This was the third visit a friend and I made to Hotel Le Saint Paul and it keeps getting better. Though we missed their bar, the makeover of the lounge area near reception is worth losing the bar. This area is a great place to sit with friends, read a book, sip coffee or tea, or perhaps ask for a glass of champaign to be delivered there.
There is no doubt that this is an expensive, luxury hotel; however, the staff manages to make you feel that they are welcoming a guest to a place that they themselves love. They do this without giving the guests a feeling they are being "hovered" about but are ready to help make things happen. We arrived byb car and were thrilled to have one of their staff members meet us at the most narrow section of the street and help guide us in without scraping either side of our rental car! Our arrival was shortly before the end of serving for lunch so they immediately contacted the chef so that we ewre able to lunch on their patio under the wonderful stone wals of the old city. Not only was lunch in a beautiful setting they served what is perhaps the best steak tartare that I have eaten anywhere. The wine list included some reasonably priced Provencal wines that were delicious. Our room overlooked the main street which is primarily a walking street and we could look down the street over the ramparts and to the Mediterranean in the distance. Because you are staying inside the old walled-city you get a sense of what it feels like when all the tour groups and visitors go home when the shops close in early evening. The quiet makes it possible to imagine what the town was like when it was built in the 16th century.
If you want a special place to begin or end a trip to Provence, this is it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Nestled in the shade of the ramparts in the renowned artists villageof St Paul, the Saint-Paul (****L)is an intimate haven.Young at heart, but with the perfect mix of discretion and serenity, the hotel has attained its maturity and is fulfilling its promise. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Saint Paul Hotel