Hotel Clarion Cloitre Saint Louis, Avignon
Tel: 33 4 90 27 55 55
Fax: 33 4 90 82 24 01
Concierge.com's insider take:
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.