We arrived in the 3rd week of May 2012 and stayed for approximately 2 more weeks. Please be advised when traveling to this area, many people are attending an event. The event is about a procession/promenade of bringing the 'Madonna' to the Mediterranean. I had not researched this following and was shocked by the enormous amount of mobile homes. The small city Saintes Maries de la Mer was for one week completely trashed, meaning there was trash all over the streets. After the events and final Promenade the city was cleaned. We were able to take afternoon and night strolls on the boardwalk overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. The surroundings were very beautiful with the beach just steps away from our rental. The rental itself was average value, however, much less the the cost of staying directly in the hotel. Our rental had some quality issues. The toilet was in a very small closet with an enormous water heater and cleaning supplies, making it difficult to remove clothing to use without opening the entry door first and after finishing one's business. The Kitchenette was extremely basic, also to be noted, there is only a stove with 2 burners, no Oven. This lack of provision is important to those wishing to bake foods ( naturally bake pans were not available for use). Restaurants have very well prepared and cooked meals, but unless one has a budgeted allowance for daily Menus running 11 Euros to 15 Euros per person and drinks at a cost of 3 Euros each, eating Pizza, sandwiches, and self-prepared meals fits an average food budget with visiting a restaurant 1 to 2 times a week. The furniture in our rental was not modern and the sofa was in desparate need of a fabric cleaner. The bed was very short in length ( my feet were not on the mattress unless sleeping on my side) and the mattress was very thin. One night table and lamp accompanied one side of the bed. In the Bath ( Tub & Sink, also towel warmer) the Tub did have a shower apparatus, but there was no fixture in which to hang the shower spout, so one must hold it in their hand when showering, and there were no towel hooks to hang towels excepting a small towel warmer to dry one towel at a time. The small flat-screen television ( apprx. 24 inches long-60.96 cm & 14 inches-36 cm in width) located in the Living room and mounted above a cabinet did not provide English or German channels ( All 22 channels were in French). There was no Wifi connection available in our rental despite the fact that our apartment was connected to the hotel ( steps away from the Hotel Lobby). Use of the Hotel Pool was free, use of the Hotel Spa & Exercise Rooms was 15 Euros per person /per Day. +++ The positive points were the beach accessibility, the Boardwalk, the small city including some shops (ie. for clothing), two food markets, and Restaurants. The Hotel Staff were average, excepting the younger attendants and a maintenance worker who was helpful with our Auto. The Hotel did not give suggestions on areas for site-seeing, although there is a Tourist Center in the city. Just a note about any of the boat tours ( Tiki-Paddle Tour and the Motor-Boat Tour) these are very expensive 24 Euros for the two of us, and unless one just likes to be 'on the water' it is not a sight-seeing tour as the Steer and Horses are Farmer's livestock and not wild. A tip for a sight-seeing spot is to drive to Avignon, about an hour drive. This is a historical city with much to see.
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- Set in natural and authentic place, the residential hotel 3 stars with its architecture typical Camargue offers comfort, sea view, pool area, hammam, sauna, spa, thalasso and restaurant terrace with a beautiful panoramic view over the Mediterranean Sea. ... more less
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