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“Dont Miss if you are ever in Aix En Provence” 5 of 5 stars
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Chateau de la Pioline
4.0 of 5 Hotel   |   260 rue Guillaume du Vair, 13546 Aix-en-Provence, France   |  
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Ranked #12 of 68 Hotels in Aix-en-Provence
Miami, Florida
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“Dont Miss if you are ever in Aix En Provence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

we arrived in Aix En Provence and didn't know what to expect. among the car dealers and car service stations we were sure we got to the wrong place, suddenly we take this little turn and enter a different world. just AMAZING. this little castle was built in 1606 and the character of the place didn't seem to change much, which is what we loved. the stuff was very helpful and hospitable and was there to tend to every need. rooms are spacious and the bathrooms are all new and very convenient.
if you can have dinner at the hotel, food was Great and Service as well. the surroundings were even better then the food, sitting outside in the center court of the hotel with a lovely breeze, although its already mid July.
15 min from Aix center, by car, but if you don't mind not able to walk to the center then its
definitely worth staying here.
we travel a lot and this has been one of the most beautiful and great experiences we had.
Worth Every Cent.

Room Tip: we traveled with our 3 kids ages 11,7,5, if you need to be close ask for rooms 17,18 they are conne...
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2013

Make no mistake the chateau Pioline is a beautiful building, but that doesn't make it a good hotel. Its not that it's now surrounded by an industrial estate, as the web site does warn you about that, and once you are in the hotel you don't really notice it. Nor that its a couple of miles out of Aix (although the buses into town do stop early evening - and the taxis back are quite pricey). No it's the corporate attitude of the place, which the faceless staff have all adopted too. This hotel is clearly aimed at the business market. On our arrival after quite a long drive we were confronted in the Foyer by an engineering exhibition, and the associated conference had taken over the rest of the ground floor rooms. Although it was gone 3 pm our room wasn't ready so we were directed to the pool to relax. In getting to the pool we had to wind our way through various groups of people enduring 'soft skills' courses in the open air. I will also just mention that we were offered a drink as the room wasn't ready, and it was only the threat of putting it on trip advisor that persuaded the staff not to charge for it!

The room was OK, but felt quite spartan. There was a huge TV, but no English speaking channels. A nice touch was the Nespresso machine, but more than three pods would have been welcome.

My advice, if you are planning on a trip to Aix is to find the best hotel in the town for the same price as you would pay here and to stay there. I'm sure that you'll have a better stay.

Room Tip: Get a room in the town centre, not here!
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

As i tend to travel a lot, i did stayed at this hotel previously and so was told change of ownership, and so decided to go and check for myself. New management seems to know their business well.
Staff was very attentive to our demands. In the end i would go back as i come in the aera quite often. Sincerely from NYer.

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

If you are travelling around France for three weeks (as we were) and dont own one of those enormous "yachts" in Antibes harbor (as we dont), you simply cant afford to stay in 5 star hotels every night! You must however spend at least one night here!
This was the first overnight stop after we picked up our car from Nice airport so we weren't confident about driving to the center of Aix so we took the number 20 bus in and back - just make sure you check where to pick it up for the return journey as there was a lot of work going on when we were there and bus stops were being improvised.
The staff at Pioline were ALL superb and nothing was too much trouble. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and our stay and although I think Arles has more to offer than Aix for a visit, I would definetly stay here again if I got the chance. Highly recommended!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2013

The pictures and the prices led us to this delightful looking Chateau outside of Aix en Provence, but the location would not lead us back again. The warning of being in an industrial area was shrugged off by my bride and me but, when on the first night, the alarms from someone trying to break into the auto dealership adjacent to our room brought us back to reality. Whilst our room was large (as well as the bath) and quite modern, unless you had a car, as we did, you had nowhere nearby to roam for different meals or sight seeing. In fact, a stroll of the grounds revealed a fetid swamp next to a river(?) at the opposite end of the entry drive. Walking down the highway was too dangerous (as we tried to go to the shopping center a mile away). The staff was very courteous. The meals were a bit too pricey for a so-so meal. Without a car, you have no where to go.

Room Tip: Overlooking the rear gardens or on the side away from the dealership next door.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Westminster, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

So happy that we didn't!! This gem is tucked away. Don't let the streets before fool you, this chateau is amazing. Peaceful, beautiful,with an accommodating and welcoming staff. Spend some time with some local wine and cheese on the back patio. Loved it. Special thanks to Nicole for taking care of us and our dear friends.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

A beautiful place in the wrong location (in an industrial area). It could be perfect if it would be closer to Aix. If you don’t mind to drive 15 minutes to Aix parking to visit the city then it’s well recommended. The rooms are very comfortable and large. Very comfortable beds. The hotel is very quiet and comfortable. Nice pool. The staff is very friendly and the prices are reasonable. Breakfast is very good with many choices (for a French hotel).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 260 rue Guillaume du Vair, 13546 Aix-en-Provence, France
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Location: France > Provence > Bouches-du-Rhone > Aix-en-Provence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Business Hotel in Aix-en-Provence
#2 Romantic Hotel in Aix-en-Provence
#7 Luxury Hotel in Aix-en-Provence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Chateau de la Pioline 4*
Number of rooms: 31
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Impressive 16th Century Chateau, a 2-story, U-shaped mansion with yellow plaster exterior & tile roof. ... more   less 
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