Characterful premises offering authentic local cuisine in a charming setting. Welcome to Frédéric Jouffret’s hotel.
“Enjoy a simple and intense experience in the beautiful, quiet Aix countryside.”
Frédéric Jouffret bought Hôtel Maison Arquier in 2018 when he was looking for a new business project. “The hotel is something of an institution in Aix-en-Provence,” explains the young hotelier, who is a renowned Aix restauranteur. Built on the banks of the River Arc, this former paper mill was made into lodgings when the Roquefavour Aqueduct was built in 1842, and run by the descendants of the nobleman Sieur Arquier for 160 years. Now, Frédéric and his team have made the hotel over completely. The renovations have created a kind of “Provencal tavern that encourages you outside,” says Frédéric. It’s a lovely place to spend a few days relaxing, or to run business meetings in the stunning Aix countryside. The new 3-star Hôtel Maison Arquier has 18 fully renovated rooms, a restaurant serving local dishes and a meeting room.
The 18 cosy and comfortable rooms (doubles and twins) at Hôtel Maison Arquier are contemporary with an elegant and rustic feel. Some have views of the garden and the coastal River Arc, while others overlook a quiet and shaded local landscape. The rooms’ excellent soundproofing ensures a good night’s sleep. They all have their own shower room, various power points and a TV with Chromecast technology (so you can link up your smartphone).
Choose whether to eat your breakfast, lunch and/or dinner by the water, or near the huge fireplace in the dining room! A continental breakfast of premium organic and artisan produce is served in the morning. At lunchtime and in the evening, enjoy traditional environmentally-friendly dishes made with fresh organic ingredients from small local producers and delicious meat and fish.
Seating up to 120 people year-round, the Maison Arquier restaurant serves seasonal menus and dishes. Great care is taken with ingredients and flavours. You can even watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen. Restaurant open for lunch and dinner. Try the Sunday brunch and the buffet drinks and dinner.
Aix-en-Provence is a land of nature and culture with plenty to explore. Close by, there’s the Roquefavour Aqueduct overlooking Hôtel Maison Arquier. Then there’s the beautiful Aix, the centre of which is just a couple of miles away.
The Roquefavour Aqueduct is 82 metres tall, 375 metres long and famous for being the world’s biggest stone aqueduct. It was built in the 19th century and is the showpiece of the Marseille Canal. You can go on a short, easy walk (about 1 hour) to gain some height and enjoy views of the aqueduct from above.
Constructed from the late 17th century onwards, Cours Mirabeau is a wild thoroughfare in the heart of Aix-en-Provence. This lively avenue is home to various cafés, restaurants, shops and mansions. At the end of it, you will find Place de la Rotonde and its majestic fountain, which must be among the most beautiful of the city’s almost 1,000 fountains!
In the north of the old town, Aix Cathedral and its cloister stand proud as jewels of religious architecture. The site has been reworked over the centuries and boasts beautiful Romanesque, Gothic and Baroque elements. The oldest section is the baptistery, which was constructed in the 5th century. It is surrounded by 8 columns, which are older still, dating from the 2nd century.
Anyone who likes Cézanne should visit the Hôtel De Caumont art centre, which has an area devoted to Provence’s most famous painter, with several of his works on display. The centre is also worth a visit for its beauty alone, with 18th century architecture, rich interior decor and extensive peaceful gardens.
Just a couple of miles from central Aix-en-Provence, Hôtel Maison Arquier is set in the soothing surroundings of Provence’s beautiful countryside, with a backdrop made up of the gently flowing River Arc and the imposing shadow of the world’s biggest aqueduct (Roquefavour). This makes a unique setting for business meetings. The fully renovated meeting room can seat up to 25 people for seminars, working lunches, or team-building sessions. Free and secure private parking is available on-site.