This was our first visit to beautiful Avignon which we loved & it proved a great location from where to visit Orange (disappointing); Nimes (recommended) & Arles (a highlight) all by train. Situated minutes from the Palais des Papes, Hotel Medieval was the first base for a 3 week holiday in Provence & the Cote d'Azur & the guys on reception here outclassed all other receptionists that followed. Without exception they were friendly & considerate, genuinely interested in their guests & very helpful. As an example .. .. we returned from a wonderful day in historic Arles which we visited when there happened to be a big festival (1st May) at which the menfolk present their lady with a little bunch of Lily of the Valley which is pinned to their beautiful victorian costumes. As I'd returned without one, the guy on reception excused himself to return moments later with a little posy for me which scented our room for the remainder of our stay.. .. how thoughtful! There's no lift & all rooms above ground floor are accessed by a sweeping staircase. We were in Rm 20 which overlooked a quiet side street. As expected for a 2 star rating it was quite basic the only drawers being those in the bedside tables; there was a large walk in closet with a few hangers & a wooden table with 2 chairs, a wall mounted TV above, & a comfy double bed with rather dated bedding. The air conditioning wasn't connected in early May & there were no tea/coffee making facilities. The small, modern, en suite had a half bath over which was a good quality shower & the towels were good quality too & replaced frequently. Communal hair dryers, iron & ironing boards were available through reception. Breakfast was available at extra costs but we preferred to eat from local patisseries or cafes. There are some lovely restaurants in Avignon amongst which our favourite was Le Tour closely followed by Chez Lulu which is a stones throw from reception & we enjoyed the neighbouring Bagel Bagels for a late breakfast too. It's worth walking up to the Rocher des Doms park above the Palais des Papes for great river views & of course a first glimpse of the famous bridge Pont St-Benezet. The city walls can be accessed from here too & they make a very enjoyable walk around the perimeter. Despite its tourist prices we found ourselves frequently drawn to the Place de L'Horloge which is a great spot to soak up the sun & ambience whilst people-watching! From the hotel it's only a 15 min walk to the station from where there are regular trains to some fabulous destinations such as Nimes & Arles. Enjoy!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Love old buildings and history? Enjoy a comfortable air-conditioned room in our house of the sixteenth century, in the heart of the old city of Avignon, near the Pope's Palace. Serviced by a monumental and 3 floors (there is no elevator) staircase, all rooms are equipped with full bathrooms, WC, flat screen TV, air conditioning, minibar, courtesy tray and free WiFi. For an extended stay, booking the room with kitchenette (minimum 3 nights). Municipal pay parking 200 meters from the hotel with discount. Motorcycle parking and free on-site bicycle (subject to availability). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Le Medieval Hotel
- Le Medieval Avignon