A Mont Ventoux cycling holiday is up there with some of the best, most iconic cycling holidays in France (and indeed Europe).
Whether you’re looking to spend a week exploring the Ventoux region by bike or are just fitting Ventoux in as a one off while the family are in the swimming pool, you’re going to want to find a hotel Mont Ventoux is easily accessible from.
In this article we’ll explain the layout of Ventoux and the surrounding region, to help you decide on the best base for your Mont Ventoux accommodation. We also share some of the very best hotels Mont Ventoux has to offer, all of which we hope will set the tone for an awesome Ventoux cycling trip. They’re a mix of the hotels we’ve most enjoyed staying in, or most wanted to stay in.
Looking for our in-depth guide to cycling Ventoux and Provence? It’s here.
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Best base to cycle Ventoux
Location of Mont Ventoux
Mont Ventoux is a mountain in southern France, situated in the Vaucluse region of Provence.
The nearest large town is Avignon, around 60km to the south-west. Marseille is the nearest large city with an airport; it sits around 80km to the south of the mountain.
Between Mont Ventoux and Marseille, you find the glorious Luberon National Park. Within the Luberon and throughout the Vaucluse region close to the mountain, there are various communes that have hotels and accommodation well suited to anyone interested in cycling Mont Ventoux.
What kind of cycling holiday are you looking for?
Ventoux cycling holiday
If your sole focus is Ventoux and you want to ride it multiple times, you’ll want to consider hotels near Mont Ventoux.
Staying in Bédoin or in or near one of the other main routes up Ventoux will give you easy access. There are also some other wonderful rides around Ventoux so you can easily enjoy a week of beautiful riding here. This area of the Vaucluse is pretty remote so it’s excellent if you can see yourself on quiet roads through deep gorges and traditional villages enjoying a healthy dollop of stunning vistas, forests and lavender fields.
Just to the north east of Mont Ventoux, is the Baronnies Provençales Natural Park. It is wild, beautiful and particularly suited to cycling because the roads are very quiet and mass tourism hasn’t yet come to the area. For those wanting to explore an unspoilt area of France, the little villages and beautiful cols are worth a closer look.
We’ve got hotel suggestions for these areas below.
Luberon cycling holiday
If you’re looking for a more all-around holiday destination and are planning to ride Ventoux as a one-off, we’d suggest staying in the wonderful Luberon National Park. Depending on where you stay, it’s around 35-40km south of Bédoin.
This area is a touch busier than the Ventoux region to its north, but with more people comes more restaurants and things to do. As ever, it’s a question of what you’re looking for from your holiday.
We think it’s a great base for cycling in Provence, especially if you’re with family or non-cyclists, while also giving good access to Ventoux.
Our favourite town in the Luberon is Bonnieux, because of its commanding position, winding streets and superb restaurants. It’s swiftly followed by:
- Saint Saturnin-les-Apt – a perched village that sits beneath a ruined castle with 360° views. Absolutely beautiful and yet off the beaten track;
- Gordes and Roussillon – perched towns that retain their elegance and charm despite being quite touristy. Gordes is unforgettable due to the craggy outcrop it straddles, and Roussillon is famous for its ochre cliffs. If you arrive at the start or end of each day, you’ll avoid seeing too many other tourists. It’s difficult to stop yourself falling in love with these charming little towns.
- Lourmarin – it’s a bit further from here to Ventoux, but it’s a gorgeous golden town full of boutique shops and amazing restaurants. It’s also home to Peter Mayle of A Year in Provence fame.
We’ve got hotel suggestions for this area below.
Mont Ventoux cycling hotels: comparison table
Serre des Ormes (sponsored)
Hôtel des Pins
Château de Mazan
Hotel Crillon le Brave
Hotel Le Nesk (sponsored)
La Ferme des Bélugues (sponsored)
Grand Hôtel Henri
Hotel Restaurant du Parc
Remember to double-check accommodation bike storage arrangements (and any other services you need) before booking as policies often change.
Mont Ventoux hotels and cycling accommodation
Serre des Ormes
Serre des Ormes is a beautiful 18th century house situated in the spectacular Gorges de la Méouge, 43km northeast of the Sault route up Mont Ventoux. The B&B is run by passionate cyclists, Kate and Paul, and features spacious ensuite bedrooms and a lovely library/living room to relax in.
Food is likely to be a highlight of your stay. Serre des Ormes’ hearty breakfast features bircher muesli, cereals, croissants, fresh fruit, bread, eggs and homemade jams. Freshly baked cakes are served daily. Evening meals are cooked using locally produced organic food where possible.
The B&B is set amidst fantastic road cycling on quiet roads that suit all levels. To the north and east are the Alps and to the west, the lavender fields of Provence. The area boasts 300 days of sunshine every year. Bike hire (including e-bikes) and airport transfers can be arranged.
Once back from your ride, it’s time to make use of the bike wash facilities, workshop and bike storage. You should also make time to relax outside in the gardens and enjoy the swimming pool, two hectare gardens, sunny terrace and idyllic, peaceful surroundings.
- We love: Wine is included with dinner. Self-service tea and coffee is available throughout the day.
- Be aware: Kate and Paul are on-hand to suggest routes, but the cycling is self-guided.
- Best for: Anyone looking for an authentic cycling-centric experience in rural France.
Address: Le Serre Des Ormes, 05300 Salerans, Hautes-Alpes, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur
Telephone: +33 (0)6 59 27 16 43
Hôtel des Pins
Hôtel des Pins is a three-star boutique hotel situated just a couple of kilometres south of Bédoin. Thanks to its smaller size (22 rooms and 4 suites) it offers a calm and quiet atmosphere. Rooms are furnished in a sleek and modern style. The hotel has its own terrace, pool and garden (with hammocks!) where you can unwind too.
The hotel has a private car park, if you planned on driving yourself and your bikes on your Mt Ventoux cycling holidays. There’s also secure bike storage available. The hotel also offers massages to help soothe those tired muscles.
- We love: the stylish bedrooms and the serene atmosphere.
- Be aware: while breakfast and dinner are available, the breakfasts are fairly basic.
- Best for: a quiet, reasonably-priced stay within easy reach of Mont Ventoux cycling routes.
La Garance is a small two-star hotel in Sainte-Colombe, roughly four kilometres east of Bédoin. It is surrounded by amazing scenery – vineyards, cherry trees and of course views of Mont Ventoux. Expect simply furnished rooms that are much more comfortable than they are stylish, and staff who are extremely friendly and welcoming.
The hotel is on the smaller side so don’t expect a ton of facilities but there is a pool and you can make use of a closed bike storage area to store your bikes between rides, and there are some basic tools you can use if you need to maintain your bike.
- We love: the warm welcome and customer service of the staff.
- Be aware: the hotel has no restaurant but there is one next door that staff recommend.
- Best for: an affordable, simple break with fantastic access for cycling Ventoux.
Château de Mazan
Château de Mazan is a four-star villa situated in Mazan, a small town that’s 10km south of Bédoin. It’s charming, with stylish décor that includes various artworks and antiques – this is far from a generic hotel. A landscaped garden and an outdoor swimming pool are good places to unwind after your exhausting adventures cycling Ventoux.
The bike facilities are a little basic – there is secure bike storage available for guests – but little else. Despite that, cyclists are made welcome and it’s a popular hub for cyclists. There is an unaffiliated bike store just a 2-minute walk from the hotel if you did need to rent a bike or get help with maintenance.
- We love: the beautiful style of the hotel, and the super-friendly staff.
- Be aware: while rooms are very attractive, some don’t find them as comfortable as they look.
- Best for: meeting other cycling enthusiasts in a charming location with great rides nearby.
Hotel Crillon le Brave
Hotel Crillon le Brave is a 5-star hotel that’s situated around seven kilometres west of Bédoin. It’s really its own private village, with two restaurants and its own heated swimming pool, jacuzzi and spa. It has incredible views out towards Ventoux, so you can relax at the end of the day and reflect on the journey you’ve completed on your Mont Ventoux tour.
As well as those spa facilities to help you unwind after a tough ride, the hotel has its own bike garage at the hotel. The hotel doesn’t allow bikes in rooms, but the garage is secured. Or you can borrow a hybrid bike from the hotel instead.
- We love: the luxurious accommodation and the amazing views of Mont Ventoux.
- Be aware: the hotel only has basic tools for any repair or maintenance work.
- Best for: anyone who wants luxury hotels near Mont Ventoux with fantastic dining and spa facilities.
Hotel Le Nesk is a three-star hotel, located in the pretty village of Sault, one of the three routes up Mont Ventoux. From its hillside vantage point, this blue-shuttered, 18th Century former hospital, enjoys far-reaching views over lavender fields and forests.
The hotel is well-positioned for cycling up Ventoux and the Gorges de la Nesque. It’s also thoughtfully equipped, with a CCTV protected bike garage, bike maintenance room, e-bike recharge station and washing machine/dryers. Breakfast starts at 7am, packed lunches can be ordered, there’s post-ride food from 4:30pm, and dinner available if you book in advance.
Rooms (sleeping 1-4 people) are well decorated and cycling aficionados will love the exhibition of world champions’ bikes and jerseys in the lounge and former hospital chapel. Le Nesk also welcomes non-cyclists with open arms; the spa is a treat, Sault is gorgeous for a wander and charming Gordes, Roussillon and Senanque are not far away.
- We love: the cycling specific focus, epitomised by the on-site cycling museum.
- Be aware: there is no air-conditioning in the bedrooms, but there are fans and at 760m above sea level, evenings tend to be cool.
- Best for: cyclists (and their families) in search of a cycling-focused base close to Ventoux.
Address: 3 rue belle vue, 84390 Sault
Telephone: +33 (0)4 90 70 66 08
Website: Click through to Le Nesk’s website
La Ferme des Bélugues
La Ferme des Bélugues is a beautifully restored, 18th Century farmhouse, situated at the foot of Mont Ventoux. It’s located on the road that takes you from Bédoin to Malaucène, just 3km from the start of the Malaucène climb and 7km from the start of the Bedoin climb.
The property is run by British couple, Karen and Spencer, and is set in a beautifully tranquil and relaxing area. It has five bedrooms and one gite. Breakfast, which is provided by the hosts, will set you up for a day in the saddle. The bedrooms all have use of an extensive kitchen area where you can relax with a pre or post ride coffee/beer or meal.
The cycle facilities include secure storage, an extensive toolkit, bike wash area and nutrition. There’s also a pretty swimming pool and gym. This set up, together with the warm welcome and local knowledge Karen and Spencer offer, attracts cyclists of all levels from across the world.
- We love: Karen and Spencer are happy to design you your very own cycling package, including routes, guides and support.
- Be aware: Additional single beds can be added to rooms where required.
- Best for: Anyone looking for a luxurious cycling-focused base from which to ride Ventoux and beyond.
Address: 200 Le Chemin de Choudeirolles, 84330 Le Barroux, France
Telephone: +33 (0)6 50 51 95 65
Hotel D’Albion is a two-star hotel situated in the charming village of Sault at the foot of Mont Ventoux. Rooms are comfortable and modern, but relatively basic, and you’ll be able to enjoy free WiFi throughout your stay. Guests here love the food – the breakfasts are hearty and filling, and the three-course dinners are very popular after a day cycling up Ventoux.
The hotel has bike storage, and the owners are very welcoming to cyclists, able to offer advice on tips on the region. While not officially advertised, some reviewers have said that the owners were able to launder cycling gear overnight too.
- We love: how welcoming the owners are to cyclists in particular.
- Be aware: there’s no air-con and some rooms get warm in summer – bring a fan if you’re worried.
- Best for: great food and caring staff in a prime Ventoux location.
Luberon hotels and cycling accommodation
La Coquillade is a five-star hotel in Gargas, a stunning area surrounded by the beautiful Provençal countryside. The hotel itself is chic and elegant, but at the same time family-friendly – it has a kids club for entertainment and a whole host of sporting facilities aimed at the whole clan.
But this hotel really excels for cyclists – as it should, considering it was founded by Andy Rihs, of BMC Racing Team. The Swiss billionaire sadly died in 2018 but the hotel is still owned by his sons. The Cycling Center is an important part of the hotel, with rental available, a bike workshop and excursions. There’s also bike storage if you bring you own, and an incredible spa with sports and relaxation massagers, along with multiple restaurants too.
- We love: the variety of facilities, but especially the Cycling Center.
- Be aware: as a five-star hotel with premium facilities, expect to pay premium prices.
- Best for: families or serious cyclists who also want to enjoy luxury Mont Ventoux cycling accommodation.
Cent Cinq is a collection of two self-catered apartments in the heart of Apt. Each offers a comfortable and modern space for you to relax. Obviously, as they are self-catered, you’ll be preparing meals each day, although there are restaurants nearby if you’ve had a tiring ride and feel like you’re lacking the energy to cook.
The apartments are close to EuroVelo 8 which is convenient if you’re looking for some easier cycling while you’re visiting. There’s a shared courtyard and games room, and bike storage is available, but in terms of cycling amenities that’s it really – as it’s an apartment there’s no spa, or meals provided, and there aren’t any tools for repairs. There are bike stores nearby.
- We love: the modern style of each apartment, and the shared games room.
- Be aware: beyond the bike shelter, there are no other cycling amenities provided.
- Best for: anyone who wants to enjoy a self-catered cycling break.
Grand Hôtel Henri
Grand Hôtel Henri is a contemporary four-star hotel in the popular antiques town of L’Isle sur la Sorgue. The hotel has some great facilities, including a relaxing terrace and a bar. Continental breakfast is served each day and the hotel’s restaurant offers dinner, catering to a wide range of speciality diets on its menu to Michelin-star quality, so expect to be thrilled if you’re a foodie.
For cyclists, there are a range of bikes that can be hired from the hotel, with local stores offering a wider range of options too. The hotel has secure bike storage and laundry facilities if you want clean your sportswear between rides. The owners can also provide maps and route info.
- We love: the fantastic food options and stylish rooms.
- Be aware: prices are quite high due to the high-quality dining and room standards.
- Best for: those who love gourmet dining as part of their cycling holidays.
Hotel Restaurant du Parc
Hotel Restaurant du Parc is a three-star spacious hotel by the river in the popular town of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse. It has large rooms, plenty of outdoor space to relax and charming views across the Sorgue. The hotel is fully air-conditioned and has WiFi along with parking and a pretty garden including its own vegetable patch.
The restaurant onsite serves a buffet breakfast as well as dinner using locally-sourced produce (including its own vegetables) so if you want to enjoy good food after a long ride, you don’t have to travel far. Secure bike storage is available. But in terms of cycling facilities there isn’t much else – bike storage is available but for rentals, repairs and maintenance you’ll need to try a local bike store.
- We love: the picturesque setting of the hotel and the spacious rooms.
- Be aware: cycling facilities are limited, and breakfast is an extra charge.
- Best for: anyone who wants a country-feel hotel but with local amenities on-hand.
Where do you love to stay when cycling up Mont Ventoux?
Let us know in the comments below – we’d love to hear your own cycling Mont Ventoux tips when it comes to accommodation (or anything else you want to share!)
If you’re considering a more wide-ranging cycling break in the country, and you want to explore more cycling-friendly hotels in France, check out our article here.
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