When making a reservation by internet you correspond with Philippe the manager and he couldn't be more helpful. We took the TGV train from CDG to Avignon and then the RER train to Avignon Center. When you come out of the train station to your left you see the sign for the Grand Hotel.A few minutes down the sidewalk you enter the main lobby of the Grand Hotel and on the left before the reception desk is a hallway. That is where Philippe's office for the Thames Residence is located. He showed us to our room and took lots of time to talk to us about things to see and do and restaurants.
We had an apartment with terrace facing the old city walls. The living area is comfortable. The bedroom can be closed off by sliding doors. The bathroom is bright and spotless with separate tub and shower. The kitchenette was well equipped. There is a coffee machine and a toaster, also a Nespresso machine. Most important equipment a corkscrew. We were not used to the induction cooktop, but figured out it wouldn't work without the pan on the burner.
Loved the great private WIFI and the fact that phone calls are free and for Canada and US this includes not only calls to landlines but also cell phones.
The location is great. The entrance through the wall in front of the train station is the main road. We walked everywhere. My favourite restaurant is Fou de Fafa. You need a reservation but excellent food and service. Also good is Le Caveau du Theatre. And I would highly recommend taking "Avignon Wine Tour" with Francois Marcou.
We would definitely recommend Thames Residence to friends. My only suggestion would be to add a broom and dustpan to each apartment for baguette crumbs.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thames is 4 stars aparthotel open in July 2002 and located in the old historical city center of Avignon, just in front of the millennium walls surrounding the old center, 10 minutes walk from the Popes' Palace and Benezet bridge. Largest air conditioned suites and apartments in the old city center, fully equipped for short or long stay. Thames resort Hotel and Apartments' services is less than 400 meters from 90 restaurants with the 10 most well known ones, less than 700 meters from Popes' palace, less than 500 meters from Opera and most well known theaters, next to the old central train station, next to the inter-cities busses'station ! Thames Resort Hotel and apartments'services is one of the only three hotels in Avignon able to propose underground car parking with private and secure lifts direct to the rooms, suites and apartments'floors ! Thames is also one othe the three hotels in the old city center to propose a pool and sundeck on the top of the building ! ... more less