3 Design Hotels in Arles – a Roman city with a contemporary twist...
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Roman City of Arles is bordered by the wild countryside of Camargue. Although the entire area is uniquely untamed and historic, Arles, paradoxically, has become so hype and trendy that it was chosen as the location for the Gucci Cruise Show in 2018. With the "Rencontres de la Photographie" international photo festival attracting the world's top names, Luma Tower designed by Guggenheim and Fondation Vuitton architect Franck Gehry, Actes Sud publishing house and, since last summer, the Louis Vuitton City Guide – the crème de la crème of tourist guides – we've never seen so many trendsetters in the streets of Arles...
To cater to this new generation of residents and tourists, we simply had to hunt down some on-point addresses: modern and offbeat, architectural and arty, never-before-seen and places to be seen.
Here are our Top 3 design hotel addresses in Arles.
A singular voyage through an explosion of light and colour.
L’Arlatan is pursuing its rich track record with panache, crossing the centuries from Roman times to current day. You can discover its new face since it reopened in Autumn 2018. NY Times: "A Hotel Where Every Room Is a Work of Art."
Maja Hoffmann, a Swiss patron of the arts, gave carte blanche to Havana artist Jorge Pardo to reinvent this magnificent, 15th-century palace built on the ruins of a Roman basilica. The fruit of a more-than-successful collab between architects, archaeologists and the designer himself, the result is a genuine work of art that fully respects the original decor. Inspiration – both Provencal and international – is everywhere, from the floors to the mosaic-covered walls, hand-painted Japanese-style doors and breathtaking light fittings.
An enriching and creative experience, inspiring a new way of thinking.
Located in Arles city centre, in the Roquette quarter, this hotel was successively a church, ballroom and furniture shop. A thousand lives that began in the 16th century... Today, the venue has maintained all of its former character and is a hub of tranquillity, fun, sharing and hospitality.
A stay with Anne-Laurence and Philipe Schiepan is a genuine artistic experience. The 4 rooms of this little hotel are spacious and contemporary, decorated with wood, metal and concrete. A hub of luxury and creativity, this ultra-modern venue combines works of art, video installations and digital arts. Don't miss the rooftop terrace overlooking the city – the perfect place for breakfast or pre-dinner drinks.
LE COLLATERAL: https://www.instagram.com/le_collateral
A vintage voyage in a film by Wes Anderson.
This design hotel is the fruit of an encounter between an avant-garde husband and wife hotelier duo and singular architect Armand Pellier. Cleverly anticipating future tourism and leisure trends, the Berc family decided to create a new kind of concept. The building itself resembles a saucer made of concrete, beige stone and glass, with expansive bay windows from floor to ceiling opening onto the surrounding countryside. Inside, time stands still thanks to the couple's eager eye: no less than eleven buildings designed by sculptor and architect Armand Pellier have belatedly been listed as "20th Century Heritage Sites" by the French Ministry of Culture. This superb minimalist hotel, inspired by Sixties Californian architecture, has successfully managed to marry the ancient stone of Pont du Gard with the assertive identity of contemporary design.
LES CABANETTES: http://hotel-lescabanettes.com/
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