For those who venture to France and want an experience that goes beyond the usual destinations of Paris and Nice, the city of Sete might just fit the bill. The city has a particular charm that begins with the bevy of canals and bridges it has, all due to it being constructed as a major port back in the 1660’s as well as the terminus of the Canal du Midi originating in Toulouse. Sete is still operating as a key point for fishing fleets, and as a result is home to fine seafood dining. Another draw lies in the city’s proximity to Africa; ferries to Tangier, Morocco leave from here on a daily basis. Sete offers a rich seaport atmosphere to explore, and these places will allow travelers to enjoy the sights in great continental comfort.
Read on to find out about the best hotels and vacation rentals in the area!
The Hotel Azur seems to be taken from a postcard one may find in a souvenir store, with its pale pink façade fitting into its surroundings overlooking the major canal of the city. It’s centrally located in Sete, leaving it less than 10 minutes from the railway station and a half hour from the airport. Hotel Azur offers two types of rooms, one standard type and one for budget-conscious travelers. The usual amenities are on hand here, such as free Wi-Fi but there are unique additions such as an automatic wake-up call service and two rooms specially designed for disabled visitors.
Address: 60 Quai de Bosc, 34200 Sète, France (see map)
Price: from 63 USD
This apartment lies in the town center, just steps away from the Mont St. Clair Canal. Decked out as a cool and sophisticated home, the apartment can host up to six guests with two bedrooms and a sofa bed. There’s even a smaller bed that can be made available for those who have an infant traveling with them. There’s also a nice array of amenities available such as TV’s in each room, a washer and dryer and two terraces to enhance guests’ views of the city surrounding them.
Heart Of Sete Apartment
Price: from 80 USD
Number of Guests: 6
This three-star hotel and apartment complex has earned a reputation in Sete as being one of their more comfortable hotel properties to stay in. It’s located in town near the central district, and it’s also a convenient distance from the beach. The hotel’s interior exudes an atmosphere of continental charm with minimal splashes of color throughout. There are four room types – classic, junior suite, superior and family room. With regards to the apartments, there are two available. One offers 6 beds and two bedrooms, and the other four beds. Amenities on hand include full air-conditioning throughout, free wireless internet and a rooftop pool.
Inter-Hotel Port Marine
Address: 30 Prom. Jean-Baptiste Marty, 34200 Sète, France (see map)
Price: from 111 USD
This “hotel of the beach” does strive to fit its name. The Hotel De La Plage sits adjacent to the La Dunette Quay and is directly across from the La Cornette Beach. It’s a straightforward resort that is one of the first in Sete and doesn’t leave guests too far from the city center. The staff is highly personable, and the rooms are decked out in a seaside theme that has similarities to a cozy beach cabana. Amenities include free Wi-fi and the option to have breakfast in their lobby or brought to your room. The rooms are broken up between doubles and triples – bear in mind that the double rooms have those with balconies to enjoy a thrilling view of the Mediterranean.
Hotel de la Plage
Address: 64a Corniche de Neuburg, 34200 Sète, France (see map)
Price: from 74 USD
This apartment, located a short distance from the Royal Canal, serves as a spot of calm in the hustle and bustle in the city center of Sete. The space can accommodate up to four people with one bedroom and a pull-out sofa bed. The décor here fits well with the region’s atmosphere, full of muted colors and modern furnishing. Those staying here will be able to enjoy perks such as a great outdoor terrace with a grill, a kitchen with all the accoutrements, and a DVD player in the common area. The place is accessible by elevator.
Price: from 107 USD
Number of Guests: 4
This villa is nestled in the Villaroy neighborhood, and is a striking gateway to the beaches that Sete is famed for being only a few steps away. Guests staying here will have the option of having a housekeeper on site, and they also will have the chance to enjoy a well-manicured yard complete with all of the flora that the region possesses. The villa can accommodate six guests in total with 3 bedrooms, and for those with infants there is also a crib available upon request.
Price: from 137 USD
Number of Guests: 6
The Citotel Hotel Imperial is a good destination for those traveling to Sete who want to experience the diversity of activities there without having to do too much traveling around. Guests here will stay in rooms that are decorated with a modern and artistic flair. Each room has full air conditioning, and their own small refrigerator along with free wireless internet. There is also a rooftop bar for patrons to grab a drink, and the hotel has an American-styled breakfast available in their lobby lounge.
Citotel Hotel Imperial
Address: Place Edouard Herriot, 34200 Sète, France (see map)
Price: from 81 USD
Stepping into the Hotel L’orque Bleue will compel visitors to believe that they’re back in another era. The hotel is situated in a building dating back to the 19th century and retains much of the charm throughout, with wrought iron bannisters for staircases and a décor that mixes old world accents and modern touches. It overlooks the Royal Canal, and is walking distance from the Théatre de la Mer at Fort Saint-Pierre and the Musée International des Arts Modestes. The rooms are of reasonable size, and the family rooms can accommodate up to four people. Each room comes with the standard array of amenities such as Wi-FI and satellite cable television, and for those who select rooms with balconies, they have the option of enjoying a full continental breakfast there with a sweeping view of the city and ocean beyond.
Hotel L'orque Bleue
Address: 10 Quai Aspirant Herber, 34200 Sète, France (see map)
Price: from 116 USD
As you consider your stay in Sete
The city of Sete is another way to take in another perspective of France, one based in a maritime culture that also incorporates elements from North Africa and other countries along the Mediterranean. There are other important elements to consider, such as its rich art history. But no matter the focus of your trip, a key part will be the place where you will stay. And there are plenty of entertaining options to look at that will add extra delight during your vacation.
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