Surrounded by Avignon’s largest private garden, La Divine Comédie is more than a place to sleep. It was created as a space to share the owner’s passion for art in all its many forms, with around 200 paintings and a unique collection of antiques decorating its inviting spaces. Five highly individual suites, a wellness “cocoon” and a swimming pool make this a couple’s retreat, as do the enchanting views of the Popes’ Palace.
Situated just a stone’s throw from the 14th-century Palais des Papes, La Divine Comédie is nestled in the heart of Avignon’s medieval centre. This boutique hotel is within walking distance of the city’s renowned art museums and the 12th-century Pont d’Avignon, as well as a myriad of cafes and restaurants where you can watch the local comings and goings. Soak up the views across Avignon from the Jardin des Doms or the medieval fortress of Saint-André. The Avignon Centre railway station is a five-minute drive from the hotel while the Avignon – Provence Airport is 20 minutes away.
La Divine Comédie offers light meals and drinks that can be enjoyed in the chandelier-adorned dining room or in the alfresco lounge area. Opposite La Folie and overlooking the pool is the orangery, which can be reserved for special events and private meals prepared by their talented chef. Dine on fine Provençal fare while drinking in the garden views from the floor-to-ceiling windows or follow the staff recommendations for a gastronomic experience at one of the nearby restaurants.
Blending elegance and sophistication with a touch of the unexpected, La Divine Comédie is a hidden gem. Its luxurious interiors are inspired by the travels of 18th-century explorers, including orientalist paintings, antique trunks and Moroccan lamps. Despite its vintage decor, the entire building is fitted with the latest in home management technology for guaranteed comfort.
Each of the five suites takes you on a journey through the history of Avignon and art, with the renowned interior decorator Gilles Jauffret serving as the creative mind. From the Anatole to the Naples and Venice suites, they’ve all been given their own distinct personalities and colour palettes. Fine artworks and carefully selected antiques combine with mini-fridges, satellite TVs and air conditioning to ensure a comfortable stay, together with tubs in the bathroom for a little extra indulgence. King beds in each of the suites make this a couple’s retreat, with one boasting a terrace overlooking the tranquil gardens.
La Divine Comédie is not wheelchair accessible or designed for families.
There’s something to intrigue the eye at every turn in the eclectically decorated lounge and library, which provide a welcome retreat at the end of a long day’s sightseeing. A refreshing pool invites guests during the warmer months, surrounded by sun loungers and the lush greenery of La Divine Comédie’s gardens. For the ultimate indulgence, book in for a massage treatment in the cocoon-like wellness area, La Folie, that features a sauna, hammam and rain shower.
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