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
Great spot in the center of all the activity, nice pool, two bars, good breakfast. Front desk arranged a taxi on market day (super busy in front of hotel and all along the street) to get us on our train in a timely manner.
We enjoyed our deluxe room very much - it was large, comfortable, beautifully decorated and clean. Staff helpful and friendly. Excellent breakfast. We enjoyed the pool very much - the water was nice and warm and the adjoining garden area delightful. The only negative would be the cost of staying at this hotel.
This exquisite hotel in Arles is really a good choice as it is centrally located and is very comfortable. The hotel, rooms and the restaurant are all beautifully decorated. There are all the necessary amenities including bathrobes and bathroom slippers. They also give free water and there is a nice tea/coffee corner.
Breakfast is very good and there is a good variety of food. The restaurant of the hotel is also a special one.
As a last minute booking (literally a walk in) we were delighted with this Hotel. The Staff were friendly and professional and the room we were given was excellent. I loved the art works and decor of Christian Lacroix throughout and very happy to recommend this establishment for anyone hoping for a special stay. It was also fantastic to have parking made available and yes we did have to pay 20euro for this privilege. Definitely worth it.
Once you find the way in...(do not arrive on market morning days), The whole experience was exceptionally lovely. Check in was really helpful, luggage and car sorted for us, comfortable clean room. All the rooms were compact, (so whacked upper thigh on towel holder in the bathroom), but honestly a nice place to stay. And... the swimming pool was set at 28degs! mmmmmm!!!