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“A Nice Place to Stay in Arles”
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Hotel du Forum
Ranked #10 of 56 Hotels in Arles
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 17, 2010

We stayed four nights at the Hotel du Forum during our trip to Provence, after a six night stay in Paris. The room was very large, with two beds, television, in-room safe, mini fridge, and (a very welcome) air conditioner. The room overlooked the pool, which provided a nice view modern-day recreation against a backdrop of Roman ruins. The history of the hotel and its location near the Van Gogh Cafe was the main draw for my boyfriend, who chose the Hotel du Forum for this leg of the trip. As it turns out, all the locals will warn you away from all the restaurants in the square - especially the Van Gogh Cafe - so we didn't actually end up eating there.

The staff was very friendly and helpful, lending us several different travel adapters when the one we brought along wouldn't fit in the plug. Unfortunately, none of the ones they had worked either. One thing that I didn't like, however, was that we were required to return our room key to the front desk every time we left the building.

Overall, I would probably recommend this hotel to someone looking for nice place to stay in Arles. If I were to return to Provence, however, I would not stay in Arles. We would probably stay in the larger and more central Avignon, and make a day trip to Arles instead.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 13, 2009

After the rave reviews on Tripadvisor we were underwhelmed. Our room was very basic. Our sat nav gave up on the one way system so we parked in a public car park about 5 minutes away. We walked to the hotel and despite having booked hotel parking the staff wouldn't go with us to the car park to "collect" the car. not a good start!

Some friends were staying in a slighly more expensive hotel about 400m away. It was much better value

  • Stayed: August 2008, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 24, 2009

We stayed for one night at the Hotel du Forum - we booked it through the local tourist office for a fee of €1. Thankfully the guy at the desk in the tourist office also marked the route to the hotel on a map he provided us - some of the streets in Arles are very narrow and there is a one way system (for obvious reasons) - but we found the hotel with no problem using his directions.
The hotel staff were extremely friendly and very helpful - they will park the car in a garage for €8 for the night, well worth it as there didn't seem to be any other parking nearby!
The furniture in the bedroom was basic, bed was a little bit hard but it was all very clean and spacious. Bathroom was big and clean with a decent shower.
You can use the interent in the lobby - there's a sign saying it's €2 for 15mins but once the receptionist logged us in she said we could use for as long as we liked - sure enough we used it for about 45mins and were only charged €2 on the hotel bill.
Breakfast was a buffet, plenty to eat and again a very friendly girl serving the tea / coffee.
There is a bar area with a pool table where we enjoyed a glass of wine. There is also a lovely pool area but we didn't get to use the pool.
The hotel is ideally located for walking to all the major sights - and there are several restaurants on the Place du Forum which is on the doorstep of the hotel.
When we checked out they brought the car back from the garage for us - great service!

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 29, 2009

As part of our 'grand tour' of Europe we stayed a couple of nights in Arles and really loved this place. Despite being centrally located it was quiet. Our room was wonderfully big and we had a delightful view over the roof tops and down on the hotel's swimming pool.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 2, 2009

Really enjoyed the hotel. The staff was very helpful - gave us recomendations for food and wine. We had 2 rooms - both were roomy and clean. The pool looked wonderful, but is was too cold to try it out. It was hard getting to the hotel - got lost a few times - but they parked our cars for us and told us an easy way to leave the city.

  • Stayed: June 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed June 11, 2009

Contrary to 5/23/09 somewhat negative review, during our May 8 and 9 , 2009 two night stay, we found the Du Forum wonderfully located (we pulled up in front and staff parked, and then delivered our car promptly) and typical of a historic property. Yes, it was not like bringing a capsule of America along with us (like our last night's stay 10 days later at the Hilton at the Paris airport (CDG) where it was exactly like staying in the US, but if we had wanted that, we would have stayed locally at our 5 star Marriott Point Clear. The two windows in our spacious room looked directly out on the Forum Square dating back over 2000 years earlier to the Roman founding when Arles was directly on the sea. That is the reason we stayed 10 days in the #1 rated Agriturisimo in Tuscany (per Karen Brown) prior to driving over to Provence to take an 8 days 'everything perfect to American standards' river boat cruise (Arles to Chalon sur Marne) after our Arles stay. Back to the Hotel Du Forum, while the staff's American was helpful and good, the Manager "Fred" was exceptional in helping us zero in on the two best dinner restaurant choices from Rick Steves' list.. His lunch recommendation in San Remy was one of the best authentic French lunches -- not the typical 'Tourist Menu' of safe Americanized-tours -- since we had enough of 6 course fine French dining on the way up the Rhone/Soane rivers. Only one word of caution if driving regarding actually finding the hotel the first time: Either obtain a detailed city map showing which streets are one way, and which are literally closed off to traffic -- or, be prepared to park your car 2 blocks away (as we had to), and let the very accomodating bell hop-type person drive you to hotel, and park the car in hotel's space. All in all, as most of the reviews reflect, a charming, friendly hotel and a great base to see the local Roman ruins and the famous aqueduct at Pont du Gard, Les Baux, etc,. etc.,. (Sorry if not all spelling is not correct; you get the idea) PS: don't miss the spectacular Saturday morning Farmer's Market for which they close off several hundred yards of the main Blvd.. Did I mention the famous Van Gogh cafe right out our hotel window across the square?

Dick and Pauline - Fairhope/Point Clear, Alabama

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 23, 2009

The hotel is directly on the main square of Arles and the rooms are very large. The staff was generally excellent and helpful. The rooms themselves are spare, and lack some basic amenities. The mattress was overly hard, and we prefer very firm bedding. There was no waste basket save a coffee can sized bin in the bath. The linens were well past their day. Whoever gave the hotel three stars needs to take another look; this was the poorest three-star property we've been to in perhaps fifty hotels throughout France. It is historic (Picasso stayed in room #2) and well-placed, but it needs some serious freshening. Arles itself was a great disappointment in spite of its central location in the Van Gogh region and its Roman sites. The city could clean its streets of dog poo once in a while, or at least suggest to pet owners that they pick up after them; walkers beware. Unlike most other cities in France where we found some local pride, it was generally lacking here. If we return to Arles, we will shorten our stay and rent a car to visit the many area attractions, like Avignon, St. Remy and the Carmague.

  • Stayed: May 2009, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Hotel du Forum

Address: 10 Place du Forum, 13200, Arles, France
Location: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Bouches-du-Rhone > Arles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Arles
#3 Family Hotel in Arles
Price Range: $125 - $189 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel du Forum 3*
Number of rooms: 38
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Peacefulliving and the charm of a beautiful old house.Facing Van Gogh cafe. 38 Rooms air conditioned satellite TV and mini bar. Bar with billiard. Swimming-pool.Lift. Garage ... more   less 
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