Hotel Le Pigonnet, Aix en ProvenceAix is an upscale city where accommodation tends to be pricey. To find the best places to stay, we've toured several of the loveliest luxury spots but found some fantastic budget bargains too.

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Aix en Provence is very compact: you can easily walk around the central area and you're never far from a reasonable restaurant.

Some of the B&Bs here are excellent value and a great way of getting insider information: the owners of Le Jardin de Marie, for example, work as guides and interpreters at the tourist office.

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

And, if you sign up to this online peer-to-peer booking agency using this link, you'll get 30 €uros off your first stay!

You can also stay relatively cheaply in certain of the simple downtown hotels, such as the Hotel des Quatre Dauphins (pictured); others, however, can be decidedly grim.

Head for the Old Town if you want to be near the main action for the Festival d'Aix en Provence (the Aix en Provence Music Festival).

However noise is endemic in the narrow streets and historic buildings in this area, as well as on the Cours Mirabeau, and public parking can be expensive and/or hard to find.

Salon, Hotel des Quatre DauphinsNeither of these will be such an issue in the higher-end hotels. The classy new five-star Hotel Renaissance is on a pedestrian plaza in Aix's cultural district (though private underground parking here comes at an extra charge).

Several, like the Hotel Le Pigonnet (pictured top left), are slightly out of the centre, though many of these "country house hotels" are still within easy walking distance, and should lay on shuttle buses for those who can't or don't want to go on foot.

At the lower end of the price range, the Hotel Le Mozart is also outside the ring-road and has its own car-park.

Room rates vary widely according to the season. We've provided a rough indication of the price bracket, but check the hotel websites for the latest details.

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And bear it in mind that prices rocket during the Festival d'Aix in July (you'll need to reserve well ahead for this period too).

The hotels and B&Bs listed below are a purely personal selection, with no pretence at being either objective or exhaustive.

All of them have been visited in person, not written up from the hotel website or publicity material, and all of them have something special to commend them.

We'll be adding constantly to this list, so check back soon for new arrivals. Click on the links to read the full reviews. And, if you can, do support this website by making your reservation through our affiliate partner, booking.com

Hotels

Hotel Aquabella Three star hotel, spa and casino in the Old Town - €€

Hotel des Augustins Converted monastery in the town centre - €€

Bastide du Cours Luxury on the Cours Mirabeau - €€€

Hotel Cézanne Four-star flamboyance near the central station - €€€

Hotel de Gantès Chic boutique hotel on the Cours Mirabeau - €€€€

Hotel Le Mozart - Pleasant budget hotel on the edge of town - €

Hotel Le Pigonnet Country house hotel on the edge of town - €€€€

Hotel des Quatre Dauphins Simple provençal tradition - €

Hotel Renaissance Super new five-star hotel with an arty theme - €€€€

Grand Hotel Roi René Old-style four-star for business and tourism - €€€

 

 

B&Bs

28 à Aix Sumptuous hôtel particulier in the Mazarin Quarter - €€€€

L'Epicerie Vintage style and a warm welcome in the Old Town - €€

Le Jardin de Marie Intimate guesthouse in the Mazarin Quarter - €

 

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