Considered one of the gateways to the Provence region, Avignon is especially popular with travelers who don't have their own vehicle, thanks to the easy access to group tour pickups. These hotels in the historic center, ranging from quaint beds and breakfasts to former noble residences, will let you explore the city and its wider region from a comfortable and convenient home base with plenty to offer.

La Banasterie

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La Banasterie is a romantic cross between a hotel and a bed and breakfast. This 500-year-old house with multiple suites and terraces is ideal for honeymooners. It sits within the Avignon historic center, less than 200 feet (60 m) from the Palais des Papes.

Enjoy breakfast surrounded by Hermès wallpaper before you set out to explore. Then relax in one of the four lounges around the house amid genuine antique staircases and Liaigre furniture.

Garlande Hotel

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Boutique Garlande Hotel sits in an 18th-century building in the center of Avignon's pedestrian area, also just a few blocks from the Palais des Papes and Pont d'Avignon. Originally three separate houses, the buildings combined in the 1930s to become the Hotel Saint-Didier. After serving as a private house, then a student residence, it eventually came back around to a hotel.

During the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the street was home to goldsmiths who made jewelry in the shape of garlands of flowers. In honor of their past, rooms are decorated in plush colors with botanical accents, the largest of which can sleep up to four people. Today, the neighborhood is a historical area with plenty of shops and restaurants, and the helpful concierge can book tickets, tours, and other explorations.

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Mercure Avignon Centre Palais des Papes

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Part of the Accor Mercure group, Mercure Avignon Centre Palais des Papes Hotel is just opposite the Palais des Papes, with some terraces even overlooking the Palais. Choose between a standard, superior, or family room decorated in greys and gold. 

The hotel sits in the Place de l'Horloge in the city center, surrounded by animated theaters and cafés. It's also directly across from the Avignon Theater, making it an especially convenient spot during July's Festival d'Avignon.

Hotel d'Europe

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Five-star Hotel d'Europe started out in the 16th century as a residence of the Contadine nobility, eventually becoming a traveler's house in 1799. Its values of high-end services, elegant charm, and a personalized welcome have continued through the centuries at one of Europe's oldest five-star hotels.

Each of the 44 rooms is decorated in a distinct style with views over the central courtyard, city center, or the Palais des Papes. Michelin-starred La Vieille Fontaine restaurant serves high-end cuisine in its white and gold dining room and in the courtyard, or stop in the bar or tea room for liquid refreshment, Provencal style. Up on the roof, La Terrasse serves fresh cuisine by day and chic cocktails by night.