Avignon Grand Hotel
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Once again, we have voyaged to France! Elissa was studying for the fall semester at BADA in London, so after that she went to Scotland with my Dad, then to Berlin to visit a friend of her's and to research "Cabaret," and finally she met up with us in Paris. From there we took the TGV (AWESOME!!!!) to Avignon. We stayed at the Avignon Grand Hotel, …
... flowing from under the buildings in the town. There was a very lively market going on when we arrived, with almost anything for sale. Maija bought strawberries to have with breakfast, and also with our tea when we sat in a cafe beside the market (an excuse to use the bathroom!). As we made our way to Gordes, we passed many orchards that were blooming: apples, pears and cherries. Gordes is one of many Villages Perche (perched villages) in ...
Today started cloudy and some rain. Part of our group went to Nimes, but we wanted to have a quiet day. I spent the morning having a long breakfast and updating this blog. Dorothy, Paul and Maija went for a walk. Since it was still raining, we decided to eat lunch in the hotel, and then Dorothy and I went to the spa. We didn't do any treatments but we used the pool, which was really a big hot tub, and very relaxing. Glad ...
This was the first of several short stop offs that we will be doing during the trip. The point of this particular one was to visit Pont du Gard, which is the site of an ancient Roman aqueduct. The aqueduct was built to transport millions of litres of water from one town to another. The bit that you can see is only a small section of the original, which was kilometres long. You can walk along the bottom level from one side to the other, and there are steps on both sides that lead up to ...
... red or white, contain Grenache grapes. We tasted a white wine, and 3 red wines. Two were the same blend, but 3 years different in age, and the third was a blend of 3 grape varieties called The Dedication. After lunch on board the boat, we had a walking tour of Avignon in the afternoon, mainly through the Papal Palace. This is enormous. Incredibly large halls, intricate frescos and carvings. We also walked ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Avignon Grand Hotel
Excellent, no other words
We stayed at a suite double. The size, quality, cleanliness of the room, the personnel, the location, everything was excellent. No other words.
Very nice hotel, spacious rooms, separate lounge area, nice bathroom, clean, airy and quiet. We had a ground floor room which opened onto the courtyard which was very pleasant. Staff very friendly and helpful. Great location, only a few mins walk from main centre, and just over the road from the bus station. On arrival at the TGV station, we got a taxi to the hotel which cost 10 euros but the buses run regularly from and to the station for 1.10 euros each. Would recommend.
It's all relative
If you're coming from a luxe hotel, you'll see the shortfalls of this basic hotel. However, if you've been traveling through the countryside of France in summer, you'll love the hot enclosed shower, and cold quiet AC. We got a suite w/ pullout for one child. We both had cable TV and there was a curtain to separate the rooms. The staff is hit or miss but the overall attitude is one of service. Good location with free parking right across the street. I might look for another hotel when going back, just for ambiance, but I'd definitely stay there again. Oh yeah, it was clean too.
Functional with little personality
We paid about $190 for our room.
Location - Just outside the ramparts that surround the center of the city. Next to the train station which made it very convenient. However, it would have been more charming to have been inside the ramparts. If you looked outside your window, you saw suburban-looking buildings with little charm
Room - Very spacious and comfortable. Clean. Bathroom was functional. Furniture was provence style but came together in an uninteresting manner. Fluorescent lights in the hallway
Service - No complaints
My wife and I used Avignon Grand Hotel as a base for sightseeing for five days starting August 28. The suite was large and comfortable, the hotel was clean with excellent facilities and a very helpful staff. Its location was ideal situated on the ring road around historic Avignon. Perfect location for walking the town . Also the major car rental agencies were 100 yards away and parking was very convenient. It was an easy location to access the roads for driving day trips of Provence. Short cab ride from the TGV station. We loved it.
This hotel was very nice. The staff was very courteous and attentive. The location was also great. Not the most plush, but very nice for a provincial European hotel. Great bathrooms.
This Place Is Incredible
It doesn't get much better than this, charming and highly attentive staff, beautiful hotel, great decor, every amenity, incredible location just across the street from the walled city, huge room with sitting room, great bathroom, beautiful patio, this hotel is an A+ and romantic!!
Great for families
We have stayed at this hotel for a week at a time over the last two summers. We love the big, airy rooms, and the fact that our two kids can stay with us in the 2 bedroom suites. The staff is friendly, and the location to the walled city is great...just steps to the main gate and boulevard.
Acceptable, not plush
I stayed at this hotel for two nights while in Avignon july 2003. The location is excellent just outside the city wall, and is within short walking distance to everything. The rooms were spacious and the bathrooms very new and nice. However, our airconditionig (central) was not functioning and in the second night I demanded another room (which I got) which had better airconditioning. Overall, the place is acceptable. However, travelers who want to stay at plush hotels should look elsewhere.
Excellent & Affordable - Great Stay
Stayed three nights at Grand Hotel as a base to see Avignon and some of Provence. Huge room, and more closet space than I've ever seen in another hotel. Very comfortable suite arrangement, and included an open terrace on the hotel's courtyard. Staff was also wonderful, very accomodating, and helpful as to restaurant recommendations. Location is also good, as it faces the city walls and is only a short walk from the main attractions along the Rue de la Republique. Very quiet room as well, so city noise did not intrude.Would highly recommend this hotel -- an excellent experience!