You are not reading a review from a one time visitor or even a return guest. I am a person who travels to France 5/6 times a year for business and to enjoy la vie Francais with my many close friends in France. I can easily stay with several friends near Avignon and as a matter of fact, I have a bedroom in my dearest friend's home that is just for me..for as long as I want to stay. Why is it then that I chosen this Hotel as my base when I am in the 'Midi' of France? Voila. I will tell you. The Hotel d'Europe is without doubt the finest 5* hotel outside of Paris.That being said, it has many amenities that one can not attribute to star status nor the hotel's exemplary chambres, garden, modern amenities, period antiques and a michelin starred restaurant. Non.Non. It is the little things that a hotel of this 'perfect' size demands of itself when taking care of its clients. That is exactly how one feels the moment they enter the soothing lobby with the finest staff in France, bar none, ready to care for you. I have been staying at the Hotel for many years and instead of being compromised in giving a review as I adore this hotel, I find it makes my review probably the most important of all reviews of this hotel. Why? I am constantly traveling throughout France and have stayed at more regional 4/5 * hotels, including R&C, than the majority of people who spend as much time as I do in France on business and personal reasons.. My appreciation for this hotel after I've been away or stayed at other hotels in other regions of France of the same status, makes me highly aware of the 'magical spell' that this gem provides without you even noticing how much much detail is employed to make your stay special. The rooms from Superiors to Deluxe are stunning. A mixture of cozy 'old world' Provencal antiques with all the amenties of a modern hotel. Cable TV, Free Wi-Fi, Bathrooms that are bigger and more beautiful than most Manhattan apartments and beds that lull you to sleep as your giant old-fashioned windows shutter out any noise from the outside world. I love having the breakfast served in my room (a bargain compared to most hotels) as I look out the open windows at the beaautiful courtyard garden and I plan my day over a wonderful bread basket, fresh OJ and delicious natural yogurt and a Fruit Salad that is filled with the most extraordinary hard to find fruits of this quality, at any time of year. Fresh Madeleines always accompany your tea or coffee and they are usually still warm. Of course you can opt for a much bigger breakfast., as well in the dining room..or your room. The rooms are ideal temperature, year round. If you are not up for dining in the 1* Michelin restaurant that is one of the best in Avignon, the fun and relaxing bar, with the nicest staff, will prepare you a wonderful light meal (I recommend the Soupe Veloutee and the Foie Gras plate with a glass of the house Chateauneuf de papes) at a reasonable price. Anything you need done that comes up unexpectedly will be taken care of by the front desk in a manner that will disipate your worry as you know you are under the best care. Now...and the most important for last....Fernando and Cecile (Although Cecile is no longer there..I must mention her as along with Fernando..she is the reason that I made this hotel may home and.,..they are both responsible for the 5* status) . Cecile remembered everyone when they returned for a second visit. She had the rare bubbly personality that gave you the sense of an old, warm friend. A very and wonderful woman who always looked for the best in every client who entered the hotel. I can tell you from getting to know her very well over the years..it was not an act. She truly always looked to meet people and make them happy, special and well cared for at the hotel. At the same time her attention to every little piece of detail in the hotel is part of what raised this place from a 4* to a 5* hotel. A radiant personality and a perfectionist. What more could one want? The changes she implemented are still found throughout the hotel. Luckily, the other half of this 'dynamci duo' Fernando , is still at the helm. He is the Director of the front desk staff as well as many other responsibilities. It was Fernando who I first met (on his first day) many years ago when I checked into the hotel for my first time. He has the charm of a diplomat but who is honestly concerned in your happiness and well-being at the hotel. he has solved more problems for me over the last several years that I care to count and he makes your entrance to the hotel like a reunion when ever you return. His wonderful manner is the essence that pervades the hotel and that all the staff emulate. The wonderful General Director adores him and I can see why. Fernando is that 'extra something' at the hotel :)
As an aside, the last time I was there (a month ago), he was 'owwing' and 'ahhing' over a repeat clients pictures of her new new grandson. He was truly thrilled for her and had an employee put a call on hold until he had seen all the photos. There you have it. So my conclusion? All the luxe of a 5* hotel. All the coziness and nice sense of being looked after. Top notch restaurant , chambres, staff (from the bar to the wonderful guys who do the luggage/parking) and a stunning courtyard garden that is perfect for a Pastis on a summer day. Now do you see why I prefer staying here than at the home of my friend who lives nearby? Hotel D'Europe is simply Extraordinaire!!!!!!!!.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A magnificent 16th century, completely re-modeled in the 18th, and continually modernized since then, the Hotel d'Europe is one of the oldest hotels in France. It occupies an ideal location at the centre of Avignon. In this timeless place, our hospitality is offered discretely and with warmth by a loyal and dedicated team. Its 39 rooms and 5 suites, decorated luxuriously but simply, offer exceptional comfort. La Vieille Fontaine restaurant is idyllic. Its beautiful shaded terrace and elegant dining room are the perfect settings for enjoying fine dining and famous cuisine. Just two steps from the Popes' Palace, the Hotel d'Europe is also located only 50 yards from the entrance through the ancient city walls. This central location is also the ideal starting point for your visit to Provence. From Avignon, it is easy to explore and discover this magical region. Our experienced Tourist hostess offers unique tours, from Orange through the Gard to Marseille, the Luberon, Aix-en-Provence, or Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Legend has it that a stay at the Hotel d'Europe is unforgettable. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel d Europe
- d Europe Hotel Avignon