Here's what I wrote in my journal: "The friendly receptionist greets me, checks me in, and shows me the pastry-coffee-wine bar/cafe, the breakfast room, and the free computers, then takes my luggage through the garden and upstairs to a perfect little room overlooking the garden: double bed with blue headboard and white linens; blue & yellow walls, curtains, and cupboards. The bathroom (with both tub and shower) is tiled blue and white; everything is crisp and clean. Bright prints decorate the walls, and--with a small desk and comfortable chair--I'm at home! AND the room is quiet. I unpack, then go back to the lobby to send a message to [my husband] and order a chevre tart and a glass of wine."
The hotel is ideally located (next to the amphitheatre)--a 5- to 10-minute walk to most other places of interest and a 1- to 2-minute walk to shopping and nice little restaurants (Le Criquet, which serves traditional food, is excellent!). As a solo traveler, I felt entirely comfortable. Guests came from various parts of Europe and the U.S., and the little cafe was frequented by locals. At my request, the staff arranged for a 2 1/2 hour walking tour with a private guide, and the evening before I left, I enjoyed an amazing hot stone massage, given by a talented masage therapist in the hotel's spa. I'd booked online and was surprised at the reasonable room rates. I can't imagine staying anywhere else when I return to Arles; next time, I hope to stay for more than 4 days.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The HOTEL SPA LE Calendal in Arles ideally located between the Antic Theater and Amphitheater, in historical center. A charming hotel, comfortable and stylish. The Comptoir du Calendal is the perfect place to have simple homemade soups salads quiches gratins .... and wonderful organic bread sandwiches some even available for vegetarians. The Spa Aux Bains du Calendal offers roman baths and roman ambiance (adults only +18 years old). Hot Bath - massage shower and Hammam. Large variety of massages also available . Home away from home ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Calendal Hotel
- Le Calendal Arles