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“Graceful Hospitality in the Heart of Arles” 5 of 5 stars
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Hotel du Forum
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   10, place du Forum, 13200 Arles, France   |  
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Ranked #1 of 58 Hotels in Arles
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Richmond, Virginia
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9 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Graceful Hospitality in the Heart of Arles”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2013

The Hotel du Forum was the focal center of our three day stay in Arles. In spite of being located in the heart of the old city, our GPS lead us precisely through the narrow one-way streets to the hotel. (Do stop at the Tourist Visitor center on your way in). We were greeted at the door, and our SUV driven to a nearby locked garage by the doorman. We were traveling with my parents, so the elevator was a real key, as well as the walk-in shower in their room, unlike our hotel in Paris. Our rooms were quite spacious, with the tall ceilings adding to the sense of great space. We enjoyed the hearty breakfast each morning at the hotel. One morning when a tour group filled the dining room, hotel management suggested they serve us in our room. The four of us very much enjoyed looking out over the the Place du Forum while enjoying our croissants, breads, cheeses, tea and coffee. The location was perfect for walking to the Roman forum and other preserved sites, as well as to the incredible Arles market, said to be the largest in Europe (unbelievable array of olives, cheeses, fish and seafood, sweets and breads, and more). We also day-tripped from Arles to many nearby sites. The hotel management was quite helpful in making restaurant recommendations, and there are many nearby that are quite good. If you enjoy Van Gogh, it was a unique treat to be right across from the yellow cafe featured in his famous painting! We very much enjoyed Arles, and the Hotel Du Forum was a perfect place to return to each afternoon. We highly recommend this hotel to you!

Room Tip: We very much enjoyed the "yellow" room on the 3rd floor facing the Van Gogh Cafe on the sq...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 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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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012

We stayed here couple of nights in the summer and the location is absolutely phenomenal. Right in the middle of everything. The room was enormous and fairly comfortable and the hotel has a really nice pool as well. If you are coming by car, especially a bigger one, beware. It's maze of tiny one-way street and it takes a bit of nerves getting through that labyrinth, but it is definitely worth it.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

We really enjoyed the Hotel du Forum in Arles. It has a secluded courtyard swimming pool that was a real treat in June. We ate our breakfasts and enjoyed a dip in the afternoon. We ate the hotels breakfasts and they were better than expected. Get an upper room in the front that faces Van Gogh's "Yellow Cafe" a real treat for Van Gogh fans.

Room Tip: Get a room overlooking the square. Viewing Van Gogh's "Yellow Cafe" in the "fles...
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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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128 reviews
54 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Stayed at Hotel du Forum in September and enjoyed the visit. Located in central old Arles within walking distance to all attractions. Friendly staff, nice pool, room was spacious with safe, bathroom fine but no soap included. The hotel employs a 're-use your towel' policy. Our room was located at the back area and not over the square so quiet. Pool table in the bar area. Situated on the Forum Square opposite the Van Gogh Yellow Cafe but wouldn't go there for a meal, many other restaurants to choose from. Nothing to say that's negative.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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London
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

It had been several years since we last visited and we were keen to go back. The hotel and bedrooms have been redecorated. I love the decor, especially the Provencal style bedding and the massive French armoires. Our room was huge, with a pretty view of the pool. The staff were friendly and helpful,and nothing was too much trouble.

One negative - finding the hotel in the dark by GPS is not easy.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Jerusalem, Israel
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24 hotel reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

This hotel is a special place. Beautiful pool, nice entertainment room, extremely friendly staff, nice spacious rooms.

However, two major gripes that are not really the hotel's fault. Getting to the place with a car is very very hard. We had a large Mercedes van (Viano) and the GPS took an odd route through the extremely narrow roads of ancient Arles. Use the directions on the hotel's website and ignore the GPS. Also, Arles itself was hard to digest when compared to Avignon and Aix-en-Provence, perhaps because it was off season, but we felt we would have been better off spending more time elsewhere (not the hotel's fault of course).

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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paris
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118 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

The hotel is very well located on the beautiful place du Forum. The decoration is very pretty and the staff is nice. Very nice pool in the quiet backyard behind the hotel.
The negative point would be the female owner who can be quite unpleasant on some days! We ordered breakfast in our room one morning and she told me "NOT POSSIBLE'' over the phone as they were too busy though this was mentioned in their brochure. Our breakfast did arrive ten minutes later and the owner later apologized, telling me that she has a bad temper sometimes!!
Please DO remember to reserve a parking space at the hotel before you arrive as they have very few places available. Otherwise you can park in the Public parking lot not far from the hotel.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10, place du Forum, 13200 Arles, France
Location: France > Provence > Bouches-du-Rhone > Arles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Family Hotel in Arles
#2 Romantic Hotel in Arles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel du Forum 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Peacefulliving and the charm of a beautiful old house.Facing Van Gogh cafe. 38 Rooms air conditioned satellite TV and mini bar. Bar with billiard. Swimming-pool.Lift. Garage ... more   less 
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