigonnet delivers a pleasurable. Perhaps most remarkable is stumbling upon the spot in the backyard that was Cezanne's vantage point in painting the Aix hills he made famous.
My wife and I stayed for 3 nights at this very attractive and peaceful l hotel. It was a special anniversary for us and we were treated to a lovely room with a balcony that overlooked the pool and the garden ( Room 36). The room was spacious and very nicely decorated and the bed was very comfortable.
All the staff were charming and helpful. We ate once in the restaurant in the evening and the food was very good. It is a 15 minute walk to town from the hotel which might be an issue for some people but we enjoyed the stroll, especially after dinner. There is a regular shuttle bus run by the hotel which takes you to and from the edge of town. Last shuttle out and back is 8 pm.
It was out of season so we were not able to enjoy the splendid pool and beautiful gardens. I would think these would be wonderful in the Spring and Summer.
The gardens are lovely but so is the terrace and the breakfast room and bar and lounge area. The staff are friendly and very helpful. Nice touch - macarons in our room on arrival. Our room was a little shabby but it was very quiet and the bathroom has the fluffiest towels I've ever used. Unfortunately the bed was hard and uncomfortable. Breakfast is comprehensive with delicious fresh juices. There is no buffet cooked breakfast but you can order a la carte. We ate one night in the bar, a tapas selection which was delicious, and made use of our welcome free drink, anything we chose. The hotel has a swimming pool, and a gym which appeared to be rarely used. There are a couple of things to be aware of. Firstly there is nowhere else nearby to buy breakfast so have it included with your accommodation and, secondly, the hotel is 15 minutes walk from the centre of Aix. This means it is quiet and the hotel has a shuttle bus. There's plenty of parking at the property.