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
- 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
Le Pigonnet is a beautiful Provenzal building surrounded by a beautiful garden where to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or a drink. The garden is paradise in the middle of Aix july heat, with wonderful trees, plants and fountains. You will want to spend the whole day there!
However, if you want to look around, it is only a 15 minute walk to the center of Aix.
The staff at reception, the bar and the restaurant are all friendly and helpful.
We spent a great time here and absolutely recommend this hotel if you plan to go to Aix-en-Provence in warm weather when you can enjoy the garden.
Very pretty hotel 10-15 min walk from city center. Gorgeous grounds/gardens, nice pool. Great restaurant.
Room was reasonably spacious and well equipped.
Two of my gripes with the room are common to Europe:
1) why in the world do they insist on exposed showers that splash all over the bathroom? This is not chic. It's stupid design.
2) The bed is made with 1 layer of a "comforter sandwich" - a duvet covered comforter only. This is also stupid. In in summer, who wants a heavy comforter? And with this design, no way to get rid of just the comforter to leave a sheet layer. Had incomplete success trying to communicate to housekeeping (in my broken French), that we needed a sheet.
Value-wise, yup, it was expensive and they want pre payment when booking, but I'd say it was not out of range of other hotels in its class, so we just swallowed hard and opened our wallets.
The last complaint was specific: the fitness center was poorly maintained. They had the minimal requisite equipment (1 treadmill, a bike, a rowing machine - no elliptical and one multipurpose strength machine plus a few dumbbells). This might have been ok except...poor sanitation: no machine wipes, no soap in the bathroom, a non-functional shower. The floor mat was gross dirty and no way to clean it. At least the towels were clean and the drinking water cold. Better than nothing I guess.
Would I stay here again? Yes. Very peaceful, beautiful experience with good food.
Le Pigonnet is a comfortable hotel and has a lovely garden and terrace for dining and pool and lounging area. The restaurant is excellent both for dinner and lunch and there is an excellent buffet breakfast. The staff were very welcoming, friendly and helpful. The hotel is located about 15 minutes walk from the centre of Aix but the hotel has a shuttle service every hour throughout the day.
Stayed at Le Pigonnet for 4 nights. While the gardens are extraordinary, the stay at the hotel had so many things that were just not up to the standards of a highly-rated hotel. When we arrived, our door to the room was being painted. It was difficult to access the room with luggage without getting wet paint on your clothes or hands. The carpet in the room had multiple stains and was filthy. After complaining to the front desk staff, the Manager called that evening to ask if we were satisfied with our room. While we were not, we had unpacked by this time and agreed to stay in the room as not all rooms have king-sized beds. There were ants crawling on the windowsills every day. The housekeeping service was awful, leaving only one fresh towel in the room, two days of trash not taken out, used glasses left on the table, not replenishing the bathroom supplies, and two days not even making the bed or cleaning the room without being asked. The room was never vacuumed. We sent out clothing to be dry cleaned and had to go to the front desk at 11:00 at night to ask if they had been delivered. This hotel came highly recommended by friends who stayed two years ago. Clearly, the situation has changed. For an expensive hotel, you expect exceptional accommodations and service. This was not the case.
Spent four nights here in late June 2018. Loved everything about this hotel. Staff could not have been nicer, the gardens were beautiful and a great place for outdoor breakfast. Very tranquil, peaceful setting. The walk into the downtown Aix area was a short 10-15 minutes at a leisurely pace. Highly recommend.