Need advice! We arrive in Marseille and will drive to visit Arles, Les Baux and St. Remy on our first day due to our limited time in Provence. We would like to stay in St. Remy since we only have one night in that area, and we've heard it's a great town center to explore at night. We are trying to decide whether we should stay in Les Mas de Carrassins even though it is a 15 minute walk from center or opt to stay in a hotel like Hotel de l'Image which is right in the middle of town. Any suggestions?
Don't know about Les Mas de Carrassins, but I have stayed at Hotel De L'Image and love the location being right in town. It is also a lovely property and while it is a fairly new construction and rather contemporary there is a beautiful garden and pool area, as well as wonderful breakfast. We had many photography workshops there as they had a full fledged darkroom and the owner, Antoinne, loved photography (hence the name and artwork about the property) His father also owned a chateau near there and we had a wonderful picnic there once. The market in St. Remy is great and there are lots of nice restaurants and shoppes, and just walking around in the evening is great. Don't know the price comparison and I know L'Image is pricey, but we love it there, although I have stayed in much cheaper places there as well, and still had a great time
And I don't know about the Hotel de l'Image but we LOVED les Mas de Carassins and have recommended it to two different friends who also stayed there (in 2012) and loved it! Beautiful hotel with gorgeous grounds and great food (both breakfast and the optional prix fixe dinners. We enjoyed the walk and seeing a little of St. Remy away from the downtown (we stayed in spring of 2011). It is also closer than being in town to the St. Remy sanitorium where Van Gogh stayed as well as to the Roman ruins at Glanum, both of which are well worth exploring. One note, if you are staying in St. Remy on a Sunday night it is tricky to find an open restaurant!
IMO, either place is nice but if you have a car I stayed at a great inexpensive B & B just down the road. It is called Mas de Mouret. We had a gigantic beautiful room in their old manor with a lovely breakfast included for about 80 euros a night. BTW, we arrived on a Monday night when most restaurants are closed, however we ended up having a sumptuous meal at a restaurant in St Remy called Le Marilyn. I totally recommend it.
I stayed at Les Mas, enjoyed it thoroughly. I did not have a car. The 15 mon walk to town was flat, it is sort of between town and the Glanum ruins. The breakfast and optional dinner was lovely. The grounds are beautiful.