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Avignon Hotels

$199 or less
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Hotel Clarion Cloitre Saint Louis
20 rue du Portail Boquier
Avignon
France
Tel: 33 4 90 27 55 55
Fax: 33 4 90 82 24 01
www.cloitre-saint-louis.com

An inexpensive alternative to the grand, luxe La Mirande—though with rather smaller rooms and nowhere near the antique style—the Cloître gets its name from its 1580 cloister, which once belonged to a Jesuit school. Most of the 80 guest rooms, however, are in a stylish modern wing and are fitted with contemporary furnishings. The hotel's claim to fame—aside from the peaceful cloister—is the rooftop swimming pool designed by Jean Nouvel and blessed with fantastic views.

$300-$399
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Hôtel d'Europe
14 Place Crillon
Avignon
France
Tel: 33 4 90 14 76 76
reservations@heurope.com
www.heurope.com

Built in 1580 as the Marquis de Graveson's palace, the Europe has been a hotel since 1799. Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning eloped here, and a who's who roster of famous Frenchmen have stayed there—from Napoléon, Victor Hugo, and Chateaubriand to Mitterrand and Chirac—not to mention such esteemed foreigners as John Stuart Mill (after whom the hotel named its business center), Tennessee Williams, Charles Dickens, Salvador Dalí, and Picasso. The hotel is a plush oasis of elegance, sophistication, and calm. The staff is outstanding, and the decor is traditional and quintessentially French. With three categories of rooms, there's something in size, style, and cost to suit any taste.

$199 or less
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Hotel de Blauvac
11 rue de la Bancasse
Avignon
France
Tel: 33 4 90 86 34 11
Fax: 33 4 90 86 27 41
www.hotel-blauvac.com

Call this a 17th-century boutique hotel: just 16 stone-walled rooms decorated in a refined Provençal style. The hotel lies in the heart of town, installed in the converted town house that once belonged to Marquis de Blauvac, the Seigneur of Tonduty. With such luxurious decor and a primo location, it's fairly astounding that the rates only top €100 ($136) if you book the very largest double rooms in the height of the July summer season. A real find.

$400 or more
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La Mirande
4 Place de la Mirande
Avignon
France
Tel: 33 4 90 14 20 20
mirande@la-mirande.fr
www.la-mirande.fr

When you exit the Palais des Papes, dazzled and seduced, you'll be relieved you had the foresight to secure one of the 20 rooms across the street in Avignon's grandest, most gorgeous hotel. La Mirande is situated behind a 17th-century fażade in a 14th-century cardinal's residence that couldn't have been better appointed. You enter ornately carved doors and cross worn flagstones and elaborate marquetry floors past tableaux morts of clustered terra-cotta urns, Louis XVI mirrors with slightly worn gilding, and acres of silk brocade curtains. Mount the grand staircase to palatial rooms with tapestries and wood paneling, historically informed chintzes and toile de Jouy, huge Carrara marble soaking tubs, and divine views. Contrary to appearances, the rooms have AC, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs that look like mirrors when not in use. As if more inducement were necessary, the restaurant, with chef Sébastien Aminot at the helm, is one of the region's top tables.

$199 or less
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Le Prieure
7 place du Chapitre
Villeneuve-lès-Avignon
France
Tel: 33 4 90 15 90 15
Fax: 33 4 90 25 45 39

It may be a bit far from the action— located across the Rhône from Avignon proper, near the A9 highway—but that just means this Relais & Châteaux property, converted from a 14th-century priory, is removed from the hurly-burly of the city. The 33 guest rooms are divided between smaller but atmospheric accommodations in the old priory itself and larger rooms in a modern wing with balconies overlooking the pool. The grounds have been heavily landscaped into that sumptuous Southern French ideal of a garden: a profusion of trees and flowers, pergolas dripping with roses, and ivy climbing over everything.

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