La Mirande

March 25, 2013 / Design / Travel
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Hotel La Mirande
4 Place de l’Amirande
84000 Avignon, France

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At the foot of the Papal Palace in Avignon, you’ll find La Mirande, an exquisitely decorated hotel set in a 14th-century Cardinal’s palace. About twenty years ago, this historical building was restored and refinished in the fashion of an 18th-century aristocratic residence with all the luxuries of a modern hotel. As a person who has a serious obsession with interiors — especially of the French variety — the fabrics and wallcoverings at La Mirande absolutely took my breath away. Together, the furnishings, marble staircases, tapestries, and inner courtyard evoke the look and feel of the upscale chateaus of centuries past. One of my favorite things was the outdoor terrace garden, where every afternoon tea is served along with a variety of stunning organic French pastries, fresh from the Michelin-starred chef of the hotel. And let’s not forget the enviable wine list at the gastronomic restaurant showcasing a comprehensive selection of wines from nearby Châteauneuf-du-Pape. If I could live here — I would, but for now I suppose I’ll just count myself lucky to have stayed there twice.