Me and my wife have stayed in better but few worse 2* hotels, both in France and other countries in and outside of Europe.
We stayed at Artea two nights at the beginning of May 2008.
The rooms tariffs are expensive compared to the low overall quality of services offered by Artea.
The rooms are just adequately sized (we were 2 people in a double room) but the walls dusty, the bathroom walls and door dirty, and the 'clean' towels very musty (the second day they give us a towel already used and we had to ask a new one) the soap was really cheap, and the bathroom really quite ugly. Can't say I'm that into nice bathrooms, but this was dire.
The staff are not particulalry helpful, and apart from one lady who was kind, all others looked like they'd rather be somewhere else.
In a strange way the hotel resembled Aix a bit, in that the town itself is a bit dirty, with the typical French dog poo everywhere, little character (surprising given its heritage), few good places to eat, and not much to do. Having arrived in Aix from Arles, and Avignon, I would reocmmend both of these over Aix.
Needless to say, I wouldn't stay there again.
Go there only as last chance, if you don't have any other solution!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A private 3 star townhouse hotel, l'Artea captivates with its Mediterranean spirit and its discreet and elegant décor. Located in the heart of Aix-en-Provence, this friendly hotel was once home to Darius Milhaud, famous composer of classical music. It was in this former private townhouse, one of the most beautiful in Provence, that Darius Milhaud composed magnificent symphonies, operas and other musical pieces. L'Artea offers an interesting and rich cultural access through its proximity to the tourist office, the Rotunda Fountain, and the Grand Theatre de Provence. Within the historical quarter of Aix-en-Provence the hotel unveils its 48 comfortable rooms. The hotel l'Artea offers a pleasant well-equipped meeting room for up to 50 people. Have a relaxing stay in one of our comfortably well designed rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Artea Hotel Aix En Provence