We returned for a second time, having stayed here last year. We stayed four days in all, booking a reasonable package with breakfast inclusive on an online hotel agency. The hotel is well located, next to some student residences and within walking distance to the St Sauveur cathedral and the shopping areas and restaurants within old Aix. The Cours Mirabeau and the Saturday markets were within easy reach too.
Check in was efficient and courteous. The rooms are fairly spacious and I like that the WC is separate from the bathroom. Toiletries were fair though I found the ones provided last year of a better quality. Air con worked well. Bath robes and slippers were provided for use to the spa and pool. Free wifi was a big plus. The fitness area was small, with a threadmill, a stationary bike, an arm bike and an elliptical rider. There were hammas, saunas, and a semicircular jacuzzi which was extremely popular. The pool was a reaonable size (do not expect to do laps!) with a wading portion at one end.
I enjoyed the breakfast immensely. Breakfast is served at the restaurant l'Orangerie. This was what was offered daily on the buffet: coffee, variety of fine teas, hot and cold milk, soya milk, variety of cereals, variety of artisanal breads ( I loved the walnut and olive breads which were wonderfully Provencal), jams, honey, cakes, baguettes, croissants, pain du chocolat, cold cuts, cheese, pate (spreads), scarmbled eggs, boiled eggs, eggs to soft boil, sausages, bacon, fresh fruit, grapefruit and orange segments, yoghurt.
I disagree that the staff at l'Orangerie were anything but professional and polite. They spoke good English too. While the a la carte was a tad pricey, the set meals were really very reasonable. Going by the name le menu Alto, this gets you a starter, a main course, a dessert, wine, bottled water and coffee for 27 Euros. The food was very good.
From the hotel you can walk and reach the central bus station within 15 minutes if you do not have heavy luggage. We walked there one day to catch the shuttle to Marseille.
We will defintely return to this hotel the next time we visit Aix-en-Provence.
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