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L'epicerie - Une chambre en ville
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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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Reviewed 16 September 2013

The situation of l'epicerie in the old town is great for seeing Aix. It's a bit shambollic in that the owner Luc does not live on the premises so relies on his assistant to run the B and B in the few hours she is there. This causes some issues with check in although we had been given a code to let ourselves in. The garden is a bit shabby but has a certain charm too. Our room Canelle was the biggest of the four and was what we expected. Breakfast is just bread jam and coffee in the dining area filled with collectors paraphernalia. We found is comfortable Friendly and charming but I guess it might not be to every bodies taste. The free wifi connection is excellent throughout.

Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 September 2013

What I really loved about this b&b was our room (Calisson room I think). You could tell a lot of effort had gone into making them really beautiful. The location was also really good (although we had an entertaining time finding it sans GPS). It was really central with lots of great restaurants and bars right on your doorstep (Luc was be able to recommend some good places to eat & things to see). As some people mentioned we didn't think the breakfast was quite up to the standard of some of the other places we stayed but perfectly adequate for what we needed. If you have a car there's a parking building just around the corner from the b&b.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 August 2013

My husband & I stayed in the Vanille room, whilst our friends had the Calisson suite. Both rooms were lovely and charming - I loved our bathroom. The wardrobe door was broken but we didnt need to use it so it wasnt a problem. It's in a great location, in the heart of Aix and right by a car park. There are stairs and no lift, but it's an old building in an old town so I wouldn't expect anything else - it's only a problem if you had mobility issues. Breakfast was in the lovely Epicerie - it is simple (mainly bread with jam and coffee - and no decaf!), but that's quite typically French. We only stayed one night, but would have liked longer in Aix & the B&B!

Stayed August 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

We spent one night at L'epicerie in the Vanille room. The B&B, while having a completely nondescript entrance, was charing once inside. After schlepping our bags up the stairs, we found a beautiful, if simple room, with an excellent shower and comfortable beds. The bathroom was recently remodeled with colorful tilework, and nice wooden floors in the bedroom. The room was quiet and private with a rustic charm. Nearby parking was convenient, although it was difficult to unload our bags on the one-way street.

The only sour note was the poor breakfast. While we had read on TA that the breakfasts run by Luc were delicious, Maria provided only store-bought bagettes with butter and jam. We felt let down, and were put off by the somewhat rude service. Luc was very welcoming when we arrived and spoke good english. But be sure to get the door access code, because he is frequently not there and no one will let you in.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 13 July 2013

We stayed 4 nights in this wonderful town. The B&B is very well located but the owner is coasting when compared with the efforts of other owners in France, Spain and Italy whose facilities we experienced. Breakfast was inadequate and we supplied our own fruit and yoghurt after day1. Maria the breakfast lady tries hard and is fun but she only has bread and jam to work with plus a daily cake or pastry. The garden has potential but has been let go and is partly occupied by old furniture and other bits and bobs.
We enjoyed the overall experience (after all, we were in Aix!!)but it could have been so much better. At 130E per night it wasn't cheap.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 June 2013

The main attraction to this B&B is going to be the set up of the traditional store as a setting for breakfast, however the breakfast itself is fairly simple. Coffee/tea, croissants, butter and and a range of wonderful home-made preserves.

We met Luc and his daughter Colleen when we checked in, however did not see them again for the remainder of our two-night stay. Maria is very friendly and accommodating and joined us for breakfast on both mornings.

The room we stayed in - Canelle suite - was fantastic. While the bathroom did not offer shampoo or shower gel, it did have a hot tub and two sinks. The suite had an air conditioner in the bedroom as well as the lounge area, but be careful when using them as we found that when we used the remote to switch one off, the other would turn on! Closing the lounge door solves this.

Canelle was also a very quiet room, which was much appreciated.

You also can't beat the location. Parking is VERY close by (about 90 seconds walk) as are various bars and restaurants.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 13 June 2013

This is a sweet B & B in a wonderful location. Our room, Vanille, was a nice size and overlooked a pleasant garden. It had a nice bathroom with shower and plenty of hot water. Luc and Maria were friendly and accommodating. A few minor issues: the stairs are quite steep and could be challenging for some and the breakfast, while there was wonderful house made jam with good bread, had little in the way of protein. We purchased our own eggs and Maria graciously boiled them and had them available for us each morning after the first day. Also there are no common spaces, so if you want somewhere to be other than your room, there are not much choices.

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  • Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: L'epicerie - Une chambre en ville
Address: 12 rue du Cancel, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Aix-en-Provence
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Ranked #6 of 67 B&Bs / Inns in Aix-en-Provence
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Number of rooms: 2
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