Don't be misled by the rather imposing lobby at this former Carmelite convent styled like a Roman palace, as the rooms—recently spiffed up by Paris designer and Arles native son Christian Lacroix—have high-arched ceilings and massive Provençal armoires softened by plush carpets and burnished colors; some look over the pretty cloister, where breakfast is served under a vaulted stone arcade. For other meals, you may repair to the intimate Lou Marquès restaurant (closed
Saturday lunch, Sunday dinner, and all day Monday from November to April), which serves dishes like rack of lamb with celery crumble or sea bass on crab and pumpkin ravioli. A garden and heated pool (open Easter to mid-October) enhance the surroundings.
Bd. des Lices, Arles, 13200, France