Pleasant accommodations far from the glamorous towns on the Riviera, about an hour and a half on the highway from the Marseille airport. The original house dates from the eighteenth century, roses were in the bloom on the trellises and the young staff tries hard to please.
The room was comfortable if not fancy, just enough storage in one dresser and two small closets, spacious bathroom with side-by-side sinks. The shiny Grohe fixtures in the walk-in shower are probably the only touch of modern.
Our window opened to the garden where M. Gleze, the owner and chef, grows his herbs and flowers, and our door opened onto the outdoor pool. Be sure to dine at La Bonne Etape every night, the fine dining restaurant is worth more than its single Michelin star. Every dessert we sampled was outstanding, and so are the breads and pastries at the breakfast buffet.
This is a good base from which to travel through the small towns of the upper Provence; the highlight for us was Moustiers, a spectacular little village built on a sheer rock wall about an hour's drive east, renowned for its ceramics.
And finally the rates at La Bonne Etape were the best value of any of the four hotels where we stayed on this trip to France. Great little getaway, highly recommended.
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- Also Known As:
- La Bonne Etape Hotel Chateau-Arnoux
- La Bonne Etape Chateau Arnoux