where to stay in Aix-en-Provence

Old Apr 22nd, 2000, 03:56 PM
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where to stay in Aix-en-Provence

Can anyone recommend a good place to stay for around FF500? My father will be there in October, so maybe there will be some good deals then.

Thanks for your thoughts!
Old Apr 23rd, 2000, 06:41 AM
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I stayed at the Mercure Paul Cezanne which was under 500 and just near the tourist office and train. The room was very nicely decorated in Provencal fabrics and the plumbing was modern etc. On the down side, there was no parking from what I could see and you'd have to go to a cafe for breakfast as there is no restaurant.

They can be reached at 1-800-NOVOTEL (same chain) which makes for handy, toll-free reservations!
Old Apr 23rd, 2000, 02:24 PM
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Jane: Several years ago, I stayed at the Saint-Christophe. I would not recommend it. Very small rooms, terrible restaurant. Last month, I stayed at the Hôtel des Augustins and will go back. The location is wonderful, just a few steps off the Cours Mirabeau. It is on the site of an old monastery and done in that style. Two of us paid 800 FF for a twin. I don't know if a single would be within your father's range or not. The hotel has a website. The Dauphin is reasonable, has a good location and good reviews, but it has no lift. I think the Cezanne mentioned by Ellen is also in a good location. If your father stays there and has a car, he will find a parking garage about one block away. Don't leave anything in the car. Our wine was stolen from the trunk while in the parking garage.
Old Apr 24th, 2000, 10:34 AM
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Have stayed at the Grand Hotel Negre-Coste which is right on the Cours Mirabeau and I will be staying there again this June. A standard room with large bed, shower, wc is 420FF per day. The best thing is that there is parking right behind the hotel!!! And it's secured parking - big iron door that opens up when you enter. The hotel itself is clean (nothing really fancy - it does have an elevator), staff helpful and the location is the best - a few steps from Les Deux Garcons and a Monoprix right next door.
Old Apr 24th, 2000, 08:33 PM
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Thanks, everyone, for your suggestions! Terry, do you have contact information for the Grande Hotel Negre Coste?

How did you all find out about your accomodations? Can you recommend a good guidebook?
Old Apr 25th, 2000, 07:30 AM
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Try the Hotel du Casino.
Old Apr 25th, 2000, 07:43 AM
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I've also stayed at the Negre-Coste and agree with the previous poster's comments. I think I might have read about it in Frommers or Gault-Millau. It was recommended in several guidebooks. It is very centrally located, and there are many reasonable restaurants close by. The tourist office is a very large one and will make bookings for you on day-long bus tours of the area, but I don't know if this will be the case in October.
Old Apr 25th, 2000, 07:51 AM
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I was in Aix for a year during college and both of my parents came to visit while I was there (at different times). Both times I had them stay in the Quatre Dauphins (right by the fountain on Rue du Quatre Septembre). It was very affordable---under FF500, I think they paid around $70/night--- and really, really cute. I stayed there myself when I went back last year. They serve breakfast in the morning downstairs and the staff is so very friendly! I would highly recommend it. Also, a friend of mine had her parents stay at the Hotel Cardinal, just down the street for Quatre Dauphins. Similar price and also very cute.
Have fun!
Old Apr 26th, 2000, 01:12 PM
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I stayed at St. Chris & had a wonderful time.

SAINT CHRISTOPHE: 2, ave. Victor Hugo. Tel: 0442260124. Fax: 0442385317. Web site: http://www.francemarket.com/st_christophe/
E-mail: [email protected] (58 rms., 6 duplexes, all w/toilet
& bath or shower.) 375-430F/57-66EUR single; 425F/65EUR (shower)-465F/71EUR (bath)-565F/86EUR double;
610-770F/93-117EUR triple/quad. Call for duplex rates. Air-conditioned. Buffet breakfast 7-10:30am) at 50F pp can be
served in the room & on the terrace in warm weather. Visa, MC, DC, AX. English spoken (Catherine & Oliver), cable
TV, grand elegant hotel w/nicely to elegantly furnished & provincial-art-style decorated rms.which vary in size from standard to large, #109 & 112 (both w/double beds, showers & terraces) are for a double; #110, 111, 114, 314 & 312 (all large rms. w/2 twin beds, bathtubs & terraces) at 465F for a double; #218 (large rm. w/double bed, large bathroom
w/bathtub & huge terrace) at 565F for a double; #404, 405 406, 407, 408 & 409 (all beautiful duplexes) are for a family; 1 rm. has handicapped access, hair driers, soundproofed, great noisy location, bar, restaurant, elevator, 7 flrs., parking (61F per day). Owned/managed by Jean Paul Bonnet. They offer full-& half-board rates. For directions, see orientation. 5-min.walk.
Old Apr 26th, 2000, 05:44 PM
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My wife and I stayed at the St Christophe in November, 1999.

The rooms are not large, but then they are not as small as most Hotels in Europe. After all, you are in Europe to see Europe, not the inside of a Hotel room. The facilities were excellent with the bathroom actually having a bath in it (a welcome sight after 4 weeks of walking seeing the sights in Paris, Switzerland and Nice). The Staff were very helpfull and courteous, and the breakfast was very nice. We actually ate out at other restuarants for our other meals.

We paid FF440 plus FF90 for breakfast for a double room. I would go there again.

Try http://www.provencetourism.com/ for some further information.


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