Hotel de l'Horloge
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Hello all: Au Revoir to Paris and Bon Jour to Avignon! Our wake up call was an early 5:00am and we packed quickly and caught our taxi for the Gare Lyon train station to catch our 7:20am TGV, bullet train, to Avignon in the South of France - Provence region. This train is all that they talk about - lightening fast, ripping down the tracks at 186mph …
... meant the wind stopped. it was soooooo BAD. Most of the ride was downhill, a good thing i thought to finish the trip. So how hard was it......... on the flat i was pushing my uphill gears which are usually reserved for tough up hills obviously, not just for sections of the ride, but yes, all day until Toulouse. All day in uphill gears...that is terrible. In some instances even on the downhills i was pushing up-hill gears...OK, only the gentle downhills, but ...
... 40 mins for the train and then give up as it means i will not have enough time in Avignon to do anything productive. i am annoyed the machine didn't tell me the trains were not running a full schedule. oh well.
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We simply love Avignon. It is beautiful. The people are friendly and everywhere you look there are fascinating things to see. We decided on our last day here to spend most of it in Arles for the love of Vincent Van Gogh. Arles, which is close to Avignon, was a place he loved and painted in. his famous street cafe scene was painted in Arles. Sadly, so too was his painting of the hospital/mental asylum. We visited both places. A highlight of the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel de l'Horloge Avignon
Great Location and Room
We stayed two nights at this hotel. Parking was easy at the Palais de Papes (8E per day) and the hotel was right on the main square in Avignon with many restaurants in arms length.
Room was a good size and very comfortable.
English was not a problem with the front desk.
We would definitely go back to Avignon and spend more time there using it as a base to explore more of Provence. This hotel is ideal for this purpose.
We were thrilled with this hotel. The rooms were tastefully decorated, very clean and well maintained. The staff were solicitious and attentive to their guests and the location was perfect; right in the middle of a very walkable town. We will most certainly stay here again.
Excellent hotel with truly central
Historical and sight seeing, very interesting.
Reception - Very small and frankly off-putting on first impressions, ignore that.
Bedrooms - Large, well decorated and furnished, clean. Tea/Coffee courtesy tray, fridge.
Food - Continental breakfast, everything you would expect. (Continental breakfasts no longer hard roll and coffee).
Pool - Not applicable
28°C plus, probably 34°C
Excellent hotel with truly central position, would consider returning.
Resort- Avignon Country- France
Hotel D'Horloge -
Operator and date - Self on internet, Virgin Travel & Eurostar -recommended. August 2003
Submitted in Feb 2006, ages 64 & 59
Location, location, location
I stayed in the hotel for 4 nights and liked it very much. Although my room was small, it was more than adequate for one, but it was a double room. The bathroom was brand new and huge. The only thing wrong was that the carpeting was stained in the hallways. The staff were very pleasant, helpful and spoke excellent English. I had breakfast there each day. The food was good and plentiful, including fruit and meats, but I would not say that breakfast is particularly good value at 13 euros.
What is most wonderful about the hotel is the location, which is right in the middle of everything you need to see in Avignon, steps from the Popes Palace and the St. Benezet Bridge. It is also around the corner from 2 of the best restaurants in Avignon, La Fourchette and Le Brigadier du Theatre.
Good value and I would stay there again.
My cousin and I have arrived in this beautiful town in the evening.. desperatly looking for a hotel. It was august and we did not reserve in advance.. We had a car and we were tired. After parking our car at the parking lot at about two minutes walk from this hotel, we asked for a room to a really annoyed reception clerk. He had the room. The price was ok for a central hotel like this.. The room was really small. But for one night was ok.. Location was great. Restaurants and bars are just around the corner..
The only minus point was the reception. On the day of arrival the clerk was really disappointing. I speak and I understand french.. and so does my cousin.. In my opinion the one we have received was not a nice welcome.. and on the day of our departure another clerk was on duty and he was also annoyed and annoying.. Perhaps during busy period they are tired to see tourists... We did not take breakfast, because was too expensive. We got it in a cafè just around the corner...
Great location. The rooms were not too bad...although very small with nowhere to put your luggage. I don't know if I'd be comfortable there more than a day...but that's all I stayed there and it served the purpose well. Did not eat at the hotel so I can't comment. Otherwise, everything appeared clean in my room. The decor was trying to be French, with beige coloured furniture and accessories...Nice enough. I'd stay again if I had to, for the value it was good.
Hooray for Room 406
My wife and I stayed at the Hotel D'Horloge between 20th April and 27th April 2004 through the services of Eurostar Holidays, London. On arrival we were greeted by a friendly staff, presented our voucher and were allocated Room 403. It was a disaster - much too small, hot ,and the window didnt open whilst the air conditioning was non operative. There was nowhere to put our luggage or unpack for a weeks holiday. I returned to the reception and asked for another room. On realising that we were there for a week diligent study of the computer was made and we were allocated Room 406 at no extra cost to ourselves along the corridor. It was a revelation. three times as big as 403, armchairs, new TV (but no BBC TV ! ) tea and coffee facilities, plenty of storage space, a new bathroom and windows that opened.
Thereafter we enjoyed our stay here very much. The breakfasts were fine, very self service. All sorts of nationalities - even Americans ! - were there and everyone got on like a house on fire.
The location of the hotel is ideal and the restaurant below (though not part of the hotel) is very good indeed despite the small restricted menu.
Avignon - our first visit - is a great holiday destination with good links to other parts of Provence by train and bus . Good shops and plenty of eating places of all categories but choose carefully (by checking the menu) if you want a decent standard of cooking.
Will we go again ? Yes. Will we stay at the Horloge ? Possibly. There is a more modern hotel (Mercure) diagonally opposite in the Main Square which might be worth investigating, but Horloge is perfectly acceptable - unless you are allocated Room 403 !!
Oh yes, make sure you are genned up on French soccer ; it helps to break the ice. And most of the staff speak pretty good English.
Tony and Hilary Ireland
A Good Tourist Hotel and Base in Provence
I stayed at the Primotel Horloge (known as the Hotel de l'Horloge) in spring of 2003 at the time that Iraq was first bombed. The hotel was on special - $30 a night with a buy two nights get the third promotion - and it was worth much more than that! The rooms (we had a standard not a deluxe room) were perfectly fine. The room was clean, even if the furnishings were a bit frumpy and slightly worn. Our room was on the back of the hotel looking onto a shopping alley but other rooms look out over the Place de l'Horloge. The hotel is on the Place de l'Horloge, steps from the Palais des Papes, the Pont St. Benezin, and the Rocher des Doms overlooking the Rhone River. Great, great location.
Didn't have breakfast in the hotel. Lobby was quite newly redecorated and pleasant. Staff were kind and English-speaking. Parking is at a reduced rate in the garage underneath the entrance to the Palais des Papes - this was very convenient. I would stay here again, especially if the price were below $80 a night.
We toured Western Europe in the Fall of 2003. This hotel was the only bad experience on that 12 stop tour. The rooms are dirty. Worn out carpets, bed spreads and drapes are also saturated with smoke. Could not open the window because of all the smoke coming from the plaza cafe below.
We were accustomed to smoke in Europe but this was way off the chart.
Dining room was dirty and smelled of sulfur from non-stop eggs boiling in a coffee pot.
It is an extremely touristy area. The food is unimaginative, expensive and served with an attitude. We couldn't wait to leave. Saw the stripped down Palais de Papes, the Pont walked around the filthy streets a bit and then we were out of there!
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Fine hotel, terrific location
A very fine hotel right in the middle of the city on the Place de L'Horloge. Convenient to everything in town.Rooms are more than adequate.