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Escale Oceania Aix En Provence
Ranked #10 of 68 Hotels in Aix-en-Provence
Falls Church, Virginia
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80 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“great budget place, but emphasis on budget”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

Now, take this review with the grain of salt given it's based on a family of 3...I imagine this review might be 4 stars if I were traveling solo.

Pros: cheap, clean and modern room (fixtures, bed, all were nice), free parking, breakfast included, respectable self serve coffee machine, good outlet location(s) in the room

Cons: ultra simple buffet breakfast, separate toilet and shower (still hate this no matter how many years I'll live in Europe), smallish rooms, 2-3km walk to town center, plentiful parking, NO fridge in the room (standard double).

Overall, a nice place to stay. We were there in November and the first night of 2, there was literally ONE other couple at the hotel that we could see. One car in the parking lot, and one couple at breakfast and the hotel was DEAD. That said, there was no mention of a room upgrade or the like. My wife and I, traveling with a small kid wondered how much better of an impression we might have had at this hotel had we been offered a slightly better room....I mean, really, would it have been ANY trouble at all for the desk person to just plop us in a bigger room and mention that they were doing so as to earn some brownie points from us as guests? If this is the age of review driven sales, then they failed. If I set aside that little gripe, then I'm ok with having stayed here. It's a tossup if I would default back to Oceania in lieu of finding something better for the money though.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled with family
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New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2013 via mobile

I stayed here whilst visiting Aix and the surrounding area on business. It was easy to find with great parking (free) and a good price. The hotel and rooms are clean, stylish and modern. It is about half an hours walk from Aix city centre. At night my colleague and I found parking in the centre easy but a cab cost only 8 euro.

The only thing to mention is because the shower and sink are in a glass partition off the bedroom, you couldn't really share with a friend. The toilet does have a proper door though.

I requested a room change to a higher floor as in the room I was initially given on the ground floor I felt quite vulnerable, as the French doors open onto the car park and you can't bolt them or lock them, even though probably very safe. Wouldn't have worried if I had been with my husband but when travelling alone I'm more cautious.

Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Sydney
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2013

Overnight stay.

Free parking, breakfast included in our rate of 110€ per night weekend rate.
Staff very friendly and poke English well 5-10 min drive to town centre, underground d parking cheap at night for dinner time.

About 30 min walk from hotel to town or bus stop put front of hotel.

Wonderful clean modern rooms ( no refrigerator ) and fabulous breakfast! Would stay again!

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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We stayed here for 2 nights and had a very relaxed stay. The staff is very courteous and helpful. Rarely does one see such a beautifully located hotel with such nice staff and absoluetely neat & clean rooms at such a price.

A very hospitable place with a nice boulangerie nearby. Getting into Aix town is not difficult at all. A short walk (15 minutes) or a few stops on bus 4 or 8 will get you there.

Has ample parking too.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

I was in the beautiful town of Aix-en-Provence for a conference and was not able to get lodgings in the centre of town. I was able o get a room at short notice at the Escale Oceania some 2 km from the centre of Aix. This is a functional hotel, clean and with good service. It had a decent bar and provides a decent dinner, if you so wished to dine in. A place to seriously consider if lodgings in the centre ville of Aix cannot be found

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Fremont, California
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

We stayed at Escale Oceania for a few nights when our friends recommended against staying in the main city because of traffic issues. The hotel itself wasn't too bad, but nothing special either. The rooms are small and the bathroom and toilet divied, but okay for a short stay. The 3 stars are for the hotel as a space. However, we enjoyed our stay (5 stars!) because the people there are extremely polite, friendly, courteous and very helpful!

While we were trying to avoid city traffic by staying outside, it was ironic that on the first night when we decided to go to city for dinner, we drove round and round for an hour with no luck with parking...We drove back reluctantly to eat at the hotel restaurant (totally anti-climactic) but it actually worked out very well! We're both vegetarians and so were skeptical about the menu, but Omar (the person who runs the restaurant) was so nice and polite, he offered to prepare a custom meal for us- pizza and salad and it was fantastic! His friendly interaction and service made us go back there for dinner the following 2 nights, both with custom meals again- we didn't even bother trying the city because we felt taken care of. Over those 2 evenings, we got quite chatty and Omar even gave us tips about gifts, souvenirs, nice spots... all in all, a great stay! I only wish there was more around the hotel, but that's another discussion altogether.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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Verona, New Jersey
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2013

We got in late in the evening and left by 9 AM the next morning, so the whole stay was less than 12 hours. I can say that the front desk staff was good, the elevators were clunky (loud and took a long time between floors), the room itself was a nice size with a good bathroom, but you could hear hallway noise clearly. Breakfast was not very good.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Escale Oceania Aix En Provence
Address: 12 avenue de la Cible, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Aix-en-Provence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Best Value Hotel in Aix-en-Provence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Escale Oceania Aix En Provence 3*
Number of rooms: 90
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Just 2 km from the town centre, the hotel Escale Oceania Aix en Provence is an ideal spot for visiting the region. With easy, pratical access and free private car park, the hotel offers this year comfortable refurbished rooms, together with new facilities: fitness room, outdoor swimming pool, lounge bar, terrace, a tree-filled garden and free WiFi connection. ... more   less 
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