Provence, France

Hôtel Crillon le Brave

Rates from (inc tax)$374.94

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR370.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Stone-built hilltop hideaway

Setting

Eight-house hamlet

Perched high on a hill in a historic stone village east of Avignon, Hotel Crillon le Brave is the consummate stylish Southern French sanctuary. Borrow a bike and slip out for a day among the surrounding rolling vineyards and peaceful villages or sip a full-bodied Côte du Rhône by the pool while looking out over the same spectacular landscape.

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

36, including seven suites.

Check–Out

11am. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $374.94 (€336), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.10 per person per night on check-out.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next {dayrange} days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR370.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include breakfast.

At the hotel

Gardens, Spa des Ecuries, book, CD and DVD libraries, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: TV, DVD, Bose Wave with iPod connection, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

Room 33 is a vast suite on two levels, containing a pair of roll-top baths, separated by a ‘champagne table’, so you can sip as you soak. Room 32 has an open-plan living area, bedroom and bathroom, and a huge shower room built into the wall of the old citadel.

Poolside

Outdoor heated pool with panoramic country views.

Spa

Set in stylishly renovated former stables, Spa des Ecuries has three treatment rooms staffed by expert therapists. Original stone troughs filled with dried lavender recall la Belle France and organic rose, rosemary and chamomile-infused Bamford products ensure you'll leave perfumed as well as pampered. The menu spans Swedish massages, reflexology, scrubs and facials, but walkers and Tour de France fans will love the special leg-and-foot sports massages; polish off the afternoon with an OPI mani-pedi treatment. There's 20 per cent off treatments that finish before 3pm too.

Packing tips

Plenty of suitcase space for wine (Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape and othe Rhône varieties abound), and – in season – truffles.

Also

You can borrow bikes, book a cheese-tasting session and arrange beauty treatments.

Pet‐friendly

For €25 per night, Fido can enjoy Crillon le Brave with you, and will be welcomed with dog bowls and a treat. See more pet-friendly hotels in Provence.

Children

Young Smiths are welcome. Cots are provided free; beds for over-4s cost €61 a night (with breakfast included). Babysitting with a local nanny starts at €15 an hour. It’s appreciated if you give plenty of notice.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

Chef Jérôme Blanchet, who has a Michelin-starred background and and over ten years of culinary cachet, masterminds the refined but not precious Provençal dishes served at the hotel's gastronomic restaurant. A second eatery, Bistrot 40K, is so-called because all ingredients are sourced within a 40-kilometre radius of the hotel. The menu puts local produce in the spotlight with delectable meat and fish dishes and wines supplied by noted nearby vineyards including Gigondas, Vacqueyras and Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Bistro 40K is open only in the warmer and busier months of May to October; meals are served in the Grange Bar during winter months.

At the bar

The hotel's latest addition, the Grange Bar, is inspired by the stone stables that once stood in its location, although you can take your apéritif in any of the hotel’s many nooks and crannies, indoors or out: the Terrace du Ventoux is pretty unbeatable in summer.

Room service

Order anything off the restaurant menu until 9.30pm.

Location

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Address
Hôtel Crillon le Brave
Place de l'Eglise
84410
Crillon le Brave
France

Planes

The closest airports are Avignon (40 minutes), Marseille and Nîmes (both an hour and 15 minutes). Contact the hotel to arrange airport transfers.

Trains

If you want to arrive by TGV, Avignon is the closest stop, less than an hour from the hotel. It is on the south-eastern line which links Paris to the Côte d’Azur. From Paris, the journey will take around two and a half hours.

Automobiles

Crillon le Brave is a small hilltop village around 40km to the north-east of Avignon. The hotel is 20 minutes out of Carpentras. From the north, exit the A7 at Orange Sud and follow signs to Carpentras, where you’ll need to take the exit to Bedoin, continuing in this direction until it becomes the D974. After roughly 28km you should see signs for Crillon le Brave. The hotel is as the top of the village, next to the town hall.

Worth getting out of bed for

Ask the sommelier to organise a wine-tasting tour to suit your palate: elegant (at a Châteauneuf-du- Pape winery, perhaps) or earthy (with a local garagiste). In October, you can attend a mini vendange at Château Pesquié in Mormoiron, hosted by Frédéric Chaudière, who will show you (hands-on) what grapes to harvest and when, and explain the fermentation and blending process, with an all-important tasting analysis.

Local restaurants

Le Vieux Four (+33 (0)4 90 12 81 39) on Bas de Crillon is the village’s other option for dinner, and a fine, informal one it is, too, with a terrace. Chalet Reynard, near the summit of the Mont Ventoux, is an Alpine-style pitstop, popular with view-seekers and Lycra-clad cyclopaths (+33 (0)4 90 61 84 55). Loved by locals, with welcoming service, Le Clos du Pâtre (+33 (0)4 90 62 38 49) in Caromb specialises in robust rustic fare, featuring lots of goat’s cheese, olives and herbs. On market day in Carpentras, the best staging posts are Le Rich (+33 (0)4 90 63 11 61) on Place 25 Août, and the bars on Place Charles de Gaulle, near the cathedral. Bistrot de l’Industrie (+33 (0)4 90 38 00 40) on Quai de la Charité in L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is recommended on the riverside for a cold beer and a pizza on market day. Or, for a special occasion, book a table in the garden of Le Jardin du Quai (+33 (0)4 90 20 14 98) on Avenue Julien Guigue.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

By Juliet Kinsman, On-the-go editor

This review is taken from our guidebook, Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: France.

Usually, our problem on holiday is finding the hotel in the village. This time, it’s different: Crillon le Brave is the village.

Salt flats, rivers and ravines traversed, we’ve at last reached our intended peachy-hued Provençal hilltop. But a bistro with postcard stands outside seems the only show of hospitality. We pull into the carpark by the mairie and admire the town hall’s pristine white woodwork and a proud red, white and blue flag. It’s perfection. ‘He looks like he wouldn’t tolerate anything less,’ says Mr Smith, gesturing towards the mustachioed statue of Crillon the Brave himself. After a gulp of the countryside view rolling out from the hillside, we seek out the luxurious hideaway that bears his name.

Seven houses clustered around the 16th-century church make up this hip hostellerie – there are just a handful of private homes in the village. Neon arrows are conspicuously absent. All we get to nudge us discreetly towards reception are subtle grey signs on the pale stacked-stone exteriors. Pretty chalky-blue shutters flung open to the panorama indicate which boudoirs are among the hotel’s 32 bedrooms. There’s one thing baffling Mr Smith, as we enter the hotel. ‘Why the abundance of fluoro Lycra?’ he asks, tilting his head towards some folk clad in eye-wateringly tight get-up. ‘Unusual sartorial choice for a boutique hotel,’ he says, clearly feeling like a bit of a cliché in his beige linen. Then we spot our fellow guests’ wheels. ‘Now that’s what we should do tomorrow!’ he declares, puncturing my hopes of fitting in a Cowshed spa treatment with talk of gears, gradients and pedal power.

We’re not staying in the main house but in a separate enclave – it’s worth splashing out on a suite here. With keys in hand (and facial covertly booked), we are chaperoned by a kindly attendant through a maze of footpaths, which make hand-holding navigation necessary. (Not literally: it may be romantic here, but the staff don’t go that far.) A skip down some stone steps, over a cobbled terrace, and we’re at our suite. Unlocking a little iron gate at the end of an alleyway, it’s like having our own pied-à-terre in this charming hamlet.

Without a shred of nostalgia for metropolitan style, we admire the gentle, traditional furnishings. They perfectly suit a room that essentially acts as one giant window seat. ‘Just try and take your eyes off that view,’ says Mr Smith, as I gaze out over the pale terracotta roof tiles and rocky ramparts. Fluffy oak and cherry trees, neatly coiffed vineyards and bedheady fields give way to gently sloping limestone-topped hills. What is especially beguiling about the Vaucluse is how untouched it feels. On this balmy late-summer afternoon, we’re as far from the rat race as weekend-awayers can be. It’s impossible not to daydream about living here.

Taking our fantasies to the main terrace, we’re soon picking at pre-dinner olives and almonds, glugging crisp local rosé. The peaceful patio is set to become a glass-walled all-day bar in the near future, giving this stylish retreat a new hub where guests can breakfast or cocktail. Lights a-twinkle below, we ponder Crillon le Brave’s year-round allure; as we admire the farmland in the distance, our charming waiter tells us of cherries, strawberries, apricots, peaches, nectarines, blackberries, grapes dominating the restaurant menu in summer. We’re just in time for fresh figs, but we’d love to come back for truffle season in November and March.

Salmon tartare and a steak cooked perfectly à point are superb compensation for trufflelessness. Then, suddenly, in the candlelit restaurant that we thought was packed with couples and groups of cyclists, we realise we’re all alone. As the purr of voices drifts from one of the sitting rooms above, we resist the temptation to gatecrash a game of poker, and sneak back to our suite. Seven church bells gently prod me from my slumber, eight hours later, but a peek outside says the rest of the world has yet to start the day. I collapse back in bed to ponder a day of swimming, cycling and spa treatments. Following a lion’s helping of croissants, naturally.

The headline act of my lazy morning is that herbal treatment, care of the Babington House-inspired Cowshed mini-spa. An expert therapist gently talks me through sweet-smelling unguents that rival the local lavender. An hour later, I muster just enough energy to roll from my towel-enveloped cocoon, down the few steps to the view-drenched pool. I listen to the sound of trickling water, and wonder what Mr Smith is up to. Rather than picture him whizzing through the hills on a bike, I suspect he’s logged onto the WiFi in our room, downloading music. He told me he wanted to create the perfect Gallic soundtrack for our cycle ride; hopefully by now he’s noticed the CD already provided in the room. Crillon has most things covered, leaving guests to do very, very little if they choose.

Bicycles aren’t my usual request from the concierge, but eventually I get my derriére into gear for that promised excursion. (We skip the skin-tight shiny threads. I don’t care how de rigueur Lycra is here – no one needs to see Mr Smith’s details.) A wobble or two later and we’re cruising... for all of half an hour. If only we could get our act together and seek out the antiques markets or gorges we’ve heard all about. But a glass of red on Crillon’s terrace beckons. What better endorsement of a hotel than having its guests race back there – to do absolutely nothing?

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 Hôtel Crillon le Brave’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The facilities, the staff, the location, the pool, the room, the atmosphere – everything about this place!

Don’t expect

To leave with anything left in your wallet!

Rating

Stayed on 9 Jul 2016

We loved

The hotel was very nice but the surrounding area and views are what really make the experience. Riding bikes through vineyards to a local winery and local village of Bedoin to see the market will be unforgettable and difficult to top. While seemingly away from it all on a peaceful hill, this is a luxurious and convenient jumping off point to visit Avignon, L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, Chateneuf de Pape, Gigondas, and more. Must take advantage of the bikes at the hotel to explore the local areas.

Don’t expect

We were a bit disappointed with the concierge service. A lot of the activities need to be coordinated based on the day of the week i.e. the days the market takes place in the villages, tasting at wineries in Chateneuf de Pape, etc.

Rating

Stayed on 25 Jun 2016

We loved

Everything. Most magnificent setting. Wonderful staff. Wonderful food. Delicious breakfast. Great rooms and amenities. Lovely pool area. Great spa - well priced and fantastic therapists. We just keep on going back (from Australia!) Recommend Le Petit Crillon just outside the hotel doors for lunch. Magnificent salad nicoise and best goats cheese salad i have ever had in France. Only open high season.

Don’t expect

Bikes are ok - not great for more than 2 or 3 days. A view from your room if you book the lowest category.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

We loved

It all!

Don’t expect

Cold weather!

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Stayed on 19 Jun 2016

We loved

Everything about this place - the property, the amazing view, the lovely staff, the incredible food, relaxing by the pool, the spa! We can't wait to go back! The walk from the hotel to the nearby village Bedoin was lovely and definitely worth doing.

Don’t expect

A big night out.

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Stayed on 13 Jun 2016

We loved

Everything - from the friendly staff, wonderful views, stunning characterful buildings delicious food. Everything about the hotel reeks of style and class. Bedoin is a pretty nearby town. The trip to the top of Mt Ventoux is worthwhile too - but watch out for cyclists! 10/10

Don’t expect

Can't think of anything. A gym, perhaps?

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Stayed on 8 Jun 2016

We loved

Breakfast, beautiful rooms, attentive staff, the pool

Don’t expect

The hotel is very remote and secluded, but easy to get to other towns in the area - definitely recommend renting a car!

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Stayed on 27 May 2016

We loved

The amazing views and beautiful village, the hotel staff were perfection and catered to every need without being intrusive.

Don’t expect

To go home thinner...

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Stayed on 17 Mar 2016

We loved

The setting, the food, the rooms and the staff. In other words, we loved everything. Within driving distance there are many other towns and villages with daily markets, restaurants and, of course, vineyards! The hotel staff were helpful both before our arrival, and during our stay, with suggestions and arrangements. 10/10

Don’t expect

Much in the way of handicap access. This is Europe, and while our suite was on the first floor, access to much of the hotel requires walking along cobbled paths and going up and down stone stairs. I don't know what accommodations can be made for guests with mobility issues but you'd want to ask.

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Stayed on 12 Mar 2016

We loved

Everything! Fantastic food, sumptuous bed linen, friendly and welcoming staff, amazing views from everywhere. Although we were there out of season, we visted winerys for a bit of wine tasting which the hotel organised for us. 

Don’t expect

Heatwave in February! Everything else the hotel will try to arrange...

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Stayed on 26 Feb 2016

We loved

The rooms, the attentive staff, and the delicious breakfast!

Don’t expect

Many activity opportunities in the immediate vicinity, or lots of alternative dining options to the fine dining restaurant on premise.

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Stayed on 20 Dec 2015

We loved

The divine views, the quiet beauty, fabulous breaksfast buffet, and the friendly and accommodating staff. Avid cyclists use it as a base to ride the nearby Mt Ventoux, the most challenging stage of of the Tour De France.

Don’t expect

Handicapped accessibility. There are many small winding staircases throughout the property.

Rating

Stayed on 24 Sep 2015

We loved

The location in the village, the atmosphere in general, the wonderful view, the tastefully decorated rooms and the friendliness of the staff. All in all definitely a place to return to.

Don’t expect

A pre-dinner drink on the terrace in the sun. The terrace is located on the east side of the hotel and has therefore no sun in the late afternoon, early evening. And don't expect to be kids free.

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Stayed on 16 Sep 2015

We loved

Everything! The staff is absolutely superb --They know and remember your likes and dislikes -- the location and rooms are fabulous.

Don’t expect

A pulsating city nearby...this place is a quiet, Provencal paradise!

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Stayed on 13 Sep 2015

We loved

The setting, the food

Don’t expect

To be in a quiet hotel as it is noisy with lots of children

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Stayed on 17 Aug 2015

We loved

Hotel Crillon le Brave is absolutely beautiful. It is certainly up there with the best all-round experiences I have had anywhere in the world. Below is a short guide to the hotel, and probably a very poor attempt at doing it justice: As you pull into the tiny village of Crillon-le-Brave, you are immediately overwhelmed by its beauty and quaintness, set atop a smaller hill nestled in the foothills of Mt Ventoux. The H?tel Crillon le Brave could not have made a better first impression on us. As we pulled up outside the reception, we were met by an extremely polite and courteous Luke. Luke comes across as one of those ridiculously annoying people who speak four or five languages. He invited us to leave our car in the middle of the village street and come into reception to check in. "You won't need your car; your bags; your wallet or anything to check in... Come inside and welcome to Crillon le Brave". We were met at the main entrance by the lovely Gisele. Gisele gave us an amazing introduction to 'le Brave'. She fielded our every question and took us for a personal tour around the hotel grounds. She took the liberty of booking us in for dinner at both restaurants for the first night, giving us the luxury of deciding when we had settled and taken a look at both menus. The room we booked rather late through Mr Mrs Smith was a Classic Room. A double room that looked very nice on the website but nothing incredible. That being said when we arrived in Provence and were escorted to our room (Room No. 40 - Maison Décor) it turns out that we were given a Master Suite at the highest point in the village. The room had a private entrance that opened into a spiral stairway up the top of the building. As you climb to the top you were met by a large hallway with a beautiful bathroom with west-facing windows. The bathroom was an interior designers dream it had his-and-hers mirrors and sinks; a massive shower; a freestanding vintage bathtub and windows that the allowed the sunset to flood through and light the room up with an array of red and amber colours in the evening. The bedroom is directly opposite and east facing, it has floor to ceiling windows and balcony doors that bask in morning sunlight. The bed itself is a huge four-post bed that is worth the visit in its own right. There is loads of storage space; a fireplace for the winter; a chaise longue; a desk and wireless Jawbone sound system. Further along the hallway is a living room that you would be delighted with in a Central London flat. It boasts an well-stocked mini bar; a flat screen TV; and even better sound system; and a Nespresso machine. The final and probably the best part of the room is the huge private balcony with sun loungers. Words cannot describe the impressive views of Mt Ventoux and the surrounding hills/valleys. It really was a room that you would be happy to hide yourself away for a few days in. Getting to the pool area was a mini adventure through the ancient village. It was only about 30m from the room, but involved getting lost about five times on the way there. Every wrong turn taken took us to an exciting other part of the hotel and its village. At the pool you can get fed and hydrated with whatever you please all day, and the pool remains open 24hrs a day. We dined at both restaurants in the hotel, 40k and Restaurant Jérome Blanchet. 40K was a lot more relaxed bistro towards the top of the restaurant. It wasnt my greatest dining experience as I felt the menu was very limited but the food was all produced locally and was very tasty. Small issue was the wasps nest that was nestled in the grounds near 40K which meant you were pestered throughout your meal by three or four wasps. Restaurant Jérome Blanchet was an entirely different experience altogether. The restaurant is of Michelin star quality and all of the staff are extremely professional, knowledgeable and courteous. The food was amazing, and the wine was perfectly selected to accompany whatever you had for dinner. The sommelier at the hotel was fantastic and a huge fan of the local wine, having tried a number of his suggestions and even buying a few cases from a local vineyard I can totally agree that the man knows his wine. There is absolutely no need to drink anything on the menu that is from further afield than 50km, as all of the local varieties are amazing. Lunch and Breakfast are served at the same restaurant and are equally as impressive if not better. All tastes and preferences are catered for and the day staff Are just as helpful. We spent some time driving and walking around the local area. The local food markets in the town of Bedouin is great. It is impossible to ignore the obsession with cycling in the local area, looking up on Mt. Ventoux I myself got the urge to give it a go and on the last morning I rented a bike through the hotels partners and headed for the summit. Climbing Ventoux is extremely tough and not for the faint hearted but I would strongly recommend it. Take care on the descent as I discovered it can be very dangerous. Leaving the hotel I was quite sad, but I certainly think I will return at some point in the near future.

Don’t expect

Lively nights out; abundance of young people.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Aug 2015

We loved

The spa. The restaurants. The views from the bedroom and the restaurant. Amazingly friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Any activities for small children.

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Stayed on 2 Aug 2015

We loved

The breakfast - fantastic selection, available till 11am and very relaxed. The staff were very friendly and nothing was too much trouble. The sleepy village with spectacular views

Don’t expect

Wide open spaces. The hotel is built into the hillside and on many levels with lots of steps. The area around the pool is restricted.

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Stayed on 16 Jul 2015

We loved

Everything from the moment we checked in. First class hotel, service and resort.

Don’t expect

Whatever your wish they will make happen!

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Stayed on 1 Jul 2015

We loved

The rooms, the restaurants, the location, the historic city, the area, the wine, and the staff. This hotel treats you like a star.

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Stayed on 6 Jun 2015

We loved

The hotel, the food and the breakfast. Very friendly staff and amazing views

Don’t expect

it was extraordinary, many little details to discover in the village

Rating

Stayed on 9 Apr 2015