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Travel Blogs from Villeneuve-les-Avignon
A trip to Baux de Provence this morning, a small village built on a spectacular rocky outcrop, with a ruined castle overlooking the south. It is where bauxite was discovered. It has been occupied since prehistoric times until today, although we are not convinced that anyone actually lives there; it is full of restaurants and cafes for the tourist …
A trip to Gordes, one of those classic French mountain towns with every house perched on a cliff, made of stone and owned by a cashed up Pom. A short diversion to the Abbey of Senanque, which is that postcard church with all the lavender out the front. No lavender today but excellent view.
Market day at Gordes, Bern made a few purchases …
Early wake up as we went to a small village called Cassis about 1.5 hrs away by an amazing set of French toll roads.
For those interested in these sorts of things French trucks and buses are licensed to travel at certain speeds, 70,80,90 etc and display these numbers on the back. You pay for how fast you want to go. Very interesting idea.< …
A bit behind as there's so much going on. We caught the TGV from Paris to Villeneuve-les-Avignon which moved us 730 kms in 2.5 hrs.
... are back at our hotel, relaxing on the patio and enjoying refreshing bottled water(me) and Heineken(Les). Tomorrow we drop the rental car off and take the TGV to Paris and fly home on Friday.
Many any photos to follow!!!!!!
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- Pets allowed
Historical Traveler Reviews La Magnaneraie Villeneuve-les-Avignon
A gem located in a quiet residential district
This is the second time we have stayed at La Magnanerie and would love to be able to return in the future.
It's a comfortable nicely appointed mansion that used to be a Cardinal's residence. The public rooms are lovely with windowed views to the garden. Rooms vary in size and location and have comfortable beds with very nice linens--bathrooms are quite large and have been totally redone with modern fixtures (double sinks, walk in showers, etc.) There is a new annex to the property which is very nice but modern in decor. It adjoins the lovely pool area.
The restaurant is wonderful. The service is impeccable and the food is excellent. The meals there are usually the highlight of our trips to Provence.
A Great Welcome to France
Despite jet lag and fatigue, we felt right at home when we went in. The historical ambience is more resort than hotel. Amy, one of the desk clerks, helped us immensely with our limited French communication. The only problem we faced was the distance from Avignon which was much more than the "fifteen minute walk" the hotel advertised.
The hotel was at the end of a quiet street, it was a pleasant stroll into the small town. The food in the hotel was excellent if not a little expensive, however it is expected in this kind of establishment in Europe. The staff were polite but had little time to make general conversation. A small car park was at the front of the hotel, if this was full and you do not want to park on the road, the hotel will open the gates to the service yard to allow overnight parking. The room and bathroom were spacious. The room had a large balcony with table and umbrella which over looked the gardens and the outdoor dining area. The worst thing about the hotel was the bar we felt as though we should not use it and the prices were well o.t.t.
Charming, Historic, and Peaceful
The setting was romantic. The rooms were rustic but clean. We had a balcony overlooking the property. Great for relaxing and a small meal. A nice swimming pool. A 5 minute walk to town. The quaint city center was robust with bakeries, grocery stores, restaurants, and night life. A 10 minute drive to Avignon.
This location was a one to two hour drive to major points of interest in Provence.
La Magnaneraie is the former 14th century home of the Catholic cardinals, dating back to the days when the religious center of Italy was Avignon, not Rome. We had a charming room with a balcony that overlooked the gardens. My husband and son walked to a bakery in town every day and brought back pastries and yogurt, which we shared on that balcony. Our son and daughter-in-law also had a lovely room, as did our daughter. Our bathroon was large and sparkling with a terrific, deep tub. Our room had some nice antiques and wonderful linens. We paid 130 Euros a night and actually could have paid less had we used our AARP cards when we made the reservation. We enjoyed the pool and the free parking, as well. La Magnaneraie was a great base from which we took many day trips to places like Gordes, San Remy, Arles, Aix, Rousillon, etc. To get there, we took the high speed train from London to Avignon, which is a direct route, and our kids were waiting at the train station to pick us up. All in all, it was a lovely trip, and I would go back in a heartbeat.
I stayed at a Privilege Room at Hostellerie La Magnaneraie. The room was very spacious, with a nice balcony facing the swimming pool, a comfortable king size bed, a large wardrobe, toilet and - my favorite piece - a huge, nicely decorated, "salle de bains", equipped with a Jacuzzi, shower and two sinks. The decor is not luxurious, but it is surely of good taste. Having dinner at the hotel restaurant was a very good experience. Breakfasts are great as well. The staff was very helpful even before I checked in the hotel, because I asked them to receive on my behalf something I ordered on the Internet. The hotel is located in a pleasant area surrounded by trees, but it would require a 10-minute walk to reach the center of Villeneuve-les-Avignon, or a much longer walk - or a taxi ride - to reach the historic center of Avignon. (I rented a car, so I didn't need to walk or take a taxi). I have only minor criticism. For example, I was not informed that the hotel restaurant doesn't open on Sunday nights. Also, the hotel site mentioned that wi-fi was available, but it was not and I had to use the old-fashioned telephone line. In summary, I would recommend the Hostellerie La Magnaneraie to anyone who wishes to visit the Provence region, especially if that someone has a car available.
Stayed 3 nights in March 2005 (at the peak of the Mistral, unfortunately). We were a bit nervous at first, because Best Westerns in the US can be pretty spotty at best these days. La Magnanerie is a lovely old 15th century house turned hotel, with a modern building in the gardens behind it housing more rooms around a very nice pool area. We stayed in the main building overlooking the gardens in a good sized room for two people, with a very large bathroom that included the biggest shower I have seen in Europe so far (not to mention a separate bath). Staff were extremely friendly and helpful, and it was easy to find with fairly quick access to downtown Avignon and the highways. It is across the river from Avignon, in Villeneuve lez Avignon, set in a quiet neighborhood about a 10 min walk from the center of the old town. The restaurant at the hotel had a very nice menu, with a prix fixe option at around 50 euros that was quite good. Standing by the pool in the midst of the 40mph freezing mistral winds, I could envision a very lovely stay during a warmer period of time and I certainly hope to get back to enjoy it more. For charm and hospitality at a reasonable price, La Magnanerie is a great spot near Avignon.
We spent one night at the 4* La Magnanaraie recently and found the hotel quite comfortable and attractive. Our room was on the second floor (American third), and because my knee was acting up I asked whether a ground-floor room would be possible. The receptionist not only found such a room but offered us a beautiful, large junior suite for the price of our original booking.
Very nice stay
We spent one night here during a week in France and had a very nice stay. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room wasn't huge but was comfortable. The bathroom had a separate tub and shower. There was complementary parking in the courtyard in front of the building. I have found that the Best Western hotels in Europe are quite charming and have very comfortable beds. One thing to note is that this hotel is actually in the town of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon which is across the river from Avignon. It seemed to be in a quiet residential area and there would be quite a walk to get to town. I did note a bus stop right next to the hotel however.
A very nice hotel in a quite residential area in Villeneuve Le Avignon. The hotel is about 10 minutes from the old city of Avignon. (if you don't get lost). If you have a car it is no problem (parking in Avignon is another issue). We booked two days and decided to stay another night.The price was very reasonable, we paid for 2 rooms for 3 nights 462 euro's.The rooms were recently rennovated. We had one room on ground floor that looked out into a nice garden area. The second room was on the second floor at the back of the hotel - it was the nicer of the rooms and looked out onto the pool. There is a very nice restaurant that looked expensive. The only draw back is you need to drive and park to go into the old city of Avignon. It is next to impossible to park in within the city walls during the day. You can park at the city wall and walk into town. Walking back to you car late at night is a little scarey.