Situated in the heart of Aix-en-Provence, the Grand Hôtel Roi René – MGallery by Sofitel is a sophisticated hotel in the majestic Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Brightly decorated rooms and suites provide a luxurious setting to relax at the end of a day’s exploration, with a heated outdoor swimming pool and sun-drenched terrace that invite you to relax. The hotel’s fine-dining Provençal restaurant combines with a chic cocktail bar for gourmet gastronomy.
The Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix en Provence Centre – MGallery by Sofitel is located in the heart of the city and just five minutes’ walk from the Gare d’Aix en Provence. It’s a short stroll from Aix en Provence’s cultural and historical museums, as well as the walking trail that links Paul Cezanne’s childhood home to his studio, Atelier Cézanne. Le Cours Mirabeau is just a stone’s throw away, with this tree-lined area home to charming cafes, boutiques and a weekly fresh produce market.
Begin the day with a delicious buffet breakfast at La Table du Roi, which is renowned for its authentic Provençal cuisine. Dine in the elegant restaurant, relax on the softly-lit terrace or amidst the winter garden, with a leisurely brunch served each Sunday. If you’re just after a drink, the skilled barman Jean-Luc Parodi crafts a range of signature cocktails at l’Intemporel bar, drawing on local liquors and regional specialities.
Terracotta-hued exteriors perfectly reflect the region’s aesthetic while rich bursts of colour feature in the sophisticated rooms. Splashes of purple and maroon give the otherwise-neutral spaces a distinctly contemporary feel, with eye-catching features such as modern chandeliers and vintage-styled decor that hark back to an earlier time.
Each of the 134 rooms and suites features a contemporary design, with flatscreen TVs, Nespresso coffee makers and air-conditioning. En-suite bathrooms boast showers and/or bathtubs, with complimentary Wi-Fi so you can keep in touch. Settle into one of the Classic Rooms (configured with either a double bed or two twin beds), with pool views and terraces added if you opt for a Deluxe Room. More spacious are the 32-square-metre suites, with a separate lounge area and views of the sparkling pool.
While none of the rooms have been specifically designed for families, adjacent rooms can be booked and baby beds are available on request. Childminding services are also available for an additional charge.
The Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix en Provence Centre has a number of accessible rooms featuring lowered bathroom sinks and grab rails.
Aside from the centrepiece swimming pool, the Grand Hôtel Roi René Aix en Provence Centre – MGallery by Sofitel features a well-equipped fitness room, with yoga classes also offered. The 24-hour front desk offers an informative concierge and there are meeting rooms and business facilities available on request. Private parking is also available on site for a surcharge.
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