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Bastide du Cours
Ranked #27 of 70 Aix-en-Provence B&B and Inns
Aix-en-Provence, France
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Best value”
Reviewed 23 May 2013

Right in the center of town but still not too noisy, an old building which was renovated, a luxury room with a huge bath tub, sauna and other perks, and when compared to hotels near-by offers the best value for the money.
Also great restaurant open also to the main boulevard.

Room Tip: Parking is extra Euro 20 - better to find a parking close-by if you have a car or reserve in advance
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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39 reviews
37 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2012

Hotel is in a fantastic location -right on the Cours Mirabeau. Not great if you want to drop your car and luggage though - especially if it's a market day. We found it easier to park in a building and lug our bags to the hotel.
The room was lovely - classic decorative room with large bath and terrace. But the wifi was patchy and once you were shown to your room - that was about it.
The staff were not particularly helpful or fluent in English and you are very much left to yourself to figure things out - like how to find the guest entrance to the street without having to dodge waiting staff and diners.
Having said that - the rooms were charming and the location more than made up for any frustration.

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Sydney
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30 reviews
26 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2012

We chose the most expensive room type given it was a 3 star hotel and we weren't disappointed. We often stay in cheap rooms in expensive hotels and vice versa.

As others have said the hotel is located on the main street (Cours Mirabeau) and backs onto the old town. The front is a restaurant / cafe which you walk through to get to the rooms and a small terrace.

Our room overlooked the terrace and it was peaceful and charming. The room was rather large at the back of the property, it actually had a long hallway between the bathroom and separate toilet making the room feel even larger. The room, decorated in provincial style, was actually better decorated than other higher star hotels were stayed at.

There is no lift however we had a waiter from the restaurant (who also doubled as a driver to take our car to the garage) take our large bags to our room. Some did have limited English but we managed and lots of smiles were exchanged.

Wifi was free and just password protected, much easier when you have multiple devices.

It doesn't come with all the added extras but if you're just after a good hotel room to allow you to explore Aix this is it. Given what we paid we'd happily recommend this hotel.

Room Tip: Choose a room that is not on the street
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Los Gatos, California, United States
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

Bastide du Cours is really a restaurant with some rooms to let. Its location on Cours Mirabeau is very convenient and central, but that's it.

Our room was on the 4th floor and the hotel does not have an elevator. This is a challenge if you have luggage (or even if you don't).

The managers were always very busy with restaurant activities, and we had to compete for their attention. One of them did not speak any English, and that was challenging. Most hotels would help you book tours, but this one directed us to the tourist office (at a convenient distance).

The building is kind of charming, but the room and bath could have been cleaner. We had to walk through a smelly courtyard to access our room.

The wifi did not work in our room and was spotty even in the dining area.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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1 Thank Pritha S
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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33 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2012

Hotel is near impossible to find. There is no elevator and we were given a room on the 4th floor....which can be a surprise if you bring significant luggage. The front desk personnel were very helpful. There was no wi-fi as advertised. Another couple had a room in the back which had sticky rugs and a dirty terrace. The bathrooms are beautiful but not very functional....no showers that work. Would not recommend the restaurant beyond cafe or espresso. Beds are awful....mattresses may pre-date this 18th century structure. The restaurants in the old town serve food for tourists....do not expect to find decent cuisine in this area of Aix en Provence.

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  • Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Istanbul
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12 reviews
9 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2012

The location of this hotel is very central and walking distance to old town, the decoration of the room is nice classic. I didn't much feel like we were staying in a hotel it was more like an apart. The entrance of the hotel is from the restaurant and there's not much of a reception or concierge, which is something I like and use usually when I'm abroad. The staff barely speaks English, not very helpful as most of the French service sector. The room decoration is nice but the bed was not comfortable and the bathroom again very nice decoration but not user friendly, because of the French bath tub when we took a shower the whole bathroom floor and room was under water, you had to hold the shower in your hand it wasn't possible to hang it. Also the heating in the room was working properly but I guess since it was fancoil system the air in the room was so dry. So in terms of decoration and atmosphere its nice, but keep it in mind that this is not like a hotel in traditional ways

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Rio de Janeiro
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254 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 314 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2012

This is not exactly your average B&B, as the rooms (well, I only got to know one, but I could tell from the pictures the others were like mine) are way better than most hotel rooms anywhere in the world. The bathtub in my room alone was worth half the rate. The room itself was very spacious and the place is conveniently located at Cours Mirabeau. But it is definitely not a hotel, as management and most staff appeared to consider guests as something of an obstacle to their daily routines. However, as in many restaurants and hotels in France, once you show them a little rudeness in return, preferably in french, you get a little more respect. But just a little. The local restaurant was really good and worth a visit, even if you don't stay here.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Bastide du Cours
Address: 43/45/47 Cours Mirabeau, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Aix-en-Provence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
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Ranked #27 of 70 B&Bs / Inns in Aix-en-Provence
Hotel Class:2 star — Bastide du Cours 2*
Number of rooms: 11
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