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“Nice Though not Exceptional” 3 of 5 stars
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Hotel Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   9 Chemin Canto-Cigalo, 13210 Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France   |  
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Los Angeles
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Nice Though not Exceptional”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2012

This hotel was lovely, but overpriced for what it was. We spent 2 days relaxing in St Remy by the pool of Hotel Le Vallon de Valrugeues. The hotel was clean and comfortable. I had a great night sleep in a comfortable bed, with a nice bathroom. I looked out my window onto a scraggly view (and though maybe the time of year - I didn't see any lovely views out windows.) Housekeeping was very attentive. On the whole though it was a bit stuffier than charming, mostly because the staff as a whole was not particularly warm or helpful. We were greeted warmly at the front desk, however each time I went back for help people at the desk took phone calls and did paperwork before helping me. It was close enough to town to go out for dinners, though we did eat lunch at the hotel. The wait staff was polished, but not exceptionally helpful when I would make a request. I felt gouged by the breakfast price - there is no way to walk out and grab coffee and a croissant next door - or as a breakfast option in the hotel. Instead I was way overcharged for a breakfast that I didn't need. (They are famous for a gastronomique kitchen which we did not try.) Overall, the hotel was nice, comfortable, clean but nothing exceptional for a 5 star hotel with an expensive bill.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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  • Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

I hesitate to say exactly how wonderful this hotel is, I am tempted to keep it to myself as my secret piece of heaven.

This was our second visit, two years ago for 5 nights, and we're now at the end of a 13 night stay.       We already plan to return.

Situated about a 7 minute stroll outside St Remy de Provence, this 5 star hotel goes the extra mile to make your stay enjoyable, relaxed, cosseted and pampered.

The hotel boasts two restaurants for evening meals, a bistro which was enjoyable but we were a little disappointed and the Michelin starred gastronomic slice of perfection where we dined twice, and every mouthful was a treat for the senses.

The staff are almost without exception - exceptional.  From Penelope and Caroline on reception, to all the restaurant staff, each breakfast, comment or query was dealt with quickly, with a smile and always politely.  The poolside staff kept towels, umbrellas and the pool itself spotless and inviting.

Special mention to the housekeeping staff.  Wonderful, efficient and as invisible as ghosts, and yet - twice a day, clean towels, turn down service, cleanliness to commend and a generosity to note with regard to the bathroom products - something that other 5 star hotels could learn to copy.

Sheer heaven and it made for the most wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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New York City, New York
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2012

This is not in the city. It is 10 mins walk in the quaint country road to get to the city. It is very cold and impersonal in the lobby. The dinner was excellent. The service in the restaurant was equally excellent. If you are driving, this is a place to stay as they have parking spaces. From this spot we visited Mont Ste Victoire, the medieval center of lovely Aix en Provence. You could see the provencal landscapes that inspired Van Gogh everywhere. There were cypress trees, flowers and olive groves in every directions to greet us. From this hotel, we also went to the Pont du Guard, an ingenious 2000 years old Roman aqueduct spanning the River Gardon. We also visited the award winning olive oil producerMaussane les Alpilles. Next day, we went to Medieval Wall city of Avignon, where popes reigned from 1309to 1376. A visit ito the Palais des Papes revealed its Gothic glories with which thepopes of Avignon surrounded themselves. What I am saying is this hotel is a pleasure to return to at the end of the day even if the frontdesk staff was cold.

  • Stayed July 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Damien_Gallon, General Manager at Hotel Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa, responded to this review, July 30, 2012
Dear Mr YKNIP,

We would like to thank you for letting us know about your stay with us and we do apologize if you have felt our reception team somehow not welcoming. We assure you that we are doing our best to make our guest stay unforgettable. We also thank you for explaining so well what we can visit or discover in Provence such as Van Gogh museum, Aix en Provence, Palais des Papes in Avignon… we are hoping to see you again in the nearest future.
Best regards,
General manager
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Stirling, United Kingdom
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22 hotel reviews
Reviews in 33 cities Reviews in 33 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

The Vallon de Valrugues is a bit vulgar - the natural home of the perma-tanned rich and the c list celebrity. We last stayed here 10 years ago when it was a somewhat simpler affair. We fetched up here again on a very wet Sunday at the start of a camping holiday when the extent of the deluge dissuaded us from putting up the tent. We paid 340 euros for a 'standard room'. As it was, I rather wished we had forked out the extra 30 euros for a junior suite as both the room and the bathroom were quite small though both were nicely appointed. Staff were reasonably helpful though there was a rather impersonal feel to it all. It was comfortable but overall the place lacks charm. Be aware too that it is not in the centre of town, and takes a good ten minutes on foot, on a very small road that nonetheless can feel at times like a race track for the hotel clientele. The swimming pool was nice and warm though, even at 6 o'clock on a rather dull Monday morning.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Damien_Gallon, General Manager at Hotel Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa, responded to this review, July 30, 2012
Dear Mrs Cajwatson,
We would like to thank you for your comment and kindly inform you that our outdoor swimming pool is heated during our middle and high season. We do apologize for the lack of friendliness at our restaurant, we are going to work on it and we are hoping to see you again in our hotel in the nearest future.
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General Manager
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Miami, Florida
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

I do a fair amount of traveling because of work, so I am used to many hotel chains in many World cities. Some are good, some are just ok, some are really refreshing, but then there's Le Vallon de Valrugues. I rarely write a review unless the experience is atrocious. In this case, it was the total opposite. It made my business trip even more pleasurable than vacation. Service was highly efficient and professional. Staff was courteous and dynamic. Room was exceptionally comfortable. It looked as if I had been the first guest in it. The services offered are of excellent value for the quality you are provided. They have outstanding supervision of parking lot. I had a rental car with insurance anyway, but I believe this would make a difference for anyone driving his or her own vehicle. I truly recommend this hotel for anyone traveling on business to have a refreshing time and for families looking for a truly beautiful and peaceful place to wind down. I might even make this my next vacation spot with family next year. I am extremely pleased with the whole experience.
PS: I am not rating breakfast because I did not eat one both days I stayed.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled on business
    • 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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Brisbane, Australia
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Rather than being in the centre ville, Valrugues is a ten minute stroll and it's a beautiful hotel in a beautiful city. Due to a mix up with our booking, we ended up at Valrugues and I think this ended up being a better location for us.

The benefit of being a bit out of town is you get to walk off some of the delicious food that you'll find in St-Remy and you get to give your olfactory senses the joy of the beautiful flora smells as you stroll to and from town.

The hotel itself is lovely and the rooms adequate and modern. Beds are comfortable. Breakfast is a typical Continental breakfast and plentiful, especially if it's a beautiful day where you eat on the terrace. We didn't have dinner at the restaurant, however friends of ours who recently stayed said the food was fantastic, albeit very expensive. They raved about it.

Staff were very helpful especially as we'd left our passports in the room safe along with half our wardrobe which we managed to pick up the next day. I seem to have a history of doing that....

My only complaint, which is really small, you get wee cakes of Marseille soap to use, which is normal, however, each day it's thrown out and you get a one. Nice touch, but bit of a waste.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Truro, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

Really enjoyed staying at Le Vallon....lovely location and surrounding countryside. Thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant, cuisine was very good and the service was excellent and attentive. The spa was a delightful place to relax and be pampered. Overall the atmosphere of the whole hotel was very friendly and welcoming. The only downside we felt was that although we had a wonderful time it is not something we will be able to justify on a more regular basis as it was a little pricey. Shame...would love to go back again and again...

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 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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Additional Information about Hotel Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa

Address: 9 Chemin Canto-Cigalo, 13210 Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France
Location: France > Provence > Bouches-du-Rhone > Saint-Remy-de-Provence
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#5 Family Hotel in Saint-Remy-de-Provence
#6 Luxury Hotel in Saint-Remy-de-Provence
#6 Romantic Hotel in Saint-Remy-de-Provence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Hotel Le Vallon de Valrugues & Spa 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Vallon de Valrugues is a 5 star Hotel and Spa with 48 rooms and suites, elegant and personalized, partly renovated in 2010. The Hotel is ideally located in a quiet area just 600 meters from the center of Saint Remy de Provence. You will enjoy discovering the gastronomic restaurant Marc de Passorio rewarded by the famous Red Guide with 1 star. The Chef offers as well a simpler cuisine with regional products in the Bistrot Gourmand. ... more   less 
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Hotel Le Vallon De Valrugues St-Remy-De-Provence
Hotel Le Vallon De Valrugues And Spa
Vallon De Valrugues

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