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Le Montrachet
Puligny-Montrachet, France

Stunning terrace,
well-stocked wine cellar,
spacious restaurant

Wish you were here?

The Old Coastguard
Penzance, England

Seaside location,
harbour views,
family friendly

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Almunia del Valle
Monachil, Spain

Traditional food,
fabulous views,
outdoor dining

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Hotel Verneuil
Paris, France

Vintage style,
peaceful atmosphere,
guest library

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Castello di Potentino
Tuscany, Italy


Traditional rooms,
stunning valley,
award-winning wine

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Villa Sostaga
Lombardia, Italy

Lake views,
surrounded by mountains,
local produce

WE'RE DIFFERENT

No cash for compliments.

Our website is based on a series of long-established printed guides, where no one pays for an entry.

Our series editor, Fiona Duncan, writes for the Sunday Telegraph and is the UK's most respected hotel reviewer.

No cliches, no flattery, no gushing - just objective, honest, expert reviews.

Our selection of places to stay in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur, the most south-easterly region of France, is more interesting in the hills behind the coast than on the famous Cote d'Azur itself. However, there is one place on the coast, Les Deux Freres at low-key Roquebrune, that we really like.

At the eastern end of the coastal strip, inland from the major resorts of Cannes, Nice and Monaco, it quickly becomes mountainous: here you are in the coastal foothills of the Alps, the Alpes Maritimes.

As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in Provence-Alpes-Cote d'azur offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: guesthouses (chambres d'hote), restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out.

We have recently taken Cacharel Hotel off the site and can no longer recommend it. If you would like to know why, please email our web editor on charmingsmall.hotels@zen.co.uk.

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Bastide Relais de la Magdeleine

40 avenue du 2ème cuirassier, 13420, Gémenos, (Bouches-du-Rhône), +33 04 42 32 20 16
Delightul, family run, a long time favourite

Chateau de Picomtal

Chateau de Picomtal, 05200, Crots, Southern Alps +33 (0)492 430777
Picturesque chateau, stunning backdrop

Chateau de Trigance

Route du château, 83840, Trigance, Var, +33 04 94 76 91 18
Hugely original fortress hotel

Grand-Hotel Nord-Pinus

Place du Forum, 13200, Arles, +33 04 90 93 44 44
Iconic town hotel, lovingly brought back to life

Hostellerie du Coteau Fleuri

Place des Penitents, 83310 , Grimaud, Var, +33 04 94 43 20 17
Hillside hotel with soul - and delightful terraced gardens

Hostellerie le Beffroi

2 rue de l’Eveche, 84110 Vaison la Romaine, Provence, France, +33 (0)4 90 36 04 71
Wonderful hilltop retreat in medieval town

Hotel & Spa Calendal

5 rue Porte de Laure, 13200 Arles, France, +33 (0)4 90 96 11 89
Cosy town hotel and spa, next door to Roman arena

Hotel Benvengudo

Vallon de l'Arcoule, 13520, Provence, Bouches-du-Rhone, +33 04 90 54 32 54
Just the place for a relaxing week

Hotel de l Atelier

5 rue de la Foire, 30400, Villeneuve-les-Avignon, +33 (0)49 025 0184
Converted 16thC cardinal's house near Avignon

Hotel des Quatre Dauphins

54 rue Roux Alpheran, 13100, Aix-en-Provence, +33 04 42 38 16 39
Simple, charming, excellent value

Hotel la Cle des Champs

route de St-Saturnin d'Apt, 84220, Roussillon, +33 0490 056 322
A charming favourite with great food

Hotel Windsor

11 Rue Dalpozzo, 06000 Nice, Alpes-Maritimes, France, +33 (0)4 93 88 59 35
Good location in Nice; fantastic decoration

La Bastide Rose

99 Chemin des Croupieres, 84250 Le Thor, France, +33 4 90 02 14 33
Country guesthouse in a former paper mill

La Mirande

4 place de Mirande, 84000 , Avignon, +33 04 90 85 93 93
Sumptuous place in quiet cobbled square

La Villa Noria

4 Route de Mazan, 84330, Modene, +33 (0)4 90 62 50 66
Spacious, well-run B&B

Le Hameau

528 route de la Colle, 06570 St-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France, +33 4 93 32 80 24
Captivating and stylish country villa

Le Mas des Gres

1651 RD 901, Four a Chaux-Isle sur Sorgue, 84800 Lagnes (Vaucluse), France, +33 (0) 4 90 20 32 85
Family-friendly, restored farmhouse

Les Deux Freres

1 Place des Deux Freres, 06190 Roquebrune-Cap-Martin (Old Village), France, +33 (0)6 80 86 22 41
Delightful restaurant with rooms, great sea views

Les Florets

route des Dentelles, Vaucluse, 84190, Gigondas, +33 04 90 65 85 01
Family run hotel with own vineyards

Mas d'Entremont

315 Route d'Avignon, Aix-en-Provence, 13090, +33 04 42 17 42 42
One of our favourites
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