153 "Excellent" reviews and 3 "Terrible" ones. Interesting. Based on our experience at this this past June, make that 154 "Excellent" ones for this lovely B&B.
As said by so many who've visited Le Clos du Rempart, reason #1 for rating this place so highly is Mme. Assad herself. She is a lovely person and a very gracious hostess. One thing that sets her apart from so many other innkeepers we've met is that she treats you like a guest in her HOME, not just her INN. As she herself said early in our stay, "This is not a hotel!" Exactly! Those who have complained about her being like a schoolmarm etc. have, we think, come with the wrong attitude. Relax and enjoy, people.
Our room was gorgeous, as was the courtyard. We loved being able to take breakfast there, sharing conversation with other guests and Mme. Assad herself. Her English is (nearly) flawless and she tolerated our somewhat-better-than-tourist French with good humor.
The location is terrific - a quiet street, with everything in old Avignon within easy walking distance. The restaurants we visited were lovely and our second dinner was especially memorable. Knowing we're vegetarians, Mme. Assad called up L'Essential, one of her favorite places, and asked them to prepare a meal for us. The food was exquisite!
Thank you, Mme. Assad for providing this lovely oasis for weary travelers from America's Left Coast!