If this review were based on facilities alone, I would give the Chateau de Mirambeau 6 stars. The hotel is in excellent condition and is even nicer than the photographs advertise. We were treated like royalty upon check-in and our room was beautifully appointed. Had we not eaten at the restaurant, it would have been a fairytale night in a picture-perfect setting. Dollar-per-dollar, an overnight stay here is an extraordinary value.
Dinner, on the other hand, couldn’t have been more disappointing. I have never felt more taken advantage of in my life—inedible dishes at lofty prices (we ate a la carte, since the food looked more interesting than the 4-course tasting menu), a near fistfight trying to get the sommelier to limit his wine recommendations to 50 Euros (the bottle he selected was absolutely awful—“like burnt rubber,” as my companion suggested), and Cognacs starting at 20 Euros per glass (in a skimpily measured 4-oz. pour). The oyster appetizer we ordered came in a gelee of gray sludge and tasted as appealing as it looked. Dinner was by far the worst meal of our 10-day trip to France, and that includes sandwiches purchased from a roadside gas station on our 5-our drive from Paris to the Chateau.
Dinner, btw, cost us 250 Euros for 2 people. That included one bottle of wine and 2 rounds of cocktails, one appetizer each and one main course each. I recognize we ordered ordering one of the least expensive options on the wine list, but at these prices I would expect the wines to be serviceable, at the very least.
I have just reread the Trip Advisor reviews for the chateau and am shocked that so many people had good experiences at the restaurant. However, reading the French reviews, I’ve noticed that several people have mentioned the dining experience is unacceptable in a hotel of this caliber. I wholeheartedly agree. On the same trip we stayed at hotels that were much higher up in the Relais & Chateaux rankings, and at each of these “premium” hotels we were able to purchase spectacular wines at much lower price points, and all without attitude from a 22-year-old sommelier. And it goes without saying that we would choose to return to the restaurants at these other hotels.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situe entre terre et mer, a la croisee des vignobles de Bordeaux et de Cognac, le Chateau de Mirambeau est la residence ideale pour decouvrir et partager les saveurs d'une region, reputee pour sa douceur de vivre. Cet elegant chateau de style Renaissance trone au coeur d'un superbe parc de 8 hectares et est agremente de deux piscines, interieure et exterieure ainsi que de deux courts de tennis pour votre plaisir. Entierement renovee avec de somptueuses etoffes, un mobilier d'epoque, des lustres de cristal, cette demeure d'exception avec ses 40 chambres et suites decline un art de vivre a la francaise, entre reve et realite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Chateau De Mirambeau Hotel Mirambeau
- Chateau De Hotel Mirambeau
- Mirambeau Chateau De Hotel