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
We enjoyed the hotel Jules Cesar ... The personnel was very helpful and friendly ... efficient for all our little trips around like Camargue or city tour in velo-cab .. The hotel decoration looks very original It was very clean and the spa was very pleasant and the services from Melanie there was great and very positive ... Back massage for my husband and facial for myself .... Just great ...!!!!
This is not a 5-star hotel. It is Art Deco on the cheap. No storage, delapitated armoires, no space in the bathroom, wooden stumps for night tables, and a general feeling of uncomfortable. Nothing like the pictures. Dining room staff was sparse and inattentive. Beds lumpy and uncomfortable and turn down service was a couple of chocolates on the bed and nothing else. The decorator was colour blind. I would not stay here.
Very disappointing. A triumph of form over function. Renovated by Christian Lacroix in 2014 this supposedly five star hotel is already looking very tired. Cutting edge design may be one thing but when it comes at the mercy of comfort, practicality and value for money, it is another.
We checked in for a 40th birthday weekend to a classic double room for three nights at 207 Euros per night, 20 Euros per night parking and no breakfast. On the day, Booking.com was advertising a rate of 150 Euros per night including breakfast for the first night we were there.
There is virtually no storage space in the room – no drawers and a very small and dilapidated armoir that was not deep enough to fit hanging clothes without them being side on. The bedside tables were just wooden logs on end. We requested a small chest of drawers or similar but were given a tatty old tea trolley on which to stack folded clothing.
The bathroom was very small, which is of itself not such a bad thing, however in this one the size of the tub was minute, the shower hose was not long enough to reach the wall attachment from the mixer so I could stand underneath and with the tub being so narrow, the shower space was compromised and water went all over the floor. The toilet leaked, the seat did not fit the toilet and never had. Staff did attend to the toilet leak but the hotel did not have a longer shower hose.
The staff were very god and tried to help.