4, Place de l’Amirande 84000 Avignon − France
The hotel is named after the famous room in the Palais des Papes, La Mirande, where the Pope’s representatives held receptions for the city’s notables and visiting high-ranking officials. Its ancient walls hold years of history. Originally a Cardinal’s Palace in the 14th century, the ruins of La Mirande were restored during the 17th century to create the Hôtel de Vervins and its baroque façade by architect Pierre Mignard, later becoming the Hôtel Pamard between the late 18th and 20th centuries. The Stein family researched the typical styles and materials of the region in depth before beginning restoration works between 1987 and 1990. While some listed features reflect the early origins of La Mirande, its owners wanted to recreate the atmosphere of an 18th century aristocratic residence, where period tapestries and chandeliers harmoniously co-exist with tufted armchairs and master paintings. The 18th century interior en vogue in the Age of Enlightenment were recreated when, in 1990 La Mirande opened its doors as a hotel-restaurant. This very French house was inspired by the grace of living that, for some, existed before the time of revolutions.
Welcome to La Mirande
La Mirande is twenty years old. Older than the age of reason. Old enough to verify the success of a project that defied the tide of fashion, in an age when only too often the elegance and charm of earlier times are lost.
History of La Mirande
After being named for so long after some of its prestigious owners: Livrée de Saint-Martial, Maison de Vervins, Hotel Pamard, it was time for the building to have a name of its own, La Mirande, a name that spans both seven centuries of history and the future, a future could hardly be of lesser duration, as this is a living historical monument. The latest transformation is one of a long line of rebirths occasioned by the advent of new owners, each with a different manner of living. On becoming a hotel, La Mirande has not ceased to be a private house, and is a better guardian of its history that many a palace that is only preserved for being visited or for housing a museum. Set in an old mansion at the foot of the Palais des Papes in the heart of Avignon, La Mirande is steeped in secular history. This timeless refuge offers a dreamy, relaxing and authentic experience in a refines, 18th century-esque décor.
A responsible approach
By teaming environmental responsibility with the art of choosing organic and ecological products, La Mirande has remained true to the profound convictions of the Stein family. Fully committed to upholding these values, it forges close relationships with the region’s organic farmers and growers. La Mirande also uses biodegradable cleaning products (Ecover) and has chosen Dr. Hauschka natural cosmetics for its complementary toiletries. Further proof of this responsible approach is our on-site tap water filtering system to obtain pure, perfectly neutral table water (Fresh Water). A course of action that sets the daily pace of a hotel that firmly adheres to its convictions.
When the sun rises in the east, it gets caught right away in the neighbouring walls of the Popes' Palace which reflect the light in the rooms with more and more intensity, creating a peculiar lighting so special to the fotographers. It's on each new day with its particular growing brightness that breakfast can be served in the privacy of the bedroom and our buffet breakfast can be enjoyed in the breakfast lounge or on the terrace in summer. The wide and varied range of home-made foods is set on a large central table. Hot drinks and egg preparations will be served at your table.
Bar & Tea Time
On a very windy day, is there a better way of making up with this violent Mistral wind than sitting by the fireplace in La Mirande's red lounge with a real hot chocolate, a Darjeeling tea or a Zacapa rum? How can one make the most out of a summer day in the Popes'City other than by enjoying a home-made ice cream in the coolness of our garden at the foot of the Palais des Papes? What better way of fulfilling a craving for something sweet than enjoying a home-made pastry like our poppy seed cake or a craving for something salty with our famous club sandwich or another dish on the bar's menu?
The large deluxe double rooms offers between 33 and 43 m2. The interiors are 18th century, Louis XV and XVI: panelled doorways and dado, cornice, chintz wall hangings and curtains, the later silk lined, vintage parquet and terracotta floor tiles, bathrooms with the historic block printed wallpapers and Carrara marble floors, all lights dimmable, mirror televisions, air conditioning, WiFi. Beds 180 cm or 2x90 cm wide.
The deluxe double rooms, between 21 and 35 m2, offer the same refinement and array of amenities as the large deluxe double rooms. The interiors are 18th century, Louis XV and XVI: panelled doorways and dado, cornice, chintz wall hangings and curtains, the later silk lined, vintage parquet and terracotta floor tiles, bathrooms with the historic block printed wallpapers and Carrara marble floors, all lights dimmable, mirror televisions, air conditioning, WiFi... romantic views onto the Popes Palace, beds 160cm or 2x80 cm wide.
Bedchamber and living room as well as the bathroom (57 m2) offer a breathtaking view of the Popes Palace and the hotels garden through 6 large windows. The interiors are 18th century, Louis XV and XVI: panelled doorways and dado, cornice, chintz wall hangings and curtains, the later silk lined, vintage oak parquet, bathroom with historic block printed wallpaper and Carrara marble floor, all lights dimmable, mirror televisions, air conditioning, WiFi... bed 200 cm wide.
“High Tech” Rooms in pure enlightenment style.
Behind its stunning facade, La Mirande exudes the sweet way of life of yesteryear. The twenty-six upper-floor rooms boast a unique décor, each with its own 18th century wall hanging recreated by Braquenié, Le Manach, Canovas, Comoglio and Rubelli, to name a few. The abundant Indienne fabrics, also known as “toile de Jouy”, are a perfect match for the silk- lined curtains with large pleats that pool softly on the floor. All modern comforts are seamlessly integrated into the interior design, as ev inced by the “mirror” televisions. The bright and cheerful rooms quickly help tired travellers relax and unwind. Many of them afford a splendid and unique view of the high walls of the Palais des Papes. The bathroom constitutes a noble room in itself, with a delightfully unexpected décor of vintage Mauny block - printed wallpaper, antique faucets and Carrare marble.
In the 14th century, Avignon was the capital of Christendom - the popes lived here instead of Rome. The legacy left by their "court of splendor and magnificence" makes Avignon one of the most interesting and beautiful of Europe's medieval cities.
The popes are long gone, but life goes on exceedingly well. Today this walled city of some 100.000 residents reaches its peak celebration time during the famous Festival d'Avignon, a 3-week stint of music, art, and theater when bacchanalia reigns in the streets. Avignon at any time of the year is a major stopover on the route from Paris to the Mediterranean. Lately, it has become well known as a cultural center. Artists and painters in increasing numbers have been moving here.
Events and Discoveries
All year round, La Mirande suggests many activities onsite and is associated to the major local events to make you live intense and extraordinary cultural moments.
Staying at La Mirande gives you the opportunity to discover the outstanding landscapes and the cultural wealth of Provence as well as tasting the excellent regional food and wine.
All year round, La Mirande welcomes your business meetings and seminars, business lunches and private receptions. Associate prestigious places to your projects.
The large variety of our meeting rooms, some of them opening on the garden and terraces, other opening on the patio or the Pope's Palace, or some located in the medieval part of the hotel enable a large variety of combinations and uses, providing a unique and different ambiance.
Rozenn Le Goff, Sales and Marketing Manager helps you to organize the perfect event that meets your requirements and budgets. Direct line: +33 (0)4 90 14 20 24.
All year round from sunday to thursday included (except high season and Avignin Festival) La Mirande offers an overnight business stay offer from EUR 395 (room night, buffet breakfast and dinner beverage included).
Seminars and Meetings
Organize your seminars and incentives, board committee, formal or informal meetings, in the authentic and refined atmosphere of this very french hotel nestled at the foot of the Popes' palace. La Mirande offers a large variety of air-conditioned living rooms and meeting rooms (welcome capacity from 6 to 150 people). All are equipped with WiFi, screen, paper-board and wireless microphone).
For your prestigious evenings, La Mirande welcomes you in the cosy atmosphere of its living rooms or outside when the weather allows, in the terrace and gardens.
Weddings, gala dinners, cocktails, dancing evenings animated by the best artists provided by the experience of La Mirande as a great show organizer.
It is possible to privatize La Mirande, upon request.
The boutique is located in the medieval basement of the hotel. In perfect harmony with the old walls, its wooden shelving holds the treasures that bring La Mirande to life.
You can find many of the charming objects that grace the hotel ’s décor, as well as Dr Hauschka cosmetics and other products that contribute to hospitality quality.
The boutique is the place where you can find many refurbished antiques that enhance the atmosphere and refinement of La Mirande such as candle jars, lantern of journey, chai rs from Arles, box tree lamp feet, ‘indiennes’ – painted or printed fabric made in Europe between the 17th and the 19 th century, plates made of different kind of earth from Apt, antiques etc.
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43°57’00.44”N / 4.48’27.43” E
From Nice, Lyon or Marseille on motorway, we advise you to exit at “Avignon-Nord” and to follow the “centre - ville” sign until you get to the “Porte de la Ligne”. You will then see the hotel’s name on yellow signs.
The hotel access bollards: Once you are on “Place des châtaignes”, stop your car in front of the hotel bollards that delimit the pedestrian street area. Use the hotel entry phone so that the hotel reception can lower the bollards. Take the ticket and wait until the traffic light turns orange before driving ahead.
TGV Avignon train station: 5 km
Central city train station Avignon: 1 km
From Lyon: A7 - Avignon-Nord 23 exit
From Marseille: A7 - Avignon-Nord 23 exit
From Montpellier: A9 - Remoulins 23 exit
Then follow Avignon
Avignon-Caumont: 10 km
Marseille-Provence: 85 km
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