Fodor's Expert Review L'Imperator

15 rue Gaston Boissier, off Quai de la Fontaine, Nîmes, Occitania, 30900, France Fodor's Choice

This local grande dame in a lovely neighborhood near the canal and Jardins de la Fontaine is now a gorgeous contemporary hotel, complete with indoor and outdoor pools, a bistro, and a gastronomic restaurant overseen by superstar chef Pierre Gagnaire. Pablo Picasso, Ava Garder, and Jean Cocteau all stayed here for the famous Féria de Nîmes (bullfights), and the stunning decor features plush furniture in lovely shades of teal, noble materials (there's marble everywhere), and a sparkling spa. The fabulous Hemingway Bar in the downstairs lobby opens onto a huge terrace, and the gourmet Duende restaurant promises to be one of the best tables in Nîmes. For families, the hotel has added child-friendly activities and eight stunning private villas.

PROS

  • richly atmospheric
  • excellent location
  • wonderful restaurant and bar

CONS

  • pricey
  • some rooms have better views than others
  • books up quickly in June around féria time

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Sophisticated
Central
Local Flavor
$$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 04–66–21–90–30

HOTEL DETAILS

53 rooms, 8 private villas
Rate Includes: No Meals

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