La Bastide de Gordes Palace
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Located in Gordes, La Bastide de Gordes Palace is in the historical district and minutes from Chateau de Gordes and Caves du Palais Saint Firmin. This 5-star hotel is within close proximity of Village des Bories and Senanque Abbey.
Make yourself at home in one of the 41 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Relax at the full-service spa, where you can enjoy massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, which include 3 outdoor swimming pools, a sauna, and a fitness center. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Food & Drink
Grab a bite at one of the hotel’s 3 restaurants, or stay in and take advantage of 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 2 bars/lounges.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, limo/town car service, and express check-out. Planning an event in Gordes? This hotel has 2045 square feet (190 square meters) of space consisting of a conference center and meeting rooms. For a surcharge, guests may use a roundtrip airport shuttle (available 24 hours) and a train station pick-up service.
How to Get There
Our four-night stay at La Bastide de Gordes was so special and memorable. Located in one of Provence's most charming towns, La Bastide has a spectacular property right off the main square. The hotel has so much character and charm, and the views from the rooms and restaurants over the valley are very beautiful. We stayed in July, at the height of the tourist season and the lavender bloom, so the towns were busy, but La Bastide was like an oasis of calm; a special retreat. You hear no noise from town while in the hotel or gardens, and it is so relaxing. The decor throughout the property is very tasteful, and our room was charming, well-kept, and very comfortable. The gardens and pool are excellent, and no matter where you are in the property, you feel surrounded by a special atmosphere. The service is kind and competent, and the food was delicious. Breakfast was a generous buffet of every imaginable item as well as some unique surprises. Eating on the terraces, with views over the valley, was most special. Choose a room carefully to ensure you have the view you want since I believe some room look towards the street and town (and not the peacefully valley). The hotel's valet parking rates are also reasonable considering there is no alternative (parking in the village is a nightmare, and we were glad to avoid it). Provence is such a special place, and La Bastide rises to the occasion and elevated our experience in this famous corner of France. We look forward to returning, hopefully someday soon.
In a country where “Five Star” can represent such a frighteningly wide spectrum of quality and service and where often the touristy destinations invite disappointment with regards to what a hotel actually delivers, La Bastide de Gordes is nothing short of a multi faceted, illustrious and sparkling gem.
The hotel itself appears to hang-on to the side of a small elevation, draped with the old fortifications of a small town in the midst of the Lubéron Mountains. It is elegant, understated and the true essence of luxury. Every detail of the property is deliberate and adds to the layers that elevate this hotel to a level that is rarely seen nowadays. More importantly the intimate nature – only 40 or so rooms – makes this a bastion of civility in an otherwise tour bus crowded medieval enclave.
Unlike many other hotels in France where the spirit of hospitality has faded, it is alive and vibrant at La Bastide de Gordes. Staff are engaging, smiles seem genuine and service is spontaneous. When coupled with the recently completed renovations rendering the property aesthetically, technologically and gastronomically up to date, you have a hotel that over delivers on every level. The fact that it is composed of what appears to be a series of small building, cobbled together adds to the intrigue and charm as floors don’t align perfectly and romantic passages and hallways lead to stunning terraces, rooms or vistas. A note regarding the rooms: each room is intimate, adorned with whimsical paintings and antiques that make one feel as if one is living in a perfectly curated country home rather than a commercial operation. Few hotels – especially ones that do not have the financial backing of hobby investors or larger corporate entities achieve such perfection for its guests.
As a guest, a few words of advice… (1) Avoid the high season. Although I am sure that the hotel would make full occupancy seem effortless to its guests, the town of Gordes aches under the busses and tour groups that infest it. (2) Although the hotel is extremely child friendly, all the children we saw were respectful, well mannered and gracious. (3) Make time for the pool; there is no more sublime setting in France.
The village of Gordes sits high on a hill and La Bastide is almost at the top and overlooks a beautiful valley. A member of the "Leading Hotels of the World", it attempts in many ways to be a proud member of that elite group. The staff are friendly, professional, made a point of remembering our names, and responded to our needs in a timely manner. The views from the various terraces are wonderful. The outdoor pool is in a garden like setting, heated, with showers and change rooms. There is also a spa, indoor pool and children's pool. The three dining rooms all overlook the valley. As the hotel was created from a series of old houses, it initially felt like a maze, but staff were happy to re-direct us when we missed our destination. Comfortable indoor lounge/bar area in case the weather is cold and rainy as it was sometimes for us. Be careful when booking your room; they offer "valley view" or "village view". Note that the "village view" means that your windows open onto the main road into/out of the village. It is a busy, noisy road and you will want to sleep with your windows closed (there is air-conditioning available). Avoid room 311. We spent one night in that room which overlooks the main road, is opposite the hotel parking reception area, and is also across from their garbage rooms. We were kept awake by activity in both the parking and garbage areas. However the following morning we spoke with the duty manager who switched us to Room 113. While also fronting on the busy road it was far enough from the other two problem areas that, with closed windows, our sleep was not disturbed. Lesson learnt: if you can, select a "valley view" room. Ideally situated to visit the village of Gordes without having to worry about finding a parking spot especially on market days. We stayed three nights and would have been satisfied with two.
La Bastide de Gordes is located in the very picturesque village of Gordes atop a hill in Provence. It is the perfect base to explore the surrounding area and all that it has to offer.
The property itself is relatively small at circa 40 rooms. The moment you enter the reception area you are greeted by the magical view of the valley opposite. It is this view that really enhances the experience as all of the public areas share a slightly different angle of this vista.
Unless you are going to spend an absolute minimum of time in your room then a valley view is a must otherwise you are missing out on the full La Bastide de Gordes experience. The rooms that we had were very tastefully decorated and unlike many high-end hotels today, they oozed charm. The bathrooms were not the standard all over polished marble that has become the norm; instead they had a less fitted feel with reclaimed tiles, a bespoke vanity unit that gave the impression of being more antique furniture than hotel bathroom. The colour palette and carefully chosen fabrics, and furniture gave the room an individual feel. The attention to detail was high with plenty of lighting options with all round dimmers, and a television hidden behind a mirror complete with a music and movie library.
Thoughtful touches in the room included a complimentary minibar with a varied selection of locally produced juices as well as a generous quantity of mineral waters. Housekeeping was very thorough, even placing a lens cloth underneath sunglasses that had been left on a desk. All in all they have successfully blended a luxe countryside feel with the amenities that one has come to expect in a 21st century Palace rated property.
The public areas flow very well following a similar design aesthetic. The swimming pool surrounded by lawns and perched on a terrace overlooking the valley is another perfect place to enjoy spending time. The spa area is very peaceful and there is a sauna, steam room and experience showers alongside the indoor pool and loungers and day beds. A selection of dried fruit and nuts and Mariage Freres teas are provided in the spa area and is another example of the abundance of thoughtful touches that feel generous and really add up to elevate one's experience.
The staff throughout were very attentive and friendly and always interested in ensuring that we were enjoying our stay. In fact, every staff member was kind and caring, and it was this warmth that made the stay so special.
The restaurants that we tried were very impressive (reviewed separately). The champagne brunch was a real highlight - the variety and quality of the patisserie was truly exceptional. Dinner in La Citadelle was most enjoyable too and for me the quality was on par with many 1 star restaurants.
On Thursdays the hotel have arranged for local winemakers to present their wines pre-dinner; this is a great idea to enable guests to engage with smaller, local vineyards that might not otherwise be on their radar.
The bar area had a warm atmosphere and a DJ playing contemporary lounge music was a great touch and highlighted how well this property manages to blend the classical with the contemporary.
We were never tempted to try the Pierre Gagnaire affiliated restaurant, largely as the menu seemed overly fussy (although this may be an effect of the menu descriptions rather than the dishes themselves) and the pricing is more comparable to a 2 star + restaurant. Whilst the Michelin guide obviously isn't the be all and end all and can be fairly inconsistent, I don't quite understand the logic of pitching a 1 star restaurant into 2 or even 3 (admittedly not any especially local to Gordes) star territory price wise as it merely serves to elevate expectations to such a level that what may be a perfectly pleasant meal will not deliver to levels that are unreasonably and artificially inflated.
All in all this hotel has so much to offer from a magical setting, to beautiful interiors, and fabulous cuisine all brought together with a warmth and generosity from their staff.
Everything about this hotel was lovely, from the decor to the incredibly gracious staff. Don’t let the “antique” look of the place fool you, every thing in the hotel is up-to-date room and well appointed. Breakfast was a treat, an enormous selection of eggs, cheese, ham, breads, and a Viennoise selection that almost made me weep. We also enjoyed dinner in the fine dining room. And the VIEWS!!!!