Accommodation: Other Places

This is a personal selection of the best hotels and B&Bs (chambres d'hôtes) in Provence.

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All of them have been visited personally, not written up from press releases or the hotel websites. We've had a jolly good look round them on our "inspections" and stayed in some ourselves.

But remember: hotels can change hands, be totally refurbished, go to rack and ruin or even close down altogether. For this reason we have noted at the bottom of each review the date(s) when we visited.

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By making a reservation through them you can often get a very good bargain while helping us cover the running costs of the website.

The other, increasingly popular, option is, of course AirBnB, which is very well entrenched in France (though, as elsewhere in the world, hoteliers are lobbying against it).

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bandol hotel delos from seaFirst things first: the splendidly eccentric Hotel Delos is not, strictly speaking, in Bandol. It's on the Île de Bendor, a tiny island a short seven-minute boat ride from the mainland.

bandol ile rousse2Bandol's only five-star hotel-spa, the Île Rousse is brilliantly located right on the beach in a quiet street near the marina, shops and restaurants of the town centre.

bedoin hotel la garanaceA pretty, typical provençal mas (farmhouse) with blue shutters and a flower-filled garden, the Hotel la Garance is perfectly positioned for visiting Mont Ventoux.

Gordes Mas de la Senancole1Just outside Gordes, Le Mas de la Sénancole is an attractive and affordable base for exploring the beautiful villages of the Luberon.

hyeres h hotel bedroomFormerly known as Les Printanières, the H Hotel was refurbished and rebranded in 2013. Despite its bland new name, it's a friendly, slightly quirky independent hotel, not part of an international chain.

lacoste clos de la lavandeThe little village of Lacoste in the heart of the Luberon is short on hotels. But instead it boasts some very attractive B&Bs, of which Le Clos des Lavandes is one of the best.

Lourmarin Le Moulin entranceA converted 18th century oil mill, Le Moulin de Lourmarin offers an ideal location, an unusual building full of charm and character and a high level of personal service.

Maubec Bois Breant caravanStay in an elegant 19th century country house, go glamping in a treetop cabin or have an erotic adventure in your own private boudoir - all at La Bastide du Bois Bréant in Maubec.

Auberge du Merou Niolon logoMost of the beautiful calanques, or mini-fjords, along the Mediterranean are confined to day-trippers. This small, historic hotel-restaurant is one of the few places to spend the night.

Toulon Best Western La Corniche hotel entranceOverlooking the bay and beaches, with a pretty little port and the 17th century fort Saint Louis in the foreground, La Corniche must enjoy the loveliest location in Toulon.

visan la parentheseSet in lavender fields, truffle woods, olive groves and vineyards, La Parenthèse is a perfect base for exploring Northern Provence, whatever the season.

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