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Renaissance Heads For Provence, Aix-en-Provence

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  Site Where: 320 Avenue Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Aix-en-Provence, France, 13100
March 6, 2014 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

It’s only fitting that an American hotel brand carrying a French name would branch out further into la douce France, and so it is: Renaissance Hotels has opened its fifth hotel in the country, going beyond Paris and setting up shop in the deep south, in Aix-en-Provence.

With a history dating as far back as 123 BC, when it was founded by a Roman consul, Aix is not only a beautiful city, but a perfect base for exploring the lavender fields and villages of the Provence. A high-speed TGV train takes you from Paris to Aix in around 3 hours, or you can fly into the southern port city of Marseille. Heading east from Aix will take you towards St. Tropez, the Esterel Massif, and of course, the Côte d’Azur.

The hotel’s modern exterior might not be what you expect in such a historic city, but that’s due to its location in the new Forum Culturel district. Within walking distance you will still find what you come here for though: small stone-paved streets to wander through, the Cours Mirabeau, plane trees, and plenty a shaded terrace to sit and relax.

The 133 rooms are light with white, grey, and a bit of yellow mixed in. Art is a big focus, with over 400 paintings and sculptures throughout the hotel. Le Clos is the main Mediterranean restaurant, with Le Comptoir du Clos its bistro side-kick with outdoor terrace. A spa has an indoor pool, sauna, and fitness center.

We found a King or Double-Bedded room at the Renaissance Aix-en-Provence on a weekend in late April, when the weather should have started to warm up properly, at €187 ($260) a night.

[Hotel Photos: Renaissance Hotels, Photo of Aix-en-Provence: JasonD]

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