La Destrousse, 10 km north of Aubagne. It is in this small Provencal town that Marion Morales welcomes you to her establishment The Originals Boutique, Hôtel l'Occitan. With 30 spacious rooms and a bistronomic restaurant, this 3-star hotel is also distinguished by its easy access via the A52 motorway, private parking (to be reserved) and 24-hour reception. Quietness near the big cities of Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.
"Your home away from home."
Marion, manager of The Originals Boutique, Hôtel l'Occitan, has a very unusual background. "The hotel business chose me", she says with amusement. "After obtaining my degrees in biology and management of health and social networks, I worked in retirement homes. The CEO of the group had a hotel where I had worked during my studies and when the director left, I was asked to work as an interim manager. That was in 2007. Since then, the young woman has never left. Director of several establishments, Marion recently took over the reins of the "latest", in La Destrousse (10 km north of Aubagne). Built in 2012, this 3-star urban hotel with character has 30 rooms and a bistro-style restaurant. Welcome, service and availability are the credo of Marion and her teams, whose greatest satisfaction is "to have the pleasure of seeing our customers again with a smile on their faces.
From the single to the family room, the 30 rooms of The Originals Boutique, Hôtel l'Occitan offer truly spacious dimensions (from 24 to 40 m2). Their sober and contemporary decoration does not detract from the comfort they offer and the proximity of the motorway should not make those with an ear to the ground fear the worst. The nights pass without a sound. Each room has a desk, access to wifi and if you feel like it, tea and coffee are available.
Take a seat on the terrace to enjoy the pleasant rays of the Provencal sun as soon as you have breakfast. Viennese pastries, breads, jams, cold and hot drinks, fruit from local and organic producers, the buffet at The Originals Boutique, Hôtel l'Occitan has a wide choice of morning treats to wake up your taste buds. At lunchtime, there is a brasserie atmosphere which, in the evening, takes on a bistronomic feel, with traditional and Mediterranean flavours, to be chosen from the à la carte menu or the menu.
Marion says, The Originals Boutique, Hôtel l'Occitan is a real pied à terre to discover Provence. "Over several days, you can leave from our place and visit Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Cassis and its creeks. All within a maximum of 25 minutes.
From the top of its 714 m, the Garlaban overlooks the town of Aubagne offering an exceptional panorama of the beauties of Provence. In addition to the view, the massif offers an easy, medium or difficult playground for all hiking enthusiasts. The more sporty can go rock climbing, mountain biking or even trail running.
Since 1962, Aubagne has been home to the headquarters of the famous Foreign Legion. Concerts, parades, every year many events are organised by this elite corps of the French Army in addition to the visit of the Remembrance Museum which retraces the history of the regiment from 1831 to the present day.
These small, brightly coloured characters are renowned far beyond the borders of Provence. Take advantage of your visit to the region to enlarge or start your collection of Santoun (in Provençal) and discover the meticulous work of the santonniers but also of the ceramists who perpetuate an age-old tradition of clay work.
Welcome to Marcel Pagnol's town! Born "at the time of the last goatherds", the writer, film-maker and academician is today a key figure in the area. From the house where he was born, you can stroll through the old town with its narrow streets and shady squares whose architectural heritage dates back to the 11th century.
With their colours, smells and flavours, the markets of Provence are a must: bunches of lavender, thyme from the garrigue, figs, olives, honey, goat's cheese, gourmet vegetables bursting with sunshine. "And on top of all that, as Gilbert Bécaud sang, we give you a gift of an accent that never ends.
The Originals Boutique, Hôtel l'Occitan's seminar room is long and bathed in the beautiful light of Provence. It can accommodate up to 30 people, depending on the configuration chosen. Perfectly equipped (television, projection screen, paperboard, wifi, air conditioning, etc.), it also gives access to an outdoor area for outdoor breaks. Its other assets are its proximity to the A52 motorway, underground parking available on request and the possibility of eating on site.