We have just returned from 5 nights at Jardins Secrets, feeling fully relaxed after enjoying the beautiful garden and pool for the past few days, not to mention the excellent care from the staff. Special thanks to Hugo, Joel and Aurelie who looked after us so well. It was good to see the owner mucking in and tending to the garden, cleaning the pool and taking pride in his lovely hotel. The owners obviously love their home town of Nimes too and were really happy to talk to us about some of the less obvious sites to see. We loved the cats and tortoise, Birdie the cat was very friendly and came to sunbathe with us a few times.
You feel more like a guest in a fabulous home, rather than another anonymous customer in an international hotel.
The location is very handy if arriving by train, less than 5 minutes walk and about 5 minutes walk to the arena. It's about 10-15 minutes walk to most of the good restaurants, which was fine for us. Once inside the gardens you could be anywhere, we loved the fact you had the sights and variety of a city within 5-10 minutes but the relaxation and calm of the garden too. The only downside for us was that other than breakfast (which is really tasty with the jams, fresh pastries, yoghurts and fruit, but not as amazing as some of the reviews make out) there is no other food available and you are not allowed to bring food in to eat in the garden. This means if you want a day of doing nothing at all, not leaving the hotel, you have to stock up at breakfast and hold out until dinner. Fortunately breakfast is served until 11.30, so if you want to be really lazy, it is entirely possible to take a late breakfast and then wait until dinner. My one suggestion for improvement would be that the hotel could offer some form of light snack for guests.
The swimming pool is fresh, it is outdoors after all, but once you take the plunge, it is very refreshing. We loved our room. I understand what people mean when they describe the rooms as dark, this didn't bother us, we found it romantic. From reading the other reviews, sounds like upgrading to a mid-range room was the right decision, we certainly had no complaints with our room and are perplexed how anybody could fail to enjoy their stay here.
If you're coming/going from London, it's about 20 minutes from Nimes airport, about 35 euros in a taxi, Ryanair fly directly, so a long weekend here would be very easy to achieve.
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