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“Just charming little slice of France!”
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Hotel Lou Paradou
Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels in Greoux les Bains
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Reviewed 7 August 2014

This hotel offers the real deal if you're looking for an authentic French experience -- and I mean that in the best possible sense. The owners are sweet, and they'll offer you enthusiastic guidance about all the local attractions (tons of them in the heart of Provence!). If you're into food and wine (not as much my thing, but my sister is a real wine expert), they'll recommend local wineries and restaurants, and they keep a stock of their favorite regional wines on-hand, to re-sell to interested guests. When I say "local" (attractions, wineries, etc.), I'm talking about places within a 2-3-hour drive - there are so many amazing small towns, hiking trails, and so much more in the area.

The hotel itself is set on a lovely property, with a huge garden area in the back, and, if you get a garden-facing room, patios overlooking the garden. All the rooms have patios with small tables for eating in, and that's nice for those who want to eat in occasionally, taking advantage of the basic (but small) kitchen features in the rooms. There's also a beautiful pool in the back, complete with parasols to protect you from the deceptively strong sun. (Weather is a lovely type of dry heat, with cool breezes in the mornings and evenings.)

The rooms are simple but homey -- hand-designed / painted with all sorts of features that are anything but institutional. This is definitely NOT your standard boring-box hotel. The bathrooms and showers are great by French standards, and they've all been upgraded in the past few years. (We've been visiting this property when going to the area annually for almost a decade now.) King beds (two twins which can be separated if need be) have duvet covers, and everything is clean and fresh. The hallways have fresh carpeting.

There's a lovely salon that feels like a room in old-school French film or something, where you can have breakfast if you like. (We prefer to grab something in our rooms, but I can say that their coffee is great, and it looks like they have a big spread of the traditional cheeses, meats, rolls/bread, etc. I CAN vouch for the homemade jam -- I look forward to it every year!

Highly recommend this place if you're looking for a charming home-away-from-home that doesn't feel boring and American and you want to check out a French region rich with attractions.

Room Tip: Garden-facing rooms are more expensive but offer lovely patio views. Also, the deluxe (higher-priced...
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  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

Lou Paradou is Provence's hidden gem. The rooms are meticulous, comfortable and well appointed. The grounds are manicured and soothing to a stressed soul. The owners are gracious and extremely helpful. I stayed here for several weeks, and I couldn't have asked for a more relaxing environment. I would also highly recommend the owner's excellent selection of local wines for purchase. As a self-confessed wine snob, I am typically suspicious of hotel wine. However, Philippe (the co-owner), clearly has a discerning palate. If you don't have time to check out some of the local wineries, I highly recommend the hotel's sampling.

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 August 2013

We followed previous reviews and were not disappointed at all.
It is clean and well maintained. beautiful pool. The owner was very kind, and helpful .

Greoux les bains itself was a good surprise, good atmosphere - small performances in the old part of the town, cheerful and entertaining during the evening. Highly recommending to rent a bike and spend half day in the area. Rent a VTT (electric bike) - Go to St. Julien le montanieux (would be difficult to reach by a regular bicycle). Also recommending to go to Lac D'Esparron - real paradise only few kilometers away .

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  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 22 August 2013

We stayed here for one night 'en route'.
We received the nicest greeting from the owner who seemed to never stop smiling.
Our room was large with a lovely shower-room which had been recently refurbished.
Nice balcony looking over the rear garden.
The room had small kitchenette which would be fine if you did not want the expense of eating out.
Breakfast was very nice on the rear terrace.
The pool, which we did not use, looked lovely.
There is no restaurant but there are plenty within 10 minutes walk.
We stayed in august on friday night there was night market which was packed with tourists.

  • Stayed: August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 June 2013

Hotel was all we could ask for at the rate charged. Owners very friendly and helpful.
Room clean with all you could need. Breakfast excellent although at 9 euros, it should be.
Lovely pool and grounds and large free car park.
Stayed for 6 nights and could well return

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 22 June 2013

We have visited the place without driving a car. Although this makes our journey more difficult than it should be, it offers us the chance to experience the kindness and gentleness of the people in Gréoux-les-Bains, and particularly in Lou Paradou.

There is only one bus (ligne 27) from Aix-en-provence TGV station to Gréoux-les-Bains at 14:30. It operates daily apart from Sundays and public holidays. After 1.5 hours, we arrived at the town of Gréoux-les-Bains.

There was a direction sign for Lou Paradou, but that was for the car and NOT FOR PEDESTRIANS. It caused some confusions and therefore we had to seek direction from people in town. The friendliness of the people was beyond our expectation. One of the passer-bys even drove his car around to give us a lift to Lou Paradou.

The day we arrived was a Saturday, and we have planned to leave the town the following day. The host has helped us to plan our trip to the lavender field and our return journey on Sunday. As I have previously mentioned, there was no bus service on Sundays, and the lavender fields are beyond walking distance, the host kindly offered to drive us to the field than to Manosque to take the bus back to Aix-en-provence. This enabled to get the most out of the really short time of stay and we will definitely return in the future to explore the fully bloomed lavender fields and perhaps to try the mineral spa.

Apart from the people, Lou Paradou is also an excellent place to stay at. The room we have stayed in was a studio. There was a door straight to the back garden, which was a large green field with a large swimming pool. The place also offered traditional french breakfast and of course you can choose to cook for yourself in your own kitchen. There were microwaves and ironing boards in the corridors for residents to use. In addition there was a good selection of local wine at a reasonable price.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

We stayed at Lou Paradou for one night in June as we were travelling through France to Nice. We had left looking for accommodation until late in the afternoon and had then been thwarted by a lack of hotels or hotels being full due to events in the area. Greoux-les-Bains was recommended as a town that had a selection of hotels and we came upon Lou Paradou first at 20.15 ! You can imagine our delight when we were told there was a room for us! We were even more delighted by the following morning when we reflected on our lucky find. From the welcome that we got from the lady owner to the excellent service at breakfast - everything transpired to make us feel at home. We had a fantastic night's sleep in a very comfortable, large bed and the best breakfast since arriving in France the week before. The accommodation has been well described in previous reviews - we didn't read these until we had left the property - nice, clean and everything you need. Certainly suitable for a longer stay, especially with the cooking facilities and spacious eating area. The pool looked inviting but we did not have time to try it! As other reviewers have said, would highly recommend this hotel, which has the advantage of being in a quiet area and has plenty of parking.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: route de Valensole, 04800 Greoux les Bains, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Alpes-de-Haute-Provence > Greoux les Bains
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Romantic Hotel in Greoux les Bains
Price Range: £62 - £71 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Lou Paradou 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Calm, Relaxing, Close to the Baths…In the heart of sunny Provence, only 40 minutes from the new Aix-en-Provence TGV (high-speed train) station, 90 minutes from the French Riviera and the Alps, at the entrance to the Verdon Natural Park and a short drive from the Luberon, our ***studio hotel welcomes you in a convivial atmosphere, which we will be delighted to share with you during your nature vacations and week-ends.You can find paradise close to the heart of the village of Gréoux-les-Bains and 200m from the Casino and shopping opportunities.We invite you to one of our 30 comfortable studios equipped with king size beds or twin beds you can arrange as you desire, a large shower, a kitchenette and a private terrace. Our hotel services include friendly 24-hour reception, satellite television, individual telephone and WiFi connection for direct access to the Web, a laundry with washing-machine and tumble dryer and a private gated car park. ... more   less 
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