The Best Hotels in Montpellier, France

Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier has welcomed a bevy of celebrities over its long history
Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier has welcomed a bevy of celebrities over its long history | Courtesy of Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier / Booking.com
Emma Sparks

From historic celebrity haunts to working wineries of the Languedoc-Roussillon region, these are the best stays in the medieval coastal city of Montpellier, bookable on Culture Trip.

With 300 days of sunshine a year, oodles of wine bars, boulangeries and pretty historic squares, multicultural Montpellier makes a fine French city break. The city is just 13km (8mi) north of the Mediterranean coast and an easy day trip from Occitanie’s mountainous national parks. On y va? (Ready to go?) Take your pick from our selection of luxury boutiques, spa hotels and historic hideaways in Montpellier.

1. Grand Hôtel du Midi Montpellier – Opéra Comédie

Hotel

Large bed with purple, art-deco inspired bed frame and white sheets in a gold and purple toned room with freestanding bath at Grand Hôtel du Midi Montpellier - Opéra Comédie.
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This Haussmann-style hotel in the heart of Montpellier’s historic centre gives a nod to the neighbourhood’s theatrical leanings, with plenty of dark furnishings, heavy curtains and burgundy carpets. Quirky rooms have modern bathrooms with rainfall showers and private terraces. Art lovers won’t want to miss nearby Musée Fabre, which houses an impressive collection of European paintings spanning six centuries – it’s one of the biggest museums in France.

2. Mas de Lafeuillade

Independent Hotel

Bright dining area with round glass tables and yellow walls looking out through french doors at an outdoor patio at Mas de Lafeuillade.
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Located within a sculpture park, this ivy-draped boutique features five rooms decked out with mid-century modern furniture, modern art and claw-foot bathtubs. Friendly host Antoine also helps run the brilliant hotel bistro – you’ll want to eat here at least once, if only for the post-dinner cheese board. The marmite of Montpellier neighbourhoods, Antigone, is a 20-minute walk west; it’s worth a stroll along the almost dystopian Neoclassical boulevard either way.

3. Pullman Montpellier Centre

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Rooftop pool at Pullman Montpellier Centre, surrounding by potted bushes and stylish black garden furniture looking out onto the city.
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Once you’ve had enough of the rooftop pool at this central hotel, wander west until you reach the Promenade du Peyrou, bookended by the city’s Arc de Triomphe and an 18th-century aqueduct. Fancy a road trip? It’s a 30-minute drive to Plage du Pilou, a broad white-sand beach separated from the mainland by a series of lagoons. Wannabe kitesurfers can take a beginner lesson with KWM Kiteschool.

4. Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier

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Outdoor pool at Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier surrounded by brown sun loungers and looking out at tall palm trees and other buildings.
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This historic spa hotel dates back to 1898 – though the light-filled rooms have been given a revamp since then. Notable previous guests include Ella Fitzgerald and a slew of French celebrities. There’s a small palm-lined pool in the garden – but for a real hit of greenery, walk 15 minutes north to the Jardin des Plantes, which is packed with over 2,000 plant species.

5. Baudon de Mauny

Boutique Hotel

Dining table surrounded by pastel coloured chairs in airy white room with french doors, silverware on top of a wooden chest of drawers and a gilded mirror at Baudon de Mauny.
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Baudon de Mauny houses 10 palatial rooms with one distinct aesthetic. This 18th-century house turned upmarket B&B blends old and new, combining original flagstone floors and fireplaces with bold wallpaper and super modern light fittings with pleasing results. The old town’s bars, restaurants and galleries are right on your doorstep (ask host Alain to arrange an after-hours tour of Musée Fabre) – but the ornate in-house lounge (with honesty bar) is a good spot for a nightcap.

6. Hôtel du Parc-Montpellier

Independent Hotel

Light beige coloured stone exterior of Hôtel du Parc-Montpellier against a blue sky surrounded by lush greenery.
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With stained glass windows, antique furniture and a grand curved staircase in the lobby, this 16-room boutique stays true to its 18th-century roots while providing guests with modern comforts. The high-ceilinged rooms have compact bathrooms (the cheapest rooms have shared toilets), and you can tear into Montpellier’s flakiest croissants on the shady breakfast terrace. Montpellier’s huge Gothic cathedral is an eight-minute walk away – explore the interior to get a real sense of its scale.

7. Domaine de Verchant

Boutique Hotel

Outdoor pool at Domaine de Verchant looking back at the arched windows of the stone exterior, framed by palm trees.
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Ready for a romantic getaway? Book a room at this 16th-century working winery and boutique on the outskirts of Montpellier. The 26 rooms and suites are modern and have gigantic bathrooms – some feature original stone walls. The huge infinity pool overlooking the vines, decadent spa and 1,600-strong wine list could keep you occupied for days, but history buffs should save time to visit the Pont du Gard (about an hour’s drive away), the only three-tiered Roman aqueduct still standing today.

8. Hôtel des Arceaux

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Double bed with white sheets, yellow cushions and headboard framed by lights next to cow print chair and ottoman in bright yellow room at Hotel des Arceaux.
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Set across a sprawling 19th-century townhouse, the 18 compact good-value rooms at Hôtel des Arceaux have views of the hotel’s shady garden or Aqueduct Saint-Clément. On Tuesday and Saturday mornings, you’ll find a market beneath the towering arches. Explore the nearby Promenade du Peyrou and botanic gardens, stopping for a Languedoc wine at l’Atelier des Vins, which sits on Place de la Canourgue, Montpellier’s oldest (and arguably prettiest) square.

9. Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch

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Double bed with white sheets and orange pillows in green and gold toned room at Hôtel Golden Tulip Montpellier Centre St Roch. Lots of wooden accents.
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Hopping along the south coast? Golden Tulip is just across the road from Montpellier’s train station, so exploring the wider region by rail is a doddle. This super modern hotel has 102 slick rooms with moody, charcoal bathrooms (some come with baths only, so best to state your preference in advance) and a wellness centre complete with sauna and hammam. Watch the world go by from the open-air, first-floor terrace bar – the whisky and carrot kombucha cocktail is far nicer than it sounds.

This is an updated version of an article originally by Holly Howard.
For more places to stay in France, check out our pick of the best hotels in Beaune for every traveller, bookable on Culture Trip.

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