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“Interesting B&B!” 3 of 5 stars
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Chemin Ile Piot, 84000 Avignon, France   |  
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Ranked #25 of 52 Avignon B&B and Inns
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“Interesting B&B!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

My husband and I stayed here for one night. We were actually looking to stay at another B&B in Avignon but this one won out for the novelty of staying aboard a houseboat. At first, we were a bit confused about the location, but it was acutally no big deal. It is located just outside of the main city area, about a five minute drive over the bridge with no issues finding parking. We were also able to walk into the main city area (about 10-15 minute walk).

We stayed in the TinTin room which was a decent size (for a boat anyway lol). The room was clean and tidy and the bathroom, although small (what do you expect?) was clean and perfectly functional. My issue with the place was that it was still warm out when we stayed and the room got very warm at night. Would have loved to crack the window, but there was no screen over the window and it was buggy where the boat is docked. Mosquitos love me :( so cracking the window was not an option and made for a very uncomfortable sleep. This may not be a problem for most other folks though.

The host was very nice and hospitable and I loved his first mate (Sinbad the cat) who was also there to greet us when we first arrived. Sinbad was really nice (helped alleviate missing my own cats at home) to me but he hissed at another lady which made me chuckle. Sitting out on the deck and having breakfast in the morning was nice as the view is really lovely. Laurent also was able to recommend a few places to eat. We ended up going to the tapas place which we really enjoyed. All in all, decent experience and would recommend it.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Colorado City, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

The booking process was very easy and smooth even though I don't speak French at all. The host Laurent gave us a warm greeting on the deck of the boat at 6pm on the day we arrived. We booked the captain's room, which gives us lots of spaces and great privacy, including a kitchen for us to cook. The view from the boat was amazing and the breakfast on the deck was unforgettable. Laurent was great with great sense of humor. He also provided great information about the city, food and transportation. Everything was perfect expect you do need to carry all your luggage cross the narrow access on the boat to get to your room. If you have big suitcases, it could be a bummer. Also, the shower room is very small, which is understandable. However, I had to hold the shower head during my shower - there is no holder on the wall.

Room Tip: The captain's room is big and quiet and with great privacy! Not sure about other rooms.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Broadmayne, United Kingdom
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2012

Had great stay on Laurent's barge QI (pronounced "key"). The location can look a bit daunting, but we had no probelms (as Laurent had assured us) and our car was parked outside for 5 days without issue. Unfortunately it was too cold to eat outside (early March), but breakfast in the room was just as good. It is 10-15 minutes pleasant walk across the bridge into Avignon, which is surrounded by a very busy main road, however from the barge on the other side of the river we were not disturbed. Avignon was great lots to see inside the walled city and many many places to eat which Laurent will tell you about. We would recommend TapaLocus (tapas bar, very good value) and Le Verso (fantastic pizza's). We also visted Villeneuve Les Avignon (a very nice walk from the barge, interesting monestery), Orange (not much there), Gordes (great views) and Carpentras (go on Friday the whole town becomes one big market place, brilliant). If you are looking for the unusual and somewhere different to stay, this the place, its also very good value at 65 euros per room per night. One small point you do need to climb a short ladder (1m high) to get up onto the wall to access the barge.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2011

This was the coolest find ever. Laurent who runs the B&B has put in so much time and effort into making this boat a great place for his guests. We stayed in the Reve (dream) room, but we were also blown away to be shown a TinTin room which is the greatest thing I have ever seen (the walls are covered in Tin Tin illustrations) and I just take my hat off to Laurent who works so hard for his guests and makes it a truly memorable experience. We had great chats over breakfast and in the evenings with Laurent and the other guests, and felt like it wasn't just another hotel, but an experience we will never forget! Also, the homemade jam Laurent makes is the best ever! Best to stay on this boat if you're a respectful guest who treats it like a home, rather than a party boat. It's Laurent's home as well as a B&B and so I think it's best to stay here if you're a peaceful traveller who understands the boundaries of this set up.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2011

I was delighted by our six day journey on the barge:homemade jams just delicious , we've been very well welcomed , the barge is very confortable and the view is just amzing.Perhaps , the only negative point I can raise would be that group of Americans dining on the terrasse , making noise until midnight whereas the owner had expressly asked them not to disturb the other clients.Consequently , we interjected and he was advised to prohibit the picnics which , indeed, are not really appropriate on such a barge.Since, I guess he has followed our piece of advise and I definetly think he was right to do so.I strongly recommend you this address, the location, the prices and the owner's kindess , everything is worthwhile .

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2011

Enjoyed staying in the captains cabinet (more an appartement really) on this old rhone barge. Laurent was very hospitable and look out for Sinbad the lovely ginger cat.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2010

We ha whised to stay 2 times when visiting Provence, but we never had the opportunity it was always full. The 3rd times has benn the one. Very convenient to center for our teenagers and close enough to the countryside for our day trip
The rooms are very nicely decorated, nevertheless they are all quite small, something that is more expected in Paris. But is you think about it as a boat is quite spacious so.
& for the price if was more than good,
We are shoked reading now some reviews... Don't believe negativ reviews, It's a good place to stay. good price quality ratio

  • Stayed December 2010, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Chemin Ile Piot, 84000 Avignon, France
Location: France > Provence > Vaucluse > Avignon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #25 of 52 B&Bs / Inns in Avignon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A 10 minute walk from downtown Avignon, on the edge of the Rhône, the 38 meters long barge welcomes you with a green gardin atmosphere on one side and incredible view overlooking the Palace of the Popes and the medieval ramparts. Parking within 20 metres of the barge. On board, rocked sometimes by the soft waves of passing boats along the Rhone, you can take advantage of the terrace to have a bite to eat, relax or take a nap, all within close proximity to the historic heart of Avignon. Piot and Barthelasse islands are classified as protected natural sites playing host to hundreds of species of faune, ideal for a hike or a bike ride. ... more   less 

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