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Le Prieure Hotel Restaurant
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   7 place du Chapitre, 30400 Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France   |  
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“Good base location for touring the area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We stayed for 3 nights, found the location just outside Avignon ideal for seeing nearby towns, hotel a peaceful place to return to after busy day. Pool area nice, water cold, even for Canadians ! Did not eat in the hotel, expensive and formal, but enjoyed great meals in local restaurants. Was a bit surprised at the room, outdated, but clean, agree with others that it was not what I expected for 5* rating.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012

The room we had was beautiful, as well as the gorgeous bathroom. The parking is very convenient. The place was a little difficult to find due to construction, but after we found it, we were amazed at the property hidden behind the walls. The garden is beautiful and it covers a huge area. The street view is very deceiving. We were extremely disappointed that they do not cater to individuals, they are more into wining and dining large corporations and therefore their dinner menus are totally out of line with the type of establishment and the village. Dinners started at 90 euros/person without wine and a simple breakfast was 25 euros/pp. It was the only place we ate breakfast somewhere else. Even if you can afford, it is totally not appropriate. They did tend to be a little snobbish - to go with their prices.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2012

Le Prieure is not a 5 star property. On the other hand it's room rates are very reasonable and offer good value. If you approach it on that basis you should be happy.
The rooms in the old part are converted in an old building. Consequently there are narrow staircases to access and no lifts. However when you get there the rooms are very pleasant and comfortable.
The star is the restaurant which is truly 5 star. It is though expensive for dinner at €80 for a full 5 course dinner. They perhaps should offer a menu of fewer courses at a better price for those with smaller appetites. There are a number of very good restaurants in walking distance in the village.
Breakfast is also very good. Staff are very friendly. It probably would be better though if the manager has issues not to discuss them with staff in earshot of the breakfast dinners.

Room Tip: There are number of issues. If you have difficulties with stairs you should request a ground floor...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

We spent a week at Le Prieure and were extremely happy with the hotel, location and the Michelin starred restaurant. Huge pool (not really heated, but swimmable in warm weather), very good breakfast in restaurant or room, amazing gourmet restaurant. We ate at the hotel three nights and walked in Villeneuve (3 minutes walk) the other nights for dinner, where there are many really good restaurants to choose from, all outside dining in good weather, right in the town square. Especially good: Java de Papille. From this location, we could drive to St. Remy, Le Baux, Avignon, the Camargue, etc., nothing more than 30-60 minutes away (use your GPS!) which really made for an interesting week, but we did spend a day or two just relaxing at the hotel, great pool ambience and beautiful garden. They arranged tennis for me with a local high school player who was very good (named Thibaut) and didn't even want to take any money (give it to him anyway), the court was very nice and they gave me new balls to play with. Service was great in every aspect, they really tried to please. We took the biggest room, #55 (45 is the same, one floor lower), and it was the size of an apartment, you could easily have 4 people in there, with two bathrooms, a separate toilet, walk in shower, living and sitting room, balcony overlooking pool. Well worth the extra money, even for just 2 people.

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  • Stayed September 2012, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

La Prieure is a 14th century monastery turned "luxurious" hotel. It surely oozes charm and uniqueness. I think the luxury part could be a bit improved with better maintenance. Considering the prices, the five stars and the Relais & Chateau membership, one expects the very best, yet it is not always delivered.

The good points: comfortable room, modern bathroom, great location as base for trips to other towns in Provence, friendly staff, spacious private parking, fantastic restaurant (very pricey though), swimming pool, free WiFi.

Not so good points: too modern shower head (very slim head) that was impossible to control and splattered water everywhere, mosquitoes that would get into the room despite closed windows, the proximity of a railroad track behind the hotel could present a problem for a light sleeper, very tired and dirty patio furniture in the yard (bird droppings on sofas' backs and cushions, animal hair and ripped edges on cushions).

When we arrived in Villeneuve Lez Avignon, we were unable to access the hotel via the street off the roundebout due to construction. It was a pure hell to try to get to the hotel from another side as the medieval streets are very narrow, steep and winding and we drove a big sedan. It's a good idea to familiarize oneself with the town's plan beforehand.

As I mentioned before, the hotel restaurant and its Michelin starred chef do deserve high praises. The dinner menu is expensive, but there are also two fixed lunch menus (39 and 49 Euro pp), which we tried and liked a lot. Absolute, culinary poetry served elegantly, and not snobbishly.

Despite its slight shortcomings, I'd wholeheartedly recommend Le Prieure for the special experience it provides.( I do hope the management splurges on a new set of patio furniture:-).

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

While Le Prieure was fine, it did not meet the expectations one would have of a 5* hotel and a Relais & Chateau property.

My friend and I stayed one night at Le Prieure, in between a Provence tour and an early train back to Paris the next morning. I can only guess that perhaps we were given one of the worst rooms due to our short stay, as our room bore no resemblance to the pictures on the hotel's website. We were given a room in the Atrium building, which my friend summed up by saying "I feel like I am in a retirement home." While our room was large, the decor was extremely tired, and the bathroom shower was appalling - several tiles missing, mildewed, etc. There was nothing truly awful about it, but it was below the level of the 3-star hotel we'd just left, and certainly below the level of any other Relais & Chateau property I've stayed at. The only saving grace was the large balcony overlooking the pool, with a retractable awning.

On a positive note, the grounds were quite pretty, the main entrance (old priory doors) very striking, and the town of Villeneuve lez Avignon was incredibly cute. Front desk staff were pleasant.

Walking to Avignon is certainly possible (it took about 45 minutes of brisk walking on sometimes busy roads), and I had to use my iphone in parts to navigate as the instructions given by the desk clerk weren't very clear. Keep in mind, however, that if you aren't planning to walk back, finding a taxi can be a problem. We could find no cabs on a Sunday afternoon in Avignon, and ultimately lucked out and were able to grab one at a hotel there when his fare to the airport didn't show.

Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

Very relaxing, charming property with character and uniqueness. We enjoyed dining in the outdoor patio with the over hanging trees and vines providing shade. There is a lovely herb & flower garden next to the pool. The pool area is large and very nice, with sunny and shaded areas for lounging.
The rooms are spacious and comfortable.
Dinner at the hotel restaurant was excellent, but expensive and service was slow.
Villeneuve is a small medieval town, a perfect, quiet location from which to visit Avignon and Provence.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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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Address: 7 place du Chapitre, 30400 Villeneuve-les-Avignon, France
Location: France > Languedoc-Roussillon > Gard > Villeneuve-les-Avignon
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #3 of 6 Hotels in Villeneuve-les-Avignon
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:5 star — Le Prieure Hotel Restaurant 5*
Number of rooms: 33
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