Hôtel Le Petit Palais d’Aglaé
After picking up our car from Nice Airport, we drove to the Luberon region looking for the famous lavender fields. We read from various guide books that Gordes is a beautiful hillside village and close to the lavender and sunflower fields and so we decided to stay there for 2 nights to explore the area.
It costs us about US$240 per night (including tax) for their classic room. Breakfast is not included. Their room rate falls within the mid-range when you compare with other hotels in the Gordes region. We were around 2-3 weeks too late for the lavender full bloom season and I assume the room rate would have dropped a little from its peak, as the place didn’t seem busy at all. We were also lucky to get a free room upgrade to a room with balcony and the view was absolutely gorgeous!
I have to admit there aren’t many photos shown on various websites to differentiate the different room types which is a bit confusing. I am sure the hotel will get more business if they add more information about the hotel.
Besides, parking is free for hotel guests!
Hôtel Le Petit Palais d’Aglaé is located in the village of Gordes with panoramic views over the Luberon Valley. It is in a prime location close to the main attractions such as Abbaye Notre-Dame de Senanque and Village des Bories which is about 15 mins drive from hotel to both attractions. It is less than a 5 mins drive to the village center which is close to most restaurants and markets. If you don’t mind a brisk walk, it would take around 20-30minutes on foot – with a slight incline as well.
It is a bit difficult to find the hotel even when we typed the address into the car’s GPS or tried to find the place using Google Maps. It would help travellers if they add more signs on the road, and we circled around a few of the private roads around the area, though we should have just kept on the road and driven further until we saw the letters on the stone wall below. I have to admit, we felt a little stupid after we found it.
The room is nicely decorated and makes you feel a bit like staying in a small countryside palace and I love spending time on the balcony. The bathroom is spacious but the shower curtain is a bit annoying. It doesn’t serve its purpose and just keeps falling on your body – for someone slightly bigger, it would be a huge hassle. Besides, there isn’t any rack or hook to hang your towels. The bathroom is nice and cozy but it is not very practical. I also tried to make myself a cup of tea from the coffee/tea machine in the room but it was very dusty. We decided not to make any tea in the end. The bed itself was great for myself and Mr Map, but anyone taller than 6 foot might find the bed a little bit short.
Whilst the decor and setting of the hotel is really quite amazing, and the staff extremely helpful and friendly, I believe the hotel is still very new and there is still a bit of room for improvement, and even minor changes would have made our stay absolutely fabulous. I hope the hotel can make some changes based on my feedback, it would be quite easy to make it more accommodating and user-friendly and quite simply increase hotel guests satisfaction.
Regardless, it is still the best hotel we stayed at during our trip in Southern France. The view from the room and the swimming pool are gorgeous!
We got a welcome drink upon arrival.
The outdoor pool is stunning! It was a pity that we were too busy with sightseeing and didn’t get to enjoy this beautiful pool during our stay. Even though it was perfect sunny late-August swimming weather, there’s so much to see around the area that it was hard to find the time to relax.
We didn’t get the breakfast at the hotel as there isn’t much choice from the buffet and we didn’t consider it great value.
We had a lovely stay at the hotel and it is a hidden gem. If the hotel can fix some minor issues based on my feedback or other travellers’ feedback, I wouldn’t be surprised to see it climb up to a much higher ranking on tripadvisor.
Address: Route de Murs, 84220, Gordes, France
Features: Great view of the Luberon Valley, close to attraction, new hotel, free parking
Ranking: #16 of 25 hotels in Gordes from tripadvisor.com