L'Impérator (Nimes)

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NUMBER OF ROOMS: 53 rooms, 8 private houses
CLOSED ANNUALLY: Open all year round

THE STORY: L’Imperator, the iconic hotel beloved by Ernest Hemingway, Ava Gardner, Pablo Picasso and many bullfighters during Nîmes’ ferias, is getting a new look almost a century after it was founded! It now belongs to the Maison Albar group, and the emperor’s new clothes – with bespoke tailoring by the Naço Agency – have everything of a luxury resort: 53 bedrooms, 8 private houses, 3 restaurants (including a gastronomic one) under the supervision of Pierre Gagnaire, 2 pools, a spa… and a 1,000 m2 garden, right in the heart of the city! Double rooms starting at €260.

TOILETRIES: Codage soap, shower gel and shampoo.
INTERNET: Wifi (free).
BREAKFAST: €28 with organic coffee, tea, fresh fruit juice, toast, croissants, chocolate croissants, homemade cake, fougasse from Aigues-Mortes, Iberian baked ham, sheep’s milk tomme cheese, yogurt, fresh fruit salad…
MINI-BAR: Yes, with mineral waters, sodas, Alain Milliat fruit juices, beer, Champagne, cashews, chocolate…
LITTLE LUXURY: Jumping into the suspended outdoor pool that overlooks the garden.

Le Fooding’s 2022 Guide is fresh out of the oven!

What’s on the menu this year? A brand-new selection of 200 restaurants, bars and bedrooms across France, articles sprinkled throughout the magazine, the taste of the times distilled down to its purest form in our highly anticipated award’s list and, for the very first time, two new guides to the country’s best stand-out shops and spirited cellars!

2021 Le Fooding guide frontcover


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