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“Good Location but in dire need of renovation”
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Hotel La Caravelle
Ranked #40 of 68 Hotels in Aix-en-Provence
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“Good Location but in dire need of renovation”
Reviewed November 20, 2013

We stayed at the hotel for one night only while visiting friends in Aix-en-Provence. Booked this hotel because of the reasonable price and the excellent location, right at the corner of rue de l'italy and 10 minutes away from the train station. Didn't expect much. The staff was very nice and helpful. The room was small but adequate. The lift is tiny. The room was clean. The bathroom is in dire need of renovation. Our room was facing the street and we had a small terrace. The street is busy during the day but quite quiet at night. All in all will stay there again.

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  • Stayed November 2013, traveled as a couple
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Sliema, Malta
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

We arrived at night to this hotel. I have chosen it mostly looking at its location. It's a 10 minutes walk to the station so it was perfect. The staff was friendly and they stored our bags for a day.
The room was clean, beds were a bit small so not too comfy to sleep. The bathroom looked like it was recently renovated, quite modern with a very nice shower.
I would recommend it if you are looking for a short stay and if you are on the budget.

  • Stayed September 2013, traveled as a couple
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Munich, Germany
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed August 28, 2013

La Caravelle lies at the border of the old town of Aix-en-Provence. The location is excellent, however reaching the hotel by car may be a bit frustrating, since the circle road around the old town by which you have to approach the hotel is one-way only and you may have to do almost a full circle around the town centre until you can take the right turn. There is a park house next to the hotel which is probably your best option if you want to leave the car not too far away. Or, if you are really lucky, you may get one of the two parking slots right by the hotel.

The room was a bit of a let-down. We took the room facing the street (there are also rooms facing the garden which are a little more expensive) since we are usually not easily disturbed by street noise. However, the problem was not the noise, but rather the decoration. Dark, stained carpets, dull furniture, dull colors, old mattresses. It was functional, that's the best you could say about it. The ventilator was a plus - it can get pretty hot in Provence.

What made up for the dullness of the room was the friendliness of the stuff. They were extremely helpful, helped us solve a problem that evolved on the way to the hotel, recommended wonderful eating places and helped us plan our trips through- and out of town. The hotel stuff are the real treasure of La Caravelle and the reason why we didn't regret booking the hotel in the end.

Room Tip: If you are a light sleeper, consider paying the extra 10EUR for a room facing the garden.
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

We had a great stay at Hotel La Caravelle in Aix. The hotel was simple and quaint, but more than comfortable. The location was great, the staff were helpful and everything was clean. It was great for the price. I would stay there again if looking for a budget-friendly option.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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Guildford
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

I've just come back from Aix, and wanted to review La Caravelle, as I think it has been unfairly described. My mum and I found the hotel staff to be incredibly friendly and helpful. Our third floor twin room was at the front, and because of the hot weather we kept the balcony doors open, so it was noisy, but with earplugs (silicon ones are the best!) it was fine. The room had a fan which was useful. The room was well furnished, and the bathroom was very clean and worked perfectly. The whole hotel was spotlessly clean, and pleasantly decorated. (I think it's recently been renovated?) The breakfasts were delicious too. La Caravelle is also perfectly situated just round the corner from the old centre of Aix - we had a choice of many different little restaurants all less than 5 minutes walk away, and it was close enough to drop off our bags of shopping (the markets are FAB!) and then return to shop some more. Highly recommended.

Room Tip: If choosing a room at the front, take earplugs.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Honolulu
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Reviewed April 8, 2013

Despite the other reviews, I thought I would give it a try. Was only staying in Aix for the night. My room was simple, facing the street. I had a queen sized bed and my own bathroom. Be careful as some rooms have the bathrooms outside of their rooms.

I stayed in March, so the weather was cool. I didn't feel the need to open the windows. The street is pretty busy and if the weather had been warm, opening the windows would have made it a little loud.

I found the hotel to be comfortable and clean. There are renovations going on. My room had not been renovated. The front desk agents were very friendly and helpful. If you aren't expecting luxury, this is a great option. You are just around the corner from the old town with lot's of shops and restaurants.

The train station is about a 15 minute walk, but the bus station is a bit of a haul.

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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Bengaluru, India
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Reviewed December 13, 2012

This is located on the edge of the historical town, so everything is walking distance - lovely cafes and book stores, museums, restaurants. Right across are a couple of supermarkets for any supplies, and a laundromat is also not far. The bus station is bit of a walk though. The hotel itself is bit jaded, and tad bit expensive for what it offers, but the staff and owners are terribly friendly. The rooms are quite miniscule, with little space around the bed. All in all, not too bad, but if I ever go again to this student town famous for Cezanne, I'll probably check out somewhere else that offers better value for money.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Property: Hotel La Caravelle
Address: 29 boulevard du Roi Rene, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Aix-en-Provence
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Ranked #40 of 68 Hotels in Aix-en-Provence
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Hotel Class:2 star — Hotel La Caravelle 2*
Number of rooms: 32
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