Hôtel & Spa Jules César Arles – MGallery by Sofitel
What We Love
- Fabulously colorful interiors by Christian Lacroix
- The spa, with Cinq Mondes treatments and a relaxation room overlooking the hotel’s courtyard herb garden
- Outdoor pool with a top-notch snack bar in warmer months
What To Know
- Hotel Jules Cesar is on a busy boulevard but the guestrooms overlook quieter streets or gardens
- Free WiFi
- Arles has plenty of lively cafés and restaurants
- The spa is open only on Tuesdays throughout the summer
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Christian Lacroix was born in Arles, and he’s made his mark on the town with a flamboyant redesign of this former convent. The rulebook has flown out the Provençal window: There are clashing colors, oversize patterns and plenty of surprises. From carpets that look like stone tiles to wood paneled doors that are actually flat, trompe-l’oeil is everywhere; you’ll find yourself touching things to see whether they’re real or an illusion. The corridors are candy-pink, the walls in the stairwell are bright yellow, and the black and white bar area is dotted with mismatched, brightly colored Louis XVI chairs. The super-stylish exuberance of the hotel will leave you smiling.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 50 guestrooms is different. Colors, patterns and textures clash dramatically, there are Lacroix textile designs on the carpets and walls, and it’s all offset with traditional and contemporary furniture. The redder-than-red courtyard rooms are popular with matadors, who stay during the festivals at Arles’s Roman arena. All rooms have tea- and coffeemaking facilities, a dressing table, TV and free WiFi. The bathrooms are subtly toned down, with Cinq Monde products, white porcelain sinks and shiny silver fittings.
The breakfast room is all about cool tones; let blues, grays and whites wake you gently while you choose between delicate patisseries and a very good full English breakfast. The Lou Marqués gourmet restaurant combines traditional decor with heavy hints of Lacroix, a somber backdrop lifted by crisp white tablecloths and mismatched, mutlicolor chairs. Dishes come with a local accent; think creamy risotto made from rice grown in the Camargue. Leave room for the chef’s special dessert, crepe suzette with a soufflé filling. And make time for a divine Cinq Mondes treatment at the spa, which features a sauna, a hammam and a sunny relaxation room overlooking the courtyard garden.
In the Area
Arles has the typical Provençal narrow streets and houses with shabby-chic shutters, as well as ancient Roman buildings scattered throughout the town. The Roman arena hosts bullfights, which are traditional in this part of France. Twice a year the Feria sees the quiet streets come to life with festivities. Not your thing? Arles also has a busy cultural scene. Visit the Musée Réattu, the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh or, in July, the internationally renowned photography festival, Les Rencontres d’Arles. Arles is a gateway to the Camargue, marshlands that are home to wild white horses and pink flamingos; you can explore them on horseback or in a kayak.
How to Get There
Didn’t stay here but did have a coffee. A fabulous building and has interesting decor.
We were served great coffee with small buttery chocolate chip biscuit. The service was good in a very comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Worth a visit.
Can’t fault the hotel, perfect, bang on location, lovely room and bathroom, beautiful gardens. Staff were superb, charming front desk concierge. Great breakfast, great value. Arles is well worth a visit, so much to see!
Loved it all.
Arles in Provence is worth a over night
Visit it is completely different than Avignon or Aix-en-Provence
There are Roman Ruins a Coliseum and Amphitheater
The Coliseum is still in use for bull fight
This hotel was a converted Carmelite convent
And redesigned by Christian LaCroix
Very close to attractions cool design
But it is good fair breakfast buffet
Wow sums this hotel up It is very stylish chic and slightly quirky in a good way. Our room was superb loads of room great bathroom and very help[full friendly staff which all spoke good English
The restaurant here is amazing with lots of options
We will definitely come here again it is a real treat
We stayed here on route to the south for one night and what a wonderful hotel. Meet and great fantastic, staff pleasant and helpful.
The room was massive and spectacular in decor, lovely in every way.
The hotel itself was wonderful, it has a small pool area, along with a bar area which has lovely gardens, the service their is a little slow.
We decided to dine on the restaurant terrace, which was lovely. The food was excellent, top quality but you would expect that from a five star hotel.
The European guests are a little snobby but pleasant enough.
Generally a great place to stay and enjoy the town, which has plenty to do and see.