Best hotels and hostels in Camargue

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    Hôtel Jules César

    It's not often you can say you've stayed somewhere designed from scratch by a world-famous fashion icon – but that's what you get at this luxe address (part of Sofitel's MGallery collection), renovated by couturier Christian Lacroix. Once a convent for Carmelite nuns, it's now a temple to fashion, glittering with over-the-top mirrors, Roman busts, modern art and trendy textiles. The 52 rooms are tasteful riots of colour, and there's a spa, bar and restaurant on-site.

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    Grand Hôtel Nord Pinus

    This Arlésian landmark has housed everyone from Picasso and Hemingway to Cocteau and Fritz Lang. Its style is 1930s opulence: wrought-iron beds, art deco sinks, designer furniture, vintage féria posters, black-and-white Peter Beard photographs and a chichi bar and restaurant. This is not the place to stay if you baulk at paying €25 for parking and €32 for breakfast.

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    Le Cloître

    The traditional Mediterranean courtyard that greets you on arrival at 'The Cloister' is charming enough, but doesn't betray the inventiveness of the warm, colourful design within. Its 19 rooms are all distinct, with Italian showers and unusual furniture that sacrifices no comfort. Rooms are €14 per person cheaper if you forgo breakfast, and there's a panoramic rooftop terrace.

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    L’Hôtel Particulier

    It's hard to believe this former priory is in central Arles, it is so peaceful and secluded. It's all too easy to relax here amongst the manicured gardens, luminous all-white rooms, rococo detailing, original fireplaces, elegant staircase, inviting bar and gorgeous hammam (Turkish steambath). The restaurant is top-class, too.

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    La Pousada

    Down by the Rhône, this relaxed B&B offers three rustic-chic rooms, all named after spices, with admirable details like brass sinks, open-plan showers and sparkly tiled floors. The complimentary breakfast can be taken in the walled garden in fine weather, and there are bikes and books to borrow.

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    Hôtel du Musée

    In a sensitively preserved 16th- to 17th-century building, this impeccable hotel has 28 peaceful rooms decorated with simple, high-quality furnishings, a chequerboard-tiled breakfast room (breakfast €9.50) and a patio garden brimming with pretty blossoms. Perhaps inspired by the proximity of so many world-class museums, it also has a small exhibition room. Parking is €15 per night.

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    Hôtel de l'Amphithéâtre

    This elegant address across from the amphitheatre is quite a bargain: the standard of design here far outreaches the reasonable price tag. Antiques, rugs, fireplaces and staircases speak of the building's history, while minimal rooms nod to modern trends, and several have super views over Les Arènes and Arles' rooftops (although you'll pay for the privilege).

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    Hôtel Arlatan

    The heated swimming pool, pretty garden and plush antique-decorated rooms are just some of the things going for this hotel; others include a setting steeped in history, with Roman foundations visible through a glass floor in the lobby and 15th-century paintings on some ceilings. It was closed for renovation when we last visited, expected to reopen in mid-2018.

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    Le Calendal

    Hotel, spa and restaurant, this cosy bolthole opposite the Théâtre Antique has bright rooms and an inviting stone-walled garden. Breakfast is a buffet in Le Comptoir du Calendal. A massage in the spa is always a good idea.

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    Le Belvédère Hôtel

    Prim, plain and proper, this straightforward hotel has some of the most reasonable rates in town (it's equidistant from the station and the town centre). Downstairs there's a striking scarlet-and-black lobby and breakfast room, lit by sculptural chandeliers; upstairs, smallish rooms in red, chocolate brown and grey, with arty photographic flower prints await. There's free public parking nearby.

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    Auberge de Jeunesse

    Modern, shiny and neat, this efficient if uninspiring hostel's drawcard is its location, 10 minutes' walk from the city centre. The usual Fédération Unie des Auberges de Jeunesse (FUAJ) facilities are on offer – kitchen, lounge, cafe and dorms of varying sizes, plus a bar. Bedding is provided, towels aren't, and the doors are locked at 11pm.

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    Camping City

    On the road to Marseille, 1.5km southeast of town, Camping City is the closest campground to Arles. Bike hire and laundry facilities are available, and there are indoor and outdoor activities for kids. To get here, take bus 2 to the Hermite stop.