I spent the month of February in Avignon with my dance company for at the annual Festival Les Hivernales sponsored by the Centre de Developpement Choreographique. After spending five days being miserable in the rather abysmal accommodations that had been arranged for me—a dingy flat with no internet and no shower a mile from the center of town—I struck out on my own to see whether I could find more comfortable and convenient accommodations that I could afford for an extended stay on my modest tour compensation.
I visited six Avignon hotels on my list of potentials gleaned from my internet research. Of the first five, none were ideal; I had mentally decided to settle for a hotel with a half-fridge that had WiFi available in the lobby if the last place didn’t turn out to be better.
On the sixth try, however, I found the ideal solution: The Autour du Petit Paradis turned out to be absolutely wonderful for me. The owners Sabine and Patrick were friendly, welcoming, and the consummate hosts. They rented me a studio apartment that had everything I needed: A full kitchenette with fridge, hotplates, microwave, sink, dishes, pots, etc; a large, comfortable bed; a real shower; and free WiFi internet access right in my room (which turns out to be a rarity in Avignon, and is absolutely vital for a business traveler like myself). I had a lovely large window that opened up to let in fresh air and the view of the street outside the hotel; and I had full control over the temperature in the room via a digital thermostat.
To my amazement, my studio at Sabine and Patrick’s place was not only the most well-appointed housing option I looked at; it was also closest to the theater at which I was working, and it turned out to be the most affordable option as well for my lengthy stay. Sabine and Patrick bested the price of my next least expensive option by a fair amount.
I recommend the Autour du Petit Paradis to all travelers visiting Avignon, for professional or personal travel, who want to enjoy the benefits of an immaculate small-business hotel run by the friendliest, most personable people you could hope to meet. Sabine and Patrick are both fluent in English and take very good care of their customers. They even picked me up at my former accommodations to drive me back to their hotel, and at the end of my visit offered to drive me to the train station, to save me having to schlep my heavy bags on foot.
Avignon has two wonderful annual performing arts festivals: the February Festival Les Hivernales, and the much larger Festival d'Avignon during the month of July, each showing works in theaters all over Avignon. If you're taking part in either, as a member of a performing company or as an audience member, enjoy making this great little hotel your home base of operations.
All in all I just can’t say enough positive things about this little gem of a place, and the wonderful couple that own it. Certainly it’s the best housing experience I’ve ever had while on tour.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of Provence, right in the historical centre of Avignon, reputed for its Art and Culture, you will find the residence "Autour du Petit Paradis". This small haven of peace will seduce you with its sense of hospitality and with the quality and charm of its apartments situated in a magical setting. More than just a holiday rental, the residence offers you a refined location that will enable you to enjoy quality time in a comfortable environment, whilst discovering the art of living the Provencal way of life. Throughout the seasons, it is an ideal starting point for discovering the diversity and richness of the South of France.Our priority is the quality of your stay with us. That is why we propose apartments of character that are furnished with charm and maintained to exceptional standards. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Autour Du Petit Paradis Hotel Avignon