Set in an old mansion at the foot of the Palais des Papes in Avignon's heart, La Mirande is steeped in secular history. This timeless refuge offers a dreamy, relaxing, and authentic experience in a refined, 18th century-esque décor. With both a gastronomic restaurant and a chef’s table, the hotel serves honest, living cuisine with respect for ingredients and humankind, a culinary hymn to land and its biodiversity.
After the famous room in the Palais des Papes, La Mirande, the hotel is named after the Pope’s representatives held receptions for the city’s notables and visiting high-ranking officials. Its ancient walls have 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 region's typical styles and materials 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. In the Age of Enlightenment, the 18th-century interior en vogue was 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.
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 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 evinced by the “mirror” televisions. The bright and cheerful rooms quickly help tired travelers 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.
Living Rooms & Garden - This quiet place, remote from the hustle and bustle of the Avignon Festival, is yet generously open to the curiosity of all those who cross its austere, classical French Threshold, intrigued by a glance from the street or on the advice of friends. It has the essential virtues of a garden, which geometrically distributes the atmospheres to suit various moods. Perhaps after nightfall, this diversity is most apparent when careful lighting brings out each place's individual features. The domain then takes on the appearance of a labyrinth, and each corner shrouds itself in intimacy, protecting the privacy of conversations and the silence of solitary musing, until La Mirande drifts into sleep, sleep from which we emerge the next morning, surprised at the new light shed on what we thought we had.