La Mirande deserves six stars out of five. Except for the somewhat harsh towels, this hotel excels in every respect. It has the best location in Avignon, facing the back of the Papal Palace, the center of Avignon's historic universe. It has the best staff I have met in a hotel. They spoke perfect English, without a trace of an accent. They were always cheerful and helpful, anticipating one's needs. We stayed there 6 nights, so they were able to notice our pattern of leaving the room or asking for our car. When we asked for restaurant recommendations, they gave us options which met our desires rather than suggesting their favorites. We did dine at the hotel on our first night, and we loved it, but we were looking for variety as well on the other nights.
We booked the cheaper of the two room types we were offered at 450 euros per night. The room was exquisite, absolutely huge for a room in medieval Europe. The air conditioning was efficient and cooled the room without being noisy or blowing on the bed. The bathroom was large with two sinks and a separate rainhead shower and bath. Two luggage racks were provided (they anticipated that two people would be staying in the double room!) and the minibar was stocked daily with free bottled water, a real pleasure for any tourist. Also, there was a central control bedside that allowed all the lighting in the room to be raised or lowered as desired. The free Wi-Fi worked continuously and flawlessly.
For an additional 15 euros, breakfast was provided for 2 people, as part of the hotel's bed and breakfast plan, in a lovely high-ceilinged room or out on the flower-decked patio. The breakfast is a buffet, but one can also order eggs cooked to order ay no extra cost. There is a tempting assortment of every conceivable breakfast food. My favorite was the poppy seed cake. The staff noticed that I liked it day after day, and as I was checking out of the hotel, the young breakfast server came out to the Reception area with a surprise piece of the cake wrapped up and ready for our drive to Aix. What a nice gesture. What a great staff. What a great hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stay in La Mirande is an invitation to travel through the exquisite world of decorative art. Located right in the historical city center of Avignon at the foot of the Popes' Palace, it accommodates a sophisticated décor, evoking an 18th century atmosphere and the sedate style of life belonging to times of old. The charm is extended to the 26 rooms with their painted panelling, drapes, parquet floors and traditional flooring. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Mirande Avignon
- Hotel La Mirande