Second to none
by: Kirstine Trauelsen
A cobblestone paved courtyard, fountains, tall limetrees and a distinct personal service and attention from the hosts. The idyllic ambience from the south of France is alive and well in the center of Aarhus, Jutland
Hidden from the streets in the center of the city of Aarhus you find a very special place; the hotel Villa Provence. The hotel has been here since 2003, when Annette and Steen Stenstrup bought the 160 year old building and started realizing their dream of creating an exceptional place for guests wanting something out of the ordinary.
Villa Provence is an intimate hotel with a homely feel to it and the owners are proud of the high quality and relaxed atmosphere – something that is a long way from the standardised concepts of other hotels.
Recommended by the City Hall
There is no big sign at the door and the staff in the reception is not wearing uniforms; visiting Hotel Villa Provence is not supposed to be like visiting any other hotel but more like coming to a private home.
When Mrs. And Mr. Stenstrup bought the building eight years ago, they began an extensive renovation. It turned out to be an investment that paid off; today the hotel Villa Provence is recommended by the City Hall and Visit Aarhus, when they have official guests coming to Aarhus. The couple is at the hotel every day, making sure their guests are satisfied and adding a personal touch to Hotel Villa Provence.
The renovation of the building has resulted in a great hotel with a consistent provençal style, where every single piece of furniture –from the lampshades to the candle holders – are uniquely picked out by Annette Stenstrup in small boutiques on her many trips to France and Italy.
Handmade cheese for breakfast – At Hotel Villa Provence
Staying at Villa Provence is more than your usual hotel-stay. The hotel’s 39 rooms and three suits are all unique. “Our style and interior is expensive, but not in a flashy way. – On the contrary: Our guests like the subtle luxury; it is people who have a great expectation to the level of comfort here, but who do not show off,” explains Annette Stenstrup. One thing that all the rooms have in common though, is the provençal style, which is the key inspiration for the whole hotel
”We are working with a product that is second to none,” tells Annette Stenstrup. She is the daily manager of the hotel, and according to her husband, she is the reason why Villa Provence has become such a huge success.
And there is no doubt about the hotel’s success. Villa Provence is among the most well known boutiq hotels in Denmark, and ”about 65% of our guests has stayed at the hotel more than one time”, tells Steen Stenstrup before adding that a lot of famous Danish and foreign artists also choose to stay at the hotel when they are performing in Jutland.
”We offer our guests a product that is very different from your normal hotel experience. Quality is a keyword for us and you feel that right away, when visiting us,” says Mr. Stenstrup and continues: “At our hotel you get handmade French cheese for breakfast. It is not the cheapest, but it is the best.”