Provence, France

Hôtel Crillon le Brave

Rates from (ex tax)$265.16

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 (EUR247.50), 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

Noon. Earliest check-in, 3pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $265.16 (€225), excluding tax at 10 per cent. Please note the hotel charges an additional local city tax of €1.80 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 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (EUR225.00), 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

The Deluxe Rooms offer a rustic retreat complete with exposed beams and fireplaces. If you like to do things your way, stay in the two-bedroom La Sousto Village House which is set apart from the other hotel rooms and has its own living room.

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 a 20 per cent discount for massages ending no later than 3:00pm, 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 can be provided for an extra cost. 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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Top Table

At the front of the terrace in summer for views of Mont Ventoux; by the fire in winter.

Dress Code

Linen, sunglasses, not too outré.

Hotel restaurant

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.

Hotel 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
Crillon le Brave
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 at 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. A full range of music, dance and drama festivals take place in the this area between June and the end of August. Leave your wellies and tents at home, these festivals take place, not in muddy fields, but, in ancient Roman theatres, former papal palaces, Gothic churches and medieval cloisters. This year's highlights include music concerts like Les Chorégies d’Orange and La Roque d’Anthéron, as well as dance and theatre productions such as Festival Vaison Danses and Festival d'Avignon. 

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 . 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 on Avenue Julien Guigue.

Reviews

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Juliet Kinsman

Anonymous review

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 36 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 spa treatment at Spa des Ecuries 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 Spa des Ecuries. 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

Everything was perfect. The service was fantastic.

Don’t expect

Nothing.

Rating

Stayed on 19 Jul 2017

We loved

The staff are brilliant and very friendly, the facilities are top class. Meals are fantastic and the location/views are great. Some nice (small) wineries nearby – recommend Domaine du Tix.

Don’t expect

A huge resort with large swimming pool and kids facilities.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Jul 2017

We loved

The service, the views of Mont Ventoux and the food.

Rating

Stayed on 9 Jul 2017

We loved

The beautiful setting and the ambiance of the town/hotel. Wineries are abundant. Drive through the lavender fields or visit Avignon, St Remy or Gordes, all within 30 minute drives.

Don’t expect

Lively music or multiple restaurants close by.

Rating

Stayed on 2 Jul 2017

We loved

Dining on the terrace. The breakfast. Friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Easy access for the disabled.

Rating

Stayed on 26 Jun 2017

We loved

The spa and staff were amazing – very friendly, and got rid of all my back aches! The reception staff also made us feel extra welcome, and were super friendly – they even gave us a bottle of rosé and a box of apricots to celebrate on our honeymoon.

Don’t expect

A friendly attitude from the sommelier – everyone was friendly and pleasant, except for his dour mood.

Rating

Stayed on 5 Jun 2017

We loved

Excellent service, the room was great and the view from terrace was awesome – terrific stay.

Rating

Stayed on 31 May 2017

We loved

Everything!! Probably one of the nicest hotels we have stayed in. The location is stunning, rooms are beautiful and very comfortable, staff are incredibly helpful and food is good. It just worked. Lovely walks from the hotel and good vineyards within easy distances if you would like to visit.

Don’t expect

...Nightlife.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Oct 2016

We loved

Everything about this hotel -- especially the service! Quaint towns all around the hotel -- each with something unique to explore.

Don’t expect

To sleep past 7:00 AM -- the local church bell will see to that!

Rating

Stayed on 22 Sep 2016

We loved

The service, the restaurants, and the view! Make sure you check out the surrounding area, it's too beautiful to miss.

Don’t expect

A gym

Rating

Stayed on 7 Sep 2016

We loved

Beautiful setting and views. The views from Mont Ventoux are stunning

Don’t expect

Lively nightlife

Rating

Stayed on 20 Aug 2016

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 Idyllic location, the fantastic local food and wine. Visit a local market and with your bounty of goodness find a lovely place for a picnic.

Don’t expect

...to sleep in, the church bells chime at 7am every morning.

Rating

Stayed on 27 Jun 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.

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Stayed on 24 Jun 2016

We loved

It all!

Don’t expect

Cold weather!

Rating

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.

Rating

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?

Rating

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!

Rating

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...

Rating

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...

Rating

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.

Rating

Stayed on 20 Dec 2015