We stayed at Abbaye de Sainte Croix 9/2012 and LOVED the place. The hotel property is just beautiful in a relaxed upscale country kind of way. Perfect hilltop setting with stunning views of Provence. A converted monastery, the main areas and rooms are attractively furnished in neutrals with lots of antiques spread thru the place. They have 2 choices for dining, Bistro and Dining room. The food was excellent….dining room was pricey as expected…with wine about 100 Euros/pps. Bistro was half that and food was lovely there too. As there were many different common areas to the hotel it never felt crowded. Pool looked pleasant. Though only 5-10 minutes away, it is a bit of a winding drive up hill from Salon de Provence, so the restaurants within the hotel are very convenient at night. The Salon de Provence soap factories in the village were nice to visit and shop. On a Sunday, we toured Isle sur la sorge with its busy market , Gordes, Rousillon and Bonnieux, in one pleasant but full day to return to the hotel in time for cleanup and a cocktail before dinner. if you want to swim by the pool in the late afternoon…skip Bonnieux……:) our only disappointment was that the staff at the hotel seemed VERY unprepared for concierge type questions about the surrounding area. No local maps to give out…etc. As a Relais and Chateaux hotel, I expected them to be more forthcoming with information….maybe a little xeroxed piece on ideas for what to do and see nearby? (like the little soap factories in Salon…) Staff was VERY friendly and pleasant, beds average in comfort for Europe.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Perched on the rocky outcrops of Salon-de-Provence, a tiny Provence town, which is ideally located to explore everything this delightful area has to offer, there is a tranquil spot where time would appear to have stood still. This 12th century abbey in the hearth of twenty hectares of Provencal gardens and garrigue offers spectacular views of the Alpilles Valley and the countryside surrounding Salon-de-Provence. The rooms still bear traces of the Cistercian monks who once occupied the abbey and boast a decor that blends charm and authenticity and provides a calm and restful atmosphere. You will be delighted with the hotel's attentive service and the culinary delights served in both restaurants which offer delicious dishes based on seasonal local ingredients. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Abbaye De Sainte Croix Hotel Salon-De-Provence