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Renaissance - Aix en Provence, France

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Recently stayed at the Ren in Aix en Provence.

 

Very nice hotel except for the stained carpeting in my room.  Breakfast was included, no CL.  A bit of a hike to get to the Old Town where all the action is located but... I considered it "needed exercise" after all the food and wine I was consuming! 

 

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    newhiltonmembr Platinum 3 Reviews
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    View from my room:

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    Welcome Gift (not the Platinum Welcome Gift vs. Points):


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    The Platinum Welcome Gift (instead of points):

     

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      jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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      looks and sounds nice. a great area in france

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      pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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      I appreciate this post and the photos.

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      newhiltonmembr Platinum 3 Reviews
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      Thanks much, Jerry and Pluto77!

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      psudad Alumni Steward Gold 3 Reviews
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      Nice.  How was their breakfast spread?  We have had some nice ones in Belgium and Italy.

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        newhiltonmembr Platinum 3 Reviews
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        As I recall, it was pretty good.  No CL so it was a buffet in the dining room.  Hot and cold offerings, fruit, cereals, bread/pastry.

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          psudad Alumni Steward Gold 3 Reviews
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          Great.  I loved breakfast at the Rome Grand Flora - smoked salmon, eggs, croissant and chilled Prosecco, on the roof with a few of St Peters and all of Rome.  I could get used to that.  The Marriott in Ghent also had a wonderful buffet and you could sit, looking out over the canal.  Thought it was funny, though, that in both Belgian Marriotts (Ghent and Brussels) they still had the same waffle machine we see in all the Marriott properties here in the states.  In Ghent and Brussels, there are waffle vendors every block or two.

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            newhiltonmembr Platinum 3 Reviews
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            Yep, I too have been to all of those hotels.

             

            Guess we are on the same wave length in vacation traveling! 

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    psudad Alumni Steward Gold 3 Reviews
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    Staying there this coming May.  Looking forward to it.  Also staying at the Marriott in Lyon.  Any reviews on that one?

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      jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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      if you happen to get to Arles ( would highly recommend it ) go to a little restaurant off the main square called La Gueule du Loup

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      jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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      if you happen to get to Arles ( would highly recommend it ) go to a little restaurant off the main square called La Gueule du Loup

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      newhiltonmembr Platinum 3 Reviews
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      No, not yet.  Probably going to Lyon next year so I will look forward to your review! 

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        phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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        I appreciate the post about this hotel.  We are staying there in November and we actually will enjoy the hike to town.  We have to walk a lot when in France to burn the excess calories that we consume there.  What did you really enjoy doing around Aix?  I'm looking for suggestions.

         

        Thanks  phctourist

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          psudad Alumni Steward Gold 3 Reviews
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          phctourist, how was your stay in November?

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            phctourist Platinum 20 Reviews
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            Unfortunately, I took ill in November and had to cancel my trip.  It turned out to be non Hodgkins Lymphoma and I spent 8 days in the hospital instead of two weeks in France.  I hope to do that (France) trip at some point in the future.

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              jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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              that area is one of my favorite places in France

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                psudad Alumni Steward Gold 3 Reviews
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                So sorry to hear, phctourist.  I too hope you can make that trip again soon.  JerryL, if you have any particular favorites, please share.  We are staying 8 nights in the Renaissance Aix-en-Provence with day trips to Nimes, Arles, Avignon, Les Baux, St Remy, Gordes, with a stop in Chateauneuf du Pape, on the way to Lyon.  We will stay two nights in Lyon, to include dinner at Paul Bocuse's restaurant.  Then off to Paris for 7 nights in Le Marais, where we have rented an apartment.  This will be our third time renting an apartment in Paris.  Loved the last two experiences. I see much good food and wine in our future this spring.

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                  jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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                  IN arles eat at la guele du loup it is a small restaurant about a block from the main square in arles . arles is a wonderful old roman town

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                  newhiltonmembr Platinum 3 Reviews
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                  The day you go to Les Baux, do also include the Carrieres de Lumieres!  It is just a couple of minutes away and well worth your time!

                   

                  http://carrieres-lumieres.com/en/home

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                  jerryl Platinum 2 Reviews
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                  I Think st remy is where the sanitarian that van gogh was in

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                    Yes, it is just outside of St. Remy.  Worth a visit.

                     

                    In Nimes, I ate at L'Imprevu. The chef used to work under Paul Boscuse in Lyon.  It was very good.

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                      We are dining at Paul Bocuse in Lyon, during our two nights there.  Cannot wait!

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                  pluto77 Alumni Steward Platinum 25 Reviews
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                  Have you been to Lourmarin?  If not, it's one of the most charming villages in France, and has a stellar market (one of the best) on Fridays.

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                  In Avignon, my two favorite restaurants were Fou de Fafa and Traiteur des Teinturiers.  Both were very, very good!

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              suzysharp Platinum
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              So sorry to hear that! Sending prayers and good vibes your way that you will beat lymphoma and get to enjoy future travels!

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    psudad Alumni Steward Gold 3 Reviews
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    Just checked it out.  Looks like a great recommendation.  We'll be spending a day in Arles and looking for a lunch spot.

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    carat Community Manager Marriott Associate Silver
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    Looks like a lovely property!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Fair enough, Newhiltonmembr

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    mgcandfnc Platinum 5 Reviews
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    We stayed there in June.  Lovely property.  The photos posted are a good representation of the rooms.  One nice touch in the room was the movement activated light at floor level when you got up during the night. Things to do -- well if you have a car depending on the time of the year you can drive to the lavender fields and we also managed a day drive from Aix to Cannes and then along the coast to St Tropez for dinner and back to the hotel.  Breakfast was classic European style mix of cold & hot service.  Really top quality food all round.  We dined in the restaurant one evening (serious storm so no walking into the old town ) -- excellent service and food.  Decent wine list too.

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    IMG_2848.jpgPaul Cezanne - Aix en Provence

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    IMGP3166.jpgLavender fields - Provence

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    psudad Alumni Steward Gold 3 Reviews
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    Great recommendations!  Thanks!  I believe we may have already penciled in your Arles restaurant recommendation, as well as the sites recommended in St Remy and Les Baux.  In Nimes, we planned on playing lunch by ear.  We plan on starting the day at the market in Nimes.  If we saw good stuff, we would put it in the pack for a picnic lunch - with a split of wine, as we hike around the city sites.  If not, they we would hit a local café or something on the way to Les Baux.  We will be having all our dinners, for the first 6 nights, in Aix, since we like to be able to walk to dinner from our hotel, if possible.  Wouldn't want to have a great dinner in Avignon or Nimes, with wine, then face an hour + drive back.  :-)

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