The Best Cultural Hotels to Book in Nîmes, France

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Photo of Colette Lewis
9 February 2017

One of the most cultural cities in France, with its large number of historical attractions which include the spectacular Roman Arena and the stunning Maison Carrée, Nîmes is the perfect place to for a vacation. Read Culture Trip’s guide to the best places to stay.

Hôtel de l'Amphithéâtre

Spacious, wooden-floored guest room at Hôtel de l'Amphithéâtre with classically-styled furniture and a balconet.
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Nestled on one of Nîmes' old town streets, just a few metres from the iconic arena of Nîmes itself, Hôtel de l’Amphithéâtre is the perfect place to stay if you want to be right in the heart of South of France life. Everything is on your doorstep from restaurants to shops to historic landmarks. This renovated hotel still tastefully retains all the features you'd expect from an old building, with pretty staircases, balconies, spacious rooms throughout.

La Maison Rousseau

Hotel, Inn
Small room at La Maison Rousseau, with decorated lampshades and a small bed
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Located right on the edge of the fascinating old quarter, La Maison Rousseau is a charming bed and breakfast. Each of the three beautiful rooms of this lovely guest house is large and individually decorated, giving it a very personal vibe. A generous continental breakfast is served on the gorgeous upstairs patio, or in the pleasant dining room, and consists of fresh, organic products to boot.

Hôtel Jardins Secrets

Guest room at Hôtel Jardins Secrets, with large oil portraits on the wall, a large bed and several lamps
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Conveniently located just a few hundred metres from the train station, Hôtel Jardins Secrets is a stunning boutique that seems more like a work of art in itself than a hotel. It is full of fascinating antiques and a beautiful artistic, nostalgic décor that transports guests to another world. The walled garden is idyllic and contains a little pool that is especially welcome after a long day of sightseeing in the hot summer months.

Hotel Imperator

The indoor pool area at Hotel Imperator, with deckchairs facing each other and a couple of columns
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Just a few paces from the stunning Jardins de la Fontaine, Hotel Imperator is an enchanting hotel with an old-style feel and décor, dating back to the 1920s, that is juxtaposed with modern comforts and luxury. Guests will join the ranks of a number of famous cultural figures who also stayed here, including Hemingway, Picasso and Jean Cocteau.

La Maison de Sophie

Hotel, Guesthouse
High-ceilinged room at La Maison de Sophie, with a trio of rugs, a chandelier and a large bed
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Situated close to the pretty square, Esplanade Charles de Gaulle, La Maison de Sophie is a luxurious, converted bourgeois house, dating back to the very early 20th century. This luxurious bed and breakfast contains an impressive collection of art and lovely vintage furniture with an Art Déco feel, transporting guests back to another era. The beautiful garden contains a number of different flowers and a refreshing pool to dive in.

Le Pré Galoffre

Guest room at Le Pré Galoffre with an exposed stone wall, a wooden floor and a large window.
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Just a couple of minutes’ drive from the centre of Nîmes, Le Pré Galoffre is a lovely, family-run hotel, away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. It boasts a large garden and refreshing pool, as well as large, comfortable and tastefully decorated rooms. Especially of note is the restaurant that provides a generous French breakfast and a substantial dinner, consisting of a three course meal; each dish made with fresh, local produce and served outside on the breezy terrace.

Hôtel des Tuileries

Hotel, Boutique Hotel
Carpeted guest room at Hôtel des Tuileries, with a bed, a desk and a balconet.
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Ideally placed just on the edge of the old quarter, Hôtel des Tuileries is a great, independently run hotel boasting fabulous views of this gorgeous city, which are best enjoyed from the delightful little balconies that each room spills out onto. The breakfast of this little hotel is of top quality too, using local, fresh ingredients to provide an authentic French experience. The quaint little bar also serves great quality beer, including beer local to Nîmes itself.
Located just a few minutes from the town centre, Mas de Boudan is a comfortable and charming little hotel, attached to a superb bistro and gastronomic restaurant. The breakfast is served on a lovely terrace and the rooms are tastefully decorated in a contemporary style. The restaurant Jérôme Nutile must also be mentioned for its superb quality and stunning landscaped garden, in which guests can enjoy the exquisitely presented, sublime, and inventive French dishes on offer.

351, Chemin Bas du Mas de Boudan, Nîmes, France +33 (0)4 66 40 60 75

Situated on the outskirts of the old quarter, the family-run Acanthe du Temple Hôtel is nestled in a fascinating historical structure that dates back to the 17th century and has been welcoming guests for more than half a century. This modest establishment is tastefully and interestingly decorated and a very comfortable and cosy place to stay that will make guests immediately feel very much at home.

Place du Château, Nîmes, France +33 (0)4 66 67 54 61

Hôtel Côté Patio

Guest room at Hôtel Côté Patio with a wooden floor, two single beds and some wall art.
Just a short walk from the centre of town, the enchanting Hôtel Côté Patio is a quirky hotel full of personality, with an interesting décor, individual to each charming room, and a motley collection of objects of curiosity dotted throughout. Its most notable feature, as suggested by its name, is its wonderful patio, sat in the centre of the hotel. Prettily decorated, this is a tranquil spot for breakfast or an afternoon coffee.

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