La Mirande Hotel, Avignon
The Hotel La Mirande in its radiant ochre exterior rivals the splendour of the papal palace. The origins of the magnificent building go back to a mansion that Cardinal Arnaud de Pellegrue, a nephew of Pope Clément V, had built in the early 14th century. It did not get its present appearance until 1688, when the famous architect Pierre Mignard created the baroque palace with its striking sandstone façade. Parlours and rooms have amazingly high ceilings, and radiate the elegance and opulence of the Ancien Régime. Antique parquetry and splendid tiles decorate the floors, while the walls are covered in patterned wallpapers and original 18th-century fabric reedited by Braquenié, Le Manach and Rubelli. Hand-picked antiques and paintings – lovingly collected by the current owners, the Stein family – lend the rooms their unmistakeable character and grandeur. Staying here is like time travelling. It pays to get an early start and to be among the day’s first visitors to discover the papal palace across from the hotel before the tourist crowd arrives.
Hotel Price range
One night for two in a double of the lowest category during the off-season will cost approx.:
- Below € 250
- Below € 400
- Above € 400
Location is everything! It does not get any more central in Avignon than this place – directly across from the Palace of the Popes. Out of a total of 27 rooms, 21 overlook the crenellations of the papal palace.
The interior decoration could conceivably prove too much of a good thing for younger guests.
Location, ambience, room, service, and wine list:
6 = one of a kind
5 = excellent
4 = good
3 = satisfactory
2 = imperfect
1 = poor
6 = superior culinary art (normally 3 Michelin stars)
5 = extraordinarily creative culinary performance – often awarded one or two Michelin stars
4 = excellent cuisine, high quality, and consistency
3 = great cuisine, out of the ordinary
2 = unambitious cuisine
1 = best not to dine here
6 = unique resort or restaurant that satisfies (nearly) every need and desire
5 = top-of-the-lot in its category, as-new infrastructure, with lavish attention to detail
4 = swank restaurant or thrilling hotel with restaurant, bar, indoor or outdoor pool, gym, and spa
3 = elegant restaurant with patio, or small-but-refined hotel with restaurant
2 = harmonious restaurant without terrace or a luxurious B&B with swimming pool
1 = simple restaurant or charming B&B without swimming pool
The hotel is located in the heart of Avignon across from the Palace of the Popes (a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site).
The opulent parlours and rooms, decorated with such lavish attention to detail, create a stately and yet cosy atmosphere.
Restaurant, bar, cooking school, several stylish parlours, boutiques and a leafy inner courtyard.
The hotel offers a rich breakfast – served in the brightly day-lit parlour or in the romantic garden, afternoon tea with delicious cake buffet on the covered patio, creative aromatic cuisine by Florent Pietravalle using regional produce. Chef’s table every Tuesday and Wednesday night.
27 sophisticated rooms of bespoke interior design that emanate the elegance of the Ancien Régime. Original fabric and wallpaper from the 18th century cover the walls. All rooms are furnished with antiques but do feature “mod con” amenities such as air conditioning, mini-bar and TV screens hidden in mirrors. The stately vintage bathrooms tiled in Carrara marble are stocked with bath amenities by Guerlain.
The Stein family has been running the place for two generations with plenty of style and charm. The fact is reflected in the personal attention lavished on the guests.
Location: Avignon | Provence
4 Place de l'Amirande · 84000 Avignon
Phone +33 4 90 14 20 20