I had trepidations about the Mas based on some of the reviews here and so was so completely blown away by how lovely it was when I arrived with my boyfriend. It is only a five minute drive outside of Arles but the setting, with its wandering paths amidst the gardens, was a welcome relief after the crowds in town. We were treated to a heart felt welcome and I soon understood why the other guests that were lounging on relaxers and beside the pool looked so at home. Time to open up the rosé!
We stayed in the Chambre du Commandeur which was very spacious with high cielings, was decorated with antiques and had a nice view over the gardens and pool. Each room that we peeked in at seemed to have a slightly different theme--the modern room with its own terrace on the top of the Mas will be for our next stay.
I loved the over the top decor in the 12th century chapel--ask about the origins of the two ton statue of the Virgin Mary. The Mas is unique and not at all the cookie cutter experience that we found throughout the region. The owner is charming and a great source of information for the area. If you hate animals, then this is not the place for you--there are dogs, cats, horses and geese! Otherwise, don't hesitate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At the foot of Arles, a former priory belonging to the knights of Malta was built on the road to Saint Jacques de Compostelle. Within its walls and its 16 th century chapel lies a small hotel, at once charming and full of character. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mas De La Chapelle Hotel Arles
- Mas De La Chapelle Arles