No chickens and goats allowed. However, the B & B website encourages human habitation. This is indeed unfortunate, I have seen cleaner barns. The place is downright filthy. A centuries-old building, with dirt to match, is located on a narrow and quiet street centrally located in Avignon. Quiet during the day but not at night where a steady stream of loud and intoxicated individuals saunter by. Engaging and helpful proprietors are described in the website. This may be true in the absence of guests. However, God help you if you need an extra towel or dinner reservation at an hour earlier than 10 p.m. An earlier reservation will prompt the comment, "So you want to be surrounded by Americans. The French do not eat at this hour." Just charming! Climbing the narrow and curving stairs to the rooms is an adventure in itself. You need not schedule any climbing expeditions in the nearby mountains because climbing to the room is daunting enough. Adding insult to injury, do not return to the BARN after dark. You will traverse the stairs by candlelight. The flimsy railings will not support the weight of a child and are decorated with hanging fabrics. So even in complete sobriety, the stairs are a firetrap. Not a fire extinguisher in sight. Now to be fair, scattered throughout the BARN, there are many morsels of chocolate. Unfortunately, they appear to be petrified and rock solid. Unless you know a good dentist in Avignon, eat chocolate at your own risk. I did note a vacuum cleaner with the cleaning crew. Apparently, the crew was not instructed in operation of the vacuum and/or they deemed vacuuming unnecessary. The BARN has an actual room key for each room. When leaving, the key stays behind. As a result, guests carry passports and other valuables rather than leave behind in the absent safe. You may have read that inhabitants of Provence (Peter Mayle) have an aversion to modern plumbing. This extends to the BARN where the stench of sewage permeates the bathroom and beyond. I recommend the BARN to those with sight and smell impairment, teeth like the big guy in a James Bond movie, those who are accomplished mountain climbers and who do not mind rudeness in the extreme. Check out photos attached.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The first B&B in Avignon (created in 2001), La Banasterie is a beautiful 16th century residence, 50 meters from the Pope's palace and two steps from the Pont Saint-Benezet which is one of the most romantic places in Avignon.With chocolate, red ochre or Naples yellow colored walls, the Guest House La Banasterie offers 2 rooms and 3 suites with refined decor, appreciable comfort and 2 apartments with full kitchens.We have a library, internet lounge with computer and free acces and depending on the rooms you choose, a shaded terrace, balcony or a patio with fountain.La Banasterie is a warm atmosphere, accentuated at night by the lights and candles you can enjoy comfortably in armchairs and sofas. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- La Banasterie Hotel Avignon