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“Great 2-day trip from a Paris business trip” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Spa Le Calendal
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   5 rue Porte de Laure, 13200, Arles, France   |  
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Boulder, CO
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“Great 2-day trip from a Paris business trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

My wife and I were staying outside of Paris in order to attend a trade show. On a whim, we decided to get a TGV ticket and head to Provence. Best decision of the entire trip by far!

Arles in February is not "happening", but there was plenty for us to do. We were there for only Friday and Saturday nights, and the Friday night was decidedly a good idea, as Sunday there is precious little to do besides soak up the light and architecture (which is enough for me - but the shops etc. on Saturday, as well as the larger selection of places to have a coffee, meal, or drink, were very welcome!) Sadly, most of the sites we would have seen were closed for winter renovation, so we will have to come back. And we certainly will!

As for Le Calendal: excellent location, right next to the Amphitheater, which is obviously recently-cleaned, a beautiful golden color. We walked around many of the historic sites easily from the hotel, and had quite a good meal a couple doors down at a typical Provencal restaurant (l'Escaladou). There are few other good places to have a bite or a drink within a few minutes' walk (we wanted to hit Le Criquet, but it was closed for the season), as well as the main pedestrian shopping street in this part of the city (where I picked up a wonderful bright orange hard suitcase to house the various souvenirs we managed to pick up in spite of the low season and limited time we were there).

I loved the lobby and cafe - spread out in an organic, evolutionary fashion, well maintained, cluttered slightly with stuff of interest to various parties (kids toys, games, books, souvenirs ...) - comfortable, atmospheric (but not kitschily so), a place I would have been happy to laze around for the majority of the day, especially since there is free and fast WiFi. The cafe serves both the hotel guests and non-guests readily, has quite tasty fare, Leffe Blonde on tap, and seemed at least during the time we were there to be very well frequented. Possibly because all the employees were So Friendly.

We didn't sample the spa (the entrance to which is outside in the very nice - and reasonably large - enclosed patio), but perhaps will when the weather is warmer.

Our room had a nice rooftop seating area (overlooking what was once a courtyard but now has a modern pyramid-glass rooftop), adjoining one other room. The room was big enough, exceedingly quiet, with comfy beds and a good shower.

Highly recommended for any type of travel - business, tourist, kids, etc. Nothing fancy, but everything I would ever want. We'll definitely be back.

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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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LE CALENDAL H, General Manager at Hotel Spa Le Calendal, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your comments on your stay here in Provence. We also believe that you made the right decision! Of course the best time of year to visit would be summer and we would love to have you again here at Le Calendal when you return.
We are very happy to hear that our lobby and lounging area are comfortable and can offer free and fast wifi to all our customers any time of the day! Our staff are delighted that you found their service welcoming and that on your return you should certainly sample the spa and steam room which is freely accessible to any guest from 8am-8pm. And of course the outdoor seating area is spacious and perfect for relaxing during the summer season.

We look forward to seeing you again in the summer here in Provence at Le Calendal.
The Manager
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ann arbor, michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

My daughter and I enjoyed our stay at Le Calendal! We didn't take advantage of either of the restaurants but they looked lovely. Couldn't ask for a cuter room. We took a fabulous wine tour of the region and were picked up at the hotel. It was centrally located.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with family
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LE CALENDAL H, General Manager at Hotel Spa Le Calendal, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you for your comments. We are happy to hear that our location made your general stay in Provence easier and that the area around the hotel provided pleasant views. We're lucky to be next to such grand Roman monuments.
We are also delighted that you found your room welcoming and we suggest that you return to take advantage of our light dining service or our summer restaurant in the garden for lunch. We would love to have you again!
We hope to see you again soon in Provence at the Calendal.
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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Beautiful, spacious, well appointed family room that slept our family of 5 - featured 3 beds for the kids in their own room, so there was no fighting and lots of room for play + we had a queen bed, large bathroom & outdoor space. Overall great hotel, perfect location, lots of amenities, outdoor dining area & wonderful service. When our daughter left her stuffed hippo behind, the staff emailed us to let us know they had the toy & arranged to ship it home to Canada (life saver). Only downside was that the parking was impossible, so we parked in a lot about 10 minutes away - not a big deal in France. Will stay again if in Arles.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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LE CALENDAL H, General Manager at Hotel Spa Le Calendal, responded to this review, March 15, 2013
Dear Guest,
Thank you very much for your message. All the staff here at the Calendal are delighted to hear that you and your family enjoyed your stay. We are glad that our rooms, open areas and amenities were to your liking! Furthermore, we are happy to hear that our light counter OLIPAN concept dining service and dining areas made your stay that bit more enjoyable! We ensure that we deliver fantastic food and service throughout the year.
We are also very delighted to hear that we managed to return your possession to your daughter. We make sure that any item left at the Calendal is returned to its owner no matter where they may be in the world.
Of course we take every concern into consideration and therefore we will assess our accessability by car to make it easier for all customers travelling by car to park by the hotel with more ease. The easiest way to deal with the car is either not bring one or if necessary plan and pre-reserve the closed municipal parking for 8 Euros per 24 hours.
We look forward to seeing you and your family again here in Provence and at the Calendal.
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Mississauga, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

This hotel is located close to some beautiful roman history. The spa was a nice treat - the steam room was worth it. The room was cosy - had two beds. Breakfast was offered with our rate and that was Ok. Did not like that the only way to get to the rooms was by stairs - the staff helps with luggage but having to wait for staff to be available to get your bags up to the room or from the room. The hotel also had a little deli that was open 24 hours.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars
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LE CALENDAL H, General Manager at Hotel Spa Le Calendal, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
This hotel is located close to some beautiful roman history. The spa was a nice treat - the steam room was worth it. The room was cosy - had two beds. Breakfast was offered with our rate and that was Ok. Did not like that the only way to get to the rooms was by stairs - the staff helps with luggage but having to wait for staff to be available to get your bags up to the room or from the room. The hotel also had a little deli that was open 24 hours.

Dear guest,
Thank you very much for your comments. We're glad that our location beside beautiful Roman monuments was to your liking and that the spar and steam room made your stay more enjoyable! We feel that every one of our customers should have free access to the spa and steam rooms from 8am-8pm.
I am thankful for your concern on the availability of our staff to assist with carrying baggage. We have taken this in to account and shall ensure that our staff attend immediately to each arriving guest!
We hope to see you again soon in Provence and at the Calendal.
The Manager
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

This very friendly hotel has a great location right opposite the Roman Theater and Arena, in Arles. It has a very comfortable and welcoming cafe for breakfast or afternoon tea or an evening drink (and they even provide board games). They have a lovely patio/garden which would be wonderful in the summer season (but January was too cold to use it.)

Our room was clean, though not very modern. One small complaint on cold winter nights was that the heat pump/air con unit was mounted near the ceiling and the heat never reached the level of the beds nor the floor.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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LE CALENDAL H, Manager at Hotel Spa Le Calendal, responded to this review, March 14, 2013
Hello Dear guest ,
Thank you for your comment and your emphasis on our great location between Amphitheater and Arena.
We took note of your concern about the heat pump and have checked this with the heating company . We hope to see you again in provence and at the Calendal.
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Chatham, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2013 via mobile

We loved the ability to have a relaxing breakfast and then walk to the colliseum and amphitheater, market and best restaurants all SO close. Amazing value and one of my favorites in all of Europe... If you are considering staying in Avignon or Arles; stay in Le Calendal in Arles!!!

  • Stayed February 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Thank jjduffy
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LE CALENDAL H, Directeur général at Hotel Spa Le Calendal, responded to this review, January 23, 2013
Dear guest,

Thank you for sharing your experience at Le Calendal. We are happy that you managed not only to relax but also to visit the numerous sites in Arles.

We hope to greet you another time

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Terrific location directly in front of the amphitheatre and for exploring Arles..

The hotel had provided great directions when we booked, and it was very easy to find. It is in the middle of a pedestrian-only zone but no problem - after unloading the hotel staff accompany you to the municipal parking building nearby. You don't need to drive back to the hotel until the day you depart - because the parking building is nearby - just through a park and across a main road.

The room was spacious and generally quiet (noisy revellers at 1 pm one night outside) and was nicely appointed - with a heat-pump that warmed the room up quickly and I am sure the room would have adequate air-conditioning in summer. The bed was super-comfortable. Bathroom was OK but typical French plumbing - where washbasins etc took an eternity to drain.

When we arrived hardly any restaurants were open (Monday night December) but the hotel has a lively coffee shop with a good selection of food.

Breakfast was very nice. Love that French bread!

Recommended and we would return.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Address: 5 rue Porte de Laure, 13200, Arles, France
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Location: France > Provence > Bouches-du-Rhone > Arles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Business Hotel in Arles
#1 Spa Hotel in Arles
#1 Family Hotel in Arles
#4 Romantic Hotel in Arles
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Spa Le Calendal 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The HOTEL SPA LE Calendal in Arles ideally located between the Antic Theater and Amphitheater, in historical center. A charming hotel, comfortable and stylish. The Comptoir du Calendal is the perfect place to have simple homemade soups salads quiches gratins .... and wonderful organic bread sandwiches some even available for vegetarians. The Spa Aux Bains du Calendal offers roman baths and roman ambiance (adults only +18 years old). Hot Bath - massage shower and Hammam. Large variety of massages also available . Home away from home ! ... more   less 
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