We are here now! This hotel is really good. The rooms are large and clean, have large bathrooms and kitchenettes. The breakfasts are very good with lots of choices. The location is wonderful; lots of restaurants nearby, safe to walk day or night. Easy taxi rides to the historic part of town. The disadvantages of the Clarion are these: 1. If it is important for you to be able to spend a lot of time lounging around an inviting pool with very attentive help, stay someplace else. There is a small pool, great for a dip after a long, hot day. But it is on the 7th floor, pretty small, not roomy or inviting, and no attentive cocktail waiters around waiting to take your order. 2. There is a bar on the main level, but I have not seen anybody in it since we've been here, not even a bartender, so it's not a place where there is a lot going on.
That being said, we are planning to return next weekend after we drive through the mountain villages and the rute des flores. The Clarion does have very nice rooms, and the staff has been very helpful.