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Hotel Highlights

  • Super-stylish blend of Baroque and modern decor
  • An oasis in the heart of historic Arles
  • Heavenly hammam and sauna

Overview

L'Hôtel Particulier is a chic and stylish Arles hotel, where you can relax in the Space Spa with a massage or sauna. A pool is set in the beautiful gardens and the restaurant serves excellent Provençal cuisine. The spacious rooms of this boutique hotel are designed with contemporary flair and elegance.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking L'Hôtel Particulier with us:

A free cocktail

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

18.

Check–out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $332.69 (€263), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.50 per person per night on check-out.

More details

Breakfast is an extra €23 a person.

At the hotel

Space Spa with sauna, massage and hammam. In-room amenities: TV, WiFi.

Our favourite rooms

The Suite Luxe is decorated with white drapes and antique furniture. It’s on the ground floor with a private terrace and view of the gardens and swimming pool. The suites in the old stables have private terraces.

Poolside

The outdoor pool is slim but elegant.

Also

Guests can park in the hotel's 13-space garage for €28 a day. It's closed at night, though, so let the hotel know if you're arriving after 9pm and they'll reserve one of the three temporary courtyard spaces.

Children

Are welcome; an extra bed is €60 a night.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

No restaurant, but guests can tuck into light meals, snacks and drinks – made using fresh, local produce – at the bar by the pool. Meal service ends at 9pm.

Hotel Bar

Drinks are served at the pool bar or on the terrace until 9pm.

Room service

A selection from the main menu is available from 8am until 10pm.

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Dress code

Elegant, comfortable Med style.

Top table

Tables on the terrace are highly coveted and are reserved for guests. Order a light meal and settle down for some gorgeous garden views.

Local Guide

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Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Local restaurants

Michelin-starred eatery L'Autruche (+33 (0)4 90 49 73 63), on teeny Rue Dalau, is run by a husband and wife team who do magical things with market-fresh ingredients; expect revamped French classics, asuch as foie gras sandwiched between thin strips of apple chutney, and artfully composed mullet and salmon with courgettes and a tomato-saffron syrup. Looking for somewhere to spend your two-hour lunch? Arrive at Chez Caro (+33 (0)4 90 97 94 38) by 12 noon to tuck into simple French cuisine of a high standard; their evening set menu is very good value too. La Chassagnette (+33 (0)4 90 97 26 96), on Le Sambuc, puts fresh local vegetables in the spotlight, with herby nasturtium- and courgette-flower-studded salads and bitter yet aromatic herb soups alongside some fine meaty concessions for carnivores. The restaurant's large mosquito screen allows for languid alfresco evening meals too. 

Local bars

Le Baravin (+33 (0)4 90 49 89 04), on Rue des Arènes, is somewhat petite, but come Saturday night this central wine bar is the place to be if you want to mingle with a friendly French crowd; things get livelier from 6pm onwards, and you may have to jostle for one of the four terrace seats.

Local cafés

Café Van Gogh in Place du Forum is where the great artist painted Terrasse de Café la Nuit. The café has been cashing in for over a century, but the atmosphere, evening light and general hubbub in the square are still very special.

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Aristocratic Arles

L'Hôtel Particulier

4 rue de la Monnaie, 13200, Arles, Provence, France

Planes

The closest airport is Nîmes; other options are Marseille and Montpellier (both 50 minutes away).

Trains

Arles train station is a 10-minute walk from the hotel. From here, trains go to Nîmes and Avignon in half an hour. The Eurostar and TGV trains serve Avignon.

Automobiles

Arles is on the E80, which links Nîmes with the Côte d’Azur. Once here, stay on the motorway until you reach the Boulevard Georges Clemenceau exit, taking this until you see Rue Gambetta on your left. The fourth left after this will be Rue Jean Granaud, which will lead you to Rue de la Monnaie on your right. Valet parking is available in the hotel's garage for €28 a day, and needs to be booked at least 24 hours ahead of arrival as spaces are limited. This is available at all hours, so there's no need to worry if you're arriving late.

Reviews

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L'Hôtel Particulier – Provence – France

Anonymous review

by David Annand , Model editor

As I sat in the Hôtel Particulier’s sun-dappled courtyard, scooping fresh raspberry jam onto delicate little pastries and listening to the soft coos of the somnolent doves perched plumply on the roof, I marvelled at how the Arlésiens’ hospitality has improved in the 120 or so years since they petitioned for the removal of their most famous guest. In their defence, this unc…
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L'Hôtel Particulier

Anonymous review by David Annand, Model editor

As I sat in the Hôtel Particulier’s sun-dappled courtyard, scooping fresh raspberry jam onto delicate little pastries and listening to the soft coos of the somnolent doves perched plumply on the roof, I marvelled at how the Arlésiens’ hospitality has improved in the 120 or so years since they petitioned for the removal of their most famous guest. In their defence, this uncongenial reaction to the hard-drinking and prickly artist would have probably gone unnoticed had Vincent Van Gogh not later become a household name, forever associated with twinkling Provençal scenes.

Since then, the locals of this town in southwest Provence have been trying to patch things up with the Dutch master by memorialising the café in the main square and creating a museum in his name – although, tellingly, it doesn’t actually contain any of his paintings. They’ve also definitely been working on how to treat outsiders, a skill that's been honed to a fine art at the Hôtel Particulier.

Having abandoned satnav in favour of the tried and tested method of sticking his head out the window and asking a local, our genial taxi driver eventually deposited us at the Hôtel Particulier. Down a side street a five-minute stroll from the centre of Arles, the location is not glamorous, but the 18th-century splendour of the courtyard through the front door makes up for that.

Each of the rooms is individually designed in the classic French style, with diverting pieces here and there: the enormous, crisp-linened bed and Provençal furniture in our huge whitewashed boudoir were enlivened by a turquoise lit de repos. After two minutes of rummaging and many appreciative squeals, Mrs Smith was on the phone to her best friend, itemising our room’s delights: the pair of ornate writing desks, the vast gilt-edged mirrors, the freestanding bath groaning under the weight of a chemist’s worth of Gilchrist & Soames products. I was most impressed by the hotel’s disdain for the television set. Ours was perched in the corner, discreetly hooded like a kestrel. The implication was clear: the hotel recognises that it should supply a TV, but it would rather you didn’t watch it, thank you very much.

After we’d decided the room was to our liking, we slipped into our swimmers, donned our fluffy robes, and headed outside to soak up the last of the afternoon sun. The Particulier’s pool sits within the courtyard’s tall walls, surrounded by even taller trees, so privacy is guaranteed, but loungers must be strategically placed in order to make the most of the sun. We settled in among our chic fellow guests, ordered drinks and toasted Arles for being so gloriously different to our exuberant but exhausting home in the London Borough of Hackney.

Outside the bedrooms, the hotel has a strong Moroccan streak, with rugs and incense-burners dotted around its halls, and it was at a distinctly north African table on the terrace that we dined, with just one other couple for company. Like all the guests, the staff at the hotel are impeccably discreet – it’s such a pleasure to be able to enjoy a meal without having your glass topped up every 30 seconds – and the courtyard at night is serene and charming. The food is good rather than exceptional, but that does little to detract from the pleasure of staying here: there is an almost Moroccan feel to the super-stylish courtyard, and the interiors are further proof of our hosts’ knack for effortless-feeling glamour.

On Saturday, after a leisurely breakfast and long baths, we wandered to the square for lunch. As well as the Van Gogh Café, there are four or five other restaurants serving trad bistro fare. We went for that holiday staple: steak frites and pichets of rosé. By the time we were on our exhilaratingly bitter coffees, I had come to terms with the fact that Mrs Smith was ready to elope with our elfin 18-year-old waiter, who blushed so disarmingly every time he spoke to her that I had actually started to sympathise with her Shirley Valentine-like longings.

When we got up to leave, the Place du Forum was washed in the soft, creamy late-afternoon light that makes Provence so beautiful at that time of day. Emboldened by the heady mix of wine and caffeine, I saw an opportunity to take back the initiative from my new love rival and whisked Mrs Smith off on a romantic tour of Arles. We started at the magnificent arena where, rousing myself with thoughts of my own ongoing gladiatorial conflict, I expounded lengthily on blood sports, reality television and civilisations in decline. Mrs Smith, who has forgotten more history than I have ever known, rolled her eyes, took my arm and told me that all I needed to do was buy her a poster and she’d definitely be accompanying me on the flight home.

The poster in question was a beautifully designed Seventies advert for a bullfight. For, unlike me, the city hasn’t let its history become a millstone. The Arlésiens revel in their ancient buildings as vibrant living spaces: in addition to the matadors thrilling the 20,000 fans that pack into the arena, the Roman theatre still hosts concerts, two millennia after the builders packed up their hods and left.

After a couple of hours soaking up the antiquity, we felt culturally enriched and quite entitled to another drink and more food. For our Saturday night splurge, we picked the Nord Pinus on Place du Forum – a hotel and restaurant considerably smarter than its neighbours. We walked through the modern dining room and headed straight to the livelier terrace, where we settled down with another bottle of excellent rosé and crisped breads with tapenade. I’m a sucker for any course that arrives without being advertised, and was suitably impressed by the wild-mushroom cappuccino that appeared immediately after we’d ordered. Afterwards, we drank cognacs in the Nord Pinus bar, an atmospheric little place once frequented by Graham Greene and Picasso.

Strolling along the river, full of good food and drink with our enormous bed enticingly near, I realised that we’d seen most of Arles’ attractions and that next time we visit, we’ll have nothing to do but lounge around at the Hôtel Particulier, perhaps devoting an entire day to its atmospheric spa – a thought that filled us with a great deal of good cheer.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in L'Hôtel Particulier's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

From the second the doors swung open I was completely charmed and in love with the property. The staff was alert and very attentive but not in an obtrusive way. The decor, the history, the peace of the property, it's all amazing. Best breakfast I've ever had. The room was lovely and decorated beautifully. It's in a great location in Arles. We felt as if we had the whole property to ourselves, almost as if we lived in this grand mansion back in time. I miss it already and hope to return again.

Don’t expect

We didnt realize that ironing and drinks at the bar weren't free. A little more transparency in that would have been great, but this didn't hamper our stay by any means.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

We loved everything from the ambience to Frederick the fabulous barman to the decor and design.

Rating: 10/10 stars