Hotel de Ville
Hotel de Ville
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4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles281 reviews
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Dimitris L
Sydney, Australia48,982 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a very nice building, as is the case with practically all such buildings in French cities. The architecture is lovely. Unfortunately we were not able to go inside at the time of our visit and were unable to return at a more appropriate time. Worth a stop.
Written July 14, 2020
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DuncanTCH
East Greenbush, NY1,499 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
My husband and I were in the south of France and spend three nights in Aix. On Saturday of our stay, we decided to hit all of the markets (a must see) as well as explore the city further. Even though we had been to Aix several times before, there were sites, like this one, that we had previously missed.

City hall was especially fun to visit on Saturdays because the produce market is held directly in front of the building. It make for a great scene with the historic old building in the background and stalls of beautiful fruits and vegetables in the foreground!

The building is really beautiful on the outside and the clock tower is its obvious focal point. Being a Saturday, we didn't have an opportunity to go inside, nor do I know if the interior is open to the public (outside of city business). But the exterior is definitely worth a walk around and makes for some great photos.
Written July 14, 2023
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Thomas C
New Orleans, LA158 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
Place de l'Hotel is one of the key squares showing a number of different architectural stiyes of that time. Just off the square are the Town Hall, the Corn Exchange, the Clock Tower, and the old fountain. You could spend half the day just looking around the Place Richelme.
Written June 24, 2019
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on_the_go_98765
Tucson20,615 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
"Hotel" translates into "large public building" in French (more or less) and this "Hotel" is the town's house for governmental business. The flags, balcony, and ornate wooden carved doors set this apart from all else in Old Town. There's a public square in front; it is called La Place de l'Hotel de Ville where a flower market is held on Tuesdays.

Historically, this structure dates to 1661 and has as its inspiration Italian Palace design. The exterior has double columns flanking the door. In the center of both door panels is a beautiful lion head holding the door knocker ring in his mouth.

I doubt that there are actual tours of this Town Hall. Our guide never mentioned it. All we saw was a very security-minded man, guarding the door against any peeks into the courtyard inside the doors.

Original ornamentation "had" included busts of notables including Louis XIV (Sun King). This should be stated in the past tense; the French Revolution swept through all of France, leaving a path of obliteration of all things perceived to be repressive. Bye bye, bust of Sun King.

Town Hall is adjacent to the impressive astronomic clock tower (subject of another review).
Written September 26, 2018
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pastry-traveler
Philadelphia, PA433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
A few years ago we made a Saturday day trip from our base in Avignon to Aix-en-Provence and were so enthralled with the city that this year when we came to Provence we used Aix as our base while we explored southern France.

While Aix is itself a beautiful place filled with stunning architecture, Place de l'Hotel was what lured us back. Saturday mornings it is filled with vendors selling lovely flowers. At noon the vendors pack up and the bars on the square set up tables and chairs, flatscreens to watch rugby, and start serving beer and wine.

Around 1 pm wedding parties start to arrive. In France only civil marriage services are recognized by law, so the couples and their families and friends come to the Hotel de Ville to be married in half-hour intervals. (Afterwards they go to a church for another ceremony.) It is exciting and romantic and entertaining to sip a glass of wine and watch the bride and groom waiting for their turn, surrounded by loved ones who are smiling and proud and taking pictures and chattering.

There is also a substantial outdoor farmers market in the square just around the corner from Place de l'Hotel.
Written October 18, 2015
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ETHKino
Paris, France529 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2011 • Family
You must see the pavement in the courtyard made up of river stones. Go on a Saturday as many wedding take place here and beautiful to see. You can access the first floor by the center staircase to take photos of the old mansion. Then there are also restrooms up there .
Written November 25, 2011
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Newme
Dubai, United Arab Emirates10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Solo
Short stay ,loved the hotel ,it was comfortable and clean
good options around .will recommend people to stay
Written March 11, 2019
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,679 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
I thought this 17th-century city hall with an attached 16th-century clock tower presented a nice architecture attraction at the Aix town square. As I stood in front of the city hall, I found that its Italianate facade and carved wooden entrance door offered an impressive introduction to the structure. Columns at the entrance, which flank the door, and a wrought-iron balcony above added more appealing details to the three-level building.

When I entered the inner courtyard, I liked the look of the pebble-stone ground covering and the entrance to the interior staircase. Above the entry, a mascaron appears with his tongue stuck out. We ascended the stairs to a first-floor room, where meetings are held. Its walls feature portraits of the counts of Provence, kings of France and depictions of historical events. Though the courtyard is open to the general public, check with the guard at the Hotel de Ville entrance regarding continuing to the first-floor room.

The lively square, where the building stands, has shops and cafes and serves as the venue for the town's flower market.
Written May 28, 2018
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Mike N
New York City, NY1,486 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
The town hall in Italian Baroque style and built between 1655-78 is a long way off from the earlier style of the Cathedral. It is sandwitched between two of the nicest squares in the Old Town of Aix-en Provence. It also has the Post Office if you want to use the cash machine!
Written July 6, 2017
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Brian
Holt, UK316 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
Beautiful building classically designed. The building has a lovely old clock tower and is situated in a picturesque square in the old town. We couldn't go in when we visited but we saw a wedding take place which must be lovely for the bride and groom to be married in such a woinderful building and location.
Written October 26, 2016
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