Hotel de l'Horloge
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... the van Gogh tour, as he actually spent some time here and completed several of his works of art.
This is an interesting little tour and worth doing if you have the time, and definitely if you're a fan of van Gogh.
We arrived just after midday and just missed the farmers markets near the Tourist Information ...
... it was the weekend and very soon after New Year's Day.
I missed out on seeing the Gardens and the Castle as I arrived late and they'd already done it.
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Marseilles and Montpelier are also 2-3 hours away by train.
... of vines were purchased in order to supply an ever-increasing demand from both the international and domestic market.
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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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.