Visiting Orange in August fo the music festival - La Choregie - I had the luck to choose, quite at random, this lovely hotel perfectly situated for visits to the "Theatre Antique" for the events.
In this visit I went on two successive evenings - first for a concert by Patrizia Ciofi and Leo Nucci (magnificent!) and then for "Un Ballo in Maschera" (wonderful even though interrupted by a short rain storm!).
It was my first visit to Orange and, as always, there is a degree of apprehension on such occasions. This was immediately banished upon my arrival at the hotel.
The greetings were cordial and utterly natural with no sign of any forced politeness. There was an instant warmth and feeling of welcome that continued throughout my, all too short, stay.
Natalie and Philippe who own, and run, the hotel are genuinely interested in one's welfare. Nothing is too much trouble. As evidence of their genuine kindness I must report that - on the second and, sadly, last evening - a Japanese friend (who was staying at another hotel further away due to having decided, quite late, to make a visit) came to meet me as 'Le Glacier' is so convenient for the events and for the pre-opera dinners in the open air around the amphiteatre..
Soon after we had eaten, she realized that she had left her ticket in her hotel room. Taxis are not easy to obtain (due to the road closures around the Theatre) and so in a spirit of some concern I went to the conveniently situated 'Le Glacier'and asked for advice andhelp.
Philippe explained our predicament to numerous taxi concerns but, due to the difficulties of access (as already mentioned above) we could not access any transport.
Without hesitation, Philippe took us to his garage and, by a circuitous route, saved the evening by enabling Naoko to retrieve her ticket and he returned us to 'Le Glacier' in ample time for the opera. The only reward he would accept was our grateful thanks! Service way above expectation for which I, and Naoko, wish to provide him a public "Thank You".
I wish to make clear that this immensely kind act has in no way changed the veracity of my report. It is over and above the fundamentals that I describe with a subjective honesty below.
The hotel is well equipped with everything one requires for comfort and a totally pleasant stay.
I recommend Le Glacier without reservation and shall - ceteris paribus - be there in 2014 for the events of La Choregie.
This was however, I must repeat, a visit enhanced by the kindly helpfulness of Natalie and Philippe at "Le Glacier"
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Charming and Friendly hotel in a typical provencal city, Le Glacier is owned by our family since 1947. Set around a quiet, sunny, flowery patio this peaceful accommodation is composed of several houses. It provides a garage and an additional closed car park, plus secure public parking in the front. Its’ different levels confer it a quite particular charm enticing you to stay, visit, and discover the town of Orange. There you will see the exceptional Antic Theatre, beautiful fountains, and nice little squares typical of “provençale” towns.Sun, flavours, smells, and cicadas will provide you with unforgettable memories... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Glacier Orange
- Le Glacier Hotel Orange