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Hotel 28 à Aix 
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28 Rue du 4 Septembre
Aix-en-Provence
France 13100
Tel: 33 4 42 54 82 01
Tel: 33 4 42 54 82 01
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From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
Just steps from the spattering fountains of the Cours Mirabeau, this handsome seventeenth-century townhouse is owned and run by the same team that originally created the Villa Gallici, Aix's chicest hotel. Here, their bold talent means that each of the four rooms is a different riff on traditional Provencale interiors and cutting-edge contemporary design. Room 1, a romantic charmer, features a four-poster bed with a champagne silk canopy, Wedgwood-like wall medallions, and a celadon crushed velvet couch on which to cozy up with a book or watch the chrome pedestal Bang & Olufsen TV. When the weather's warm, you might prefer to don a Via Notti cotton kimono, make yourself an espresso using the machine on the landing, and relax on the open-air balcony. It's a perfect perch from which to enjoy the small but beautifully landscaped garden, where tea and pastries are served as part of the hotel's salon du thé in nice weather. The only fly in the ointment is that the boys who run this beauty are a little too self-satisfied. —2009 Hot List

When to go: May and September are ideal in Aix, which is thronged in summer.

Which room to book: Room 3 has views over the back garden and gets a lot of light.

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