Planning a trip to the southern French city of Montpellier? France’s eighth largest urban hub is as diverse as it is sun-soaked. Its historic old town lies just a stone’s throw from the modernist Antigone district, so whatever kind of traveller you are, there’s a corner of the city for you. Here’s our pick of the seven best hotels in Montpellier.
The stunning Grand Hôtel du Midi Les Collectionneurs is located just off Montpellier’s impressive central square, Place de la Comedie, and only a few minutes’ walk from the train station. The Art Deco interior gives this hotel a unique feel, that’s a world away from the quintessential French street you’ve just walked on. Each room has a bold colour palette with a high standard of luxury. The hotel has 44 rooms, so while it’s centrally located among the hustle and bustle, it never feels too crowded.
A truly delightful hotel that feels more like you’re staying in someone’s home, albeit an incredibly beautiful one. In fact, its name ‘Mas de Lafeuillade’ means a traditional farmhouse found in the Provençal and midi regions of the south of France. Your heart will be captured as soon as you reach the driveway, edged with pine trees, pretty borders and statues. The rooms themselves all have unique décor, utilising the original ceramic tiles in most, and the grounds are stunning. Need to get into the heart of the action? It’s just a 30-minute walk into the centre of Montpellier. A real gem.
It’s incredibly fitting that the Pullman Montpellier Centre is housed in such a modern building given its location in the futuristic Antigone district. There is glass a-plenty here, so lots of natural light floods the bedrooms and hotel spaces, especially on terrace level. Valet parking is available – always a bonus with city breaks – as is a babysitting and childcare service. The swimming pool and terrace area is a highlight, giving spectacular views over the city; a real urban oasis in the sky.
The beautiful Hôtel Oceania Le Métropole Montpellier seems to have it all; it’s centrally located in a traditional building with an outdoor pool and attractive terrace. The décor is just the right mix of breathtaking grandeur with elegant modern touches and facilities. Dine under palm trees in the well-tended courtyard before seeing the sights; Montpellier’s Fabre Museum is under 10 minutes’ walk from the hotel.
An beautifully decorated boutique hotel, Baudon De Mauny has just nine rooms and you can feel the tranquillity and intimacy as soon as you step inside. Each room has been meticulously decorated, paying homage to the old building it occupies but with lots of glass and exposed, traditional features. If you want to get a feel for the history and character of Montpellier’s old town, staying at this hotel would be one of the best ways to start.
Located north of the historic centre – just a 10-minute walk into the heart of the city – is the attractive Hotel du Parc-Montpellier. A calm space, a little out of the thick of things and neighbouring the arty Beaux Arts district of Montpellier, it provides the perfect spot from which to explore the city, especially if you are travelling by car, as the parking here is free. The little terrace is particularly attractive and the friendly owners will give you a warm welcome, in keeping with the general vibe of the hotel.
For the simplest transport links and a quintessentially French hotel, this is the one for you. The train station is just 50 metres from the hotel and the tram stop is right outside, making this bolthole perfect for exploring the city. Beautiful panelling, fireplaces and parquet floors are found in all the public areas, and the bedrooms are modern and spacious, most of them being fitted with a kitchenette (including fridge, stove top, microwave and dishwasher) – a real bonus for a hotel stay.