Getting into Avignon at 8 o clock in the evening by TGV, we took a taxi down some very narrow dark little streets. Finally he pulled up by a hole in the wall, on a right hand bend in nowhere it seemed.
I was a little fazed but then saw the sign, Cloitre Saint Louis so I was reassured.
Going through the door leads you into an Oasis of calm and piece in a Monastic style setting. The hotel is set in part of an ancient Jesuit College, and it is difficult to exaggerate the beauty and charm of the setting.
Thankfully we had booked dinner and we only had time to rush to our room to drop our bags to get down to the restaurant in time. Their was no help with the bags so we were quite shocked when we opened the door to our room, supposed to be a superior double, it was a very small little single with no furnishing, a door lead to a small toilet and there was a wardrobe, with plenty of hangers, I looked at my wife in disbelief after having read all the good reviews on here. Thankfully she spotted the last door handle, this lead into a further room, bathroom, and verandah, we could hardly believe our eyes at the space we had got to ourselves.
A very large exceedingly comfortable double bed, sofa's, tables, chairs, this was a suite, not a city hotel room! We had been in the ante room!
We went down to dinner, this was a little rushed , no doubt as they like to clear the dining room by 10 o clock, but the meal was very good and we felt reasonably priced.
I would fully recommend this hotel but -
There are cons,
firstly, there is no tea or coffee making facilities in the room, I would have thought standard in a hotel claiming to be 4 star.
This is compounded by the bar facility which is supposed to be open all day, in fact it is never manned and you can sit in there as long as you like and be very lucky to be served. We went in on 3 occasions and were only served on the last one.
Neither is there any room service except for Dinner which can be eaten in the room , if you like that sort of thing , personally never for me.
The room fridge is stocked only with water and 3 cans of fizzy drink, so a night cap is not an option there either.
Lastly be warned, booking for meals is essential, the dining room is small, about 15 tables so even breakfast can be congested
You are unlikely to get dinner if you did not pre book.
Overall, would I go back? Most definitely, there are plenty of good eating places within 200 metres and breakfast was very good.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our charming hotel, Cloitre Saint-Louis, is located in a 16th century building and combines historic and modern structures in the heart of Avignon. Initially a Jesuit novitiate, Cloitre Saint-Louis became a military hospital in addition to an annexe of the Hotel des Invalides in Paris over the course of several centuries. Looking like new after a thorough renovation, Cloitre Saint-Louis has been a cultural centre and 4-star hotel since 1991. Come and discover the Provencal art of living during your enchanted stay at Cloitre Saint-Louis, only two steps away from the Palais des Papes (Pope's Palace) and famous bridge. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Clarion Avignon
- Avignon Clarion