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“Charming bespoke hotel in magnificent location” 4 of 5 stars
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La Fete en Provence
Place du Vieux marche, Haute Ville, 84110 Vaison-la-Romaine, France   |  
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Melbourne
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 hotel reviews
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“Charming bespoke hotel in magnificent location”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2010

My wife and I spent a week here in Provence and were smitten by both the charm of the hotel and the location. An easy walk into the main part of town and central to all the regional attractions - we will be back.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Huntington, Vermont
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 hotel reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2009

My husband and I spent 4 nights in this old rustic Inn. We loved the winding staircase, the stone, and the medieval feel. It's located in the older city and while the hill it's on could be a bit steap for some, we enjoyed the location. There were some drawbacks with the service. While everyone was super nice, they disappeared most of the day and night. It was off season (though the rates were still full season rates!!) so their restaurant was closed. You could get breakfast, but the first morning we tried, they were not expecting us (even though I told them the night before and we arranged a time). We received a little bread and told we could help ourselves. The problem was there was nothing to help ourselves to because everyone else had eaten it. We arrived at 8:30am, so it's not like we came really late. I had to ask for yogurt and joice that I saw others eating and I noticed there was cheese, but we never saw it. After that we decided the 10Euro each was NOT worth it for bread and coffee!
Likewise we tried to find someone for 1.5 days so we could check out and no one was ever around. The morning of our departure everything was closed up so I had to leave a note in our room - I never even received a receipt, just an email confirmation that my credit card was charged. I'm not s=usually one who needs a lot of frills, but for the amount you have to pay to stay at a place like this, I would have liked someone to be there if we needed. We even tried phoning and no one answered. I wouldn't shy away from recommending someone stay here because it was a nice spot, but I would set up in advance what to do when you need to reach someone. (And bring soap, they only give you shower gel - even for handwashing).

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Sydney
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4 hotel reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2009

We stayed with our two children aged 7 and 9, with a small tour at around the time of the Tour de France, for seven nights. We had a room with a separate parents room and loft for the children. The living area was enormous and the kitchen was all you needed. The room was not fancy but filled with character and a beautiful view. The hotel courtyard was lovely, everything kept exceptionally clean. The staff always helped, despite our bad French. The location of the hotel, in the ancient part of town was gorgeous. The room was air-conditioned (not often needed as there was a lovely breeze) and the bed was really comfy. The pool was well used by our children!

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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BC, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
15 hotel reviews
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2009

My husband and I stayed at this hotel for four nights at the beginning of June. I picked this hotel based on the reviews from Trip Advisor and was happy with my choice. Vaison-La-Romaine is an interesting town. It seems to have distinct areas - a newer part of town, an old town and the medieval part of town. As mentioned by others, the hotel is situated in the medieval part of town amongst the medieval village. This part of town seems to be a "trendier" area as people have rennovated the old buildings so that the outer structure remains how it was centuries ago but the insides are modern. This is exactly how I would describe this hotel. From the outside, you feel like you're staying in an old castle (with the concrete winding staircase and smaller windows) but the rooms have been newly reno'd and are very clean. Some of the things that I really enjoyed about this hotel: It is centrally located right in the medieval town, next to old town and the new town is only about a 20 min. walk away; there are a ton of interesting restaurants and shops to visit within walking distance; there are a few restaurants and a coffee shop in the medieval town less than a five min walk - we had the best pizza in our life at the pizza restaurant; the rooms were cleaned daily (no bugs to be found); we had a small kitchenette in our room so we were able to keep wine chilled and stock up with food for our breakfasts and lunches; everything was in good order and worked well; the bed was big and comfortable enough; there is a pool which we used daily and the deck chairs are comfortable (which we had to ourselves since we never saw another person using it) and the hotel provides a beach towel in your room. The staff were friendly and helpful - we ended up having to check out a day early because of our flight and the staff were very accomodating and didn't charge us anything for the change. There is a small courtyard in the hotel which you can use anytime. We bought a bottle of wine from one of the "caves" and spent an evening there (again, no one else was around so we had it to ourselves).

Although I really couldn't complain about anything there are a few things that might bother some people - the medieval village and hotel are up on a hill so you must be willing to walk down/up hill to get to restaurants/shops; the bathroom was interesting - it had an open shower/bath (no shower curtain) so the water gets everywhere when you shower. Also we didn't have a door on our bathroom, just a cloth. This didn't bother us since we're married but if you're travelling with a friend, could be a concern. There were quite a few steep stairs to climb to get to our room. If you are elderly or have troubles with stairs, this would not be a place for you to stay. The hotel restaurant was closed while we were there (which didn't bother us because there were so many other places to choose from within walking distance) and the breakfast was quite pricey (which we didn't participate in anyway). The pool was quiet but it wasn't very clean. We did use the small cold tub which appeared cleaner. Apparently the hotel gets quite busy in the summer with families and the pool can be quite busy then. And lastly, parking was somewhat of an issue. It was tough to find a spot the first day (we arrived on a holiday monday) but became easier once the French tourists left. You have to wheel/carry your suitcases up a ways as the parking is on the street below.

IN all, I would recommend this hotel to a friend. It was charming and unique. And really, how often does one get the chance to stay in a medieval village?

TIP - Rent bikes at the local bike shop. Ride to the near by villages known for their winemaking and do some tasting. The country side is beautiful and the ride is relatively flat.

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Gladstone, New Jersey
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47 reviews 47 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2009

Also stayed in the duplex room. A long walk up the stairs but worth it with a great view out to the ruins in back the the street down below. It was easy to miss - I don't know how but we drove right by the first 2 times. La Fete is one of the first buildings once you get to the Haute Ville section of town.
Fantastic place to sightsee on foot and don't miss market day, Tuesday, down in the Bas Ville.

Stayed April 2006, traveled with family
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Kelowna, Canada
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 hotel reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2007

We stayed at La Fete en Provence for 1 night...and the only problem with out stay is that it was not long enough! The hotel is beautiful...and the village of Vaison is breathtaking!

The hotel itself is typical Provence style...and from the outside...it does not even look like a hotel! Of course this does make it quite tricky to find...but contact the hotel prior to arrival to get some directions. We stayed in the duplex which was amazing...it has a small kitchenette, seperate sitting area, comfortable beds (2 downstairs and 1 up that it accessed by a spiral staircase) and a terrace with an amazing view over Vaison.

The hotel also has a pool that is located a short walk from the hotel...and it is very welcoming especially in the summer after a day of sightseeing. The breakfast in the terrace is wonderful and worth the 10 EUR. But what really makes the stay at La Fete worthwhile is the service...we have never felt so welcomed!

If you are thinking of visiting Vaison-la-Romaine...do not think twice! The village is amazing...quaint and charming and a perfect base for exploring the Vaucluse region of Provence. And make your place to stay in Vaison La Fete en Provence...you will not be disappointed!

  • Liked — The location, the pool, the room...wonderful!
  • Disliked — The shower was open with only a thin curtain...so everything got wet...but who cares...
  • Stayed July 2007, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2006

We were married in Arles, Provence in August 2004. We traveled for a couple of weeks thru the South of France for our HoneyMoon. Vaison la Romaine was one of my favorite towns :) La Fete en Provence was extremely hard to find, so I suggest calling ahead and getting exact directions. This was a small boutique-type hotel. The food at the restaurant was fabulous and the staff was extremely nice. The rooms were small but very clean and the bathrooms are beautiful. They are completely tiled and have a wall of glass with a draping silk curtain as the bathroom door. I loved this hotel and would stay here again in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed August 2004
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Place du Vieux marche, Haute Ville, 84110 Vaison-la-Romaine, France
Location: France > Provence > Vaucluse > Vaison-la-Romaine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #4 of 6 Specialty Lodging in Vaison-la-Romaine
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 14
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