Originally booked for 3 nights, followed by 3 in Nîmes. After a briefing from Philippe, the manager, and sampling the room for 24 hours, we decided to cancel Nîmes and use Thames Residence as our base for all 6 nights. So glad we did!
The room had everything we needed; lovely bathroom with tub and separate shower, super sized bed with plenty of soft pillows, sitting/dining area, and a mini kitchen complete with fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave, toaster, coffee and tea making and enough utensils to prepare and eat simple meals.
Philippe provided us with brochures, restaurant recommendations, car parking arrangements, touring advice... and even saved us when we accidentally locked ourselves out of our room on our departure day (don't ever leave your hotel room with one key left in the lock on the inside!).
The Thames Residences are housed in the Grand Hotel building, but run independently. The office is located down a passage just to the left of the Grand Hotel reception desk. The shuttle bus from the TGV station (€1.60) stops almost outside, just walk 20 metres back. The room looked out onto the 14th C. ramparts of the old city, but double-glazed windows blocked any noise.
So much more, too.... great WiFi (included), use of the pool, secure parking in the basement (additional fee, but discounted from public rates), free phone calls worldwide to fixed lines, safe in the room.... I wouldn't stay anywhere else.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Thames is 4 stars aparthotel open in July 2002 and located in the old historical city center of Avignon, just in front of the millennium walls surrounding the old center, 10 minutes walk from the Popes' Palace and Benezet bridge. Largest air conditioned suites and apartments in the old city center, fully equipped for short or long stay. Thames resort Hotel and Apartments' services is less than 400 meters from 90 restaurants with the 10 most well known ones, less than 700 meters from Popes' palace, less than 500 meters from Opera and most well known theaters, next to the old central train station, next to the inter-cities busses'station ! Thames Resort Hotel and apartments'services is one of the only three hotels in Avignon able to propose underground car parking with private and secure lifts direct to the rooms, suites and apartments'floors ! Thames is also one othe the three hotels in the old city center to propose a pool and sundeck on the top of the building ! ... more less