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La Bastide du Paradou
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London, United Kingdom
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“Very pleasant stay”
Reviewed 1 April 2014

First of all, this place is really more like a cross between a hotel and a large B&B - it is run by a colourful and eccentric local character, Jean-Louis, who tries his best to cater to your needs and tell you all about the interesting local sights and things to do in the area. First off, if you are not coming in a car, you need to know that the hotel itself is situated amongst some houses and small farms below the main village of Moustiers itself. Locating the hotel on foot proved to be quite an adventure for us, but armed with GPS and maps, it wasn't too bad in the end. However, the steep walk up to the village takes about 10 mins and part of it is completely unlit at night, so make sure you have a torch handy if you intend on coming back after dark!

We arrived off-season and so the hotelier kindly offered us our choice of room - we chose Uranus at the far end of the building on the first floor, which was delightfully bright and airy. The rooms and bathrooms are large and the beds are very comfortable - there is a TV with many channels including BBC News. If we had any niggle at all, it was that the wifi signal was extremely weak to non-existent in this room and we had to move to the opposite end of the corridor to pick up the wifi, which meant that we had to leave our room whenever we wanted to use the internet. It wasn't a big problem as the hotel was completely empty when we stayed, but might be something to bear in mind in the summer months. Everything was spotlessly clean and Jean-Louis cooked us breakfast which was a pretty elaborate affair. There is also a delightful garden which must be heavily utilised in the summer months (it was still a bit chilly for us). There also seemed to be parking for 3-4 cars directly opposite the hotel.

All in all, a pleasant and uneventful stay, we would definitely recommend this place unless the somewhat steep walk up/down to and from the village poses a problem for anyone.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Liebefeld, Switzerland
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

If you don't mind a 10min walk uphill to the centre of the village where you find a lot of nice restaurants this is a very good place to stay for a couple of nights. The rooms are spacious, nicely decorated and very clean. We also very much enjoyed to relax in the garden nipping a drink (there is a small bar in the hotel). The breakfast is freshly made but may become a little bit boring if you stay for more than a few nights.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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St Peter Port, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 28 August 2013

This is small hotel in one of the tourist hotspots of Provence.

Moustieres is a beautiful and interesting town with plenty of good restaurants and this authentic little place lies at the foot of it a steep but short climb up to the town centre. Very well situated but probably not ideal for older people in view of the climb.

It has only 8 rooms but which are nice , spacious , quirkily decorated, comfortable, pleasantly uncluttered and air conditioned.

The proprietor is a charmingly eccentric world-weary character, very helpful and engaging, kind and informative. Service is charming and laid back though rather than professional and sharp so make sure that you are not in a hurry to get anywhere fast.

On the face of it, prices may seem a little high for what is really an unpretentious upmarket Bed and Breakfast (Bed and Breakfast establishments in France are limited to 5 rooms max 15 people, anything more has to be classified as a hotel) but at height of season with no accommodation in sight anywhere in sight for love or money were not unreasonable and we were certainly not complaining.

I have always thought that France would be just the most perfect country on earth if only someone had simply bothered to teach the French how to make breakfast. Well someone had certainly taught this chap. Breakfast was superb taken in the garden under the fig trees. Freshly squeezed orange juice , homemade preserves including the best marmelade (which is rare enough to find anyway in France as it is) I have ever eaten, fruit with ham, yoghurt and right down to the individual goats cheese marinated in lavender honey. A nice touch was that we had explained to the proprietor (a Breton from Vannes) the evening before that we had a holiday home in Brittany. So he went out in the morning to the nearest grocery store just to buy us some salted butter on top of the ordinary local butter to have with our breakfast. We had not asked for it and I am not a fan of it particularly, but it was the most incredibly kind and thoughtful gesture on his part we thought.

France at its absolute quirkiest best.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 August 2013

We thoroughly enjoyed our night here. We are a family of 2 adults and 2 teenagers and were wanting to escape the coast for a couple of days and explore the Verdon area. Despite the fact that it poured with rain (in August) we had lovely night here. The bedrooms were uncluttered spotless and spacious. All seemed freshly decorated. Breakfast was generous and served in the garden. There is also a funny little bar area where my husband thoroughly enjoyed a glass of wine with Jean Louis, who is, as others have said, is a character. The brief walk into town is delightful and had the sun been shining we would have loved to spend the evening wandering around the village and its many pottery shops. As it was, we still enjoyed ourselves but got very wet!

Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Madrid
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Reviewed 16 August 2013 via mobile

We were on our 14 days trip through la provence and we booked a night in this hotel. After the difficuties of finding the hotel (match with google maps), we finally found it below the village. The host (Jean Luis) was nice with us, and gave us a room on the first floor when he realized that my wife was pregnant. The room was very spacious, and lovely decorated although the bathroom had a shower without any kind of curtain. We thought that the breakfast was too expensive (10€ +2€ more if you wanted scrambled eggs), and a bad surprise was that we had to leave the room at 11am when normally is at 12am. In my opinion a little expensive compared with other's offerings.

Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Modena, Italia
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Reviewed 15 August 2013

The hotel is nothing special, rooms are normal, really nothing special. Bathroom is quite old and bathtub is without any protection so having a shower means messing up the room.
In addition the shower phone has no support on the wall at all...
We booked the room and specified we had a dog. At the time of check in they gave us the room key...
Only when I checked out I have been asked 20€ more for the dog...
Honestly a crazy surcharge for a room without any sort of carpet.
Of course for that price we haven't been supplied of any dog supplies.

  • Stayed August 2013
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 20 July 2013 via mobile

The owner and host, Jean Luise is a unique character, who provided us with a most memorable stay at his place. His sense of homour and hospitality is second to none. He looked after us fabulously and is worth getting to know a little more. Of course you need to speek french to be able to get his depth of character. With him it is ' you get what you give, and what you see is what you get ' Merci beaucoup, mon ami.

Stayed June 2013, travelled with friends
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Property: La Bastide du Paradou
Address: Jean-Louis Noailles - Le Paradou, 04360 Moustiers Sainte-Marie, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Alpes-de-Haute-Provence > Moustiers Sainte-Marie
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Ranked #6 of 8 Hotels in Moustiers Sainte-Marie
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Hotel Class:3 star — La Bastide du Paradou 3*
Number of rooms: 8
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