VOGUE Hommes International (English) - - ALEX FRANCO GILDAS STEWART -

French ac­tor and pro­ducer Édouard Baer likes to savour a pastis here, in the shade of a 100–year old paulow­nia. Adepts of Ar­les’s In­ter­na­tional Pho­tog­ra­phy Fes­ti­val gather here to set the world to rights be­tween two pho­to­shoots. The place, Hô­tel du Cloître, seems straight out of a Van Gogh paint­ing with its ex­posed beams and bright colours. It was in­au­gu­rated in 2012 and is now the beat­ing heart of the world’s sum­mer cap­i­tal of pho­tog­ra­phy. They come here for the twenty or so rooms by de­signer to the jet–set In­dia Mah­davi, and for owner Maja Hoff­mann’s col­lec­tion of con­tem­po­rary art. But above all, they come for its di­rect prox­im­ity to the un­miss­able, mind–blow­ing ta­pas served at L’Ou­vre–Boîte, the in–town ex­ten­sion of the above–men­tioned La Chas­sag­nette. An added bonus is that ( well–be­haved ) pets are welcome.

Hô­tel du Cloître 18, rue du Cloître, 13200 Ar­les

Tel: +33 (0)4 88 09 10 00

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