We had been travelling for 5 weeks throughout England, France and Italy and thought we would spend our last night in Europe somewhere really special, so chose to stay at La Mirande. The first thing we noticed was the small dark and dingy lift. I appreciate that French lifts are small, however the lighting in it was so bad you couldn't read the menu that was displayed on the wall. Nevertheless, we got out on the 2nd floor into a corridor, badly scuffed and with chipped paint, that smelt musty and of old food. We passed the open door of the cleaners cupboard to see the filthiest mop, not too impressing. Still, arrived in our room which was decorated in the traditional french toile fashion, and was happy to find a dish of beautiful figs and nougat. The sheets on the bed were lovely, and the room, despite the earlier mop, was clean. The atmosphere in Avignon was wonderful as it was the last weekend of the festival, buskers and actors strolling the streets and singing on every corner. We asked for a recommendation for dinner, and despite the assurances of the lovely desk staff that the restaraunt was very close we were unable to find it with their directions (had managed to find the other 35 restaraunts recommended during 5 weeks of travelling!) We were just so disappointed, and at E446 for the night, felt very ripped off. This was the most expensive hotel we stayed at, and we were happy to pay, but really expected better. One word of caution, do not attempt to drive into Avignon unless you are in a tiny car. It really is charming but the streets are so narrow and it causes heart failure at the damage you may do to a hire car as you scrape thru streets 5cm from your car sides! Definitely plan your trip so you use the train, far simpler
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stay in La Mirande is an invitation to travel through the exquisite world of decorative art. Located right in the historical city center of Avignon at the foot of the Popes' Palace, it accommodates a sophisticated décor, evoking an 18th century atmosphere and the sedate style of life belonging to times of old. The charm is extended to the 26 rooms with their painted panelling, drapes, parquet floors and traditional flooring. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Mirande Avignon
- Hotel La Mirande