It was good to have a Warm and friendly welcome at reception when we checked in. Most of the staff speak Good English. Staff are also very friendly and would bend over backwards to help us. Eg. The restaurant is not open on weekend dinner, but being a fairly large group, they arranged a limited menu for dinner for us.
As we were a family of 3, the hotel recommended that we reserve a balcony suite with 1 queen bed and a sofa bed in the living room. There are only 2 of these types of room, both on the top floor.
The two rooms in the suite should have been bigger but the balcony eats up a bunch of space. The balcony is also set back somewhat in reference to the hotel facade, thus making the suite small and tight.
The sofa bed eats up 7/8th of the living room. Maneuvering around this room is quite cumbersome, especially if trying to get to the balcony. A study table and chair is built into the room and attached to the table is a luggage rack. There’s a cupboard in the room with hangers that are latched onto the railings. A small fridge at the bottom with a couple of bottles of “on-the-house” water. An electronic safe can also be found here.
There is no room for a kettle and tea/coffee facilities, thus this was not provided. Somewhat lacking for a suite.
Personally, I thought that the standard room was a better size and configuration, and would have fit 3 persons.
A toilet is housed in its own separate room at the main entryway shared by the bedroom and living room. The bedroom has a TV mounted on the wall. There is no hanging area or cupboard in the bedroom. We draped out clothes on the TV.
The bed is comfortable and afforded a good night’s rest. An open bathroom is two steps from the bed. A sink with limited space for your bathroom stuff, and a bathtub shower, plus heated railings to dry towels and washed clothes can be found here. The hotel was generous with their towels. The towels were big and good quality.
Carpet is clean and the room is generally in good condition. WiFi can be received in the room.
The gym only opens from 10am - 10pm. Gym rats wanting to get a work out in before breakfast will have to do so outside.
Breakfast is a simple affair. There are three cooked items - bacon, sausages, scrambled eggs. You can make your own soft boilt or hard boilt eggs. There is a variety of breads, cereal, yoghurt, and you can freshly squeeze your own orange juice.
Dinner is pretty good. There’s appetizers like cold cuts and foie gras terrine, salads, and meats such as beef, pork, chicken and lamb. There’s a limited wine menu from the region, as well as beers on tap.
Plenty of parking on grounds. The Gates closed overnight and the Parking lot is well lit.
Close by is the village of La Duranne, which has a pharmacy, food outlets and a supermarket.
The hotel is not far from Aix-on-Provence and Marseille. It’s also very close to the TGV station.
We had a pretty comfortable stay and pretty good memories of having spent some time here. less
Hôtel De l, Director of Sales at Best Western Plus Hotel De L'Arbois, responded to this review
Thanks for this really detailed review :-)
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