Avignon, in south-eastern France and on the left bank of the Rhone River, is a picturesque medieval town that promises to leave a lasting impression.
From the Palace of the Popes to its delicious spread of restaurants, Avignon has something to whet every traveller’s appetite. To get a real flavour of what this city is about, there are dozens of boutique hotels offering a more personalised service. Here, we reveal some of the best pint-sized accommodation options.
Feel right at home in this 16th-century central property, which has been lovingly converted into a charming family-run bed and breakfast. The three bedrooms, two suites and apartment have been individually decorated with smart, urban-chic furnishings. The apartment includes a lounge and kitchen area for longer-term stays. In terms of communal areas, there are four cosy lounge spaces to skip between, and a dining room where breakfast is served. The homemade hot chocolate here is a must-try, either in the morning or before bedtime.
Sunny colours run throughout the upscale boutique hotel, which looks deceptively plain from the outside. Inside, you will find 30 well-appointed rooms of varying sizes; most enjoy garden views. The sun-drenched patio is a real treat – enjoy your buffet breakfast amid the foliage in the warmer months. As the hotel is located on the ViaRhôna, a popular 815km (506mi) itinerary that runs from Lake Geneva to the Mediterranean Sea, there are various facilities on offer for cyclists, including free bike storage and a water point for cleaning.
Slap bang in the city centre, this characterful four-star hotel makes for an ideal location to explore Avignon’s art and culture. There are 66 comfortable rooms and suites, with a lift running between the floors. Guests rate the friendly service and warm atmosphere, with natural woods and a neutral colour palette used throughout. The hotel also prides itself on having the best breakfast in Avignon, which can be enjoyed on the communal veranda or in the comfort of your room.
Eccentric furnishings make this boutique guest house an Instagrammer’s dream: a quirky light fixture here, a bold artwork there. The intimate property is in the heart of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, a medieval town on the other side of the river Rhone to Avignon. There are six rooms and three suites. Each is named after a letter of the alphabet – A, B, C, etc – following the quirky theme. The owners instruct guests to “be greedy, be demanding, and forget the time”, with a decadent breakfast to start the day, followed by a spot of sightseeing and a dip in the heated pool on return. A real highlight here is the personalised service, with everything from macaroons to bouquets of flowers arranged on request.
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Neatly proportioned, this guesthouse might be small, but it offers everything you will need for a comfortable city break, with a swimming pool and sundeck being the icing on the cake. There are three individually styled rooms; two feature small kitchen areas so you can rustle up treats in the comfort of your home. The owners also provide a breakfast, which can be enjoyed in the garden or your room. Along with the friendly service, you’ll love the convenient location, a stone’s throw from the Palace of the Popes.
Wake up to the sound of birdsong at this Provence-style property in a quiet residential area close to the centre of town. The six-room guesthouse has an oasis-like garden, complete with mature trees and a bamboo grove flanking the walls. Amid the plants is a swimming pool and a conservatory off the main house. All of the rooms offer plenty of space, with exposed limestone walls and natural wood furnishings playing on the Provençal theme.
Dripping with vines and decked out with wooden shutters, this 16th-century property makes for a delightful sight. Tucked away in the historic centre of Villeneuve‑Lez‑Avignon, this boutique hotel is home to 21 rooms, which feature a combination of exposed stone walls, wood beams and antique-style furnishings. Start your day in style by getting your fill from the generous morning buffet, which can be enjoyed in the contemporary-styled breakfast room or the pleasant surrounds of the peaceful walled garden.
As the name suggests, this upscale hotel is in the heart of town on Rue de la Republique, one of the main shopping streets. Once you’ve shopped until you’ve dropped, this three-star property makes for a very comfortable place to rest your head. There are 39 rooms in total, from classic to family, and swathes of statement wallpaper and wicker headboards run throughout. The exotic look continues through to the ground floor bar, which serves up delicious meat-and-cheese platters, along with quaffable cocktails and wines. The small garden also serves as a tropical oasis, with seating framed by potted palms and bamboo plants.
Open since 1913, this three-star hotel prides itself on its top-notch service and a prime location on the shopping street Rue de la République. There are 24 rooms up to the fourth floor of the property, which are accessible via a lift; a staircase leads to three rooms on the floor above. The rooms are simply furnished, but have been upgraded over the years to accommodate the 21st-century traveller.