La Mirande

La Mirande

*****

Historic La Mirande hotel occupies an exalted spot in Avignon: originally a 14th-century cardinal’s mansion, it sits opposite the former popes’ palace, the Palais des Papes. The building has served as a hotel for the past few centuries, and today combines its long heritage of hosting travellers with its history as a grand and opulent home. The current owners spent three years working with a Parisian interior designer and a local architect to restore La Mirande to its former grandeur… as well as filling it with their personal collection of art and antiques and readying it for discerning modern guests.

Highlights:

  • It’s right in the heart of Avignon

  • The owners’ personal art collection is everywhere

  • There are monthly cooking classes

  • Dinner in the hotel’s basement kitchen is a must for gourmands

Smith extra

Flowers, a basket of seasonal fruits and home-made biscuits or other sweet treats in your room on arrival.

In the know

Also need to know:

The majority of the hotel’s common areas are on the ground floor and accessible by wheelchair or pushchair. One Grand Deluxe Room has been adapted for wheelchair users.Time your visit to coincide with one of the monthly cooking classes. The hotel’s chefs take turns to dish out shopping baskets, lead guests to the market, guide them in picking the best ingredients and then, back at the hotel, cooking an expert Provençal meal.

Packing tips:

Bring a good book to enjoy in one of the cosy armchairs by the fire in the ornate Salon Rouge living room. And, leave room in your suitcase to take back souvenirs from the hotel’s gift shop: stock up on the chef’s home-made jams and biscuits.

Dress code:

The restaurant’s an elegant space hung with tapestries, so a silk blouse or smart shirt won’t be out of place.

Mr and Mrs Smith reviews

Oh, mediaeval Catholicism. Your cardinals were dirty devils. Devout, no doubt, but also rather partial to the occasional soirée – or may we say, an odd communal dip in to the communal wine. And so, in the centre of Avignon, just a stone’s throw from the Palais des Papes – the 14th-century home of the pope – what did they do? They built a party house, of course. La Mirande, a temple to titillation, hosting marathons of eating, drinking and Lord knows what else across several centuries, was the venue of choice for the papal in crowd. The history of these four walls is a chronicle of pleasure; a

Accommodation details

Address:

4, place de l'Amirande, 84000, Avignon, Vaucluse, France
Avignon
France

Location:

0.8 mi / 1.2 km from city centre

General facilities

  • Valet parking
  • Internet services
  • On-Site parking
  • Onsite laundry
  • Restaurant

Dining information

Restaurant:

The hotel’s restaurant serves traditional Provençal cuisine at its best: breakfasts in particular are très délicieux. Make sure to tear your eyes away from your food and gaze up at the dining room’s impressive original ceiling. Afternoon tea is served every day, complete with handmade pastries, in the glass-roofed patio.

Top table:

In winter, a table by the fireplace is the cosiest spot; in summer, head for the quiet and picturesque terrace.

Last orders:

Breakfast is served 7–11am; lunch 12.30–2pm; and dinner 7.30–10pm.

Room service:

Have light meals and snacks delivered to your room noon–3pm or 6.30–10pm.

Hotel bar:

The sitting-room style bar is a cosy spot for a cocktail – in winter, grab a chair by the open fire. Drinks are poured from noon to 1am; the cocktail menu changes weekly and there’s a large collection of single malts.

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