Avignon Hotels

Avignon’s hotels range from the most basic to some of the most luxurious in Europe, with a good choice in between. You may have to book well ahead to stay within the Old City where prices are relatively high, since most of the main attractions are here. There’s usually a price hike in July, when the Avignon Festival is on. Within the walls, some of the best bargains tend to be towards the south and east, and near the railway staion, while Avignon’s most luxurious places are generally west of central axis Rue de la République / Cours Jean-Jaurès. Many hotels are in converted houses and mansions, arguably with more character than modern purpose-built places.

The Avignon  hotels below are grouped into three pricing categories:
Luxury (over €200)
Moderate (€100-€200)
Cheap (up to €100)
These Avignon hotel prices are the starting prices for a standard double room and include taxes and breakfast unless otherwise specified.

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Luxury Moderate Cheap

Hotel d'Europe

04 9014 7676.

An elegant converted palace, the centrally located Hotel d'Europe is the oldest hotel in town and the preferred place to stay of any celebrity worth his or her salts. In fact, it has kept the reputation of being ‘the’ place to stay, with the best taste and highest standard of refinement, for well over 100 years. Pleasing touches include the winding staircase, the sense of space and the simple décor of cool, pale colours.

14 place Crillon, Avignon, France

Hotel Clarion Cloitre St Louis

04 9027 5555.

The Clarion – better known as the Cloitre St Louis – is based around a converted 16th-century cloister of pale stone. In contrast to its original austerity, the effect today is grandly luxurious. There’s also an extensive modern section. Most of the 80 rooms are in the modern wing, but try to bag one in the old wing: originally monks’ cells, they have much more character. The swimming pool is a blessing in summer.

La Mirande

04 9014 2020.

Right opposite the Palais des Papes, this small hotel, built as a 14th-century cardinal's palace, is all sophistication and attention to detail. The 20 rooms are all delightful, and the hotel’s restaurant – open to non-residents – is one of the best in town. The rather florid wallpapers, the elegant décor, furnishings, pictures, toiletries, everything has been chosen with flair and imagination. Expensive, but this is rare luxury with charm and personality.

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4 Place De L Amirande

Mercure Pont d'Avignon

04 9080 9393.

Located in a quiet part of town, the Mercure Pont d'Avignon has the comfortable, modern, well-equipped rooms that typify this chain. Just a short walk from the famous Pont St Bénezet and the Palais des Papes, the hotel has a good location One of its useful facilities, in view of Avignon's parking problems, is direct access to a public basement garage. It also has a small garden.

Rue Ferruce, Avignon, France

Hotel de l'Horloge

04 9016 4200.

Unusually well placed on the main square, this handsome old 4-star hotel is in the midst of all the life and colour of the town. The sights, restaurants and shopping streets are all just outside. Noise is not usually a problem, but if you’re concerned, ask for one of the quiter rooms at the side of the building. Rooms are small but comfortable and attractively decorated. There’s an excellent breakfast.

1-3 rue Félicien David, 1-3 rue Félicien David, Place de l’Horloge, Avignon, France

Novotel Avignon Centre

04 3274 7010.

It makes a change to find an Avingon hotel where the emphasis is all on modern convenience and facilities rather than old-fashioned charm. Well positioned just outside the gateway into the walled city, it has easy road and rail access, an underground car park, a decent restaurant, swiiming pool and spa, as well as bright, spacious, comfortable bedrooms. Better still, it is only 10 minutes' walk to all the attractions of the city.

Hotel de Blauvac

04 9086 3411.

This small inexpensive hotel is just off the place de l'Horloge, and close to the Papal Palace. It’s in a sensitively converted 17th-century mension, once the home of the Marquis de Tonduty, Lord of Blauvac. It feels redolent with history, especially in the rooms with mezzanines and walls of massive exposed stone blocks. A warm welcome and 16 very basic but comfortable rooms make this a fine, well-placed budget choice.

Hotel Splendid

04 9086 1446.

One of the longest established of Avignon’s budget hotels, the Splendid offers simple, well-kept, brightly decorated little rooms. It occupies an ordinary 4-storey terraced house in a quiet, narrow residential backstreet within the city walls, opposite the garden of an old cloister. It’s well placed for anyone arriving by train – a few minutes walk up the street from the station, in the direction of the city centre and the sights.

17 rue Agricol Perdiguier , Avignon, France

Hotel Colbert

04 9086 2020.

This hotel, on a quiet little lane, is something special. The entire arty style, the bright, fascinating and beautiful décor, the pictures on the walls, even the unusual breakfast plates, are all the product of the creative and generous spirit of hosts Patrice and Annie. Rooms are tiny, but adequately equipped, rates are low, access is very convenient, and all the sights and city centre are just minutes away.

7 rue Agricol Perdiguier, Avignon, France

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Edited by Tina Banerjee
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