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Chateau de Mirambeau
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mirambeau
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Kent
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“Lovely chateau”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

The chateau is near to the motorway, but you can't hear the traffic. The countryside around Mirambeau is picturesque, but there are no great "sights" nearby. Bordeaux is well worth a visit, as are Cognac and both banks of the Gironde estuary - all about an hour's drive away

The chateau is stunningly beautiful and in a well-tended small park. We stayed 4 nights in a junior suite (room 6) on the first floor. It was very spacious and comfortable and had an excellent marble bathroom with separate shower and bath and two washbasins. The décor of the room was a bit over the top, even for a chateau and it had very good daylight from 3 floor to ceiling windows. However, it needs much more electric lighting than is provided.

The hotel's restaurant is excellent, although we were getting a bit bored with the limited menu after 4 nights. The chef produced exactly the same pre-dinner nibbles 4 nights running - what a lack of imagination.

Most the staff were charming (especially the lovely lady who seemed to serve us every meal in the restaurant) and spoke good English. The sommelier is outstanding - very knowledgeable and helpful.

The outside swimming pool was closed during our stay and the inside one is very small - fine if you have it to yourself and are happy to swim round in circles.

Room Tip: Worth the extra for a junior suite
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  • Stayed September 2013, travelled as a couple
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lincs
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Reviewed 23 September 2013

We stayed here for one night in August. Arrived in unseasonably lashing rain to a very warm welcome from the superb manager. The rain turned out to be a blessing as we stayed at the chateau for lunch and dinner. Both were superb - excellent table side crepe suzette flambé in the evening. Very knowledgable sommelier helped us make our wine choices. My husband was even able to enjoy a cognac from his birth year in the beautiful after dinner cognac room. Loved it all.
Highly recommend.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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Montreal
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Reviewed 22 September 2013

We had the chance of celebrating our wedding there a bit more than a year ago (should have written this review way before...).

It certainly was the most wonderful day of our life. From our initial visit, all the personnel has been helpful, resourceful, polite and... fun. We visited 4 other places in Frances but this one was clearly out of the league.

Laurence did a perfect job in helping us organizing our wedding. She made everything so easy, yet from helping my sister, I know it must have been a lot of work.

The rooms were amazing: comfortable, gorgeous. The premise is lovely, between the huge park and the spa section. It was a bit too early for the pool, but it seemed very nice too.

Our wedding dinner was well... perfect. Aurelien, the sommelier, understood our tastes almost immediately and offered perfect pairings with each course. Everything was delicious. Not that easy for a group of 20 something people.

We will certainly be back...with our little princess.

(We were there May 2012 but the list for "when did you travel" did not go that far)

Room Tip: Every room as its own design so I don't think you can go wrong...
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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

We came to stay at Chateau Mirambeau simply because of its proximity to friends we were visiting, and apart from viewing the web site had no prior knowledge of this hotel.

What a wonderful surprise! The building was beautiful and commanding without being overwhelming & unwelcoming, as some chateau properties I have stayed in.

The staff, led by the charming hotel manager, Frederic Boivent, were warm, kind and friendly without the usual formulaic hotel management style so beloved of "upmarket" international hotel chains.
The suites we were given were immaculate both in decor as well as in space and cleanliness.
Whilst the pool area could have been a little better manicured, the other benefits of this hotel only seemed to make this a minor niggle.

I have seen that some visitors have reported disappointment with the restaurant.
Despite my significant experience of dining in France over the last 30 years, I was really rather pleased with the food at their gastronomic restaurant.
Whilst I might quibble that the chef is trying too hard to impress and over complicating dishes, the actual execution of the dishes was competent , and the core component of each dish was not unduly compromised by the injudicious use of other ingredients.
The dining room was elegant & calm and whilst the service lacked the slickness of, say, a Michelin 2 starred restaurant, it was considerably better than the service I have encountered in countless 1 starred establishments. The staff were polite and keen to please, and their lack of the sort of standardized and insincere training so often endured in other restaurants made their brand of service all the more endearing.

Breakfasts were generous and were charged at what appears to be the normal prices for such types of hotel.

My daughters (aged 10 &12) loved this hotel as indeed did their parents. We will be back!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 30 August 2013

This hotel was just exquisite, from start to finish the service was perfect and the setting is like no other! It was just amazing to stay in a castle with 11th century foundations and built in the 1800s. It's the type of place which in a main city would be filled with tourists taking photos, but in beautiful Mirambeau it's a place to call your own!

We stayed here for our honeymoon and were upgraded to a beautiful suite with amazing views. The service we received was second to none - every single staff member we encountered congratulated us, and nothing was too much to ask for!

The chateau also had excellent facilities and everything you would expect in a 5 star hotel - beautiful indoor and outdoor pools, hammam, sauna, wonderful concierge service, all of the little luxuries in the guest rooms etc.

The restaurant also deserves a special mention - we had a few meals here and although pricey, was well, well worth it! During our honeymoon we've had meals at a few Michelin star restaurants, yet the restaurant at Chateau Mirambeau was our definite favourite! The service at the restaurant was world class and the traditional French menu did not disappoint.

The concierge service was also great, the staff gave very helpful recommendations and booked all of our visits to beautiful little chateaus in nearby Saint Emilion and the greater Bordeaux and Cognac regions.

Overall we absolutely LOVED our stay here. It cost us less than staying at the Intercontinental Carlton Hotel in Cannes and the Hotel Maria Cristina in San Sebastian (both very iconic hotels), but was a far far superior stay!

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 1 August 2013

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.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Kiev, Ukraine
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Reviewed 22 July 2013

Representative of great taste in design, service, food and location. The hotel has everything for ideal getaway. Beautiful location, hammam, sauna, inside and outside swimming pools. It is very much like combining visit to the castle with only small point: you don't visit, you live in it. For historical lovers, great impressions one can't find better place.

  • Stayed June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: Chateau de Mirambeau
Address: 1 avenue des Comtes Duchatel, 17150 Mirambeau, France
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Region: France > Nouvelle-Aquitaine > Charente-Maritime > Mirambeau
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Mirambeau
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £££
Hotel Class:5 star — Chateau de Mirambeau 5*
Number of rooms: 22
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 22 chambres et suites decline un art de vivre a la francaise, entre reve et realite. ... more   less 
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