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Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus
Ranked #31 of 56 Hotels in Arles
Austin, TX
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5 reviews
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“Loved the Hotel Nord Pinus”
Reviewed 3 July 2006

Fantastic location and an extremely friendly and helpful staff. My wife and I stayed here for 3 nights, and loved it. The staff helped us with directions to a farmhouse in the country for reservation we had made, and printed us a map so that we could easily find it. Rooms are clean and somewhat spacious.

If you arrive by bus or train, you may wish to take a taxi ($10 Euro)instead of walking until you figure out the directions around town.

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Raleigh, NC
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Reviewed 24 May 2006

Just returned from four nights at the Nord-Pinus in Arles. Outstanding staff and very good restaurant, Occitane bath stuff and a great sense of history. Arles is an excellent place to stay. There is plenty to see and it makes an excellent, easy in and out, base for daily excursions. The hotel was a little pricy but a good value.

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Providence RI
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Reviewed 27 March 2006

The Nord Pinus is centrally located in historic Arles, in the Place du Forum. The hotel is beautiful, well maintained with a helpful attentive staff. We came in March and were upgraded to a large room with a balcony overlooking the square. The only drawback was that the room did not have a shower, only a hand-held shower spray, and there was no safe.

  • Stayed March 2006
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Reviewed 9 December 2005

My husband and I spent a month in Europe for our honeymoon this fall, and this was by far our favorite stop in all of France and Italy. The hotel had been described to me by a friend as "the coolest hotel in the world" and I think that the description fits. It's very eccentric and arty -- the Chelsea Hotel, in Provence. Every inch of the place is decorated with old bullfighting posters, gorgeous black-and-white Peter Beard photos of Africa from the 1930s, fading photographs of Jean Cocteau (who used to stay here), old mosaic work, and so on. It has a beautiful, ruined air. We were amazed at how much there was to do in Arles that was in the same vein; in that one tiny town, there is a phenomenal record store, a large independent bookstore, an art house/movie theater/morrocan restaurant, and other chic but affordable places to eat(don't miss La Chacouterie). The only drawback, if you are exploring Provence by car, is that Arles has very, very narrow streets, and our first attempt to get to the Nord Pinus was a bit harrowing. But we adored it, and are already planning our return someday. If you go, make sure to have a drink in the quirky bar before bed...Oh, and if you go during Easter time or the summer, you can see a bullfight at the old Roman forum. Don't miss this!

  • Stayed October 2005
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Reviewed 22 October 2005

Even though the name is still being worked into a lot of post vacation jokes, my wife and I found hotel to be a great place to stay. The hotel staff was very friendly and I was able to negotiate a good rate with the owner. The room was large and clean and the bathroom was updated and clean as well. It is located right on one of the central squares in Arles, which allows easy walking all over town. The building is very old but the pictures and art adds to the charm and makes the place very interesting. Great place for a couples vacation stay in a great town.

  • Stayed October 2005
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Warfield, Berkshire
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Reviewed 14 September 2005

This hotel is outstanding if you want to absorb real character and breathe in its charismatic history. It is cool, dark, mysterious and utterly charming...magnificent artworks by Peter Beard adorn the walls, the cozy bar is adorned with matador's costumes and photographs of famous visitors...Picasso, Jean Cocteau, Dominguin (famous matador), Fernadel (famous actor) etc. Also, its location is ideal for wandering the town. The staff were excellent...helpful but never fawning. We stayed in the apartment, which is a second floor suite with a large balcony overlooking the Place du forum. It is accessed via a private spiral staircase and has large rooms on split levels. Of a tour throughout Provence and Languedoc, this was the real favourite!

  • Stayed August 2005
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Reviewed 17 August 2005

The best place in Arles to have breakfast is just in front of the Hotel. One of three tables is in front of the remains of ancient Roman columns, so don't sit at this one unless you don't mind the odd tourist rudely ignoring your idyllic setting whilst they manouvre around your table in search of the best shot.

The hotel itself is the best you can get before it starts getting ruined by poshness. Certainly not your boring, plush but soulless 5* hotel. Good service (refreshingly laisser faire). The interior is as atmospheric as Arles itself, not a hermetic bubble.

I tried the restaurant. Very good food. Not as prompt as it could have been, but perhaps that's just a one-off. If you order an expensive wine (like me) make bloody sure you really can tell if it's off or not on your first tasting - I stupidly thought expensive=reliable. It means quality, but given the age of the wine, you have to reject the inevitable duds. I suffered in silence rather than admit my incompetence. I'm sure the wine waitress would have helped me out had I asked her opinion.

The lift is old, and the square spiral staircase is older still - it slopes inward due to age and is a tad disconcerting despite being rock solid. Give it a go.

Yes, this hotel is for those who aren't addicted to their car. Great fun negotiating the narrow streets to get to/from the hotel, but the hotel's car parking is ideally for the duration of your stay, and perhaps you car brought out only for the odd day trip.

  • Stayed May 2005
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Property: Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus
Address: Place du Forum, 13200, Arles, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Arles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#6 Luxury Hotel in Arles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Grand Hotel Nord-Pinus 4*
Number of rooms: 26
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small hotel with Old World Charm in building dating from 1850; restaurant; multilingual staff; located in city center. ... more   less 
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