As the name suggests, this central boutique hotel takes its design cues from the owners’ love of southern France. Expect lashings of charm and character, a warm atmosphere, and elegant rooms set around a pretty courtyard garden.
Style & character
A total contrast to Scandi minimalism; this is the most charming and romantic hotel in Aarhus, filled with character and colour. Everywhere you look there’s something to catch the eye, from the beautiful antique chandeliers to the fabulous collection of retro French film posters that line the walls. The lounge is both relaxing and worthy of an interiors magazine shoot, with gleaming white-painted wooden floors, comfy floral sofas and interesting bric a brac picked up in France and Italy. Add in a huge pile of coffee table books and a well-stocked drinks trolley and it’s an easy place to linger.
Service & facilities
There’s no big army of staff but always someone there if you need anything, and owners Annette and Steen are both on hand at breakfast, chatting to guests and sharing local tips. Rooms come with a folder filled with useful information, from nearby running routes to good antiques shops. In summer, the cobbled courtyard is a real bonus — landscaped by Danish celebrity florist Tage Anderson, and filled with huge pots of roses, hydrangeas and neatly-clipped conifers, it’s a peaceful spot to sit out and relax to a soundtrack of water plashing in the fountain.
Standard rooms are cosy, calm and cute, with sloping ceilings, iron bedsteads and light, fresh colours on the walls. Go for one of the larger rooms and you get added drama along with extra space — the colour palette is often richer and deeper and there’s a good chance the bed will be a four-poster.
All 39 rooms are different but whichever you’re in, there’s no stinting on the details: excellent mattresses are topped with quality French linens; plentiful plug sockets cope with all your electronic devices; and you’ll find robes, slippers and a decent minibar in the wardrobe
Food & drink
There’s no restaurant in the hotel itself but that’s no big deal when you’re right in the city centre surrounded by places to eat — the in-room folder suggests a dozen or so of the best. Breakfast, taken in the bright, white dining room, is a relaxed affair, with no scrabbling over a buffet; instead, dishes are all served to your tile-topped table — a basket of bread, butter and preserves; a platter of fruits, cheeses, meats and yoghurt; and a hot dish of bacon and eggs.