Hotel Marquis de la Baume
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Today we headed out of Avignon through the Provence country side south to the city of Les Baux to visit the historic area. It was a beautiful drive through endless round abouts, thank God for our navigation system.
On the return we drove through the small quaint town of St. Remy. There was minimal parking as a bull fight was about to begin.
... filtering back into our minds. We then drove onto Orange after George's recommendation. We found the enormous Ancient Theatre and took the self guided tour. This place dates back to 34BC and it was truly impressive. Just sitting in the arena gave you a feel of what it was like to listen to a show so many years ago. The way this audio tour was presented and the video footage was brilliant. It really gave you a good insight into what was known about the place and ...
... We finally were instructed by hotel staff at Auberge to enter the postal code, and finally we found our next destination in the navigation. Off we went...three hours later we arrived in Avignon.
Relaxing today...sights tomorrow. This hotel is beautiful. ...
... the beginning of a 4 day yearly festival of bull fighting. It is the only city in France where bullfighting is allowed and the town celebrates with the theme. The bull fighting was to occur in the Arena
We finally returned to our accommodation, as this was our last night in France. Peter and Joe were to head off to Paris, and Mary and I were to head to Spain.
... best preserved Roman Temple. Built by Marcus Agrippa and built in 16 BC.
We had lunch by a near by cafe and I had made myself a baguette with proscuitto, whilst the others had a salad
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!
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.
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 Nîmes and this interesting hotel, part of a small chain based in Marseille.
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.