Nice small hotels
in the south of France.
page lists a choice of small quiet independent hotels in the South of
France - from budget hotels to boutique hotels, and especially hotels offering good value for money. It should be
noted, nevertheless, that for upmarket hotels on the French Riviera,
good value never means cheap ! For the best
deals, try the shoulder months of may and June, or September and
October. These are the best months in the south of France, generally
sunny and warm, but with less tourists than in the busiest holiday
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Rooms generally over 100 € per night. For travellers on a
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The south of France
the classic sense of the term, the "south of France" has come to
signify Mediteranean France and its hinterland - south and southeast
France rather than the southwest of France.
In this acceptance of the term, the South of France
is divided conveniently into two parts - east of the Rhône
and the French
Riviera -) and west of the Rhône (Languedoc-
To the east of the Rhone, the hills come virtually down to the coast,
and there is only a very thin coastal plain in parts, none at all in
others - but lots of old seaside towns. To the west of the
Rhone (for hotels see Languedoc hotels),
there is coastal plain bordered by long sandy beaches, but few old
coastal ports, as in bygone days the coast was also bordered by
of nice quiet hotels with character.
lists small independent hotels with character, that offer a
relaxing environment and good value for money.
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hotels in Provence
6b - north and westThe Provence heartland covers the following
departments (listed west to
13 Bouches du
(Marseille, Aix, Arles )
04 Alpes de Haute Provence (Digne)
05 Hautes Alpes
€€€ Villeneuve les Avignon
(84 - Vaucluse) Hotel
**** Top rated four-star hotel, with 32 rooms,located in a villa
standing in its own grounds, in Villeneuve les Avignon, across
the Rhone just opposite the historic centre of Avignon. Pool. Not
strictly independent, but part of a small independent chain of
hotels, this hotel is affiliated to Best Western. An ideal base from
which to explore the area around Avignon and inland Provence.
Fontaine de Vaucluse ( 84
*** The hôtel
is an intimate small hotel, with wonderful gardens, an outdoor pool and
hot tub. A haven of peace 20 km east of Avignon, and just a short walk
from the village of Fontaine de Vaucluse. This is a clean comfortable
hotel with friendly and attentive staff, that gets top reviews for
location and atmosphere. Fontaine de Vaucluse is famous as the home,
for seven years, of the Renaissance poet Petrarch (the
in the hotel name).
€€€ Les Baux de Provence (13
Bouches du Rhône).
The Mas de l'Oulivier
is a delightful small four-star hotel, nestled among the olive groves,
cypress trees and lavender in the Alpilles regional park. Gardens,
pool, 27 rooms. A central location between Avignon, the Camargue,
Arles and Aix en Provence
€€€ Aix en Provence (13
Bouches du Rhône).
was once the home of composer Darius Milhaud. It is a short
distance from the station and from the Cours Mirabeau and the centre of
old Aix. The hotel has the charm and quality of an old Aix town house,
and merits much better than its two-star rating. Spacious,
bright and air conditioned
Bouches du Rhône).
at Manosque, between Aix en Provence and the Luberon, gets good
reviews. Small friendly hotel in the historic part of Manosque, nice
clean rooms, and good value for money. Plenty of cafés
street parking no problem in this small town. Great base for
discovering the Luberon and the Gorges du Verdon.
(13 Bouches du
Though classed as two star, this hotel, in a seventeenth century town
house, deserves three or four*. Calm, tasteful, friendly; air
conditioned rooms. In the heart of the old town, close to the Roman
arena and amphitheatre and to the Rhone. Generally excellent reviews.
Bonnet en C (05 Hautes Alpes)
lies a few hundred yards from the N85 Grenoble-Marseille highway, north
of Gap. Excellent reviews. Hotel in la rural setting with large
gardens. 23 spacious and comfortable rooms, lounge, restaurant, well
situated for outdoor activities all year round.
La Grave (05 Hautes Alpes)
de la Meije
*** are a small complex of modern chalets, at the edge of les Ecrins
national park: magnificent setting with spectacular views towards the
la Meije glacier.
Swimming pools, spa, and a friendly
Restaurants close by in the village. Telepherique in easy walking
distances; a lovely calm mountain location in summer.
hotels and the stars .... Hotel
star ranking in France, though revised in 2009, is
largely an amenity-based system rather than a quality based system. A
hotel with all the required amenities can
qualify for more stars, even when the services are quite basic.
Conversely, a bijou hotel that does not get enough amenity points as
required for a
given star level will find it hard to qualify for the star
This means that while the French hotel star ranking system
by and large reflect quality, it is not always the case, and it is
quite possible to find
some really good two-star hotels, and some fairly tawdry three star
There are even some well established ** hotels -
at least one in this directory - that
prefer to forgo a third star because the extra star would entail higher
taxes and greater obligations that would not necessarily be offset by
information for the southern regions of France
on the Esterel coast (83 -
friendly two star hotel in a small out-of-the-way seaside town between
Cannes and Saint Raphaël. Ideal location close to sandy beach,
restaurants and shops. Free parking. Train station 1 km. Reasonably
priced given the location. The main complaint seems to be the lack of
English & Italian TV channels...
near Toulon (83 - Var) €
** In this small seaside town, character two star hotel on the corniche
by the sea, close to the beach, the marina and 5 mins walk from the
station. Easy parking most of the year. Simple, clean and reasonable
size rooms; restaurant with sea view. Friendly welcoming staff.
sur mer near St Tropez (83 - Var) Hotel
** Quality two-star hotel in a quiet residential area of this small
seaside resort off the main routes. No swimming pool, but the hotel is
about 600 metres from the beach. The welcoming German owners speak good
English and French, the rooms are clean and spacious, and the
atmosphere is warm and friendly.
(83 Var) Hotel Chastelas
***** Mythical small luxury hotel among the pines on the
Saint-Tropez peninsula; five stars, 7 suites and 16 rooms. Pool.
(83 - Var) La
Bastide Saint Tropez
***** Just 26 rooms in this smallt five star
hotel in Saint Tropez, the ultimate chic resort: a beautiful old
residence in its own grounds, standing among palm trees and other
exotic Mediterranean vegetation. Pool, restaurants, very
Le Lavandou (83 Var)
** is set in grounds of two hectares, overlooking the sea in this
popular family resort. The hotel gets top reviews for its calm and
tranquil setting, sea views and friendly welcome, as well as value for
money. Heated outdoor pool.
Alpes-Maritimes - the French Riviera
***** As someone put it, "a hotel to die for" - but only for a
once-in-a -lifetime treat. This hotel is perched like an eagle's nest
at the edge of the dream village of Eze, on its hilltop overlooking the
Mediterranean between Nice and Menton. Not cheap by any means, but
maybe worth it for the experience. Pool.
les Pins Hotel
le Petit Castel;
*** This hotel is located among
the pine trees in a calm residential area on the isthmus between Juan
les Pins and Antibes. It's a good small three star hotel, offering
comfortable accommodation but nothing glitzy. Easy walking distance to
the town and to the beaches.
Juan les Pins - Antibes
la villa Cap d'Antibes
**** is a very quiet small hotel set in its own Mediterranean
short distance from the beaches and restaurants of Juan les Pins.
Outdoor pool, free guest parking, clean
comfortable rooms and welcoming
staff. Not cheap, but then don't expect to find cheap hotels
les Pins .
(06 - Alpes Maritimes) €
PLM Cannes ** is a small two-star hotel in the
centre of old Cannes. Lots of good reviews. A short walk from the train
from the beach and the famous Croisette boulevard. Plenty of
restaurants in the vicinity.
between Nice and Cannes. Hotel
*** this very-well reviewed three-star hotel is close to the historic
centre of Vence, the "artists town" in the hills just inland from the
coast. It gets top marks for cleanliness and friendliness, and has both
a garden and a terrace. Rooms are attractive, and nicely
Côte d'Azur €
Marbella ** Magnificent
views out over the port and sea from this small hotel at the eastern
edge of Nice. Small but clean attractive rooms, friendly staff and very
good value for money. Most rooms have sea views and are quiet; but make
sure of a sea-view room when booking. The few rooms on the street side
are not so quiet. No website Tel 0(0 33) 4 93 89 39 35
Fax 0(0 33) 4 92 04 22 56
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