Accommodation

This is a selective guide to the best places to stay in Provence. All of them have been visited personally, not written up from press releases or the hotel websites.

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Marseille: Hotel Le Corbusier Print E-mail
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Le Corbusier's The Radiant City, MarseilleThis singular, stylish hotel, designed by the controversial architect and retaining many of its original features, won't be to all tastes but it is an essential and memorable experience for anyone interested in Le Corbu and his modernist legacy.

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Marseille: Vertigo Vieux Port Print E-mail
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Bedroom, Vertigo, Vieux Port, MarseilleOpened in early 2010, the Vertigo Vieux Port is a sister-hotel to the original, prize-winning Vertigo Centre and has been embraced by travellers with equal enthusiasm. It's based on the same, blindingly simple concept: a hostel without hassle, offering very cheap, basic accommodation combined with a chilled-out atmosphere and 24-hour opening.

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Marseille: Hotel La Résidence du Vieux Port Print E-mail
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Room, Hotel Residence du Vieux Port, MarseilleThe Hotel La Résidence du Vieux Port boasts a magnificent location in the expensive heart of Marseille and very snazzy neo-1950s interior design.

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Marseille: Sofitel Vieux Port Print E-mail
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Bedroom, Sofitel Vieux PortWhere to stay if you're after traditional pampering in Marseille? There are three five-star hotels, one of which is the Sofitel Vieux Port, with correspondingly lavish room rates. Is it worth it?

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Aix en Provence: Bastide du Cours Print E-mail
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Entrance, Bastide du Cours, Aix en ProvenceYou can't complain about the location of the Bastide du Cours. It occupies a prime position mid-way up the Cours Mirabeau in an historic building that was formerly a convent-orphanage, then a café where Renoir, Zola and Cézanne drank (when they weren't at Les Deux Garçons up the road).

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Marseille: Le Ryad Print E-mail
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Le Ryad hotel Marseille, bedroomMarseille's North African connection inspires this exotic boutique hotel, a run-down four-storey town house transformed into a gorgeously designed oriental ryad (a traditional Moroccan house with an interior garden) with nine variously themed bedrooms, a restaurant and, yes, a charming walled courtyard.

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Aix en Provence: Hotel Cézanne Print E-mail
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The breakfast room at the Hotel Cezanne, Aix en ProvenceThe Cézanne is one of the very many spots in Aix to trade on the name of the city's most famous son, though you do wonder what the sober and serious-minded Paul might have made of it.

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Marseille: Mama Shelter Print E-mail
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Logo for Mama Shelter MarseilleDo you like the idea of staying in the coolest hotel in Marseille, a brand-new venture from the team that created the acclaimed Mama Shelter in Paris, for just 49 €uros? Then step this way.

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Niolon: L'Auberge du Mérou Print E-mail
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Auberge du Merou Niolon logoMost of the beautiful calanques, or mini-fjords, along the Mediterranean are confined to day-trippers. But this small, historic hotel-restaurant is one of the few places where you can spend the night. It offers breathtaking views across the bay towards Marseille, is easily accessible, has its own excellent restaurant and remains open all year round.

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Marseille: Hotel le Richelieu Print E-mail
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Bedroom, Hotel le Richelieu, MarseilleThere are very few hotels right on the seafront in Marseille, but the funky, friendly, rough and ready Richelieu is one. It sits in a prime position, with sensational views of the beach and the Château d'If and Frioul Islands.

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Marseille: Vertigo Centre Print E-mail
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Hotel Vertigo, Marseille: the signTourists on a tight budget would be very hard-pressed to find better value than this comfortably scruffy hotel-cum-hostel a stone's throw from Saint Charles train and bus station and just round the corner from the Holiday Inn.

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Aix en Provence: Hotel des Augustins Print E-mail
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Hotel des Augustins, Aix en ProvenceThe Hotel des Augustins is a haven of calm a short step from the tourist melée. A 12th century monastery stood on this site and Martin Luther is said to have lodged there on his way back from Rome after being excommunicated. Entering the gracious lobby, with its ancient arches and stained glass windows, you can well believe it.

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Marseille: Holiday Inn Express/ Ibis Print E-mail
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Holiday Inn, Marseille Saint-Charles These are two good chain hotels if you need to stay near Marseille's main railway and bus stations at Saint Charles, each equally close to the main concourse, but with slightly different advantages to commend it.

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Marseille: Grand Hotel Beauvau Print E-mail
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Grand Hotel Beauvau from across the Marseille Old PortThe Grand Hotel Beauvau is one of the oldest in Marseille and superlatively located for tourists. The view over the Old Port could barely be bettered, the tourist office is next door, there are dozens of restaurants and shops close by and the metro is a few metres away.

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Marseille: New Hotel Le Pharo Print E-mail
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Bar Staff, New Hotel Le Pharo, MarseilleThe New Hotel of Marseille Le Pharo is an unusual, not unpleasing mix of tradition and super-cool modernism. You enter through a sweet little provençal kitchen garden into a lobby based in the former Institut Pasteur, a 19th century medical research centre. After that, however, all is ultra-contemporary.

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Aix en Provence: Hotel des Quatre Dauphins Print E-mail
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Bedroom, Hotel des Quatre Dauphins, AixThe entrance of this three-storey 17th century house, with its brass dolphins on the door, gives a slightly misleading expectation of grandeur. In fact, it's a modest two-star establishment decorated in traditional, simple provençal style.

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