In business for over two decades, Le Mozart has been long cherished by travellers as an excellent value hotel in a very expensive city.
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Its name inspired by the classical connections of the Festival d'Aix, the Hotel Le Mozart is located down a side street off the ring road around the old town, very close to the Cimitière Saint Pierre where Paul Cézanne is buried.
It's a brisk ten minute walk from here to the centre of Aix (and a little further to the main Festival d'Aix venues), so if you want to stay in the heart of the action the Hotel Le Mozart is not for you. It's also a fair hike from both the bus and Aix Centre train stations.
The payoff is the unbeatable room rates and relative calm. Though it's still in the leafy suburbs of Aix, the area really does have, as the brochure claims, something of a rural feel to it.
With its 48 bedrooms, Le Mozart is considerably bigger than it looks from the outside. It's on a busy road but set well back from it, and most of the rooms are at the side or the back, so you should not be disturbed by the traffic, though the public areas are tiled and there will be internal noise from people walking around.
The small, simple, very clean rooms are decorated in bright modern provençal style and have air conditioning. Most of them are on the small side, but adequate; some have baths.
There's free internet in all the bedrooms (in theory, that is; in practice some are a bit far from the routers), as well as in the public areas.
Others have no terraces, but are quieter and have a pleasant view of the neighbouring gardens (the hotel itself has an outdoor breakfast terrace but no gardens).
Parking is in the forecourt, which is on a rather steep slope and has space for about a dozen cars. It's free but you can't reserve in advance; it's strictly on a first come first served basis.
There's a daily charge for the hotel's secure underground car-park, though it will still cost you a lot less than the pricey municipal car-parks in the middle of town.
As usual in France, breakfast costs extra but there are plenty of cafés and bars just up the road.
Visited June 2012
Where: Hotel Le Mozart, 49 cours Gambetta, 13100 Aix en Provence. Tel: (+33) 4 42 21 62 86. Fax: (+33) 4 42 96 17 36. Book a room at the Hotel Le Mozart