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"A Beautiful stay at the best hotel in Avignon"
Both the room and bathroom were very spacious and well appointed. The staff were very friendly. The front desk arranged a private 6 hour tour of the area with a lady guide that spoke very good English and had good knowledge of Provence. Had dinner at the restaurant in the hotel - a little pricey but well worth it. Portions were generous and well executed. Definitely worth a try.
"Beautiful, well located, awesome food and service"
We stayed four nights, used the hotel as a central location to tour La Provence from Avignon. The hotel is wonderfully located in front of the Palais des Papes, impossibly better located to walk through Avignon. The hotel is an old building with the obvious restrictions of such, but the ambience and decoration is superb, beautiful room with great lightning and everything worked perfectly. The staff was incredibly helpful pointing us in the right direction of places, times, weather, prices, etc... I could not think of a better location to tour around la Provence. Breakfast and dinner was exceptional, we tried the best restaurants in town, Michelin star ratings included and found really think the hotel is at par with the best. Loved it!
"Difficult to get to"
I booked a junior suite online and wish that I would have received specific instructions on how to get to the hotel located next to the Papal Palace. The roads are extremely narrow and one way in the old center of Avignon and due to gps not having it completely mapped or being 20meters slow we missed the immediate right you must take when turning in. After going in circles for an hour then starting over only to realize that the barriers preventing us need to be lowered by hotel staff through an intercom system located on a poll. Once we arrived it was worth it. The hotel is lovely and is decorated accordingly. Staff is friendly and attentive. There is a breakfast that is in one of the dining areas which has an assortment of pastries, fruits, yogurts, cereals, cold cuts or you can order eggs cooked any style off the menu. The dining room for dinner was a sight let down. The area is full of shops and restaurants to enjoy and the tour of the Palace du paper is a must. The bed is uncomfortable and the price for a room is high which is why I'm not ranking this higher.
"Charming Hotel at a Great Location"
As part of our 2 week holiday in Provence, we stayed at the La Mirande for 4 nights. Prior to our arrival, as always, was a series of emails to arrange for restaurant bookings, vineyard visits, and booking a cooking class at the culinary school at the hotel. Emails are always promptly replied, within the hour sometimes, and arrangements were all swiftly made prior to our arrival. Arriving from Paris Gare de Lyon to the Avignon TGV station, about 2 1/2 hours, we took a taxi to the hotel, about 15 minutes. Through a series of narrow roads, we arrive at the main door of the hotel, which was directly facing the back of the Palais des Popes. Our taxi was met by hotel staff, and our luggage was unloaded and whisked away. Check in was swift, they have been expecting us. We were soon shown our way to our room, which is in a separate building. It was a charming walk through a beautifully decorated tea salon and a small garden and inner courtyard. A narrow circular staircase led us up to our 2nd floor room. Thank goodness for porter service, because along with us on our trip were 2 large metal suitcases! The room we were shown to unfortunately was an absolute let down for me. After months of anticipation of staying in one of the beautifully decorated brightly lit rooms that I had drooled over on the hotel's website, we were shown into a dark, drab, gloomy and masculine room, which smelled slightly musky. The room's only window did little to help matters, even when we pulled the curtains way back to let in the light. On a positive note, the room was clean, large and spacious, there is a small separate entrance which housed the refrigerator, well stocked with complimentary bottled water, and generous wardrobes, large and comfortable bed, and the magic mirror that becomes a television. Lots of space for our many pieces of luggage. Bathroom was charming, in fact the bathroom was the only positive thing about our room, it was pretty, with separate bathtub and shower cubicle. Water pressure was somewhat lacking, understandable given this is a historic building, and water temperature does turn hot and cold if the both of us were to use the bathroom at the same time. Generous toiletries, bath robe and towels. Towels were for some reason thin, stiff and rough, not the usual fluffy hotel towels we are used to. Housekeeping was excellent, our clothes were even hung up in the wardrobe on several occasions. We had asked for a kettle and tea cups, and these were taken away to be cleaned and returned every morning. After all the effort lugging our heavy suitcases into this room, I made the decision not to request for an alternative room to be shown to me, a decision I deeply regretted because this room did not grow on me. To make matters worse, as it faces an inner courtyard, there were events held during our stay, and we could hear noise way into the night. We had booked a cooking package as part of our stay, and this included breakfast on the morning of the cooking class. Breakfast was simple fare, continental, breads, cold cuts, juices. This is all very decent and certainly acceptable, but we did find it hard to believe that this breakfast is otherwise chargeable at 26 euros. Maybe there was a cooked option that we could have ordered but we were not informed of, I can't say. We decided to forgo the hotel's breakfast for the rest of our stay and instead made our way to the covered market a short walk away. We did the cooking class with a guest chef and Severine. This was an incredibly interesting experience, however, as we were the only English speaking guests, we unfortunately could not participate in the lively conversation around us. Would probably have been an even better experience if there were other English speaking guests that day. Nevertheless, Severine was wonderful in making the effort to translate what the Chef said, and this cooking class ended in a sumptuous lunch served with wines. We collected our rental car on the 3rd day of our stay, and drove it back to the hotel. While the roads are indeed narrow leading up to the hotel, it's not as difficult as some have made it out to be, and we did rent a large car. Valet service is on point, and came out to collect the car keys and take care of the car at the end of the day. Valet and parking is not included and is charged at 25 euro per day. Location-wise, this hotel cannot be beat. Right in the shadow of the Palais des Papes and a few steps away from the Point d'Avignon. Nearby are many fantastic restaurants. The city centre of Avignon is pretty compact, so there is no need for a car unless you are exploring towns nearby. Everywhere else one may wish to visit whilst in the area, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Les Baux, St. Remy, are all within easy driving distance, less than 40 minutes or so. I can't quite say I enjoyed our stay, but this could be because I had such high expectations for this hotel and I ended up disliking our room, but then again, I also did not ask for an alternative one. Service is always good, upon check out, the front desk sent someone to our room for our luggage, which was promptly loaded into our car that was already parked up front. As for whether we would return, we'd probably give La Mirande another shot the next time we are back in Avignon, although this time I'd be sure to ask for a specific room that I liked on the website!
This restaurant moves directly into the top 5 restaurants we have visited. The chef is a genius. Every dish is heaven with no compromise on taste. Staff is professional. The sommelier is really passionate and recommended an outstanding domaine du banneret. Visit to the cellar was an experience you cannot buy for money. Every dish is really delicious. Top notch for everyone really in love with food and wine.
Credit cards accepted by the hotel: Visa - MasterCard
Check-in: 3:00 PM , Check-out: 12:00 PM