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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :-)