Hostellerie du Coteau Fleuri
A fan letter from a recent guest of at the Hostellerie du Coteau Fleurie, endorsing its charms, has prompted us to reinstate it in this edition of the guide. Built on a hillside on the edge of the fashionable village of Grimaud, the old stone house has a simple Provençal style and rambling tree-filled terraced garden.
Inside, the atmosphere is rustic, uncluttered, warmly inviting: fine, polished terracotta tiles, white walls and strikingly beautiful, large, simple arrangements of fresh flowers. The bedrooms some small, but all comfortable have pretty furnishings and prints, smart tiled bathrooms, and fine views. The public rooms are equally attractive and relaxing: there is a small bar, dining room and large salon with tiled floor and grand piano. The dining terrace, with wood-panelled roof, Provençal tablecloths, rustic wooden chairs and bougainvillea spilling over the walls, is a delightful place to be in the evening, watching the sun go down over the vineyards. Plenty of fresh fish and vegetables feature on the menu, and our reader paid tribute to the food as absolutely terrific and the service as superb. Both meals and rooms are very reasonably priced.
M. Minard is a relaxed patron, whose idea of a hotel is that it should be an overall positive experience. It's no good having a wonderful meal only to go up to bed in an ugly room. A hotel must have a soul, he says; his does.