My sister, cousins, and I stayed at Hotel Le Colbert during the middle of September for three nights (six of us shared three rooms). After reading hundreds of reviews on Trip Advisor, reading Rick Steves, and seeing photos of the hotel, I was drawn to Hotel Le Colbert because it seemed cozy and had a feel of being in France rather than staying in a typical large hotel. It was like a charming bed and breakfast except, with a twist of some quirky, avant-garde posters. Patrice and Annie welcomed us on our arrival. We are all past retirement age, and Patrice kindly took our suitcases up to our rooms for us. He was kind and helpful in every way, recommending great, and reasonable, restaurants and telling us what to look for to ensure that the products we bought were actually made in France. We enjoyed Annie's breakfasts, one in the inner dining area and another out on the lovely patio.
The hotel is in a great location, within the Old City walls, next to a park and on a side street off the main road, close enough to walk to the Central train station, the Palais des Papes, the famous bridge, etc. The rooms were immaculately kept; it seemed like they changed the sheets every day; at least they seemed pressed and fresh every time we returned to our rooms at the end of the day. Patrice noticed the origin of one of our names and asked if we were of Greek descent, which we are (Americans born to Greek immigrant parents). The next morning at breakfast, we noticed that he was playing Greek music, and he even greeted us with Greek phrases, which was very endearing! We loved all the restaurants Patrice recommended: the late lunch of mussels at a nearby restaurant, and especially, Fou de Fafa and Le Caveau du Theatre; great meals, presented beautifully. We also found a great ice cream shop, Amarino's. That was the best gelato/ice cream we've all ever had. We made it our mission to go back there another night!
We used Avignon as our base of operations for day trips to Arles, St. Remy and the Luberon area. We loved the Luberon villages. Although it was too late in the season to see the lavender, which was already harvested, the villages are extremely picturesque. We visited Isle Sur Sorgue, lovely with its waterwheels, Gordes, which is a spectacular village built into the mountain (we all gasped as we drove up toward it), and Village des Bories, stone huts which account for the way of life in Provence, from far-off times to the present day.
The benefit of staying in such a hotel is the personal touch from Patrice and Annie. I would recommend this hotel to anyone staying in Avignon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Colbert Hotel in Avignon is an authentic little "hotel of charm", located right in the heart of the historic center of Avignon. The hotel stayed in a small and typical quiet street ... more less
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- Le Colbert Hotel