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Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis
Ranked #16 of 69 Hotels in Avignon
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“An Oasis”
Reviewed 21 October 2013

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.

Room Tip: We stayed in the new part , where I believe all the rooms are equal. I believe the old part has more...
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 13 October 2013

Not the easiest hotel to find through the windy street of Avignon, but when you do, it is a real oasis. The hotel was once a cloister, which has been beautifully an very tastefully decorated. The rooms are very spacious and for those travelling into late summer there is delightful roof top swimming pool. There is a parking lot adjacent for travelers with their own cars. I will be back!

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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St Andrews
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

We stayed 5 nights in this hotel. It is a beautiful, spacious, historic building. The staff are charming, polite and helpful. Breakfast was a bargain, great choice and lovely French coffee on tap. We had an exclusive double room in the old building. It was spacious and the modern decoration was in sharp contrast to the old building. Style had been chosen over practicality however, with no mirror in the bedroom and no shelves or drawer space for clothes. The only real issue with the facilities in the room was the hairdryer, really less than useless. I assume that the designers who choose these types of hairdryer gave never actually had to use one, otherwise they would be dumped in favour of a decent hairdryer. That apart we gave a lovely stay and will definitely choose this hotel for our next trip to Avignon.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the old part of the hotel, overlooking the courtyard. Very peaceful.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

We were booked into this hotel by Cyclomundo, as the starting point for a 6 day ride around Provence.
What a great way to kick off. The staff were very friendly and helpful, the room large and full of character and there was even a dedicated area with bike racks where our expensive carbon bikes were as safe as could be.
The breakfast was buffet style with everything an international traveller could want. Quite different from the usual 'continental' breakfast.
The only quibble was that I was unable to log onto the free WIFI service on my iPad. I brought it up with the staff, who could find no apparent problem and were very sympathetic. A couple of other guests we met had similar issues, but most seemed able to log on just fine. Never got to the bottom of that one.
Highly recommended, but not sure what value for money is as it was part of a package cycling tour. It was certainly great value for us and very enjoyable.

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 1 October 2013

Must have been an old monastery or convent converted to hotel, very lovely grounds. Our deluxe room was actually two bedrooms, a sitting room, and two bathrooms with one big tub, the other shower. We should have brought the kids there was so much room! However, low ceilings caused slight forehead injury (wear helmets)! Service was slow to poor. Great parking area for your car! Great location, just about 5 blocks north of Papal palace and famous old bridge. Laverie Laundromat around corner if you need to freshen up your clothes.

Room Tip: ask for a room you can stand up in.
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  • Stayed October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aberdeen, Scotland
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Reviewed 1 October 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for one night and had a lovely room split over two levels. The hotel is a nice blend of old and new and felt almost hidden away but minutes walk from the sights. Secure parking on site and really nice staff.
A definite recommendation.

  • Stayed September 2013
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larissa
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

This hotel was such a confort-for-the-traveller! Great location situated at the grounds of an old cloister with a spacious yard with tall trees and a fountain in the middle and a small garden where you could have breakfast or a drink. The interior of the hotel was very beautiful. The part of the building where breakfast was served and where the restaurant was also situated with an arched ceiling, a great view to the central yard through the huge windows letting all the sun inside...very nice and clean and staff quite polite. My room was in the new building quite different from the old part (the contrast was interesting) was spacious enough the bed was comfortable, seperate bathroom and WC, a verandah, free internet, generally met all my needs. Extaordinary for me the fact that I was only a few stairs away from the pool on the roof of the hotel so I just wore my swimming suit and walked to the pool as if it was my house. In a walking distance from everything even from the train station that was the good thing of a small place. I would highly recommend this so beautiful and different hotel!!!!!

  • Stayed September 2013, travelled on business
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Property: Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis
Address: 20 Rue du Portail Boquier, 84000, Avignon, France
Region: France > Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur > Vaucluse > Avignon
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#10 Luxury Hotel in Avignon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Hotel Cloitre Saint Louis 4*
Number of rooms: 80
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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