Hotel Marquis de la Baume
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Marquis de la Baume Nīmes
Not really so new anymore
We stayed for the second time at the New Hotel La Baume. The last time was three years ago, and the hotel was newly renovated. This time it looked very tired and in need of a good cleaning and facelift. The building itself is very charming, an old maison that has been restored and turned into a "boutique" hotel. Many of the original architectural attributes from the 16-17th century have been preserved including the beamed roof (seen only from within the room) and the marvelous stone staircase with renaissance windows. Reaching the hotel by car is a harrowing experience, as navigating through the tiny streets of Nimes is tricky. Parking is an issue, you are pretty much left to your own at the public parking garage or on the street.
Really liked Hotel La Baume
We had a lovely time at this hotel; the staff were very helpful and friendly each time we approached them. Although the room was a bit small, it was perfectly comfortable and the bath was great to relax in after a day's sightseeing. I would definitely recommend this place to my friends and would go back if I had the opportunity.
Needs a makeover
We stayed here in early February 2005 following a previous visit in 2003. Whilst the promotional rates are good value, our room was small, cold and in need of redecoration. Staff are very friendly and helpful and public areas in good condition, but at least one room needs to be redecorated!
Great location, lovely building, scruffy room.
Perfect location - near to all the main sights and restaurants, yet off the main road and quiet. Unusual and charming building. Pleasant vaulted breakfast room and bar. Staff friendly.
Usual minimal French breakfast but cold ham and cheese also offered, which makes a nice change.
The only downside was really the state of the rooms. I would think that they had been furnished and decorated a few years ago and are now in real need of a makeover. The bedspread and armchair were also in a scruffy condition, as was the carpet. The electric heater in the room did not work.
On the plus side the room was clean and both the room and en suite bathroom were impressively large. There is no air conditioning on the first or second floors, only the third floor. This will make it hot in summer.
NB there is no parking at the hotel - the nearest public parking is Les Halles, very safe and costs around eight euros per day. It's five minutes walk from the hotel. You can drive right to the hotel first to unload cases.
If you are just visiting Nīmes and not the surrounding area I would suggest that you forget hiring a car as you won't need one, given the good location of the hotel. The airport is very near, so a taxi or coach from there to the hotel would suffice.
I would recommend this hotel unreservedly if I could be sure that their rooms had been smartened up. Right now I would rate it as a two star rather than a three star until they refresh the decor. I've seen this same point raised by a french guest on another website.
I have reported my observations to the hotel management via their internal feedback system, so I await their response! Having said that, I don't want to overstate the case - the wall paper wasn't hanging off the walls or anything like that!
If you can get one of their internet rates - 60 euros per night plus 10 euros for breakfast, then it is worth booking as I think this is good value for money in a central Nīmes hotel. It wouldn't be worth paying their full rate, which I believe is around 100 euros.
Will go back again
I stayed here with my husband last month on our last night in Nimes. However, we both wished we had booked this hotel for all 3 nights - our room was really stylish and the inner courtyard and steps leading up to the rooms were fantastic. The staff that we met were very friendly and helpful and we would definitely stay there again.
The public areas of the hotel are stylish the location good but the staff were so unhelpful. When we checked in (late May 2004) they sent my husband off to the car park which was some distance away was only cursory directions.
I was left with 3 very large and heavy bags. The two men on reception did not help me although it was obvious i could neither carry nor wheel all the bags at once. I had to make two trips to the lift and then struggle to get the bags into the lift and keep the door open. This in full view of a number of staff as was my struggle with the bags on arriving on our floor.
When we were leaving we received the same lack of even basic help. In my experience this rarely happens in rural France but it happened here. I wouldn't go back.
As Arles was full because of bull fights and Easter, I wound up in Nīmes and this interesting hotel, part of a small chain based in Marseille.
The breakfast was hardy and my room and bath were more than satisfactory. After struggling in my limited French with one of the desk clerks, he discovered that I was from Brazil and since he is Portuguese from Angola, communication became easier.
I found two good restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. It is located on a quiet street 10 minutes on foot from the Ampitheater and La Maison Carée the two most prominent attractions in Nīmes, a city much less touristy than Arles which is a twenty minute train ride away.
This turned out to be more pleasant than staying in Arles would have been with all the people drinking sangria in the streets after the running of the bulls.
The staff was helpful and friendly and our room was comfortable but not luxurious. For the price we felt it was a good value.The open staircase is quite beautiful (which our room looked out onto). Nimes is worth seeing and New Hotel la Baume is a good choice.
TripAdvisor Reviews Hotel Marquis de la Baume Nīmes
Travel Blogs from Nīmes
Another thing that affects confidence is getting a good night's sleep. I slept like a log last night and had enormously enjoyable day as a consequence. I woke early and was in the dining room having brekkie by about 7.30. The big thing in Avignon is to see Le Pont. It was on my to do list but first I headed down a few side alleys and laneways to see some of the old city. Fortunately I have a good sense of direction so I wandered about and ...
... Very old, very narrow, and very stone. Then to Avignon to stay right in the centre of this walled-city. Hotel de L'Horloge overlooking the main square - had to park 700 metres away and 'drag' though. Walked the inside for a few hours, found an Irish pub for a pint and then observed how the palais and cathedral looked at night. Beautiful. Warm night; so listened to the sounds of the square through our window and planned our trip out of ...
Monday 29 September
Today was St Remy de Provence day, home to famous artists like Van Gogh. We also saw the house were Nostradamus was born. It is very touristy but the old part is very pretty.
We went to buy a drink ad noticed a lot of people waiting at a roundabout ...
... to the Arena, as this
is where we believed the main are for the Tour was. We asked an old gentleman
for directions, and he happily helped us, taking us most of the way. It was
great again, to have to use French only, as we had some great conversations (at
least in my mind) on the way there. He had no idea of where Calgary was, but
his son had visited Montreal when he was 25 and loved it. We found the area
that the ...
... our way, the first port of call was Cavallion where we said goodbye to Andrew. The bus continued on to Avignon where we walked to the railway station, purchased our tickets only find out that some trains were on strike including the destination to Nimes.