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Stayed in September. I was pleasantly surprised by the hotel. On arrival, noting the lobby I expected it to be ho-hum, but then the rooms were very nice size, and that bathrooms clean and nice showers also !! I actually enjoyed my stay there. I think for the overall price, it was a deal. Good location on the walled border of Aix. I was able to walk 15 minutes to the bus depot to catch my trains, by walking on the main street, rather than the cobble stones of the old town. Nice pool area. The dinners at the restaurant were actually quite nice. Also, they offer a coupon for free wine the first night at dinner, and given it's house wine, it was actually very very good. I would stay here again if I ever went back to Aix...but I doubt I'd go back to Aix, the city itself is overated.
My wife and I stayed 2 nights at the Hotel in early October 2004. We loved the location of the Hotel and thought the price was very reasonable. The Staff was largely unhelpful and occassionally neglectful, so be prepared to fend for yourself. The room was quite nice, actually, and large by Euro standards. There is a fantastic spa facility attached to the Hotel, if you enjoy that. Overall, a great place to stay in Aix (which is a great city, by the way) but dont expect to be pampered by the staff.
Enjoyed our stay
My wife and I stayed at Aquabella for three nights starting September 2nd. It was a great location for walking Aix and seeing the sights. The hotel was modern, clean and comfortable. We enjoyed the breakfast on the terrace. The staff was friendly and very helpful. Decent restaurant on site. Loved the Thermes Sextius Spa connected to the hotel. Highly recommend.
Stayed at this hotel early September 2004 for 6 nights.
There's nothing bad to say about this hotel it was spotless, the staff were friendly and helpful and the facilities are excellent.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone planning to stay in Aix.
One tip though...if there's a large group of Americans staying get to breakfast before them!! The devastation after they've left!!!!!
Great hotel, horrible city
This was a great hotel in a depressing city. Aquabella was the only hotel that had signs leading to it off of the highway. Good location close to Cours Mirabeau, which is the main strip with cafes. Too bad the cafes serve disgusting food. Aix-en-Provence and french food is highly overrated.
The room and lobby were very modern and clean. Thank god there was actually the opportunity to take a proper shower compared to our Paris and Nice hotels that only offered the "telephone shower". Breakfast was very dissappointing. Front desk staff were not as friendly as our other experiences.
The only nice thing about Aix en Provence
I left a 4 star hotel to come to the Aquabella which is only a 3 star.
I like this hotel , the rooms are of a good size , the food is good and the staff are(uniquely for the South of France ) friendly , polite and helpful.
My only objection to the Aquabella is that it is in that be cursed by God, awful , mean minded, over priced , rude,bad value , disgrace to the myth of French good food , I will never go there again ,pit of hell called Aix en Provence.
Clean hotel. Hard to find but has available parking.Room size and bathroom size are good. Staff was not particularly helpful. Very close to Cathedral and not too far from Cours Mirabeau.
Great Group Hotel
While researching Provence to write a group tour itinerary we found the Aquabella Hotel. It was November 10th, a Sunday night, getting dark, and we were lucky to get a room. Went out to the parking lot to get luggage and
had a flat tire on our rental car. The next day was Armistice Day, a national holiday. Went back into hotel to find help. Sunday night, nothing open, Monday holiday, nothing open. One of the young girls working at the front desk decided to change the tire herself. Bless her heart!! I called EuropeCar Emergency Desk in Paris and they advised me to drive the car to Marseille Airport and change cars so we would have a spare. We took their advice and since it is only 30 minutes each way we felt far safer. The hotel is only three years old and beautifully furnished. Clean, bright, rooms and all twin beds and plenty of room for luggage and nice closets & drawers. All the rooms are exactly the same so we were very impressed with the qualifications for bringing our group of women to stay at Aquabella. Beautiful restaurant and a Spa!
We hope our wait list clears for rooms September 2003. Judith
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... to modern times. Not only has the building been restored so to has the magnificent gardens. We enjoyed a new film " Cezanne in the Aix region" most interesting and enjoyable. Rembrandt ,Van dyke,Hans ,work was on display for us to enjoy. The other Musee Granet, once again many great artists work, Cezanne once again was featured. We really spent a long time enjoying all the works of art. The second part of Musee Granet we will see tomorrow where Vincent ...
... pool was a tad cool, but we did have some sun so we took the opportunity to sit and enjoy.
We also did a few things while we had some days to explore. We headed to a local winery for lunch, to the local zoo (I didn't know they had one) and ........We wanted to visit Cezanne's studio but for some bizarre reason the road was half closed at either end so we couldn't get near it...dissapointing!!
... and served with a raw egg on top. Yum! Many stories abound as to its origin from the Mongolian Horde called the Tartars who actually ate horse meat...story goes they put a raw piece of horse meat under their saddle in the morning and ate the softened pieced of meat for dinner. Others say it started in Germany. But make no mistake it is popular down here. I might have to try some before we go. Sandy says...NO ...
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