“Classical interiors, ambrosial food and exceptional service are the hallmarks of this grand hotel, which overlooks the famous Papal Palace”
This is a small, grand hotel and smart rooms come as standard. All shine in English country-house style, and all but 3 have fine views of the Papal Palace. If you’re in town for a night or so, a Deluxe room will be fine, but other than that, you’ll want the extra space the Grand Deluxe rooms afford. Having said that, there’s no difference in the décor.
Expect an uncluttered, period feel throughout, with smart fabrics on the walls, sisal matting on polished wood floors and beautifully upholstered armchairs. The Suite is there for those who want to splash out, and features 6 huge windows and a separate living area. Beds - turned down while you’re away at dinner - are extremely comfortable and come with beautiful white linen. You’ll find TVs hidden away behind gilt-framed mirrors, acres of curtains, good prints on the walls and fruit laid out neatly on a plate with pressed white napkins. Families can book the Suite (for 3-4), which is made by combining the Suite and a Deluxe room.
Wallpapered bathrooms come in coloured marble; most have shower heads above the bath. You’ll find very expensive Dr.Hauschka toiletries, then waffled robes and big white towels.
Breakfast is served either in the garden or in a pretty room overlooking it. Tea and coffee are made to order, eggs are available if you’d like one. Other than that, you harvest from a big central dining table which is crammed with temptation. You’ll find poached apricots and figs, delicious pears, a big bowl of fruit salad, perhaps a cake of fromage blanc. There are baskets of croissants and pains au chocolat, baguettes you slice yourself, then homemade jams, plates of ham, salami and cheese.
Lunch is served in the dining room. It’s the same menu as dinner, with the addition of a 3-course Menu du Marché (not Sundays or bank holidays). Alternatively, you can order light snacks in the drawing-room bar, the patio and the garden in summer - club sandwiches, a chicken salad, a plate of charcuterie, a bowl of soup; it’s all organic. There’s Afternoon tea, too. Extremely tempting cakes go out on display on the patio, making all resistance futile.
Dinner is the main attraction and it’s served in the 14th-century Cardinal’s room. Our meal here was the culinary highlight of our recent tour of Provence. It’s all organic, quite expensive, worth every penny. There are a couple of different formulas to choose from: à la carte; a 7-course tasting menu; 4 courses from the tasting menu. We ate foie gras, cauliflower soup, roasted pigeon, magnificent cheeses, chocolate served with Camargue sea salt and caramel ice cream. Utterly faultless.
The guest table on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is a chance to eat in the original 19th-century kitchen (which is predictably beautiful). Your dinner is cooked in front of you on a wood-fired stove, then eaten communally at a big kitchen table. There are different wines for each of the 4 courses.
Children are welcome.
Deluxe rooms can take a baby cot; Grand Deluxe rooms a rollaway bed and a baby cot. Families could also book the Suite for 3-4 (the Suite and a Deluxe room combined).
Babysitting is available by arrangement.
Baby cots are available on request.
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking