Hotel Le Calendal
Charming hotel in a perfect location
We had heard good things about Hotel Le Calendal and were so glad we listened. Everything about our stay was terrific. First impressions can go a long way when traveling and the staff of the hotel made us feel very welcome. They are multi-lingual and very friendly and helpful.
We loved our room. It was located on the second floor of the hotel and we had a great view of the amphitheater. It was very comfortable and clean. Not fancy, but very homey feeling. The windows could be thrown open to let in the fresh air, which is always a plus.
Breakfast was included in our price and was very good. Typical breakfast with fruit, cereals, juices, breads, meat, cheese and yoghurt. On a nice day you can sit out back on the terrace and enjoy the fresh air.
The central location of the hotel also means you are very close to lots of sights plus plenty of restaurants. If you need help or have questions, the staff is very helpful. We will definitely stay here again when we return to Arles.
Unique Quality: The hotel has Spa facilities available for those who enjoy such treatments. In addition, there is a snack bar that is open 24 hours a day. The snack bar has sandwiches, ice cream, beverages and sweets to meet your anytime cravings.
Something that always drives us crazy, but not here. There were actually seven (7) outlets in the room for our charging pleasure. :-)
A Charming Hotel
Our room overlooking the arena was absolutely wonderful. The service was fantastic and I highly recommend the location. It is a 15 minute walk from the train station or a 15 euro cab fare. Be sure to enjoy a pitcher of the house wine at the outside tables - quite remarkable!
Unique Quality: The hotel is located between the Roman Arena and the Roman amphitheatre in the center of town - a perfect location for exploring
Great value, location and attention to detail
Our party of three absolutely adored Le Calendal and can't wait to return. We spent 4 wonderful days there and had Room 46 which is really two rooms together with a bathroom which is ideal for families or friends on a budget. It sleeps 4: double bed and two singles. One room overlooked Les Arenes and the other the garden in which we breakfasted very well and for a great price. It was my second visit to Arles and I fell in love with it all over again. We were lucky enough to manage to get a room for the last day of the Feria crowning the King and Queen of Rice but wished we'd booked earlier as they had a whole weekend of festivities.
The staff couldn't do enough for us and great attention was paid to detail: guide books were on hand, as were English newspapers, toys and games for rainy days and the reception sold stamps and postcards. We only had one problem: lack of hot water one evening but it was resolved in 1/2 hour.
I'd recommend this hotel to anyone who is looking for character, charm, central location and value for money.
Directions: Opposite les Arenes and 5 minutes walk from main street Boulevard des Lices
One of Arles' Best w/ Beautiful Garden: '08 UPDATE
I'm updating this tip in Spring '08 as things have changed (for Americans) -
I wish more French 2-star hotels (now upgraded to a 3-star) were like Calendal.
Perfect location, professional staff, a good restaurant, clean, very "Provence" in its design and colours, a good deal, with a most beautiful garden.
Eating in the garden is Calendal's high point.
Staff are very kind and helpful.
Here is the updated website
with all the info and some good pics.
Unique Quality: For such a charming place, still great rates in 2007.
So much for that - rates have gone up, and with the decline of the dollar vs euro, yanks like me will really feel the pinch.
The prices are relatively the same as when I stayed here in 2001! How Hotel le Calendal can avoid the euro "inflation demon" is beyond me, but good for us!
Definitely a good deal.
Sadly, not any more.
e.g. I used to rent rm44, a nice little "double" overlooking the quiet garden for about 65 EU, which translated to about $55 in '01, and ~$70 in '03 & '05.
Now a double is (per the website) "Double ou twin: de 99 à 119 euros"
Holy m@rd*!! - That means at today's rates, a 'best case' $150 / night! More than twice the previous cost a couple of years ago.
Right next to the Roman Arena at the "top" of the old city, walking distance to everywhere in the Arles. There are many little cafes/restaurants within 50 meters of the lobby, and the hotel itself has excellent food in their restaurant and Salon de thé.
The garden is fabulous. You must eat at least one meal in the garden during your stay (petite dejeuner here is excellent and very relaxing).
(room 44 is one of the nice little rooms I like that overlooks their beautiful garden)
They have a small garage for private parking and can also arrange parking for your vehicle in the public lot.
Hard to beat this place anywhere in Arles.
Sorry about the rude-red '08 updates, but it beats writing smiley, flowery upbeat travel prose (sometimes referred to as " lying ") -
Hey, it's still a great hotel with a killer location, but thanks to raised rates and even more so the U$ declining economy (not Calendal's fault)
Calendal is sadly no longer that "steal" it once was for Americans.
Directions: Right next to the Roman Arena, between the Antic Theater and Arles Amphitheater.
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Hotel Le Calendal
We've found that other people looking for this hotel also know it by these names:
- Le Calendal Hotel
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Address: 5 rue Porte de Laure, Arles, Provence, 13200, France
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Amenities at Hotel Le Calendal
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Room Service
- Bar / Lounge
- Kids Activities
- Free High Speed Internet
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