Based upon the reviews here, I booked the Hotel Cezanne for 4 nights in early May at the end of a Provence trip and I very much enjoyed the unique hotel. I booked Aix as I'd heard, rightly as it turned out, that it's close to Marseille airport and was a small, univeristy
town with plenty of Provencal charm, which also turned out to be very
Upon arriving on the SNCF bus from Marseille, I got my luggage together and approached a taxi driver and as a habit, gave him the hotel name before getting into the car. He chuckled and said not to bother as the Cezanne was barely half a block up from the small Aix train station. I thanked him for his help and made my way to the Cezanne, and was greeted by a very well dressed desk clerk who checked me into room 306 within a few minutes. The elevator can be a tad slow and is rather small as you wouldn't get much more than two people with luggage into the lift. The spiral staircase is carpeted and I used it more often than the elevator the rest of my 4 night stay. My room, # 306, was well appointed with a large king bed, feather pillows and comforter, a large bathroom with tub + shower and a decent closet which had a refurbished antique book to it that added a nice touch. One feature business travelers may appreciated beyond the free mini-bar is the free safe that is big enough to accommodate a laptop. And, unlike others I encountered, this safe was easily set with a personal four digit combination. The room decor was a mix of modern & antique but it worked well and was quite comfortable for my tastes.
Besides it's location near the train station in Aix, the Cezanne is a very short walk to the tourism office which faces the main fountain, La Rotonde, which lies at one end of the Cours Mirabeau, a mini-Champs Elysee with as much traffic. Aix is quite walkable and the Cezanne does have an umbrella stand by the door should you have forgotten to bring one. Luckily for me they did as my four night stay was pretty well all rain from showers to outright downpours.
As others have mentioned, the free internet service is another nice touch and was much appreciated my me as I was able to keep in email contact with friends & family without spending a small fortune. Just off the main lobby is a bar area with a stocked cooler with chilled wine & beer that you could charge to your room. The bottle of beer I had one night at 5 EUR was more than I could've paid elsewhere but it wasn't outrageously priced and I appreciated a cold beer at the end of a day of touring. The lobby bar has quite a dramatic set of modern art and is set in lighting that changes slowly from white to blue to red.
The EUR 120 per night I paid was more than other hotels I'd stayed at in Provence but I found the Cezanne offered good value for a 3-star hotel with as good a location as it has. That rate wasn't out of line with similiar quality hotels in Aix either based upon the internet research I'd done before selecting the Cezanne. The staff were always quite pleasant and acknowledged me every time I walked through the lobby or left me room key at the front desk. I don't really have too many negatives to pass along other than my lukewarm tolerence for feather pillows and the one afternoon siesta I had derailed by construction work on the floor below. The Cezanne is a solid 3-star French hotel with a great location offering good value in a charming and unique package. I appreciated the fact it wasn't a chain hotel that and had it's own identity and would highly recommend
it to anyone wanting a little more luxury without breaking the bank.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- le seul boutique hôtel en centre-ville d'Aix-en-Provence. garage privé. Accès internet par Fibre. Petit déjeuner avec champagne Ruinart. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cezanne Hotel Aix En Provence
- Cezanne Aix En Provence