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Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de La Celle

Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de La Celle, Brignoles

At a Glance

    Pros

  • Michelin-starred eats
  • lovely view
  • "standard" category room has lower rates
  • a true Provençal experience, with all the glamour minus the glitz

    Cons

  • some say restaurant service can be slow

Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de La Celle Review

Superchef Alain Ducasse put this beautifully restored 18th-century bastide on the map when he opened a restaurant here in the early 2000s; other draws include guest rooms that mix Louis XVI and regional accents, private gardens, and vineyard views. The inn, once part of a convent where future queens of Provence were raised, still has a formidable kitchen headed up by Chef Benoît Witz, whose seemingly magical creations find a superb balance (and a Michelin star) between taste and texture: picture hake fish with sweet almond purée and gnocchi, or saddle of lamb with squash and fried chickpea panisse. As with the ingredients-driven food, the overall experience here betrays a genuine appreciation for the goodness of simple things.

    Hotel Details

  • 10 rooms.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Restaurant closed Tues. and Wed. mid-Oct–mid Apr.
Updated: 12-18-2013

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