Avignon Grand Hotel
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St. Paul de Vence, is a hill top town, high above the Riviera, made famous by the artist colony that included Chagall & Miro & a favourite place of Nietzsche. The streets are narrow & steep, filled with beautiful galleries & original art, some by Picasso & Matisse, but most by the latest generation of artists. I could have …
... to describe in words but it was quiet and quaint. After a quick walking tour of the palace of the popes, the church, garden, town hall and music hall we all seperated to grab some food. Most went to the supermarket to grab ingredients for baguettes and had a picnic across the river looking over the city as the sun set. It was pretty impressive. The next day we ...
... of the Banon AOC style. This little cheese is amazing - a soft goats cheese which only takes 2 hours to manufacture and then about 2 weeks of aging - is wrapped in dried chestnut leaves and is so far the most absolutely outstanding cheese of our trip! Each 7-8cm diameter cheese requires about 1L of goats milk to manufacture, so you can understand that the production is pretty flat out!
With some cheese in our esky and the day still early we decided to get over the ...
... most amazing thing I have ever heard come out of a child's mouth. "But... Why?.. I mean.. Why wouldn't people be her friend just because she wasn't pretty? It doesn't mean she isn't a good person, they shouldn't not be her friend just because she didn't look nice". What a breath of fresh air. A nine year old went against what all the other girls were saying and laughing at, because she really felt and knew in her heart that it was wrong, and she wanted ...
... stopped by Nimes for an outside tour of the Roman Amphitheature as there was also summer concerts there.
Then we drove off to our final destination of this south of France trip: Cavanac near Carcassonne, some 2 hours drive away on highway, arriving before 8pm.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
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!