We traveled as a family of four (2 small children) and had a pleasant stay for three nights.
Yes, location is a bit out of town, but it is on a lovely grounds. (Aix itself is about 10-15 minutes away, and parking is difficult in-town. ...I really dont think you could find such nice accomodations for this price point in Aix.) Don't be alarmed by what people say about the hotel being in an industrial part of town; there are high end automobile dealerships and a garden store nearby - it does not feel dangerous or ugly by any means.
We had an issue with the air conditioning in our room - it barely functioned. I was disappointed they couldn't get it fixed in the three nights we were there, but they supplied extra fans, and ultimately their fabulous front desk manager, Claire, made things right for us - she saved the stay!
Re breakfast: our best recommendation is to exit the hotel and take a right. A very short drive down on the left is a shop called Paul, located on the end of a small strip mall. It is actually a well-known chain boulangerie (bakery) and delicious, not to mention reasonably priced.
And yes, we would return; it was lovely. (P.s. A tip for Americans like us - Remember you are in a foreign country so their norms and customs are different than ours; embrace it!)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Impressive 16th Century Chateau, a 2-story, U-shaped mansion with yellow plaster exterior & tile roof. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De La Pioline Hotel Aix-En-Provence