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]