La chapelle du miracle was an ideal base for exploring Avignon and nearby towns. Tucked inside the ancient ramparts and close to the Rhone, staying here kept us close to the action in Avignon, but also able to easily escape to nearby towns. Avignon is a fairly big city, but all of the tourist sites and the train station are within walking distance. There are also plenty of restaurants and stores nearby. The real advantage of staying in La Chapelle was having a secure parking lot right next door to the building. We were able to have breakfast at home and then hop in our car to go off on adventures.
The loft we stayed in was clean, well looked after, and surprisingly large. It’s definitely larger than it appears in photographs. The kitchen was well appointed, with a large oven, an induction stove, a microwave, a coffee maker, a kettle, cookware and utensils. The bathroom was split in two, with the toilet in one room and the bathtub and sink in the other. The cozy bedroom was upstairs. The unit had more than enough storage space: there were two closets in the main room, and several large bins in the bathroom. There were plenty of cleaning supplies, an iron, a hair dryer and a washing machine. Francois and his family kindly left out a binder full of information about Avignon and the loft’s appliances. Francois was also quite accommodating about our early check out and met us the evening before to return our deposit.
For those that care, there was no TV. There also wasn’t wi-fi. There was an ethernet port available for internet, but we only traveled with smartphones. For one of us, it was heaven to be offline for a few days. For the other, there was free wi-fi available by standing outside a nearby sandwich shop. The radio inside did not have a display, so we were never quite sure what station we were listening to, but it kinda added to the charm. Our only complaint was arriving to a rather limited supply of toilet paper rolls.
And here’s the best part: the building is beautiful and has an amazing story behind it. It’s an actual 14th Century church commissioned by Pope John XXII.
If we should find ourselves in Avignon again, we would definitely stay at La Chapelle and we will gladly recommend it to anyone who asks.
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