Provence offers an embarrassment of lodging options, from retrofitted châteaux and simple country inns to converted farmhouse bed-and-breakfasts (here called chambres d'hôte) and old-school grand hotels. Chambres d'hôte require some research, for they can be a bit far off the beaten track and lacking in the services hotel guests take for granted, such as porters, concierges, televisions, and even in-room telephones. Château-to-hotel conversions are often a better choice for truly unique lodging—the setting can't be beat, and the views are among the best, since the castles are usually located atop hills. There are also serious luxury options, both modernist and grand, with price tags that could make a New York hotelier blush, especially in bigger cities like Aix-en-Provence and Avignon. What the rooms lack in square footage they make up for in stunning settings and extraordinary service. Visitors intending to settle in for more than a few days may want to consider renting a house.