November 13, 2003
Hotel St. Louis is actually located about 3km from Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, but I was arriving late in the day and wanted to be sure of a home for the night and secure parking for my car, so I reserved here. The hotel is a single-story U-shaped building. Reception and the dining room are in the base of the U, the rooms are in the legs, and a large beautifully tiled pool and patio fills the space between. Chloe and Christophe offered a warm welcome and let me leave my luggage with them the next day after checking out while I went to the market.
My room, costing a mere 49 euros, was Provencal-cute, done up in vivid yellow and chalky sky-blue, spotlessly clean, and opened out directly onto the pool terrace. There is a shower-and-sink room and a separate toilet room. The bed was very comfortable, and there was a TV, although I believe this was one place that didn't get any English-language channels. The entire hotel was so beautifully maintained that I would have sworn it was brand-new, although in fact it is 12 years old. My one complaint was that there was no window! There is a louvered outer door which can only be locked from the outside, so you must close up your room for the night to be safe. There also didn't appear to be any air-conditioning, although during my visit (beginning of June) I didn't need it.
Breakfast was an additional 6 euros and a very good value. There were croissants, pain-au-chocolat, cereals, yogurt, an assortment of fruit, orange juice, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. You can eat in the cute dining room or outside on the terrace beside the pool.
The e-mail for the Hotel St. Louis is firstname.lastname@example.org.
From journal L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, A Provençal Market Town