We stayed at the Hotel du Forum for six nights at the beginning of a three week tour of Provence, the Dordogne and Paris. We feel fortunate to have stayed with Madame and Monsieur Oggier who were a constant source of good and happily provided information; especially restaurants to go to and scenic routes to follow between Arles and Avignon, Aix en Provence, Les Baux and the Camargue. If you do not speak French well, Madame speaks English better than you speak her language. Perhaps more importantly, she has several employees (Lela, Doris, Regina) who speak English well and are charming and engaging as well.
It is not a fancy hotel but the rooms are clean and it is centrally located in Arles on the square opposite where Van Gogh’s Café de Nuit stood. Actually, from an atmospheric sense, the pool room in the Hotel du Forum is much closer to a Van Gogh interior than you will find across the street.
We were here before the season began and thus, perhaps, received more attentive service than one might receive when the hotel is crowded. But, a visiting group of American high schoolers were here for a couple of nights and they were handled easily with no diminution of service to us.
If you are coming to Arles looking for big screen TVs and ten pillows on your bed…go to a Marriott somewhere else. But if you are looking for both personal warmth and simple efficiency at a reasonable price, the Hotel du Forum is an excellent place to stay. There is a pool that was not open in April, but it looks inviting. Van Gogh might have painted it.
My only real complaint is the constant bad music in the background in the public spaces…but this has become almost universal. Frankie, the bar man in the pool room, will turn it down if you ask. He’s a longhaired charmer by the way…although, Lela and Doris are my favorites, beautiful young women with winning smiles who could be ballerinas.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Du Forum Hotel
- Du Forum Arles