Fodor's Expert Review Hôtel d'Arlatan

26 rue du Sauvage, Arles, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, 13200, France Fodor's Choice

Once home to the counts of Arlatan, this ideally located 15th-century stone house, close to the Fondation Vincent Van Gogh, stands on the site of a 4th-century basilica, and a glass floor reveals the excavated vestiges under the lobby. Digging an excavation in your lobby is just another aristocratic pastime for the friendly owners of this jewel of a hotel. Rooms and common spaces are a kaleidoscope of vividly colored tiles that cover the floors in common spaces, rooms, and bathrooms (64,000 square feet of them to be precise); the lighting mixes contemporary design with a vintage Bauhaus look. A fine restaurant and bar and a lovely courtyard with a small pool provide all that's needed for a comfortable, whimsical stay that plays on Provence's glorious sun and sky.

PROS

  • whimsical decor with a cool history
  • lively atmosphere in the bar and restaurant
  • exceptional value

CONS

  • heated pool is small
  • rooms range dramatically in price
  • mad color schemes may prove distracting to some

QUICK FACTS

Hotel
Historical
Sophisticated
Central
Design
$$$

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 04–90–93–56–66

HOTEL DETAILS

45 rooms
Rate Includes: Closed Jan., No Meals

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