The Best Family-Friendly Hotels in Avignon, France
Relax under the shady trees in Place Crillon, in the heart of historic Avignon | © Hemis / Alamy Stock Photo
Known as the gateway to Provence, Avignon promises an unforgettable break for the family, with something to enchant visitors of all ages. The ancient metropolis brims with parks, leafy boulevards, cobbled squares, museums and restaurants – the famous Pont d’Avignon bridge and the Palace of the Popes are particular highlights. If you’re visiting southern France as a family, there are lots of accommodation options to explore. Here are the best hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts for those travelling with little ones in tow – all bookable with Culture Trip.
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Play at being a willing castaway at this charming bed and breakfast on Barthelasse Island – one of the largest river islands in Europe, and accessible from town via a cable ferry or bridge. One of the most magical accommodation options here – which will go down a treat with kids – is the Gypsy Caravan. This quirky wooden lodge amid the gardens looks like something out of a fairytale, with cosy and rustic interiors. It is accessible to children from 12 years old and can sleep up to two people, with a double bed in an alcove, a kitchen and an outdoor terrace. Alternatively, there is a more spacious and traditionally styled family room in the main farmhouse.
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In the heart of Avignon’s old city centre, this family-run guesthouse makes for a peaceful base for adults and children alike. There are three well-appointed rooms in the main farmhouse and two more in an adjoining building – all are spacious enough to accommodate family groups. The outdoor swimming pool in the walled garden is a real highlight, along with the outdoor patio space. Guests also love the friendly hosts.
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Step back in time at this picture-perfect bed and breakfast, which sits atop a hillside in the medieval town of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon. The intimate, 14th-century property was originally the home of a cardinal from the Orsini family, and affords superb views of the Palace of the Popes and the surrounding landscape. There are several suites and two cottages available – all feature sofa beds that can accommodate one adult or two children. Your hosts will be more than happy to recommend some family activities and there are dozens of attractions within walking distance.
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Home to the largest private garden in Avignon and a swimming pool, this smart guesthouse makes for a dreamy base, where adults can relax and children can burn off excess energy exploring. Along with the verdant grounds, kids will love the four-legged residents, which include Theodule the dog and two cats, Simone and Gaston. There are five beautifully styled suites that blend period and contemporary furnishings – the largest is the Aphrodite Suite, with an impressive round bed in the main space and a single bed in an adjoining room.
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Framed by fragrant lavender beds and mature olive trees, this spa hotel offers a taste of Provence. The hotel is in the commercial district of Pontet, a small town less than 10 minutes by car from the centre of Avignon. Given its out-of-town location, the modern rooms are great value for money. Make sure you book in for breakfast, too – with the pancakes, cured meats and fresh pastries among the morning buffet highlights.
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With a prime location close to the train station and just outside the ancient walls, this sunny hotel makes for a convenient city base. There are 124 rooms in total, including two-bedroom family suites that can sleep up to five people. Most of the bedrooms feature floor-to-ceiling windows serving up top views of Avignon’s historic landmarks and of the private garden below. Alternatively, head to the rooftop for incredible views, as well as a sundeck and swimming pool.
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Just a stone’s throw from the Palace of the Popes, this elegant guesthouse is built on foundations dating back to the 13th century. There are spacious apartments suited to family groups, with kitchenettes included so you can make meals in the comfort of your home from home. Ground-floor apartments also have garden furniture, so you can enjoy the exotic surroundings of the Mediterranean-style patio. Making life a little easier, the hotel is able to arrange airport transfers and day trips to explore the surrounding highlights.
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It might look unassuming from the outside, but this smart boutique hotel is a haven of tranquillity once you step inside. The property, which is located within the historic city walls, offers 30 bright and airy rooms. The family suite, decked out with splashes of yellow, can sleep up to five guests, with three beds located on a mezzanine level. Guests rate the friendly service and the bountiful buffet breakfast, which can be enjoyed in the garden area during the warmer summer months. There is secure parking available if you are travelling by car, and free spaces reserved for bikes.